Election: LSE report on the British Press – ‘From watchdog to attack dog’

29 January 2020 — True Publica

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Irrespective of anyone’s political affiliation – the mainstream media has a responsibility to hold power to account, not facilitate wannabe authoritarians into Downing Street. Don’t forget these are the words from the London School of Economics, founded in 1895 for the betterment of society. Despite its name, the school is organised into 25 academic departments and institutes which conduct teaching and research across a range of pure and applied social sciences – and what its research finds from the last election about the mainstream media is truly alarming.

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Black Agenda Report for 29 January 2020

29 January 2020 — Black Agenda Report

“Progressive” Dems Ought to Divorce the Duopoly, Not Badger Greens

Glen Ford, BAR executive editor
The signers reveal themselves to be as fearful for the fate of the duopoly as the corporate shills they claim to oppose.

Freedom Rider: Negroes for Bloomberg

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
Chicago’s Bobby Rush and San Francisco’s London Breed have sold themselves to super-plutocrat Michael Bloomberg, the worst stop-and-frisker in history.
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The Fate of Xolobeni Would Be the Fate Of Us All

7 October, 2019 — Tri-Continental


Since 1996, activists in Xolobeni, a coastal region in South Africa, have been fighting a foreign mining conglomerate that learned that their ancestral lands happen to be rich in titanium. The anti-mining activists of Xolobeni, who have lost many comrades to hit squads, continue to struggle against this foreign company and its partners in the South African government. Given that their land is located in a global biodiversity hotspot, their struggle is the struggle of us all: it is the fight for water, soil, food, and air.

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Iran News Links 30 January – 2 February 2020

2 February 2020 • 22:00 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back

Iran offers $80,000 to families of each Ukrainian killed in plane crash – Zelensky

Iran to unveil new generation centrifuges in April – official

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Labour’s Leadership Candidates Need a Reckoning, Not a Whitewash

2 February 2020 — Novara Media

BBC Newsnight

by Michael Chessum


One of the most striking things about periods of profound political upheaval is the inconsistency. The Corbyn moment, which has (for the moment at least) transformed both Labour and the political perspectives of the left as a whole, is no different.

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The Prosecution of Julian Assange and Its Impact on the Freedom of the Press

1 February 2020 — Defend Wikileaks

On 30 January 2020, at the National Press Club’s First Amendment Lounge in Washington D.C., a panel of experts discussed the Trump Administration’s indictment of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange and the impact Assange’s extradition and prosecution could have on the freedom of the press.
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