‘Like An Amoral Infant’ – How ProtonMail Contributes To False Media Claims About Belarus

30 May 2021 — Moon of Alabama

ProtonMail, an encrypted end-to-end email provider in Switzerland which promises ‘Swiss Privacy Data Security and Neutrality’, has been busted for making false claims about bomb threat emails which were sent through its service to Minsk airport in Belarus as well as to airport authorities in other countries.

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Gaza/Palestine News Links 29-30 May 2021

30 May 2021 — The New Dark Age

US to Israel: We can’t support you forever
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday told Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi that America cannot continue to publicly support its bombing campaign in Gaza, Axios reported.

The battle for Jerusalem has humiliated Israel and its Arab Zionist supporters

Israel blasts Bella Hadid for joining pro-Palestinian protest in New York

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The productivity crisis

30 May 2021 — Michael Roberts Blog

by michael roberts

It has been the historic mission of the capitalist mode of production to develop the “productive forces” (namely the technology and labour necessary to increase the output of things and services that human society needs or wants).  Indeed, it is the main claim of supporters of capitalism that it is the best (even only) system of social organisation able to develop scientific knowledge, technology and human ‘capital’, all through ‘the market’.

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Rapid Response: Re: Covid-19 vaccination hesitancy

28 May 2021 — BMJ

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1138 (Published 20 May 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1138  

Noel Thomas
Bronygarn, Maesteg, Wales

Dear Editor,
The introduction to this paper finishes with the authors’ hope that it’s overview will “ help people make informed decisions about covid -19 vaccination.”

A laudable intention which reflects UK law on informed consent ? (1)

The many things that UK law expects of doctors when obtaining informed consent, include discussion of all material risks that a reasonable person might be expected to wish to know about.

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Israel-Palestine conflict at inflection point

29 May 2021 — Indian Punchline

Palestinians sit in a makeshift tent amid the rubble of their houses which were destroyed by Israeli air strikes, Gaza, May 23, 2021

The well-known French philosopher, writer and political activist, late Paul-Michel Foucault has written about a conversation he had with an Iranian during his visit to Tehran in November 1978 on the eve of the Islamic Revolution. The stranger remarked, “They will never let go of us of their own will. No more than they did in Vietnam.”

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FAKE! Italy Facing CIVIL WAR as Prime Minister ORDERS Vaccines to be Mandatory for all

29 May 2021 — AGR Daily News

Update 4 June 2021: As I suspected this story is FAKE! The Bridle Webpage is FAKE! I have confirmation here:

that website was put up under Dr. Brindle’s [sic] name within hours of his first public claim, it’s not his, it’s a hitpiece smear website,

Please note, Byram Bridle has never – at any time – owned this domain.
None of the linked organizations or individuals are associated with
byrambridlecom. You should always register your own domain name.

looks like it was funded by the Canadian Gov since it redirects to scienceupfirst.

“JC on a bike” YouTube channel covers Dr Brindles [sic] claims on his latest stream.

https://off-guardian.org/2021/06/03/3-tips-for-checking-whether-a-medical-study-is-legit-or-bullsht/#comment-379871

[I’m not sure of the veracity of this story (I’ve tried to find further confirmation) but if true, it means the country that invented Fascism, is  once more travelling on the same road that Mussolini trod on, a century ago. WB]

In violation of every term of the Italian Constitution, the Charter of Human Rights of the European Nations, of the UN Charter for Human Rights, and every medical, scientific and religious moral norm, the Sanitary Dictatorship has approved the conversion into law of the Administrative Decree of Mario Draghi’s Government.

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The Paris Commune: Marx, Mao, Tomorrow

30 May 2021 — Monthly Review

By Alain Badiou

Illustration of the Paris Commune from Cassell's History of England

Illustration of the Paris Commune adapted from the century edition of Cassell’s History of England, (ca. 1900)

Alain Badiouis a French philosopher, formerly chair of philosophy at the École normale supérieure and founder of the faculty of philosophy of the Université de Paris VIII. He is the author of numerous books and essays.

This essay is adapted and updated from Polemics, translated by Steve Corcoran (London: Verso, 2006). The new sections have been translated by James Membrez.

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Don’t Be Stupid – Inform Your Decisions

28 May 2021 — Off Guardian

Gillian Dymond

Nothing is more important that educating yourself and doing your own research.

Are you tired of having to watch everything you say, in case you’re accused of “hate speech”? Do you frequently have to bite back innocently-spoken words, when someone claims to be “offended” by them? Have you become used to avoiding lively debate or expressing frank opinions on social media, for fear of finding police officers on your doorstep?

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The Chernyaev Centennial

25 May 2021 — National Security Archive

100th Birthday of Anatoly Sergeyevich marked with latest translated excerpt of his “irreplaceable” diary — the year 1981

Architect of “New Thinking,” champion of glasnost, prolific historian, hero of the end of the Cold War, key source for scholars

Even as Polish Solidarity crisis peaked, Brezhnev “apparently never seriously considered” sending in troops

If Sovietologists got to be a “fly on the wall at the Politburo,” nobody would ever believe this fly

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