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25.04.2018

Windrush [UK] scandal: a historian on why destroying archives is never a good idea

Windrush [UK] scandal: a historian on why destroying archives is never a good idea

Dora Vargha, University of Exeter for the Conversation Archival practices rarely make headlines. Databases are sexy, archives less so – at least for most people. Whenever we do read about archives, it’s almost exclusively in the context of something disappearing. Apparently, we never know a good thing until… »

20.04.2018

Stephen Lawrence: his death changed British law forever but trust in police has yet to recover

Stephen Lawrence: his death changed British law forever but trust in police has yet to recover

Benjamin Bowling, King’s College London for The Conversation The story of Stephen Lawrence, the teenager murdered in 1993 is distressing, infuriating and inspiring. Distressing because of the horrific way he died, stabbed by a gang of attackers on a London street, and frustrating because of the ineptitude of… »

18.04.2018

[UK] Windrush generation latest to be stripped of their rights in the name of ‘migration control’

[UK] Windrush generation latest to be stripped of their rights in the name of ‘migration control’

Tendayi Bloom, The Open University for The Conversation Some of those who came legally to the UK as part of the “Windrush generation”, many of whom are now elderly, have lost their jobs, homes, and bank accounts after being unable to demonstrate their legal status. They… »

14.04.2018

Cui bono in Syria’s missile attack?

Cui bono in Syria’s missile attack?

Cui bono?, literally “to whom is it a benefit?”, is a Latin phrase related to the identification of crime suspects, expressing a utilitarian view that the perpetrator of a crime may be found among those who have something to gain, chiefly with an eye toward financial gain. The party which… »

13.04.2018

Escalating the armed conflict in Syria is a monstrous debacle

Escalating the armed conflict in Syria is a monstrous debacle

We reproduce here a number of statements by the voices of reason that are trying to prevent a murderous bombing of Syria in which more civilians will die and the possibility of escalation into an all out war, including a nuclear war, cannot be dismissed. Conscience: Taxes for Peace not… »

31.03.2018

Scotland must defend Clara Ponsati [1]; Sturgeon cannot play Pontius Pilate

Scotland must defend Clara Ponsati [1]; Sturgeon cannot play Pontius Pilate

By Craig Murray [2] It is sickening that Spanish courts continue to jail, and remove from political life, Catalan politicians who are the victors in democratic elections. That the European political class and media is almost entirely complicit and supportive in this truly vicious repression of the Catalan people,… »

31.03.2018

Cambridge Analytica is what happens when you privatise military propaganda

Cambridge Analytica is what happens when you privatise military propaganda

ADAM RAMSAY 28 March 2018 for openDemocracy You can’t understand the Cambridge Analytica scandal until you understand what its parent company does The Gulf War Did Not Take Place”. This audacious claim was made by the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard in March 1991, only… »

19.03.2018

Deportation and direct action in Britain: the ‘terrorist trial’ of the Stansted 15

Deportation and direct action in Britain: the ‘terrorist trial’ of the Stansted 15

By GRAEME HAYES, STEVEN CAMMISS, and BRIAN DOHERTY 16 March 2018 for openDemocracy The severity of the charge faced by the Stansted 15 should be seen as an important moment in defining the scope for non-violent protest in the UK At 10pm on 28 March 2017, fifteen activists wearing… »

19.03.2018

Blame for the Salisbury poison attack: Where is the evidence?

Blame for the Salisbury poison attack: Where is the evidence?

The nerve agent attack on the former Soviet double agent Skripal and his daughter on British soil has reached unimagined proportions: the culprit is quickly identified by Western governments and media: it must have been Russia, because the nerve poison was developed there. Sanctions are imposed, and the German government… »

17.03.2018

Jeremy Corbyn and other voices of reason over the UK nerve gas incident

Jeremy Corbyn and other voices of reason over the UK nerve gas incident

A Russian father, former double spy convicted in Russia and exchanged by Britain for other spies, and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury. Preliminary assessment suggests a nerve gas agent. The government has jumped to accuse Russia and in particular Putin of ordering this assassination attempt. »

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