Politics

21.04.2019

Facebook’s role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy

Facebook’s role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy

Carole Cadwalladr at TED2019 In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK’s super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable Brexit swing voters — and linking… »

19.04.2019

The 2016 coup in Brazil: the door to disaster, by Dilma Rousseff

The 2016 coup in Brazil: the door to disaster, by Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff / Brasil de Fato Three years ago today, Brazil’s lower house, chaired by a congressman who was convicted of corruption, started impeachment proceedings against me, even though there was no crime of responsibility to justify the decision. That congressional vote was one of the most disgraceful moments in… »

19.04.2019

Peter Koenig – Venezuela: Still on the Brink?

Peter Koenig – Venezuela: Still on the Brink?

The silence is almost deafening. Is it the quiet before the storm? – Or is the US giving up on Venezuela? I don’t think so. It’s more like a regrouping after a first defeat, well, it’s a multiple defeat, if we start counting since the failed coup attempt against Hugo… »

19.04.2019

We already know who will win the war in Libya – western arms dealers

We already know who will win the war in Libya – western arms dealers

They armed Gadaffi and the forces that ousted him alike – now they’re repeating that profitable trick. By Paul Rogers for openDemocracy 18 April 2019 In the shadow world of the arms trade there is one business model that outshines all others: selling arms to both sides in… »

17.04.2019

The official Skripal story is a dead duck

The official Skripal story is a dead duck

One of the striking things about the official Skripal story is the way its more wildly improbable aspects have been released to the mainstream media over a long period, so as to manage their impact. So, for example, police acknowledgement that the perfume bottle Charlie Rowley found was sealed and… »

17.04.2019

Exporting Dictators

Exporting Dictators

By David Swanson The U.S. government gets little credit for it, doesn’t even like to brag about it, but as of 2017 provided military “aid” to 73% of the world’s dictatorships. Occasionally, the U.S. turns against one of its dictators and chooses that moment to tell everyone about him: Hussein,… »

16.04.2019

Chomsky: Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change & the Undermining of Democracy Threaten Future of Planet

Chomsky: Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change & the Undermining of Democracy Threaten Future of Planet

As President Trump pulls out of key nuclear agreements with Russia and moves to expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Noam Chomsky looks at how the threat of nuclear war remains one of the most pressing issues facing mankind. In a speech at the Old South Church in Boston, Chomsky also… »

14.04.2019

The Human Rights Organizations Are Part of the Problem

The Human Rights Organizations Are Part of the Problem

Human rights organizations have sacrificed their credibility and become a sophisticated part of the U.S. foreign policy machine—or, to put it more bluntly, a part of the U.S. empire.   By Justin… »

14.04.2019

Israel elections: another Catastrophe for Palestinians – and for Israel

Israel elections: another Catastrophe for Palestinians – and for Israel

The international community must support the real efforts of genuine organisations working for peace and reconciliation as the only way to change the Israel/Palestine political landscape. Following the elections Netanyahu is now making his deals with other ultra-right and ultra-religious groups to form his fifth government after failure from his… »

12.04.2019

Julian Assange: a sense of the reaction in Quito, Ecuador

Julian Assange: a sense of the reaction in Quito, Ecuador

Today, Quito woke up as cold as usual, but that was not the first thing that Ecuadorians noticed when their alarms went off.  At 5 a.m., Ecuadorian time, President Lenín Moreno announced to everyone that the country was to stop providing asylum to Julian Assange, of course, asserting Ecuador’s sovereign… »

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