South Africa: All of them must go!

29 October 2021 — Origin: New Frame

Monday’s elections offer scant hope for a way out of our escalating crisis. Reality demands a rigorous pessimism of the intellect if we are to generate a viable optimism of the will.

It seems likely that the elections on Monday will bring significant change to how many of our cities are ruled. All the surveys show that millions of South Africans hold local government in contempt, that a significant number of former ANC supporters will not be able to bring themselves to vote for a party that is now rotten from the bottom to the top, and that there will be a sharp decline in turnout.

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Statewatch News 29 October (Issue 17/21

29 October 2021 — Statewatch

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UK: Public-private data processing for “national security”

The UK government is consulting on changes to data protection law that include a proposal to facilitate “joint operational activity between law enforcement and national security partners.” The intention is to eliminate certain legal barriers to collaboration between the police, security and intelligence agencies, and other entities such as private companies. The proposals are part of a bigger programme designed to remove a number of privacy and data protection rights, alongside economic deregulation.

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Julian Assange News Links 29 October 2021

30 October 2021 • 22:00 — The New Dark Age

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

Julian Assange: The Most Important Battle for Press Freedom in Our Time

USA Vs. Assange Day Two: ‘CIA Tried To Kill Assange’

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‘Cloak and dagger’ military-intelligence outfit at center of US digital vaccine passport push

26 October 2021 — The Grayzone

Described as “the most important organization you’ve never heard of,” MITRE rakes in massive security state contracts to pioneer invasive spy tech. Now it’s at the heart of a campaign to implement digital vaccine passports.

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UK Action Alert: Ask your MP to ensure your voice is heard

14 October 2021 — GMWatch

The vast majority of 6,440 submissions to the consultation on gene editing deregulation said NO to the proposals – but Defra is going ahead regardless

Environment Secretary George Eustice plans to ignore the results of his own public consultation and push on with proposals to dismantle GM safeguards, warns GM Freeze. Please ask your MP to tell him it’s time to start listening.

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‘If they destroy the free press, they destroy the world,’ Roger Waters says after UK court adjourns to rule on Assange extradition

29 October 2021 — RT

Julian Assange’s extradition case could deal a fatal blow to free press worldwide, Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters told RT as a British court weighed final arguments on whether to transfer the WikiLeaks co-founder to US custody.

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Churchill & British Imperialism

18 October 2021 — Economics of Imperialism 

Even patriotic Brits know that their hero Winston Churchill did not win World War 2 or fly a Spitfire. What they, and others, may not know is how his statements often shed a clear light on British imperialism. From Britain’s reliance on colonies, to the political rationale for giving the working class some welfare services, Churchill’s rhetorical flourishes in speeches, newspaper articles, and deliberations with his peers, illuminate things all too often absent from contemporary political consciousness.

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