What way forward for equality in the UK and France?

3 December 2020 — Institute of Race Relations

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Following the IRR’s concern about the appointment of controversial ‘race iconoclast’ David Goodhart as commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and amid revelations about the views of other commissioners, Jenny Bourne sets the debate about the EHRC in historical context by examining the statutory bodies from 1962 till today. CIAC, NICCI, CRC, CRE, EHRC – whatever the initials, the organisations have long held an ambiguous position and struggled to gain community trust. Today, the EHRC, with its tiny budget, reluctance to hit hard, and a set of right-leaning dissentient commissioners, seems dominated by the very interests it is supposedly regulating. Even when the Commission deems the government’s hostile environment policies unlawful, as our recent twitter thread explains, it appears reluctant to mete out any substantial forms of redress. In a week that has seen another deportation flight to Jamaica, the futility of such bodies is laid bare.

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We Are Grass. We Grow on Everything: The Forty-Ninth Newsletter (2020)

3 December 2020 — Tricontinental

Aswath Lenin met India 2020 1Aswath (India), Lenin met India, 2020

Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Farmers and agricultural workers from northern India marched along various national highways toward India’s capital of New Delhi as part of the general strike on 26 November. They carried placards with slogans against the anti-farmer, pro-corporate laws that were passed by India’s Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) in September, and then pushed through the Rajya Sabha (upper house) with only a voice vote. The striking agricultural workers and farmers carried flags that indicated their affiliation with a range of organisations, from the communist movement to a broad front of farmers’ organisations. They marched against the privatisation of agriculture, which they argue undermines India’s food sovereignty and erodes their ability to remain agriculturalists.

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COVID vaccines: calling the shots

25 November 2020 — Michael Roberts

Before the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the world, the big pharmaceutical companies did little investment in vaccines for global diseases and viruses.  It was just not profitable. Of the 18 largest US pharmaceutical companies, 15 had totally abandoned the field.  Heart medicines, addictive tranquilizers and treatments for male impotence were profit leaders, not defences against hospital infections, emergent diseases and traditional tropical killers.  A universal vaccine for influenza—that is to say, a vaccine that targets the immutable parts of the virus’s surface proteins—has been a possibility for decades, but never deemed profitable enough to be a priority.  So, every year, we get vaccines that are only 50% efficient.

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Black Agenda Report 3 December 2020

3 December 2020 — Black Agenda Report

BLM Chapters Demand “Accountability” from Trio that Cashed in on the Movement 

Glen Ford, BAR Executive Editor 
Ten chapters of the national Black Lives Matter organization are in open revolt against the individuals that have treated the mass movement as their personal vehicle for upward political, professional and financial advancement.

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