UK government to target “far left” in revised Counter Extremism Strategy By Laura Tiernan

10 September 2019 — WSWS

A report published by the UK government’s Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE) has branded large sections of the “left” in Britain as “extremist.” It claims the left’s “revolutionary workerist ideas” are associated with increased sympathy for “violent extremist tactics.”

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A Non-Hack That Raised Hillary’s Hackles By Ray McGovern

25 July 2019 — Consortium News

Three years ago Monday WikiLeaks published a trove of highly embarrassing emails that had been leaked from inside the Democratic National Committee. As has been the case with every leak revealed by WikiLeaks, the emails were authentic. These particular ones, however, could not have come at a worse time for top Democratic Party officials.

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Netpol condemns calls for expanding surveillance on “far left, anarchist and environmentalist” groups

17 July 2019 — Netpol

Extinction Rebellion protesters in London in November 2018PHOTO: Julia Hawkins on Flickr

The report published today by conservative think-tank Policy Exchange, attacking campaigners from Extinction Rebellion, is a direct call for expanding surveillance on “far left, anarchist and environmentalist extremism”.

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Owen Jones Unpersons Chris Williamson By Kit Knightly

28 February 2019 — Off Guardian

Syme was not only dead, he was abolished, an unperson.
George Orwell – 1984

Chris Williamson should never have been suspended from the Labour Party – he should never have been rebuked or chastised for his words at Sheffield. He told the truth, and those who have deliberately taken his words out of context to vilify him in smug, dishonest editorials, have a political axe to grind that is nothing to do with genuine antisemitism.

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The American media revives the methods of McCarthyism By Patrick Martin

15 January 2019 — WSWS

In the wake of the one-two punch of articles in the New York Times and Washington Post suggesting that President Trump is an agent of the Russian government—or to be precise, that the FBI suspected that he was a Russian agent and opened a counterintelligence investigation (as the Times reports), and that Trump is concealing his private dealings with Putin as president (as the Post claims)—the American media has gone into a McCarthyite hysteria.

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Public Radio’s McCarthyite Smear of Black Activists Shows Danger of Russia Panic By Adam Johnson

19 April 2018 — FAIR

For over a year, outlets from FAIR (8/24/16) to TruthDig (1/7/17) to The Nation (8/7/17) to The Intercept (2/12/18) have been warning about the pitfalls of nonstop Russia Is Everywhere and Out to Get Us coverage. The Russians are “stoking discord” and “sowing unrest” and infiltrating online and real-life spaces with memes and rallies and disinformation, corporate media tell us. Did you share Russian disinfo? Twitter and Facebook will let you know. Did you buy into Russian “fake news”? CNN wants to find out. Russia is everywhere, and it’s important the media not only report this fact, but do so over and over and over again, until one is looking for the Russian menace in every interaction.

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Neo-McCarthyite hysteria at US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing

15 February 2018 — WSWS

Tuesday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on “Global Threats and National Security” was an exercise in right-wing hysteria aimed at promoting the claim that all social opposition in the United States is the product of foreign subversion. This fraudulent narrative was advanced to justify censorship and police state repression.

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Media: Naureckas: Trump Son-in-Law’s Paper Outlines ‘a Complete Crackdown on Dissent’

7 December 2016 — FAIR

Observer: Comey’s FBI Needs to Investigate Violent Democratic Tantrums

Trump’s son-in-law’s paper calls for “a thorough probe of the protests—to include possible ties to organizations demanding vote recounts”—that “continue to mar the presidential election’s aftermath.”

AlterNet‘s Sarah Lazare (12/6/16) quotes Jim Naureckas on a call for an FBI crackdown on protesters appearing in the New York Observer (12/2/16), the paper owned by Trump son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner:

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Media Lens: Anatomy Of A Propaganda Blitz – Part 2: ‘Hitlergate’

17 May 2016 — Media Lens

Anatomy Of A Propaganda Blitz – Part 2: ‘Hitlergate’

The recent furore surrounding a supposed ‘Labour antisemitism crisis’ is a classic propaganda blitz of the kind described in Part 1 of this alert.

Dramatic New Evidence

As with so many propaganda blitzes, intense media coverage was triggered by ‘dramatic new evidence’; namely, the discovery of a graphic posted by Naz Shah two years ago, before she became a Labour MP. The graphic shows a map of the United States with Israel superimposed in the middle, suggesting that a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict would be to relocate Israel to the US.

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