In just two tweets Laura Kuenssberg blew the lid on dangerous Tory racism By Fréa Lockley

26 March 2019 — The Canary

On 25 March, parliament voted to take back control of the ongoing Brexit chaos. Meanwhile, Laura Kuenssberg – the BBC‘s supposedly impartial political editor – sent out two tweets which some people felt betrayed dangerous casual racism. She reported that some hard-line Brexiteers ‘informally’ use the name ‘Grand Wizards’. This term has also been used by the Ku Klux Klan since the 19th century.

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Desperate Netanyahu openly embraces Jewish extremists

11 March 2019 — Jonathan Cook

The decision to ally with the Jewish equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan lays bare where the Israeli right plans to head next

Middle East Eye – 11 March 2019

After a decade of coalition governments in Israel led by Benjamin Netanyahu, the language needed to describe them has necessarily grown more extreme.

At first, they were right-wing. Then ultra-nationalist. Recently, analysts have started to talk of Netanyahu leading a far-right coalition. Now it seems we may have to go further still.

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IRR News (23 January – 6 February 2019)

7 February 2019 — Institute of Race Relations

Institute of Race Relations weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

This week, the IRR is among sixty-five signatories to a Guardian letter, including educational charities, human rights organisations, musicians, academics and lawyers, all calling for an end to the use of ‘gang injunctions’ that prevent black musicians making references to individuals, events and places. We are calling for clearer thinking about the impact of such repressive and counter-productive proceedings – themselves a threat to civil liberties – on poor, marginalised black youth, for whom music is one of the few avenues of expression and/or ways of earning a living. Mainstream society is frightened of Grime, and even more frightened of Drill which they blame for rising knife crime in the capital, legitimising the Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism approach to suspected gang associates, irrespective of any proven link to violence or, for that matter, gang membership.

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Big Trump Science: Americans are the World’s Only Humans By Susie Day

4 February 2019 — PM Press

Now that the government shutdown has ended, the Trump administration has turned to hard science to bolster its argument for a border wall. The proposed 2,000-mile barrier, which would bar thousands of Latin Americans from illegal entry into the United States, received timely support today, with the announcement of a breakthrough scientific discovery. According to top anthropologists at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, only United States citizens – unique among any other people on planet Earth – possess qualities identifying them as true Homo sapiens.

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IRR News (22 November – 5 December 2018)

6 December 2018 — Institute of Race Relations

Weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

As we wait for the jury at Chelmsford Crown Court to deliver a verdict in the Stansted 15 trial, IRR News reports on the worrying escalation in ‘crimes of solidarity’ this year. Liz Fekete and Anya Edmond-Pettitt cover investigations and prosecutions brought against 99 people, not only anti-deportation activists, but the captains and crews of search and rescue NGOs, amongst others. The Stansted 15, as is by now well known, were attempting to stop sixty people from being deported via charter flight. Charter flight deportations form part of the UK’s border regime, which is explained in a new book by Corporate Watch, The UK Border Regime: a critical guide, reviewed here by Frances Webber.

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A secret court reverses the British government’s decision to make two men stateless

22 November 2018 — The Canary

A secret court declared the stripping of British citizenship to be unlawful in two cases on 15 November. The decision by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) was officially made public on 19 November and represents a rare glimmer of hope in citizenship-stripping cases.

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IRR News (8 – 21 November)

22 November 2018 — Institute of Race Relations

Weekly Digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

As we document in our calendar of racism and resistance, the last few weeks have been momentous for campaigners; with dedicated work achieving significant gains. Not only has the government announced that Campsfield House immigration removal centre in Oxfordshire will close down, but an inquiry into the Gangs Matrix carried out by the Information Commissioner has resulted in an enforcement notice, for breaches of data protection, against the Metropolitan police. Campaigners on both issues have vowed to continue, to end all immigration detention, on the one hand, and to ensure that the racially discriminatory Gangs Matrix, is scrapped, on the other.

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America Has No Peace Movement – Blame the ‘White Supremacists’ By Philip M. Giraldi

15 November 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The United States of America has no peace movement even though the country has been mired in unwinnable wars since 2001 and opinion polls suggest that there is only lukewarm support among the public for what is taking place in Afghanistan and Syria. This is in part due to the fact that today’s corporate media virtually functions as a branch of government, which some might refer to as the Ministry of Lies, and it is disinclined to report on just how dystopic American foreign and national security policy has become. This leaves the public in the dark and allows the continued worldwide blundering by the US military to fly under the radar.

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IRR News (25 October – 8 November)

8 November 2018 — IRR

Institute of Race Relations weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

Testimonies to the London hearing of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, held at Friends House on 3 and 4 November, revealed the workings of the hostile environment – in health and education, in policing and detention – and some of the inspiring acts of resistance and solidarity they have evoked. But they also described the struggles against exploitation and rightlessness at work in the global north, where migrants treated as no more than units of labour perform the hard, heavy and exhausting work – in warehouses, agriculture, hospitality, care and domestic work – that cannot be outsourced to the global south, often in conditions akin to modern slavery. We await the final verdict of the Tribunal, which together with the evidence, will be posted on the website of the PPT London hearing.

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