“The Afghanistan Papers”: Docs Show How Bush, Obama, Trump Lied About Brutality & Corruption of War

We speak with Washington Post investigative reporter Craig Whitlock, author of the new book “The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War,” which reveals how multiple U.S. presidents deceived the public about progress in the war despite widespread skepticism among defense and diplomatic officials about the mission. “The public narrative was that the U.S. was always making progress. All these presidents said we were going to win the war, and yet, in private, these officials were extremely pessimistic,” says Whitlock. He also discusses miscalculations in the initial invasion of Afghanistan, the collapse of the Afghan security forces and how U.S. defense contractors have benefited from the last…

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Revelations show Joe Biden may outpace Donald Trump in greenlighting fossil fuel permits

Support us and go ad-freeDonald Trump was a major cheerleader for fossil fuels as president. His administration even rebranded them “molecules of U.S. freedom”. But new revelations show that, despite Joe Biden placing tackling the climate crisis at the centre of his presidential campaign, he’s on course to outpace Trump in greenlighting fossil fuel drilling. Permits-a-go-go According to analysis by the Associated Press (AP), government data shows that Biden’s administration has approved over 2,100 drilling permits on public and tribal lands since he took office. AP asserted that the current rate of approvals “exceeds monthly numbers seen through most of Trump’s presidency”. In fact, if the speed of…

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Grenfell smoke vents show ‘incompetence and indifference’ of management

Support us and go ad-freeThe standard of the smoke ventilation system at Grenfell Tower shows the “incompetence and indifference” of the organisation in charge of running the building and its advisers, a public inquiry has been told. “A long and chequered history” The inquiry into the June 2017 blaze at the west London tower block, which claimed 72 lives, heard that a fire in the 24-storey block of flats in April 2010 exposed some concerns with the automatic opening vents (AOVs). Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) was appointed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) to run its council housing stock. Adrian Williamson QC,…

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People are about to show why Boris Johnson’s #NotFitToGovern

Support us and go ad-freeSaturday 26 June will see possibly one of the biggest demos of 2021 so far. Here’s all the details you need to know to get involved and show that Boris Johnson is #NotFitToGovern. #NotFitToGovern On Saturday, the People’s Assembly will be demanding a ‘new normal’ with a protest. The demo will assemble at 12pm at Portland Place, central London. Then, it will march to Parliament Square: There’s a shorter, accessible march for chronically ill, disabled, and older people. Full details are here. There’s also a specific block for disabled people on the longer march. The rally will have space near the front for chronically…

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Did U.S. Push Iran to Right? Hard-Line Cleric Wins Presidency; Nuclear Talks in Vienna Show Promise

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show in Iran, where hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi won Friday’s election with about 62% of the vote. He has headed Iran’s judiciary since 2019, is seen as a protégé and possible successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Turnout was just 49%, the lowest since the 1979 Iranian revolution. Dozens of candidates were barred from running in the election, including former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Raisi will take office in August, replacing moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who could not seek reelection after serving two terms. Many Iranian analysts said U.S. sanctions and…

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A collection of working-class lockdown diaries is set to show what others won’t

A project which asked working class people to keep diaries during the first coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown is nearly complete. It’s now nearly ready for release as a graphic novel. But the project of lockdown diaries needs your help. It’s fundraising to get these crucial pieces of class and social history published. Looking from the inside out Lockdown Diaries of the Working Class is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. It was founded by Dr Lisa McKenzie. She’s a working-class academic and sociologist who’s also an ethnographer. That’s someone who studies human culture and society; kind-of like an anthropologist. The difference is an ethnographer gathers and then presents the information from…

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Home Office deportations show us racism isn’t just an American problem

To the surprise of many, a US police officer was convicted for killing a Black man this week. Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the 2020 murder of George Floyd. The killing sparked protests against police violence and structural racism across the world. The conviction has informed a typically British debate about how structural racism is a peculiarly American problem, and not at all the kind of thing that we Brits do. Chauvin’s conviction coinciding with the anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s racist murder, however, tells a different story. Today is Stephen Lawrence day. Stephen was our George Floyd. His death and the work done by…

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Labour’s troubling election leaflets show the ugly normalisation of anti-Traveller racism

Labour MP for Warrington North and shadow women and equalities minister Charlotte Nichols has come under fire. People are criticising her for distributing local election leaflets which include anti-Traveller racist propaganda. Nichols apologised following backlash online. But her distribution of clearly racist materials reflects just how normalised anti-Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller (GRT) racism is in the UK. Anti-Traveller propaganda The leaflets in question claimed that locally Labour would ‘deal with traveller incursions’. Meaning “sudden” unexpected or unwanted appearances. GRT Socialists simply replied: Incursion is it. Very classy. — GRTSocialists (formerly LabourGRT) (@GRTSocialists) April 1, 2021 In response to criticism online, Nichols published a statement on 2 April. She…

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The spa shootings show growing anti-Asian racism must be stamped out

On 16 March, a gunman killed eight people at three different massage parlours in Atlanta, Georgia, including six Asian women. The spa shootings Police arrested 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long and charged him with several counts of murder. Police have identified four of those killed as Ashley Yaun, 33, Paul Andre Michels, 54, Xiaojie Tan, 49, and Daoyou Feng, 44. Although he admitted to the shootings – and most of the victims were Asian women – Long has denied that the attacks were racially motivated. People have criticised sheriff Jay Baker for his apologist remarks claiming that the shooter had “a sex addiction, and sees these locations as a temptation…

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A new book is aiming to show how we can have ‘life-changing’ conversations about race

Confer Books publishes material that’s “designed to deepen our understanding of psychological, relational and emotional processes”. And on 4 March, it released a new title named, The Race Conversation: An essential guide to creating life-changing dialogue. This fascinating read dives into a world of new vocabulary coined to initiate conversations around race. And it seeks to discuss “the race construct” which keeps “the discomfort of race oppression out of white people’s minds and bodies”. Author Eugene Ellis is the director and founder of the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN). It’s the UK’s largest independent organisation of its kind. Trained as a psychotherapist, Ellis focuses on “body-orientated…

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