J’Accuse

A 22 person team from Police Scotland worked for over a year identifying and interviewing almost 400 hoped-for complainants and witnesses against Alex Salmond. This resulted in nil charges and nil witnesses. Nil. The accusations in court were all fabricated and presented on a government platter to the police by a two prong process. The …

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Ventilators versus missiles – the case for socialist planning.

by Pietro Mascetti The resources of the world are limited. Whether they are natural, existing in the ground, the atmosphere, in the bodies of water or in life, they are finite and therefore their exploitation and use must be carefully planned and used in a sustainable and prioritised fashion. Planning is the idea that decisions …

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Covid-19: UK Withdrawal from the EU Single Market Must Be Postponed to 2023

The enormous economic impact of the reaction to Covid-19 is plain for all to see. The effect on economies – which had barely recovered to 2008 levels after the great Banker Theft crisis – is enormous. You cannot just close down businesses and expect them all to restart three months later. Plus the hit to …

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Assange Bail Application Today

Unfortunately I am in lockdown at home in Edinburgh and cannot get down to Westminster Magistrates Court for Julian Assange’s urgent bail application today. Several hearings ago, Magistrate Baraitser stated pre-emptively that she would not grant bail, before any application had been made. Today’s application will argue that Assange’s ill health puts him at extreme …

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Tomorrow is Another Day

I have received very many messages waiting for my take on the Alex Salmond acquittal. There is much to say and a need to take serious decisions about exactly when to reveal various crucial elements of information, because while the truth is vital, there can be a legitimate question at which moment it does most …

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Operation OK, HOOVER: FBI v Black Socialists in America

Rush transcript of Philadelphia FBI’s attempt to frighten a 20-year-old black activist to get info on their latest would-be victims. Good guess, gov Phone conversation between Agent Joffrey Alcidor and Barrett Brown. BB: Can you hear me? My name is Barrett Brown. I’m calling on behalf of a young man you have asked to speak to you, …

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How journalists can work from home securely

As a community, as news organizations, and as individual journalists, we should now expect major systemic changes in how our workplaces are organized to protect each others’ health. Remote work is a necessary part of the strategy. As newsrooms consider how to support remote work, we need to also think through our plan to work …

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