EU Link Tax Update

31 May 2016 — Open Media

We’re excited to share some big news about the Save the Link campaign.

On Wednesday the European Commission announced the results of their consultation on platforms where thousands of you gave your views on the link tax and proposed new copyright laws.1

And that’s not all: the Commission also announced new legislative proposals on a wide range of issues, including the link tax.2

We’ve been sifting through all of this for what it means for our campaign to save the link. Turns out there’s good news and there’s some more challenging news.

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The Criminalization of Politics: Hillary Accused of Racketeering by the FBI, Will She be Dumped from the Presidential Race? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

30 May 2016 — Global Research


In a recent release, the FBI has indicated that it will be presenting a recommendation to Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the Department of Justice:

“James Comey and The FBI will present a recommendation to Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the Department of Justice, that includes a cogent argument that the Clinton Foundation is an ongoing criminal enterprise engaged in money laundering and soliciting bribes in exchange for political, policy and legislative favors to individuals, corporations and even governments both foreign and domestic.”  (quoted by Frank Huguenand, Global Research, May 30, 2016)

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Silencing America as it Prepares for War By John Pilger

28 May 2016 — John Pilger

Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw his assassin, preparing to kill him. It was a baptism in the American way, along with the salivating violence of the Chicago police at the Democratic Party’s rigged convention.  The great counter revolution had begun.

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Statewatch News Online, 27 May 2016 (10/16)

27 May 2016 — Statewatch

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European conference marking Statewatch’s 25th anniversary
Civil liberties, the state and the European Union
10:0017:00, Saturday 25 June 2016 Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7
Workshops and discussions on the refugee crisis in the Med and in the EU; mass surveillance; the EU’s crisis of legitimacy and accountability; the policing of protest and criminalisation of communities; racism, xenophobia and the far right; strategies of resistance and the defence of civil liberties.
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Black Agenda Report for May 26, 2016: Dem Platform Committee a Dead End, Racist Crime Predictions, Georgietown Should Pay For Slavery

26 May 2016 — Black Agenda Report

New This Week at Black Agenda Report

Seats on the 2016 Democratic Platform Committee Are NOT a “Political Revolution”

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The Sanders campaign named Cornel West, James Zogby and 3 others to the 15 member Democratic party 2016 platform committee. But platform promises to Democratic voters have always been worthless. Bill Clinton’s platform promised investment in inner city job programs, reinvestment of military spending and much else. Obama’s platform promised relief to homeowners in the middle of the foreclosure crisis and a lot more. The Democratic party has captured Brother West to leverage his credibility to make promises the neither the platform committee nor Democratic voters can enforce, promises which Hillary has no intention of keeping.

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National Security Archive: Anatoly S. Chernyaev Diary – 1976

25 May 2016 — National Security Archive

Inside the Central Committee, close-up views of Brezhnev and the Soviet system
Challenges posed by Eurocommunism, the Helsinki effect, human rights
“We have lost the biggest ideological battle of the XX century”
Posting marks 95th birthday of glasnost champion
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 550

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Black Agenda Report for May 18, 2016: Repubs Split, Maybe Democrats Too, Dixiecrat Ballot Laws Temporarily Overturned

19 May 2016 — Black Agenda Report

Down with the Duopoly: The Republicans Have Split; Now It’s the Democrat’s Turn

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The split in the Democratic Party will become an unbridgeable chasm “when Sanders supporters are forced to recognize that the 40-plus percent of the Democratic base they represent cannot coexist with Hillary’s ‘truer and more fully explicit ruling class party,’ and needs its own electoral political formation.” The Republican side of the corporate duopoly has already been destabilized. Clinton’s hard right turn will fracture the Democrats.

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COLDTYPE Issue 118: Mid-May 2016 – is now on line

18 May 2016 — Coldtype

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VOTERS’ DILEMMA: As November approaches, it looks increasingly likely that Donald Trump may emerge as the most powerful man on the planet. Danny Katch analyzes his chances, while Nomi Prins wonders how Trump, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders might repatriate some of that cash sitting in offshore bank accounts. In other stories, Brian Parkin finds lessons still unlearned 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Brian Terrell is jailed in Las Vegas, David Edwards looks at media propaganda, and Norman Finkelstein discusses Britain’s latest political storm around the Nazi holocaust. Plus we’ve got photo essays on city life and soccer, a tale about a good lawyer, and the problems with Uber’s union plan

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Vox’s CIA-Backed ‘Democracy’ Standard Is OK With Slavery and Women Not Voting

17 May 2016 — FAIR

Defining democracy is a notoriously difficult thing, but much is revealed by how media outlets choose to do so.

One popular metric is called “Polity IV”—a methodology created by the Center for Systemic Peace, headed by Dr. Monty G. Marshall of Georgetown University, which has been cited in prestigious outlets like the Washington Post and New York Times. But few outlets have embraced the method as enthusiastically as the “news explainer” site Vox.

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Media Lens: Anatomy Of A Propaganda Blitz – Part 2: ‘Hitlergate’

17 May 2016 — Media Lens

Anatomy Of A Propaganda Blitz – Part 2: ‘Hitlergate’

The recent furore surrounding a supposed ‘Labour antisemitism crisis’ is a classic propaganda blitz of the kind described in Part 1 of this alert.

Dramatic New Evidence

As with so many propaganda blitzes, intense media coverage was triggered by ‘dramatic new evidence’; namely, the discovery of a graphic posted by Naz Shah two years ago, before she became a Labour MP. The graphic shows a map of the United States with Israel superimposed in the middle, suggesting that a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict would be to relocate Israel to the US.

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Media Lens: Anatomy Of A Propaganda Blitz – Part 1

12 May 2016 — Media Lens

Anatomy Of A Propaganda Blitz – Part 1

We live in a time when state-corporate interests are cooperating to produce propaganda blitzes intended to raise public support for the demonisation and destruction of establishment enemies.

Below, we will examine five key components of an effective propaganda campaign of this kind.

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Statewatch News Online, 9 May 2016 (08/16)

9 May 2016 — Home page:
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European conference marking Statewatch’s 25th anniversary STATEWATCHING EUROPE
Civil liberties, the state and the European Union

10:00 – 17:00, Saturday 25 June 2016, London


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Climate Change: Exxon 'Knew Earlier, They Knew With Certainty and They Knew Globally'

4 May 2016 — FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed Brendan DeMelle about Exxon’s climate cover-up for the April 29, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Brendan DeMelle: “They knew that they could evade accountability, or at least delay regulatory and public scrutiny, by suggesting that there was doubt about the science.”

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