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[l] at 7/10/20 7:33am
IRR’s Jessica Perera continues her examination of the human cost of estate regeneration by talking about pride and potential with a north-west London poet.

[Category: UK, Brent, exclusion, racism]

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[l] at 7/10/20 7:27am
Channel 4’s two-part documentary, The School That Tried to End Racism, centres on events during the filming of a group of Year 7 (eleven- and twelve-year-old) pupils over three weeks in April last year. The pupils were subjected to a cruel experiment, but this was positively described by the programme’s narrator as a “ground-breaking initiative” concerning racial bias.

[Category: UK, Channel 4, Critical Race Theory, identity politics, racism]

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[l] at 7/10/20 7:23am
Oliver Reginald Tambo  On October 29 1985, Oliver Tambo gave a speech at Chatham House in London. In it, he urged a reluctant British government to support the fight against apartheid — and expertly dissects the hypocrisy in not doing so. For decades, the speech was buried in the Chatham House archives. For its centennial celebrations, the think tank has made the speech publicly available for the first time, in partnership with the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation. Tambo’s daughter, Nomatemba Tambo, will be discussing the speech on a Chatham House webinar on Friday, July 10. This is an edited version of Tambo’s address.

[Category: South Africa, UK, ANC, Apartheid, chatham house, Margaret Thatcher]

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[l] at 7/10/20 6:35am
After years of successfully drawing attention away from Israel’s intensifying crimes against the Palestinian people by citing a supposedly growing “antisemitism crisis” in Britain’s Labour Party, Jewish community leaders in the UK are exasperated to find themselves unexpectedly on the defensive. 

[Category: Palestine, UK, diplomacy, israel lobby, Zionism]

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[l] at 7/9/20 2:08pm
An quasi-alliance rooted in dynamic economic partnership — trade touched $110 bn last year — and intensifying cooperation and coordination in the foreign policy arena takes a big leap forward, as the two countries join hands to strengthen their political systems. Beijing’s interest to highlight it speaks for itself. 

[Category: China, Russia, hong kong, regime change]

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[l] at 7/9/20 10:31am
The original article was published in the Swiss magazine Weltwoche (World Week) on June 10th. The author, Beda M Stadler is the former director of the Institute for Immunology at the University of Bern, a biologist and professor emeritus. Stadler is an important medical professional in Switzerland, he also likes to use provoking language, which should not deter you from the extremely important points he makes.

[Category: Health, coronavirus, immunity, lockdown]

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[l] at 7/9/20 10:27am
In an interview with Greek Reporter, the Greek American scientist warns, however, that the draconian lockdowns imposed in many countries may have the opposite effect of what was intended. “Globally, the lockdown measures have increased the number of people at risk of starvation to 1.1 billion, and they are putting at risk millions of lives,” he says.

[Category: Health, coronavirus, lockdown, starvation]

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[l] at 7/9/20 8:42am
Many of us are still shell-shocked by the changes in our lives that have been imposed this spring. We’re reacting to each unexpected event as it comes. But to anyone who has stepped back to make sense of this web of contradictory messages that pour out of our newsfeeds, it is clear that the government agencies and corporate news media are slanting their message toward fear. I am particularly concerned when they do this at the expense of honesty. This is a moment for the scientific community to be engaging in spirited dialog among diverse voices. Only with open debatei can we hope to shed light to guide the momentous public policy decisions that are being made, directing our culture and global economy into unexplored territory. But instead of robust debate, what I see is a monolithic message, and censorship of the few brave scientists who dissent from that message. I’m ashamed to say that the scientific community has been part of the problem.

[Category: Health, coronavirus]

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[l] at 7/9/20 7:38am
9 July 2020 — Tricontinental Luis Peñalver Collazo (Cuba), America Latina, Unete! 1960. Dear Friends, Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released its June 2020 update. The prognosis is bleak. Global growth for 2020 is projected at -4.9%, 1.9% below the IMF’s forecast from … Continue reading Here Not Death but the Future Is Frightening: The Twenty-Eighth Newsletter (2020)

[Category: Tricontinental] [Link to media]

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[l] at 7/9/20 5:18am
President Donald Trump’s announcement this July of a US withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) set into motion a process that will have a dramatic impact on the future of global public health policy – and on the fortunes of one of the world’s richest people.

[Category: Capitalism, Health, Big Pharma, Bill Gates, coronavirus, Gates Foundation, Gavi, Pfizer, vaccines, WHO]

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[l] at 7/9/20 2:00am
9 July 2020 — Black Agenda Report Don’t Let the Democratic Party Bury the Movement Glen Ford, BAR Executive Editor The Black movement will be asphyxiated by the ubiquitous fingers of the Democratic Party if it does not build independent nexuses of people’s power. Freedom Rider: The Police Defunding Con Game Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior … Continue reading Black Agenda Report 9 July 2020

[Category: Black Agenda Report]

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[l] at 7/8/20 1:22pm
Of all the depressing sights witnessed during the insane process of Covid home imprisonment, stupid social distancing and mask madness, the regimentation of children into predesignated playground /classroom ‘chalked-off zones’ is the one I find the most blood chilling. 

[Category: Global Research, National Security State, children, coronavirus, social distancing]

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[l] at 7/8/20 10:04am
Boris Johnson promised to “fix social care once and for all”. After the last election, he backed this up with a pledge to provide a plan for solving social care within a year. We are still waiting for his plan, but in this week's Lowdown, we show that there are more reasons than ever to leave behind an era of failed market based-solutions and build-up public provision.

[Category: Health, UK, NHS, social care]

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[l] at 7/8/20 6:41am
“We see that, with the changing world order, the rivalry between the current centers of power continues to intensify and so does the battle for leadership in the future.  Unfortunately, the threat posed by the novel Coronavirus has not reduced these geopolitical tensions, exacerbating them instead. We would like to reiterate that, from our point of view, the COVID-19 pandemic has become an additional catalyst speeding up these changes…”

[Category: China, USA, south china sea]

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[l] at 7/8/20 6:29am
The civilian-military relationship is a complex matrix. In ‘wartime’, this is more so when civilian leaders who never held a killer’s weapon in their palms are called upon to take decisions on the passage of arms. Of  course, there are strong-willed leaders who force their will. Bismarck was one such leader — Stalin another — who lacked real military service.

[Category: China, India, Douglas MacArthur, Line of Actual Control, USA]

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[l] at 7/8/20 5:54am
Within just one week the recent attempt to revive 'Russiagate' has failed. It was an embarrassing failure for the media who pushed it. Their 'journalists' fell for obvious nonsense. They let their sources abuse them for political purposes. 

[Category: Afghanistan, bountygate, russiagate]

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[l] at 7/8/20 12:58am
The New York Times dropped another Russiagate bombshell on June 26 with a sensational front-page story headlined, “Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says.”  A predictable media and political frenzy followed, reviving the anti-Russian hysteria that has excited the Beltway establishment for the past four years. 

[Category: Afghanistan, Propaganda, USA, bountygate, russiagate]

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[l] at 7/7/20 1:07pm
Author and scholar Norman Finkelstein argues that Netanyahu is exploiting a brief window of opportunity under Trump and will use the deadline to swallow up valuable West Bank while pretending to be making a compromise because he does not seize the entire territory.

[Category: Palestine, Videos, annexation, israeli apartheid, West Bank]

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[l] at 7/7/20 11:42am
Join us for the launch of a report looking at how the EU is using new technologies to screen, profile and risk-assess travellers to the Schengen area, and the risks this poses to civil liberties and fundamental rights.

[Category: Europe, National Security State, biometric databases, surveillance]

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[l] at 7/7/20 7:23am
An incessant Israel lobby-backed attempt to censor and punish the American Studies Association over its support of an academic boycott of Israel has once again failed in court.

[Category: Palestine, USA, academic boycott, American Studies Association, anti-SLAPP, BDS Campaign, israel lobby, Kenneth Marcus, lawfare, USACBI]

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[l] at 7/7/20 5:58am
Many African-American witnesses subpoenaed to testify at the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) hearings in the 1950s were asked to denounce Paul Robeson (1888–1976) in order to obtain future employment. Robeson, an All-American football player and recipient of a Phi Beta Kappa key at Rutgers, received a law degree at Columbia. He became an internationally acclaimed concert performer and actor as well as a persuasive political speaker.

[Category: USA, Videos]

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