Rural Teacher Pedro Castillo Poised to Write a New Chapter in Peru’s History

8 June 2021 — MintPress News

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In a cliffhanger of an election with a huge urban-rural and class divide, it appears that the rural teacher, farmer and union leader is about to make history by defeating–by less than one percent–powerful far-right candidate Keiko Fujimori.

by Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores

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Unpicking the ‘People’s Parliament’: Here’s how many votes went ignored in your region

13 March 2020 — True Publica

Unpicking the ‘People’s Parliament’: Here’s how many votes went ignored in your region

By Megan Collins: Last week the Electoral Reform Society revealed how many votes went ignored in December’s general election: an astonishing 22.6m ballots did not count towards electing an MP. But behind the headline figures are people’s voices across the country being systematically silenced by Westminster’s winner-takes-all voting system. That system affects people’s representation in different ways across the UK.

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Report reveals how Westminster’s electoral system massively failed voters

4 March 2020 — True Publica

Report reveals how Westminster’s electoral system continues to fail voters

By Megan Collins: Something is deeply wrong when over 70% of votes count for nothing. That’s what Westminster’s voting system did in December’s election, according to a damning new analysis from the Electoral Reform Society.

A staggering 22.6 million people had their votes ignored, the ERS’ new report, Voters Left Voiceless, on the results of the 2019 election shows.

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The Arrogance Of BBC News

19 December 2019 — Media Lens

When we started Media Lens in 2001, we had a rather naïve expectation that journalists might: a) want to respond rationally to reasoned criticism; and b) have privileged access to unparalleled journalistic resources, experts and arguments that would enable journalists to respond with serious points to our challenges. In particular, we imagined that BBC journalists and editors – being funded from the public licence fee – might actually feel obliged to respond.

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BREXIT THE TRAGICOMEDY starring Johnson, the Emperor with no Mandate

15 December 2019 — theplanningmotivedotcom

[I think this is an important piece of analysis, as far as it goes. WB]

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In times of great disappointment and crisis, it is important to keep a level head, to analyse the situation coolly and calmly, and most importantly to extend one’s intellectual vision beyond the immediate. Johnson, the Tories and the media are all rejoicing in what they consider to be a resounding victory. Clearly, the capitalist class and their media united, that is as far as the façade of democracy would allow, around the narrative, that it would be better to have a hard Brexit than a Corbyn led government. Faced with the choice between a Brexit that would damage the economy, and an aroused and inspired working class, they obviously chose the former.

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Why vote Labour today?

12 December 2019 — Off Guardian

Philip Roddis

Following my Jesus or Barabbas post yesterday and – replicated on OffGuardian – Dirty War on the NHS post the day before, I’ve seen fit to respond to commenters who share my view of parliamentary democracy as a sham, but draw a conclusion I do not share; namely, that in no circumstances can any party, including Labour under its current leadership, be supported.

This is my response to that erroneous conclusion.

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Jeremy Corbyn News Links 12 December 2019

12 December 2019 — The New Dark Age

The British establishment is very afraid of a Corbyn victory
The negative media barrage on Corbyn and Labour in the UK has been incessant but if Corbyn were to succeed it would be a major boost to the Sanders campaign in the U.S.

The vilification of Jeremy Corbyn
The vilification of the leader of the UK Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, as an antisemite has intensified in the run up to the December 12 election in Britain. What makes this especially troubling, not to say bizarre, is that since he first became a member of parliament in 1983 Corbyn has been the most consistent […]
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10 Reasons to be Cheerful on Election Eve

11 December 2019 — Off Guardian

W Stephen Gilbert

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    1. In what they keep calling “the most unpredictable election of recent times”, the pundits report a continuing Tory lead in the opinion polls, indicating that Boris Johnson will have a majority in the House. Let’s just remember that, throughout this century, the polls have almost always been wrong.

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