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Aaron Bastani

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Aaron John Bastani is a British political commentator, writer, broadcaster and activist. He is a Contributing Editor and Digital Officer of Novara Media, which he co-founded.
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The Jakarta Method
Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World
Vincent Bevins - May 19, 2020
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The hidden story of the wanton slaughter -- in Indonesia, Latin America, and around the world -- backed by the United States. In 1965, the U.S. government helped the Indonesian military kill approximately one million innocent civilians. This was one of the most important turning points of the twentieth century, eliminating the largest communist par...
Aaron Bastani
Sep 19, 2020
Good book, people should read it to understand the fanaticism of cold war era anti-communism. I think it explains a lot about the conspiracy theories we are increasingly seeing.     source
Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency
War Communism in the Twenty-First Century
Andreas Malm - Sep 22, 2020
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What does the COVID 19 tell us about the climate breakdown, and what should we do about it? The economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been unprecedented. Governments have spoken of being at war and find themselves forced to seek new powers in order to maintain social order and prevent the spread of the virus. This is often exer...
Aaron Bastani
Aug 19, 2020
A brilliant book persuasively argued. The probable number of distinct coronaviruses among the planet’s bat population is 3,000, with several hundred likely to impact humans. Deforestation in SE Asia means 99% of its bat population could be forced to migrate by 2050...😬     source
The History Thieves
Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation [Paperback] [Jul 06, 2017] Ian Cobain
Ian Cobain - Jul 06, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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In 1889, the first Official Secrets Act was passed and created offences of 'disclosure of information' and 'breach of official trust'. It limited and monitored what the public could, and should, be told. Since then, Britain's governments and civil service have been engaged in the greatest identity fraud of all time - the dishonest and manufactured ...
Aaron Bastani
Jul 17, 2020
Two books I can’t recommend highly enough - each confounds the received wisdom of how Britain thinks of itself. I talked to the author of both, @IanCobain, this week for @novaramedia - interview out next Tuesday. Yes, British history matters alright!     source
Cruel Britannia
A Secret History of Torture
Ian Cobain - Jul 04, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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Who concealed a torture centre in London during WWII?Who pioneered hooding, stress positions, starvation, sleep deprivation and white noise?Who knew about the US programme of extraordinary rendition just five days after 9/11?Whose government is still trying to prevent the truth from being heard in open court today?It's time to challenge the assumpt...
Aaron Bastani
Jul 17, 2020
Two books I can’t recommend highly enough - each confounds the received wisdom of how Britain thinks of itself. I talked to the author of both, @IanCobain, this week for @novaramedia - interview out next Tuesday. Yes, British history matters alright!     source
The Socialist Manifesto
Bhaskar Sunkara - Apr 14, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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A "razor-sharp" introduction to this political and economic ideology makes a galvanizing argument for modern socialism (Naomi Klein) -- and explains how its core tenets could effect positive change in America and worldwide.In The Socialist Manifesto, Bhaskar Sunkara explores socialism's history since the mid-1800s and presents a realistic vision fo...
Aaron Bastani
May 16, 2019
@eleanorkpenny @sunraysunray Bhaskar’s book is excellent but I think you’ll really enjoy the beginning!     source
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