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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Birds of a Fascist Feather: Why Israel Is Aiding Colombia’s Crackdown on Protesters

28 May 2021 — Mint Press News

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Photos circulating on social media show Colombian government forces using Israeli weapons against protestors and Israeli-made Sand Cat armored vehicles patrolling the streets of Colombian cities. Alan Macleod investigates the growing ties between the unlikely allies.

by Alan Macleod

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Gaza/Palestine News Links 29 May 2021

29 May 2021 • 20:00 — The New Dark Age

Rockets Fired From Gaza During Last Battle Were Palestinian-Made: Iran’s Quds Force Commander

Israel, US and UK vote against World Health Assembly decision to improve health facilities in Palestine

Israel Post Ceasefire: When the Dreams of Israelis Collide with the Hopes of Palestinians

Palestinians Vow To Fight Jerusalem Evictions
https://popularresistance.org/palestinians-vow-to-fight-jerusalem-evictions/

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London Renters Union: This is how we build the powerful movement we need

29 May 2021 — London Renters Union

What: LRU outreach training

When: 7th June 6-8pm
Via ZoomRegister here.

Over the past year, renters like you have taken action together and won crucial government protections from eviction during the pandemic and forced landlords to pay out thousands of pounds in repairs and compensation.

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How ProtonMail Lost The Public Trust It Needs To Do Business

29 May 2021 — Moon of Alabama

ProtonMail is a Swiss provider of an end-to-end encrypted email application. The service is free to use for consumers but sold to businesses and other organizations.

ProtonMail claims to have “Swiss Privacy Data Security and Neutrality“.

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But how far can one trust ProtonMail’s claims of a secure service when it is openly breaking, as we show below, its pledge of neutrality?

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Watch: “VIVA LOISADA” 1978

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[Many years ago, in another life, I lived in ‘Loisada’, the Lower East Side of Manhattan for about 3 years. I lived in what they call a railroad apartment on the top floor of a five-floor ‘walk-up’ tenement building on East 5th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue at exactly the same time as this video was made, so watching it all these years later, brings back a flood of memories. WB]

Finally, after many hits on the short 10 min. version, here’s the full complete video of “Viva Loisada”, by Marlis Momber, that depicts the “before gentrification occurrences” in Lower East Side in the Fall of October, 1978 with Chino Garcia & Bimbo Rivas.

By 1978, Loisada had many murals depicting problems in housing, joblessnesses, budget cuts, worker’s rights, women’s rights, greedy landlords, slumlords, povery, education system and the need for self reliance with gardens, shelters. These neighborhood murals began with a grassroot artists’ collective, CityArts where through visual arts, a cultural history of protest & resistances can occur. Birth of Nuyorican Poetry Club featuring poets and musicians as well as the squatter’s movement are depicted in this video.

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