The UK is ‘getting worse’ on torture and ill-treatment both at home and abroad

9 May 2019 — True Publica

By Rupert Skilbeck – openDemocracy: As the UK faces UN scrutiny in Geneva this week, a new report examining everything from British prisons and immigration centres, to the legacy of Northern Ireland and Iraq, makes for sobering reading.

This week, the UK is facing UN scrutiny for its record on torture and ill-treatment at home and abroad. The UN Committee against Torture, the expert body that monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment and Punishment, will meet in Geneva to examine the UK’s record.

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The London Climate Protests – Raising The Alarm

9 May 2019 — Media Lens

The feeling is often there at night, of course, in the wee small hours. But it can arise at almost any time – looking at someone we care about, listening to birdsong on an unusually warm spring morning, shopping.

It is like being trapped on a sinking ship, with the captain and crew refusing to admit that anything is wrong. The passengers are mostly oblivious, planning their journeys and lives ahead. Everything seems ‘normal’, but we know that everything will soon be at the bottom of the sea. Everything seems ordinary, familiar, permanent, but will soon be gone. It feels as if our happiness, our every moment spent with the people and places we love, is irradiated by the fear of impending climate collapse.

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BAT shifts nearly $1bn out of developing countries into one UK office

9 May 2019 — True Publica

BAT shifts nearly $1bn out of developing countries into one UK office

By Mark Bou Mansour – Tax Justice Network: For every dollar British American Tobacco (BAT) paid in tax in the countries it operates in, the giant multinational shifted more than half a dollar that would have been taxed locally to a UK subsidiary where BAT paid almost no tax.[1] New analysis by the Tax Justice Network estimates Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya, Guyana, Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago together stand to lose a total of nearly $700 million in tax revenue by 2030 from the financial manoeuvring of just one tobacco company if business continues as usual.[2]

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Pompeo lays down the law during UK visit By Robert Stevens

9 May 2019 — WSWS

The reckless character of US imperialism’s actions was underscored by the visit this week of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to London.

Preceding the state visit of President Donald Trump to the UK next month, Pompeo’s remit was to demand that Theresa May’s government toe the line in backing the global geo-strategic imperatives of US imperialism… or else.

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D Is For Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy: Selected Stories

9 May 2019 — Global Research

D Is for a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy

By John W. Whitehead

What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing. Read more…
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DEBATE: Is The Belt & Road Initiative a global game changer or trillion-dollar blunder

8 May 2019 — 21st Century Wire

The debate: Is China’s Belt & Road Project a global game changer or a trillion-dollar blunder? Intelligence Squared hosts a lively panel discussion on this important geopolitical topic.

Debaters:

Ian Bremmer, Founder and President, Eurasia Group
Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, WestExec & Fmr. U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
Yasheng Huang, Professor, MIT & Author, “Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics”
Parag Khanna, Founder & Managing Partner, FutureMap
Susan Thornton, Senior Fellow, Yale University Paul Tsai China Center & Fmr. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

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Assange BULLETIN: Bay Watch star Pamela Anderson fears for Assange’s Life

8 May 2019 —  

Pamela Anderson speaks to the media as she leaves Belmarsh Prison in London after visiting Julian Assange

Pamela Anderson has revealed she fears Julian Assange will be assassinated if he is extradited to the US, hours after visiting him in Belmarsh high-security jail.

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