Microsoft vs Indian Farmers: Agri-Stacking the System

20 May 2021 — Off Guardian

Colin Todhunter

In April, the Indian government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft, allowing its local partner CropData to leverage a master database of farmers. The MoU seems to be part of the AgriStack policy initiative, which involves the roll out of ‘disruptive’ technologies and digital databases in the agricultural sector.

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Gaza/Palestine News Links 19-20 May 2021

20 May 2021 • 21:30  — The New Dark Age

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

Conservative Jewish Journalists Use False Claims of Censorship to Try to Silence Critics

“The Hamas” are Coming: A View of the Violence from Inside Israel

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IRR News 20 May 2021: Stop and search – more concerns about PCSC Bill

20 May 2021 — Institute of Race Relations

If anti-racism is about social justice, social justice is about rights, and this week on IRR News we focus on legislation and police practices that erode rights, as well as asking what should be done in complicated circumstances when the rights of different groups seemingly collide.

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Sleep Now in the Fire: The Twentieth Newsletter (2021)

20 May 2021 — Tricontinental

Laila Sharwa Palestine The Hands of Fatima 1989Laila Shawa (Palestine), The Hands of Fatima, 1989.

Dear friends,

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

Israel’s massive war machine attacks the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) with total disregard for international law. Since the OPT is an occupied territory, the United Nations does not permit the occupier – Israel – from altering the character of the land under occupation. However, this has not impeded Israel, whose attempt to evict families in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood resulted in the entry of Israeli border troops inside the al-Aqsa mosque, followed by waves of aerial bombardment that has resulted in daily death and injury toll that will be known only when the dust settles.

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Ignore Starmer’s moral posturing. He’s the one we should blame for stoking antisemitism

17 May 2021 — Jonathan Cook

No one should be surprised that Britain’s rightwing prime minister, Boris Johnson, has had barely anything to say about Israel’s pummelling of Gaza, with nearly 200 Palestinians reported to have been killed by airstrikes and many hundreds more seriously wounded.

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The mask of “liberal democracy” falls with a bang

17 May, 2021 — The Saker

By Pepe Escobar for The Saker Blog and thereafter widely distributed

Nakba, May 15, 2021. Future historians will mark the day when Western “liberal democracy” issued a graphic proclamation: We bomb media offices and destroy “freedom of the press” in an open air concentration camp while we forbid peaceful demonstrations under a state of siege in the heart of Europe.

And if you revolt, we cancel you.
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