UK: The end of civil liberty as we know it

9 April 2021 — True Publica

The end of civil liberty as we know it

By Mark Johnson: Mission creep is defined as ‘the tendency for a task… to become unintentionally wider in scope than its initial objectives’. The government’s initial mission, when introducing Covid-19 restrictions across the UK, was to save lives and to ensure that the NHS was not overwhelmed, not destroy our civil liberty. Now, it is considering introducing a new system of control which would entirely reprogramme our society – requiring us to show a health ID just to order a pint, despite the ever-decreasing risk that Covid poses. How did this idea, which could come straight out of an episode of Black Mirror, progress this far?

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DIANA JOHNSTONE: The Imperialism of Foolery

7 April 2021 — Consortium News

Pro-Western Syrian exiles have issued a diatribe against the most informative critics of U.S. war policy at a time when Washington’s aggressiveness is reaching new levels of intensity.

A protest placard in the Kafersousah neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, Dec. 26, 2012. (Freedom House, Flickr)

By Diana Johnstone
in Paris
Special to Consortium News

No promising event has more fully failed to keep its promise than the optimistically named Arab Spring.  Ten years ago, massive protest demonstrations that began in Tunisia and moved quickly to Egypt were hailed as the harbinger of democracy overtaking the Middle East in one great swoop of history.

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Robert Mundell: nothing optimal

10 April 2021 — Michael Roberts Blog

by michael roberts

Noted neoclassical mainstream economist, Robert Mundell, has died at the age of 88 years.  Mundell won a Nobel (Riksbank) prize in economics for his extension of general equilibrium theory as applied to Keynesian macroeconomics into the international arena.  Whereas the neoclassical equilibrium version of Keynes’ macromodel (called ‘bastardised Keynesianism’ by Joan Robinson) described a ‘closed’ economy (i.e. no trade and cross border capital flows), Mundell and colleague Marcus Fleming developed an equilibrium model for an ‘open’ economy (that had international trade and cross-border money and capital flows).

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How Bellingcat Launders National Security State Talking Points into the Press

9 April 2021 — Mint Press News

PTHDGB Founder of Bellingcat Eliot Higgins talks to the press at College Green in London.

The spook to Bellingcat Pipeline

For a self-proclaimed citizen journalism outfit, an alarming number of Bellingcat’s staff and contributors come from highly suspect backgrounds, including high-level positions in military and intelligence agencies.

Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 9 April 2021

9 April 2021 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

Glyphosate Hacks Hormones of Baby Girls after Exposure in the Womb – New Groundbreaking Pilot Study

A group of international scientists from the U.S. and EU have released a peer-reviewed pilot study that suggests the anogenital distance of baby girls is becoming more male-typical, due to their mothers being exposed to glyphosate when they are in the womb. The Study, which was published on Monday, in the well-respected Elsevier peer-reviewed Journal […]

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Black Alliance for Peace: Fascism Was Born in the Colonies, Not Europe

8 April 2021 — Internationalist 360°

Ajamu Baraka, the former Green Party vice presidential candidate and current national organizer for the Black Alliance for Peace – a member of the Black is Back Coalition — says Europe must be “de-centered” from discussions of fascism. African people need to “reject the assumption that fascism was something new and unique to Europe in the early 20th century,” said Baraka. In fact, “the fascism that emerged in Europe did not break from the totalitarian logic and practice of European colonialism. Practices that were applied in the colonies” were now “applied in Europe.”

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Uneven Earth – March readings

9 April 2021 — Uneven Earth

On ecological imaginaries, post-pandemic futures, and the long shadow of colonial science

Once a month, we put together a list of stories we’ve been reading: news you might’ve missed or crucial conversations going on around the web. We focus on environmental justice, radical municipalism, new politics, political theory, and resources for action and education.
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Questions about BBC producer’s ties to UK intelligence follow ‘Mayday’ White Helmets whitewash

7 April 2021 — The Grayzone

The BBC’s Chloe Hadjimatheou produced a podcast serial designed to rehabilitate the White Helmets’ late, scandal-stained founder, while blaming critics for his demise. Was she a channel for a wider British intelligence operation?


White Helmets founder James Le Mesurier falling to his death from the top floor of his Istanbul home in uncertain circumstances in November 2019 created a myriad of extremely serious problems for a great many powerful people.

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UK: Sewell, stigma and the policing of race – IRR 9 April 2021

9 April 2021 — Institute of Race Relations

While much has been said about the ideological approach, farcical methodology and flawed conclusions of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) report, there is yet another aspect to explore. For, as Byline Times report this week, it seems that the commissioners and their backers have ambitions to create a new official orthodoxy about how race and racism are discussed. The suggestion within the report, that all those in receipt of public money should drop the categorisation BAME / BME for research purposes, replacing it with disaggregated, ethnic-specific data, needs to be closely examined, argues IRR director Liz Fekete. At the grassroots level, acronyms like BAME and BME, sometimes crassly applied to individuals and communities who would never so describe themselves, have been objected to. But this should not blind us to the fact that CRED’s proposal to drop such terms comes from an entirely different angle – a desire to create a new set of norms about how race and racism are conceptualised, and to disappear the matter of structural racism. We warn that this could lead to a league table of good and bad, successful and failing ‘ethnic’ groups – a variant on the ‘good migrant’/ bad migrant’ scenario.

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