NSA: NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard

12 December 2017 — National Security Archive

Declassified documents show security assurances against NATO expansion to Soviet leaders from Baker, Bush, Genscher, Kohl, Gates, Mitterrand, Thatcher, Hurd, Major, and Woerner

Slavic Studies Panel Addresses “Who Promised What to Whom on NATO Expansion?”

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 613 

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Digital Dystopia: FCC Ends Net Neutrality By Baynard Woods

14 December 2017 — TRNN

Ajit Pai’s FCC voted Thursday to end net neutrality regulations despite fierce opposition

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Thursday to overturn the so-called net neutrality rules that prevent internet service providers from favoring certain sites with higher speeds, while jamming up others.

Net neutrality was the result of activist campaigns in 2015. Craig Aaron, president of the advocacy group Free Press, calls net neutrality the “First Amendment of the internet,” which ensure that “when you go online, you can go wherever you want; do whatever you want; download whatever you want; and it’s not up to Comcast, Verizon or AT&T to decide which websites are going to work and which aren’t.”

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New at Black Agenda Report 14 December 2017

14 December 2017 — Black Agenda Report

Our Open Letter To NAPO, MXGM, and Dr. Akinyele Umoja on Ultra-Leftism, the Democratic Party and the Movement in Jackson MS 

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
In a Dec. 1 article, our friend and comrade Akinyele Umoja of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement branded this publication, its managing editor Bruce Dixon, and Cooperation Jackson’s Kali Akuno as ultra-leftists

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Net Neutrality Repeal Is Only Part of Trump’s Surrender to Corporate Media By Reed Richardson

14 December 2017 — FAIR

The FCC is under attack—and so too is the First Amendment. As the primary regulator of how media and information gets to our nation’s citizens, the Federal Communications Commission has a critical role to play in protecting the open Internet, free speech, and free press in our democracy. Though the agency has always enjoyed a cozy relationship with the industries it regulates, ever since the Trump administration arrived in Washington, the FCC’s mission to preserve the public commons has been threatened, assaulted and torn asunder. And like a bad horror movie cliché, these calls to eviscerate the FCC have been coming from inside the agency.

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IRR News (1 – 14 December 2017)

14 December 2017 — IRR

Institute of Race Relations weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

This has been a horrendous year for deaths of migrants, asylum seekers and foreign nationals across Europe, whether it be in the Mediterranean, at land borders, during the deportation process, in prisons, immigration removal centres or inadequately funded reception centres. In the final series of articles, asylum campaigner John Grayson throws a spotlight on the deaths of migrants, including suicides, in direct provision hostels in Ireland. A number of other deaths, including that of Polish national Michael Netyks in Altcourse prison in Merseyside, are recorded in our regular calendar of racism and resistance, a fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns.

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