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3 June 2020 — The New Dark Age

[Here’s your chance to have your say on the future of the Labour Party by registering to take part in a Webinar organised by Momentum.  WB]

The left’s ideas and organising power are going to be crucial in the coming years. Two events this week – one on socialist history and one on winning tenants’ rights – will help us understand our movement’s roots and skill up for the struggles ahead.

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COVID-19: ‘The Facts Changed – But Government Lockdown Policy Didn’t’

3 June 2020 — 21st Century Wire

Despite routine denials by governments, particularly the US and UK, a large body of evidence-based research has come to light over the last two months which should have flipped the script on COVID-19 ‘threat.’ In this discussion, the host reminds viewers to always be vigilant and practice discernment when determining trustworthy sources, and to think critically and to stay flexible and maintain the ability to pivot in light of new information – especially when so many lives depend on it.

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Rebellion and Repression: Capitalism’s Long Hot Summer Begins

3 June 2020 — Internationalist 360°

Ben Becker sit in front of Minneapolis 5th police precinct, Saturday, May 30, 15 minutes before 8 p.m. curfew. Both a split-off march and this sit-in were heavily tear-gassed by police minutes later. | Liberation photo: Kei Pritzker

Trump declared last night from the White House that he would “end the riots” with a national military mobilization to “dominate the streets” and that “if a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary,” he would “deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”

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Drone Wars at Ten #2: A decade of challenging drone secrecy

3 June 2020 — Drone Wars

Chris Cole

We were excluded from our 2017 Information Tribunal when it went into closed session

A key aspect of our work over the past decade has been to challenge the secrecy that surround the use of armed drones. The Pentagon and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) insist that many aspects of these operations must remain secret in order to protect lives and national security.  And in some cases, that is no doubt true. However, it is also without question that some of the secrecy that surrounds the use of drones is to enable these systems to be used without awkward and difficult questions being asked by parliamentarians, press and the public.

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UK: 3 weeks to protect renters from eviction

3 June 2020 — Generation Rent

Generation Rent
In just three weeks, the Government’s eviction ban comes to an end. We need your help to prevent renters losing their homes in a public health crisis.

Homeowners have had their mortgage holidays extended, but renters have heard nothing. 1 in 8 renters are behind with rent payments, and will be at risk of eviction and homelessness when the ban ends.

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HS2 – Europe’s biggest deforestation project hides behind pandemic

3 June 2020 — True Publica

HS2 - Europe's biggest deforestation project hides behind pandemic

By TruePublica: While everyone is keeping a keen eye on how the pandemic is going, the controversial and despised HS2 rail project continues. Right now, it is illegal to cut trees down and rip out hedgerows. Between March and August, it is nesting season and if you spot a neighbour tearing out or cutting down a hedge with nesting birds – you can ring the police and get a crime number.

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5G, the new track of the arms race

3 June 2020 — Voltaire Network

by Manlio Dinucci
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Arrival at Nellis base of an aircraft classified for 5G tests.

While Canada has just authorized the extradition of Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of one of Huawei’s leaders, to the United States, the U.S. Congressional Research Service exposes the military component of the G5.

At Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada – announces the Pentagon – construction of a 5G experimental network will begin in July. It will become operational in January 2021.

The Washington/Camp David Summit 30 Years Ago

3 June 2020 — National Security Archive

Gorby bush

Soviet leader receives ceremony and symbolic trade deal, not economic aid or arms cuts

Soviet and U.S. documents detail Gorbachev and Bush discussions on Germany, future of Europe, regional hot spots, and Moscow’s economic crisis

Award-winning Last Superpower Summits book forthcoming in paperback 

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