#FreeAssange MOMENTUM: NY Times letter, Lula and Albanese Speak Out, and Cryptome’s Founder Says, “Prosecute Me!”

Thursday, 1 December 2022 — Assange Defense

It’s been a huge week for the #FreeAssange movement and you can feel the momentum building!

On the heels of the open letter from major press outlets denouncing the U.S. government’s prosecution of Julian Assange, mainstream coverage of the case has spiked. Even comedy legend Jon Stewart joined in!

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Palestine Action puts Israel’s war industry “on trial”

Thursday, 1 December 2022 — The Electronic Intifada

Kit Klarenberg

The protesters who were acquitted of conspiracy to cause criminal damage by a London court. (Palestine Action)

The Israeli weapons firm Elbit Systems is effectively being put on trial by the group Palestine Action.

By intentionally damaging property that Elbit owns or rents in Britain and getting arrested as a result, Palestine Action’s campaigners have been able to present courts with evidence against the arms maker.

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NHS cites a computer-modelling study to justify ongoing mask requirements

20 November 2022 — HART

The spectre of Ferguson lives on

In a sane world, the legitimacy of using computer modelling as a rationale for imposing covid restrictions would be seriously questioned. In 2020, Professor Neil Ferguson (an epidemiologist at Imperial College London) gained notoriety for his doomsday prediction that 2.2 million Americans and 500,000 British people could die as a direct consequence of the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus. These wildly inaccurate prophesies were largely responsible for spooking governments into imposing ineffective and hugely damaging lockdowns and, subsequently, the modelling methodology was heavily criticised. Yet it has recently been revealed that NHS England are relying on this flawed approach to justify their mask requirements in healthcare settings.

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UK: State violence in a no-access border zone

Thursday, 24 November 2022 — Institute of Race Relations

Exactly a year ago, a dinghy with 34 people on board sank in the English Channel. There were two survivors. In the three hours it took for the boat to sink, as distress messages flooded in from those on board, French and British coastguards debated whose responsibility it was to rescue them. No help came, as one by one the passengers died of cold or drowned. As this week’s Calendar of Racism and Resistance shows, the body investigating the deaths – the worst loss of life in the Channel in over 30 years – the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), will not present its findings until at least early summer next year, and has not yet been in touch with most of the families of those who died, despite being sent their contact details. The families have also been denied access to recordings of their loved ones’ final calls for help. The unmistakable message conveyed by such responses is that these deaths don’t matter and that the families of the deceased are unworthy of respect.

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Leaked documents: British spies constructing secret terror army in Ukraine

Documents obtained by The Grayzone reveal plans by a cell of British military-intelligence figures to organize and train a covert Ukrainian “partisan” army with explicit instructions to attack Russian targets in Crimea.

On October 28th, a Ukrainian drone attack damaged the Russian Black Sea fleet’s flagship vessel in the Crimean port of Sevastopol. Moscow immediately blamed Britain for assisting and orchestrating the strike, as well as blowing up the Nord Stream pipelines – the worst acts of industrial sabotage in recent memory.

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UK: Manston and beyond – violence by design

Thursday, 10 November 2022 — Institute of Race Relations

The ‘hostile environment in asylum and immigration policy is an environment that fosters racism, everyday cruelty and violence by design’. So concluded the jury at the London Session of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Violations of the Rights of Migrants and Refugees in June 2019. Fast-forward to 2022, and the ‘crisis’ at the Manston asylum holding centre in Kent surely underlines the accuracy of a verdict of ‘violence by design’. For this is not a crisis born of neglect, or a failure to prepare; this is not a crisis due to underfunding, insufficient staffing, or lack of suitable accommodation. It is a politically manufactured crisis, designed by politicians – some determined to rip up international conventions and to break taboos on responsible speech by demonising vulnerable people, even after the far-right terrorist attack on a Border Force centre in Dover.

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UK Crony Capitalism: The Triumph of the City

Sunday, 6 November 2022 — Peoples Democracy

Prabhat Patnaik

THE triumph of the City of London, the one square kilometre next to Liverpool Street station that houses the citadel of British finance, is complete. Not only did it get rid of one British prime minister, whom it distrusted, in the space of just 44 days, but even got a new one of its choice installed forthwith. Rishi Sunak is being called many things: the first British Asian prime minister, the first Hindu prime minister, and so on. These facts about him however are inconsequential; notwithstanding the hullabaloo in India over his appointment, these facts are mere trivia. What is central is that he is the City’s choice. A former employee of Goldman Sachs, a former Hedge Fund manager, he is from the world of finance; for the City he is indubitably “one of us”.

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Rishi Sunak: A Thatcherite in Downing Street

Friday, 4 November 2022 — CounterCurrents

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They are falling like ninepins, and the Tories have now given the weary people of Britain yet another prime minister.  And what a catch: stupendously wealthy, youthful – the youngest in two centuries – and a lawbreaker.  As Chancellor of the Exchequer in the government of Boris Johnson, he was fined for breaches during the partygate scandal, despite telling the Commons that he had attended no illegal gatherings.

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Stay Aggravated in the Permacrisis

Wednesday, 2 November 2022 — NetPol

It will come as little of a surprise to most of us that ‘permacrisis’ – the feeling of living through “an extended period of instability and insecurity, especially one resulting from a series of catastrophic events” – has been chosen as Collins Dictionary’s word of 2022.

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It’s Done!

Wednesday, 2 November 2022 — MintPress News

Its doneFormer British Prime Minister Liz Truss is reported to have texted the words “It’s done” to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken just minutes after the Nord Stream explosion.

That month, the British Navy trained the Ukrainian military in the use of underwater drones.

Russia has today summoned the British Ambassador to explain.

Whatever happened to Liz Truss?

Sunday, 30 October 2022 — Peoples Democracy

| Liz TrussLiz Truss Official Portrait (Photo: Number 10 / Flickr)

By Prabhat Patnaik

The most intriguing question with regard to Liz Truss’ resignation as the prime minister of Britain after a mere 44 days in office is this: what is it about her economic programme that the “market” (read “finance capital”) found unpalatable? At its core after all was tax-cuts for the rich, which the “market” should have lapped up. True, the tax-cuts were to be financed through a fiscal deficit which the “market” generally does not like; but since the fiscal deficit was meant to finance transfers to the rich, and not any direct stimulation of aggregate demand by the State, there should have been little objection from the “market”. Some have suggested that since the tax-cuts were “unfunded”, that is, financed by a fiscal deficit entailing a sale of government bonds, the proposal introduced uncertainty about the future course of the bond rate which made “investors” dump government securities, sharply raising the bond rate and creating panic in the “market”. But that is precisely the question which needs to be answered: even before any actual sale of government securities for financing a fiscal deficit had occurred, why did the “market” panic? And if it expected higher rates then that should have led to a strengthening of the pound-sterling with financial inflows occurring into Britain, rather than a collapse of the pound-sterling as we actually saw.

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Of Gas and Hot Air

Sunday, 30 October 2022 — The van says…

Hot air from the politicians, yet no heat for the people

Preamble

We have seen some pretty scary stories coming out of the UK of late, and the ones regarding its energy situation are even worse than those concerning the political rollercoaster that London has become of late. This shorter article will take a wry look at what it’s all about.
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How the world now works – or doesn’t

Sunday, 30 October 2022 — Dr Malcolm Kendrick

[How fewer doctors means more doctors – it’s official]

This blog has nothing to do with heart disease, or vaccines, or anything directly about medical practice at all.

However, it does have a great deal to do with data manipulation, which is something very close to my heart. It also illustrates how a ‘fact’ can be anything but.

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Statewatch News Issue 18/22: Join our Board; Refugee relocation scheme founders; Who benefits from EU security funding?

Friday, 28 October 2022 — statewatch.org

(Issue 18/22, also available as a PDF)

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Welcome to the latest edition of Statewatch News, featuring:

  • Join our Board of Trustees!
  • Refugee relocation scheme founders as states plan to “intensify police checks” across the EU
  • Who benefits from EU military and security funding?

As well as news on a fresh round of migration control funding from Spain for Morocco (to the tune of €30 million) and our usual roundup of news and reports from across Europe.

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Justice for the Bristol protesters!

Friday, 28 October, 2022 — NetPol

Campaign statement by Justice for the Bristol Protesters

Justice for the Bristol Protesters (JBP) is a group of parents, friends and supporters of those charged with riot and given harsh prison sentences as a result of being involved with the protest against the Police Crime and Sentencing Bill in Bristol on 21 March 2021. Most of these protesters are young people, who had never been in trouble with the police before and were demonstrating legitimately against the Police Bill for the right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression.

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Sunak, Israel and Infosys: A troubling relationship

Wednesday, 26 October 2022 — MintPress News

Britain’s new Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has stated his support for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He has also vowed to legislate against BDS.

Sunak has troubling ties with the apartheid state. His family business, Infosys, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Israeli government.

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Largest Leak In British Political History Ignored By Media

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 — Youtube

Behind The Headlines

The Labour Party suffered the largest leak in British political history recently. The Al Jazeera documentary, “The Labour Files,” provided more proof that Labour Party insiders had conspired against Jeremy Corbyn and party members affiliated with him.

Lee Camp documents the corporate media’s role in spreading the Labour Party’s anti-Corbyn propaganda, and how they’ve buried all attempts to expose the scandal.

UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s Refugee Plan Is Illegal. The UK Will Implement It Anyway

Monday, 24 October, 2022 — Global Research

New law from ruling Conservative Party set to break the Refugee Convention, the Human Rights Act and common law

By Alex McDonald

Refugee organisations have balked at new proposals by the British government to ban refugees who cross the English Channel from seeking asylum.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman set out the new plans at the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday in a bid to cut down the number of migrants taking the dangerous journey from France.
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US breaks ice, Russia thaws

Monday, 24 October 2022 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace paid a secretive trip to US last week amid fears of a major Russian offensive in Ukraine

Fall ends and winter starts at the moment of the December solstice. But what if the Vernal Equinox arrives instead? In these  times of climate change, anything is possible. There are subtle signs. Backyard birds are singing, butterflies and bumblebees are returning. How can one possibly miss it?

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Truss’ Trashy Departure

Thursday, 20 October 2022 — The Van Says…

After less than seven weeks in the job, trashy politics have left Liz Truss in the trashcan. But with her departure, who will be the UK’s next Prime Minister?

Preamble

Thursday saw the resignation of Liz Truss after only forty four days in office as the UK premier. This, as well as other factors concerning the UK will have a profound effect on Britain both at home and abroad. This short article will examine what and why matters in Britain are happening as they are.
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