UK: Grenfell fire inquiry finalises moves to grant corporations immunity from prosecution

22 February 2020 — WSWS

By Charles Hixson

The official inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 people in June 2017 stands ever more exposed as a sordid whitewash of those responsible for the catastrophe.

Proceedings are currently adjourned until at least February 24. Their resumption is waiting on the decision of the attorney-general as to whether to promise immunity on oral testimony of witnesses.

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Julian Assange News Links 22 February 2020

22 February 2020 — The New Dark Age

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

Bid to free Manning launched as explosive new evidence threatens to end Assange extradition

Demonstration to free Julian Assange this Monday in Montreal

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Russia warns Turkey against rash moves in Idlib By M.K. Bhadrakumar

21 February 2020 — Indian Punchline

Turkish military reinforcements preparing to cross the border into Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, February 12, 2020

Moscow has taken with a pinch of salt Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s statement on Wednesday that a Turkish incursion into the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib is imminent.

Objectively speaking, Erdogan should be out of his mind to order a military offensive against the Syrian and Russian forces in Idlib. A Russian military delegation, which visited Ankara last week, had advised the Turks to back down, but Erdogan instead beefed up the deployments in Idlib.

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Subcomandante Bloomberg

22 February 2020 — Off Guardian

CJ Hopkins

Break out the pussyhats and vuvuzelas, folks, because the neoliberal Resistance is back, and this time they’re not playing around. No more impeachments and investigations. It’s time to go mano-a-mano with Trump, and they’ve finally got just the bad hombre to do it. No, not Bernie Sanders, you commies. A battle-hardened Resistance fighter. El Caballo Pequeño! El Jefe Mínimo! Subcomandante Michael Bloomberg!

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Jewish Chronicle to pay damages over anti-Semitism libel

21 February 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Asa Winstanley

Liverpool Labour activist Audrey White.

The Jewish Chronicle on Thursday apologized to a Labour activist for libeling her over “anti-Semitism.”

The UK newspaper admitted on its website it had published “allegations about Mrs Audrey White” which were “untrue.”

It said it had agreed to pay White a sum in damages plus her legal costs.

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