A BBC report on Gaza shows its disgraceful bias

The BBC‘s reporting on the situation in Gaza has been little more than establishment propaganda. But its specific coverage of Israel’s bombing of the occupied Palestinian territory descended into disgraceful bias. Ongoing Israeli crimes in Gaza and Palestine Much of the world has been watching the situation in Israel and the occupied territories. As of 12pm on Wednesday 12 May, PA reported that Israeli air strikes had levelled two apartment towers in the Gaza Strip. Hamas said Israeli air strikes destroyed the central police headquarters in Gaza City. The death toll in Gaza rose to 35 Palestinians, including 12 children, with some 233 people injured. Israel claimed that…

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Filipino Activist Walden Bello: Global Vaccine Disparity Shows "Irrationality of Global Capitalism"

The international disparity in vaccine access between rich and low-income countries highlights “the irrationality of global capitalism,” says acclaimed Filipino scholar and activist Walden Bello, who urges the Biden administration to sign on to an effort at the World Trade Organization to temporarily waive intellectual property rules on vaccine technology. He also discusses the COVID crisis in the Philippines. Source link

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Jeremy Scahill: Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy Record Shows Evolution of U.S. Empire Since Vietnam War

An investigation into President Joe Biden’s foreign policy record reveals “the history of the evolution of the American empire, from the Vietnam War to the present,” says Jeremy Scahill, award-winning journalist and co-founder of The Intercept, which recently published a project titled “Empire Politician” that examines Biden’s stances on war and militarism. Scahill says Joe Biden is the first president in decades to come to the White House after spending significant time in Congress, but it’s not clear whether that will push him toward greater restraint in matters of war and peace. “Biden has spent his entire life railing against executive overreach, demanding that Congress be in charge…

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Welsh first minister’s opinion on independence shows Scottish Labour is out of touch

On 24 April, Channel 4 News interviewed Welsh Labour leader Mark Drakeford. The interviewer put the scenario of Scottish independence to Drakeford. He then asked what effect, if any, Scottish independence could have on Wales: What happens if Scotland breaks away, and there’s a Conservative government not willing to concede any more powers to Wales? Would Welsh Labour be adopting a more pro-independence agenda in that scenario? Drakeford said there: are a lot of ‘ifs’ in that question… but if they were all true… then it would fundamentally alter the context of the debate for Wales But when Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar announced Labour’s manifesto on 22…

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A new poll shows Keir Starmer’s Labour is ‘behind the most corrupt’ government in a lifetime

Kier Starmer’s Labour Party are now 14 points behind the Tories, according to new polling. A YouGov poll for the Times has the Tories up two points to 43% and Labour down five to 29%. The Greens and Lib Dems are both up two points. Westminster voting intention: CON: 43% (+2)LAB: 29% (-5)GRN: 8% (+2)LDEM: 8% (+2)REFUK: 3% (-) via @YouGov, 12 – 13 AprChgs. w/ 08 Aprhttps://t.co/iLUFQC28FB pic.twitter.com/MBO4Y10HGc — Britain Elects (@BritainElects) April 16, 2021 As Patrick Maguire points out, this is only one poll and it comes directly after lockdown has been eased, but: nonetheless it is the kind of result that will make Westminster sit bolt…

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Video shows police at Manchester’s #KillTheBill protest slamming a woman’s head into the side of their van

Content warning – this article contains a description of police violence Shocking footage from Manchester’s Kill the Bill demonstration on 3 April shows police officers slamming a woman’s head into a police van and then folding her body in half to restrain her as she shouts for help. This violence was used as Samantha was arrested for a minor public order offence. She was later issued with a £90 fixed penalty notice. A statement seen by The Canary says that the force used to push Samantha into the side of the vehicle broke the van’s wing-mirror. Mistaken identity The incident occurred after Samantha’s partner Dave was grabbed by…

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Policing of Kill the Bill demos shows the creep of UK fascism

The policing of the bank holiday weekend’s #KillTheBill demos showed the further creep of corporate fascism in the UK. But instances from the protest haven’t been the only examples of this in recent days. The creep of UK corporate fascism As The Canary previously wrote, there are signs the UK is turning into a corporate fascist country. We quoted Johanna Drucker who said of the US under then-president Donald Trump: Fascism is defined as the alignment of power, nationalism, and authoritarian government. We are there. The power is capital linked to politics. But Drucker said that we’re now seeing “corporate fascism”: Corporate fascism is wanton, virulent, and unregulated.…

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Horrifying research shows two cops a month commit violent or sexual offences against women and children

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS REFERENCES TO RAPE AND MURDER SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND DISTRESSING Eight police officers have been convicted of murdering their wives or girlfriends in the past 11 years. This figure comes from research on criminality among people working in criminal justice. And it destroys the idea that Sarah Everard’s alleged murder at the hands of a cop was, if true, isolated. Because in every month in 2019, on average at least two police officers committed violent or sexual offences against women or children. Yet the government wants cops in nightclubs to “protect women”.  But the figures are actually just the tip of the iceberg. Because in the…

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Report shows army and MI5 colluded with loyalist terror gang in killings

Evidence has emerged that suggests the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), one of the three loyalist paramilitary organisations that have withdrawn from the Good Friday Agreement (GFA), colluded with the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) and MI5 in killings. “Professionally carried out” The evidence relates to the murder of three IRA volunteers as well as a civilian. The IRA volunteers were John Quinn, Malcolm Nugent and Dwayne O’Donnell, and the civilian was Thomas Armstrong. UVF reportedly took responsibility for the killings, which took place at Boyle’s Bar in Cappagh in March 1991. In December of that year, three part-time members of the UDR were arrested on suspicion of involvement in…

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New study shows that capitalism’s long assault on the planet could reach an unspeakable height

A new study shows that capitalism’s long assault on the planet could reach an unspeakable height. According to the analysis from researchers at Princeton University, the tropics in particular could become literally uninhabitable for humans if the world exceeds 1.5C of global warming. So, not only has capitalism and its enforcers exploited countries around the world – and their peoples – for centuries, but now it’s possible that the tropical and equatorial region may become unliveable as a result of it. A consequence of capitalism As OpenDemocracy has previously noted, capitalism is a system “that has a parasitoid relationship with the Earth”. One major issue with capitalism in…

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