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The Kill the Bill Achilles’ Heel


Rachel Allen The Kill the Bill movement has recently emerged in the UK in response to a proposed piece of legislation called the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. The bill seeks to amend aspects of the Public Order Act 1986 relating to protest, adding more powers to that Act for the police to impose …
translate | 17 Apr 2021 | 5:00 am

Three Things Most People Don’t Know About Physician-Assisted Death


Rosemary Frei, via her website The cadence is increasing of jurisdictions introducing, normalizing and expanding laws allowing doctors to help people commit suicide. Is this purely in the service of relieving unbearable physical or mental suffering? Or do other factors predominate? I used to believe the former, but my recent re-examination of the issue suggests …
translate | 16 Apr 2021 | 4:00 pm

The Silencing of the Lambs


Andrea Halewood 'All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities.' Frank Herbert, Dune Many of us want to be led. As children we look to our parents to protect us, to soothe our fears, to relieve us of responsibility. As adults we seek the same protection – we want powerful leaders, leaders who …
translate | 15 Apr 2021 | 8:00 pm

WATCH: Science Says


The mouthpieces of the scientific establishment have identified the latest global security threat: antiscience. So what does that mean, exactly? Whatever they want it to mean, of course!
translate | 15 Apr 2021 | 2:00 am

A Damned Murder Inc: Kennedy’s Battle Against the Leviathan


Cynthia Chung The Eisenhower presidency would see Washington taken over by business executives, Wall Street lawyers, and investment bankers—and by a closely aligned warrior caste that had emerged into public prominence during World War II. As discussed in part two of this series, the war in Vietnam did not start on its official date, November 1st, 1955, …
translate | 14 Apr 2021 | 2:00 pm

CIJA Sting Operation Stirs FCDO’s ‘Hotch Potch’ of Spooks


Vanessa Beeley A recent sting operation carried out by the Commission for International Justice and Accountablity (CIJA) entrapped an unsuspecting academic member of the Working Group on Syria Media and Propganda (WGSPM) into engaging in a series of email conversations with a fake "Russian agent". These emails were then supplied to the BBC producer, Chloe Hadjimatheou, who is responsible …
translate | 13 Apr 2021 | 6:00 pm

“You are Damaged and Only We Can Repair You”


Thomas Harrington They are the stewards Of the whole universe Masters by force Commanders without laws. […] They eat everything They eat everything They eat everything And leave nothing. José "Zeca" Afonso, "Os Vampiros" (1963) Fifteen years ago, a good Uruguayan friend said to me, "Tom, we are at the end of an era, not …
translate | 12 Apr 2021 | 6:00 am

WATCH: Being Selfish


Someone sent Off-Guardian this animation today which, we feel, very much sums up our shared mood on this warm Spring Sunday afternoon. The animation's author appears to be twitter user Sye Ten. We have no affiliation with the author, we know little else about him and don't necessarily agree with all his views. However we …
translate | 11 Apr 2021 | 5:15 pm

The Workers Who Make the Clouds


David Perez Hardly a day goes by without news of the multi-sided impact of the digital world, how it shapes our individual lives and our collective future. Curse and cure and contradiction, it's all unfolding before us at hyper-speed, and it's often difficult to keep up with all the latest gadgets and inventions. As I …
translate | 11 Apr 2021 | 2:00 pm
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