[Marxism] Marxism Digest, Vol 189, Issue 2

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> Today's Topics:
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>    1.  Bellingcat: ?Third Man? in Skripal Attack Was Link to
>       Moscow, (Louis Proyect)
>    2.  AP News: US duty free owners give millions to Israeli
>       settlements (Red Arnie)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2019 11:55:02 -0400
> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
> To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition
>         <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
> Subject: [Marxism] Bellingcat: ?Third Man? in Skripal Attack Was Link
>         to Moscow,
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> NY Times, July 1, 2019
> ?Third Man? in Skripal Attack Was Link to Moscow, Investigative Group Says
> By Ellen Barry
>
> A senior Russian military intelligence officer coordinated the
> nerve-agent attack on Sergei V. Skripal, a former spy, from a hotel in
> the heart of London, making repeated phone calls to an unregistered,
> prepaid Russian number, the investigative group Bellingcat says.
>
> The report sheds more light on a third figure in an attack that threw
> British and Russian relations into a tailspin ? each expelled diplomats
> from the other country ? and led to the fatal poisoning of a British
> woman after the discarded Novichok nerve agent was found in a perfume
> bottle in the trash.
>
> Bellingcat said it had traced phone calls made by the officer, who was
> identified as Denis Sergeyev but who traveled under the name Sergei
> Fedotov. It obtained his metadata from an employee of a Russian mobile
> operator, who says that the leak did not breach privacy laws because
> Sergei Fedotov, the individual to whom the number is registered, does
> not exist.
>
> Moscow has long denied any involvement in the attack on Mr. Skripal, who
> was living in the English city of Salisbury after being released from a
> Russian prison in a spy swap. He and his daughter, Yulia Skripal,
> survived the poisoning attempt, and now remain in an undisclosed location.
>
> President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia insisted in an interview published
> on Friday by The Financial Times that Russia had not tried to poison Mr.
> Skripal, arguing that he had already served a sentence in a Russian
> prison for assisting British intelligence. He did, however, speak with
> open contempt for traitors in general.
>
> ?Treason is the gravest crime possible, and traitors must be punished,?
> he said, adding, ?I am not saying that the Salisbury incident is the way
> to do it. Not at all. But traitors must be punished.?
>
> British officials identified Mr. Skripal?s attackers as colonels in
> Russia?s military intelligence service, the G.R.U., who were caught
> numerous times on video surveillance footage near Mr. Skripal?s home,
> where traces of the nerve agent was found and which sickened a local
> police officer.
>
> Bellingcat later revealed their true names as Anatoly V. Chepiga and
> Aleksandr E. Mishkin. But until now, few details about the ?third man?
> believed to accompanied the team to London have been reported.
>
> The group?s findings suggest that the mission was put together hurriedly.
>
> Mr. Sergeyev, it said, received confirmation that he would have to fly
> to London at 6 p.m. on March 1, just three days before the poisoning,
> and then called travel agencies, searching for last-minute flights from
> Moscow to London. He received a booking confirmation just after 8 p.m.,
> Bellingcat reports, and then searched to see whether he would need a new
> data plan.
>
> He arrived at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow at 6 a.m. the following
> day, and while he waited for his flight to depart ? it was delayed by
> two hours ? he downloaded several large data files and sent messages
> over the messaging applications Telegram, WhatsApp, Viber and Facebook
> Messenger. Before the flight left, he spoke twice to a Russian phone
> number belonging to a prepaid SIM card with no registered owner.
>
> During the next three days, he would speak 11 times to someone over the
> unregistered Russian number, and no one else, Bellingcat reported.
>
> Arriving in London, he checked into a hotel near Paddington Station and
> spent the next two days there, communicating via encrypted messaging
> apps and using 3G and 4G connections, Bellingcat said. He left only
> once, on March 3, during which, phone records reveal, he was near the
> Thames embankment ? a short walk from the railway station where Mr.
> Skripal?s two attackers, Mr. Chepiga and Mr. Mishkin, would leave about
> 50 minutes later.
>
> On the day of the poisoning, Mr. Sergeyev received a call from the
> unregistered Russian number around 9 a.m., and then sent a large data
> file ? possibly a photo ? an hour later, just as Mr. Chepiga and Mr.
> Mishkin headed to Salisbury. He then began his journey home to Moscow.
>
> Bellingcat noted that Mr. Sergeyev?s phone signals in Moscow typically
> showed him leaving his home for one of two G.R.U. campuses, its
> headquarters and its training academy.
>
> The patterns of use during the Skripal operation, it said, also suggest
> a methodology used in such operations, in which a senior coordinating
> officer communicates with Moscow, while agents on the ground ? in this
> case, Mr. Chepiga and Mr. Mishkin ? receive no instructions.
>
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> Message: 2
> Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2019 12:39:41 -0400
> From: Red Arnie <redarnie at gmail.com>
> To: Marx Mail <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
> Subject: [Marxism] AP News: US duty free owners give millions to
>         Israeli settlements
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> Boycott
> US duty free owners give millions to Israeli settlements
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> HEBRON, West Bank (AP) ? When travelers shop at dozens of duty free stores
> at airports worldwide, they may be paying for m...
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> Read the full story
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> In Solidarity,
> Red Arnie
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