The BBC’s shameful coverage of Israel’s apartheid continues

The BBC‘s coverage of the situation in occupied Palestine has left a lot to be desired. Far from acknowledging the reality of the apartheid state of Israel’s actions it actually appears intent on whitewashing it. State-sanctioned violence by Israel As The Canary previously reported, Israel is forcibly evicting Palestinians from their homes. It’s happening in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, among other places. An Israeli court said this could happen. This is despite some of the Palestinian families having lived in their homes since around 1956. The UN has said that the evictions “may amount to a war crime”. The Canary‘s Sophia Purdy-Moore also wrote that Palestinians sharing info…

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Activist insider compares spycops to ‘headless chickens’ as inquiry continues

An activist insider has told The Canary that Britain’s political police, from the late 60s onwards, were out of control. For the last three decades, officers known as ‘spycops’ were “running around like headless chickens”. This follows recently released police files and testimonies to the Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI). Anti-apartheid protesters targeted In a 2003 report, undercover officer (UCO) Mark Kennedy described peer and former Labour government minister  Peter Hain as a “South African Terrorist”. It was pure fabrication. Hain moved to the UK from South Africa. For three decades, he was a leading figure in the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM). And he was also a founder member of…

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Biden Vows to Cut Emissions, But U.S. Continues to Subsidize Fossil Fuels Amid Climate Crisis

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. Sign up for our daily news digest email by texting “democracynow” — one word, no space — to 66866 today. Well, the White House is continuing to host virtual summit on the climate crisis today with 40 leaders representing the world’s major economies, including China. On Thursday, President Biden pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half, below 2005 levels, by the end of the decade — that’s nearly double the target set by the Obama administration six years ago. PRESIDENT JOE…

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Stormont’s ministers are urged to speak out as loyalist rioting continues

Ministers in the Stormont Executive have been urged to speak with a united voice in condemning the ongoing British loyalist rioting in the north of Ireland. The call from the Police Federation, the body that represents rank and file officers, came ahead of a meeting of the north’s powersharing administration to discuss the escalating loyalist violence. The Stormont Assembly is also being recalled from Easter recess for an emergency sitting later on Thursday morning to debate the violence, which has mostly flared in loyalist areas. Loyalist violence A total of 41 officers sustained injuries in previous outbreaks of disorder in various parts of the north in recent days.…

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Myanmar’s best-known comedian arrested as crackdown continues

Authorities in Myanmar arrested the country’s best-known comedian as they continue to crack down on people they accuse of helping incite nationwide protests against February’s military coup. Zarangar The comedian Zarganar was taken from his home in Yangon by police and soldiers who arrived in two army vehicles, fellow comedian Ngepyawkyaw said on his own Facebook page. Zarganar, 60, is a sharp-tongued satirist who has been in and out of prison since he was active in a failed 1988 popular uprising against a previous military dictatorship. He is also well known for his social work, especially arranging assistance for victims of Cyclone Nargis in 2008. In the past…

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Defence highlights a ‘vacuum in the evidence’ as a seven year Belfast case continues

On Thursday 25 March, there was an oral hearing at Laganside Crown Court, Belfast in the long-running trial of Colin Duffy, Henry Fitzsimons, and Alex McCrory. And as The Canary previously reported, the men’s defence raises serious questions about the prosecution’s evidence against them. In particular, it questions the experts’ analysis of alleged covert audio recording and the role of MI5. In the defence’s oral submission on 25 March, it reiterated these questions. This trial has been running for over two years. The charges On 5 December 2013, there was an attack on a PSNI convoy in north Belfast. Duffy, Fitzsimons, and McRory were remanded in custody in…

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As the Labour right continues its purge, the left is defending the NHS

In October 2020, The Canary reported on ‘a right-wing power-grab’ at the Socialist Health Association (SHA). The SHA is an affiliate of the Labour Party that contributes to the development of Labour’s health policy. In its early days, the SHA campaigned for an NHS, which the Labour government then established in 1948. However, a member of the SHA who spoke to The Canary has said that: In more recent decades, [the SHA] had became a figleaf for Blairite privatisation before shifting left under Corbyn. Under Corbyn’s leadership, an SHA motion at the 2017 Labour Party conference led to Labour’s policy of defending the NHS from an American-based system…

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The UK continues controversial arms sales as families in Yemen are on the brink of starvation

Nearly 40% of families in Yemen are living in debt to buy essentials, according to research by Oxfam, under the shadow of the ongoing civil war. This comes as millions of Yemenis are reported to be living in food insecurity, a situation that the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) said could become famine very soon. Meanwhile, the UK has come under renewed scrutiny for arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is leading the coalition blockading Yemen. Living ‘from one month to the next’ The research by Oxfam found that nearly two in five families in Yemen have to go into debt to buy food and medicine. Pharmacists…

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As coronavirus continues to impact the retail industry, workers will lose out the most

The closure of high street stores leaves 20,000 jobs at risk amid rising unemployment under the pandemic. On 25 January, Debenhams announced it would close all stores after online company Boohoo bought the chain. This will most likely result in the loss of 12,000 jobs as Debenhams stores disappear from the high street. In July, the Sunday Times reported that Boohoo were paying workers “as little as £3.50 an hour” as they worked in poor conditions at a Leicester factory. The job losses are another blow in a period of increasing redundancies across the retail sector and rising unemployment. Dave Gill, national officer of the Union for Shop, Distributive and…

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Biden Reverses Trump’s Trans Military Ban, But Assault on Rights Continues at State Level

President Joe Biden has signed an executive order repealing the Trump administration’s ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military and ordered the Pentagon to review the files of troops who were forced out because of the ban and to immediately halt discharges of transgender troops now serving. Chase Strangio, Deputy Director for Transgender Justice with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project, calls it “an incredibly important development,” but warns the attack on transgender rights is continuing at the state level, with a raft of new legislation targeting trans people in education, healthcare and more. “We have this significant backlash to the very notion that trans humanity…

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