Terror in Britain: What Did the Prime Minister Know? By John Pilger

1 June 2017 — John Pilger

The unsayable in Britain’s general election campaign is this. The causes of the Manchester atrocity, in which 22 mostly young people were murdered by a jihadist, are being suppressed to protect the secrets of British foreign policy.

Critical questions – such as why the security service MI5 maintained terrorist “assets” in Manchester and why the government did not warn the public of the threat in their midst – remain unanswered, deflected by the promise of an internal “review”. Continue reading

Death of a nation: Biafra and the Nigerian question By Chido Onumah

1 June 2017 — Pambazuka News

Nigeria began to unravel 50 years ago, on 27 May 1967. Since then, successive governments have failed to forge a nation out of what was left behind by the British colonialists. Nigeria works for only a small part of the population. The rest are largely on their own. There have been calls – and attempts – to break up the country. But this is not feasible today. Nigeria needs to be restructured in a way that ensures the interests of all its people are given top priority.

“There are two basic questions that must be answered by all Nigerians. One, do we want to remain as one country? Two, if the answer is yes, under what conditions?” – Chief Bola Ige

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Media Lens: Blowback – Manchester and the Libya Connection

1 June 2017 — Media Lens

In the wake of yet another horrendous atrocity, this time in Manchester claiming 23 lives, ‘respectable’ media once again refused to seriously discuss the extent to which violent attacks against ‘us’ are linked to ‘our’ violent attacks against ‘them’. Instead, howls of disgust typically arise when anyone mentions terms like ‘blowback’ and ‘reaping the whirlwind’. Continue reading

Barry Commoner: Radical father of modern environmentalism

1 June 2017 — Climate & Capitalism

“The environmental crisis arises from a fundamental fault: our systems of production—in industry, agriculture, energy and transportation—essential as they are, make people sick and die.”

Peter Dreier is professor of politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His most recent book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame. This article is reposted, with his kind permission, from HuffPost, May 28, 2017.

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Last ditch effort to save the Link Tax!

1 June 2017 — Open Media

Our opponents are getting desperate.

Yesterday in one of the key parliamentary committees tasked with reviewing the European Commission’s copyright proposals, we saw a last ditch attempt to take control of the narrative and sideline the concerns of the public in favour of the narrow interests of big publishers.1

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