Facebook and Google outline unprecedented mass censorship at US Senate hearing By Andre Damon

18 January 2018– WSWS

Behind the backs of the US and world populations, social media companies have built up a massive censorship apparatus staffed by an army of “content reviewers” capable of seamlessly monitoring, tracking, and blocking millions of pieces of content.

The character of this apparatus was detailed in testimony Wednesday from representatives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google’s YouTube before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, chaired by South Dakota Republican John Thune.

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Media Lens: A Liberal Pillar Of The Establishment – ‘New Look’ Guardian, Old-Style Orthodoxy

18 January 2018 — Media Lens

As Noam Chomsky has often remarked: ‘liberal bias is extremely important in a sophisticated system of propaganda.’ One major news outlet that Chomsky had in mind was the New York Times, but the same applies in the UK. As a senior British intelligence official noted of the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan:

‘It is always helpful for governments who want to get the Guardian readers of the world on board to have a humanitarian logic.’

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Black Agenda Report 18 January 2018

18 January 2018 — Black Agenda Report

US Supreme Court About to Issue A 21st Century Dred Scott Decision 

– Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor
Workers, the US Supreme Court is expected to rule soon, have no collective rights an employer is bound to respect, and no collective activity can be protected by law. It’s Dred Scott for the 21st century.

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Carillion’s collapse in UK and the East Coast bailout: What would ending the “Private Financial Initiative rip-off” entail? By Jean Shaoul

18 January 2018 — WSWS

In a YouTube video, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described the collapse of Carillion, the UK’s second largest construction company, as a “watershed moment,” a signal it is “time to put an end to the rip-off privatisation policies that have done serious damage to our public services and fleeced the public of billions of pounds.”

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UK: The political lessons of Carillion’s collapse By Julie Hyland

17 January 2018 — WSWS

The jobs, wages and pensions of tens of thousands of workers along with vital public services are in danger, following on the collapse of Carillion into liquidation on Monday.

Carillion employed 20,000 workers in the UK and 23,000 overseas. It went into compulsory liquidation with more than £2.2 billion debts, of which an estimated £800 million are in pension liabilities.

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Slapping an Israeli Soldier More Newsworthy Than Shooting a Palestinian Child in the Face By Gregory Shupak

17 January 2018 — FAIR

Ahed Tamimi in Newsweek

Newsweek‘s depiction (1/1/18) of Palestinian prisoner Ahed Tamimi (left), “16-year-old who attacked Israeli soldiers.” (rght)

Israeli soldiers shot 14-year-old Palestinian Mohammad Tamimi point-blank in the face with a rubber-jacketed bullet on December 14, 2017, in Nabi Saleh, a small village in the occupied West Bank. The boy had to undergo six hours of surgery and was placed in a medically induced coma.

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