Beijing sees Trump’s hand and won’t fold

30 May, 2020 — Asia Times

With Sinophobic hysteria reaching new heights in US, China’s counter play is a massive new economic plan

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump in a file image. Image: Youtube

Stranger things have happened.

Everyone was expecting US President Donald Trump to go nuclear by de facto sanctioning China to death over Hong Kong. In an environment where Twitter and the President of the United States are now engaged in open warfare, the rule is that there are no rules anymore.

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“It’s all Bullsh*t” – 3 Leaks that Sink the Covid Narrative

31 May 2020 — Off Guardian

In recent days a series of leaks across the globe have further shown the “official line” on coronavirus does not hold water

Kit Knightly

The science of the coronavirus is not disputed. It is well documented and openly admitted:

  • Most people won’t get the virus.
  • Most of the people who get it won’t display symptoms.
  • Most of the people who display symptoms will only be mildly sick.
  • Most of the people with severe symptoms will never be critically ill.
  • And most of the people who get critically ill will survive.

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Covid-19 impacts global alignments

27 May 2020 — Indian Punchline

By M.K. Bhadrakumar

Russia-China partnership challenges US global hegemony

The sluice gates have opened, as it were, on world politics after the ‘timeout’ through the past 2-3 months due to Covid-19. The spectacle of America’s epic war with Covid-19 under President Donald Trump’s watch creates a range of emotions in the world community — ranging from sympathy and pity to horror and derison. This will have consequences.

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BAME People Are More Likely to Have Been Fined for Breaking Lockdown Across the Country, FOI Data Shows

29th May 2020 — Novara Media

Nic Murray @nic__murray

BAME people living outside of London were 4.4 times more likely than white people to receive a £60 fine for breaking lockdown in the first full week that new police powers were in place, according to a freedom of information exercise to all British police forces.

Black people in particular were 8.7 times more likely to be fined.

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The government’s case for mandatory voter ID has taken another big hit

26 May 2020 — Electoral Reform Society

Josiah Mortimer
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Josiah Mortimer

Recently-published analysis has dealt another blow to the government’s case for mandatory voter ID.

The government wants to force all voters to ‘show their papers’ at the polling station. But an assessment by the Electoral Commission of electoral offences in the UK shows the minuscule state of ‘personation’ fraud – the type that voter ID is meant to prevent.

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The Question Of Evidence When Governments Push Political Narratives

24 May 2020 — One World

The Question Of Evidence When Governments Push Political Narratives

Today, in the background of the risk of world conflict and threat to health and our way of life arising from Covid-19, it’s never been more important to be sceptical and understand evidence. Earlier in my career, I used to adjudicate financial disputes between two parties, weigh up the evidence, and decide the most likely scenario. So, in terms of what’s going on in the world, I’m interested in narratives which are open to challenge and the thinking and motives of those in power, the media, and experts behind them. And particularly how the public watching and listening process these messages.

New UK laws could criminalise journalism

30 May 2020 — Daily Maverick

By Richard Norton-Taylor

The British government is pushing ahead with “espionage legislation” that could criminalise the release of public information and impose even stricter controls on the UK media as part of an “epidemic of secrecy”.

British journalists and their sources are facing an unprecedented assault on freedom of speech, including the prospect of criminal prosecution. Threats aimed at whistleblowers and journalists were evident before the coronavirus crisis struck, but went largely unnoticed.

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Video: How to Start a Riot? Police Provocateurs Dressed up as “Activists” at Peaceful Anti-Globalization Rally

29 May 2020 — Global Research News

Quebec 2007 Antiwar Event

“About 1,200 protesters were in the small resort town near Ottawa as Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with U.S. President George W. Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderon at a two-day summit to discuss issues under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America pact.The police admitted they were their officers.”

CEP President Dave Coles confronts men with rocks and sticks.

In the footage, three burly men with bandanas and other covers over their faces push through protesters toward a line of riot police.

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Emily Maitlis is no media hero. She simply forgot what she and the BBC are there to do

29 May 2020 — Jonathan Cook

The wrong conclusions are being drawn about Emily Maitlis’s comments on Dominic Cummings on the BBC flagship Newsnight show this week. Her remarks are not evidence of her courage, or that journalists are being gagged, or that the BBC is suddenly capitulating to the government.

The co-op that blocked the sale of the .org domain to private equity has a plan to democratise large parts of the internet

29 May 2020 — Coop Exchange

by Leo Sammallahti, Marketing Officer, Coop Exchange

How .org was almost sold to private equity

Around 5% of all websites use the .org domain, with the most popular being Wikipedia. These websites represent around 6% of the top 1000 websites and 7% of the top 100 000 domains. The domain itself has been controlled by ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), which is part of the non-profit Internet Society. In 2019 a private equity firm, Ethos capital, approached ICANN with an offer of buying the .org registrar for $1.6 billion.

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