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July 11, 2016
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The Media Against Jeremy Corbyn

At the time of writing there is not a single mainstream media outlet in Britain with an editorial line supporting Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. This is despite the fact that, under Corbyn, Labour this week became the largest social-democratic party in the Western world with 600,000 members.
 
A representative media environment, even one that was responding to market pressures, could be expected to reflect this groundswell of support. But Britain does not have such an environment.
 
Around 70 percent of Britain’s newspapers are owned by just three companies: Rupert Murdoch’s News UK, the Daily Mail’s General Trust, and Trinity Mirror. In broadcast media over 80 percent of the national audience share goes to Murdoch or to the BBC. This concentration of media ownership allows for a tiny clique in Britain to effectively control the flow of information to 65 million people. Their power to do so is not held to any meaningful account, and their willingness to use their position to subvert the democratic will should not be doubted.
 
The Media Against Jeremy Corbyn

July 10, 2016
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Marie Colvin was tracked, targeted and killed

American war correspondent Marie Colvin was deliberately targeted and killed by artillery fire in 2012 at the direction of senior Syrian military officers seeking to silence her reporting on civilian casualties in the besieged city of Homs, according to a civil lawsuit filed Saturday on behalf of her sister and other heirs.
 
Based on information from high-level defectors and captured government documents, the 32-page complaint alleges that the military was able to electronically intercept Colvin’s communications from a clandestine media center operating out of an apartment in the densely populated Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs. Syrian officials paired the intercepts with detailed information from a female informant to pinpoint the location of the reporter who worked for the Sunday Times of London.

Then, the suits says, military forces under the direction of President Bashar al-Assad’s brother, Maher, commander of the Syrian army’s 4th Armored Division, launched a series of “bracketing” artillery attacks that came progressively closer to the media center, a classic artillery targeting tactic.

War reporter Marie Colvin was tracked, targeted and killed by Assad’s forces, family says

July 7, 2016
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NHS finances outside the EU

“The NHS in England is already facing its worst ever financial challenge, following an unprecedented squeeze on funding for health and social care. At the end of the last financial year, health care providers reported a £2.5bn deficit, as 65% struggled to balance their books.

“Leading economists are almost unanimous in concluding that leaving the EU will have a negative effect on the UK economy, which in turn will impact on public spending. This report concludes that it is difficult to see how the NHS can escape the consequences.
 
“The NHS budget could be £2.8bn lower than currently planned in 2019/20, if the government aims to balance the books overall. In the longer term, the NHS funding shortfall could be at least £19bn by 2030/31– equivalent to £365m a week – assuming the UK is able to join the European Economic Area. If this is not the case, the shortfall will potentially be as high as £28bn – which is £540m a week.” – NHS finances outside the EU

c/o Danny Yee

 

June 28, 2016
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No fan of Blair, but…

“There are two odd things. One is the desire to shake up the system, even if when you ask what shaking up the system means people aren’t clear; so there’s this populist tide left and right which says ‘the system is broken, and I’m gonna fix it’, and when you say how, they say ‘this country is gonna be so great’.”
 
There is a laugh in the room. “That is literally what the Brexit case was, by the way,” Blair adds.

Brexit: Labour MPs to hold no-confidence vote in Jeremy Corbyn – as it happened

June 28, 2016
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First it was money for the NHS, now its immigration…

 

Here’s Farage saying the money could be spent here:

 

 

 

June 28, 2016
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Leaving the EU

Tax rises and spending cuts, higher immigration if the U.K wants access to the single market. Like divorcing your wife to get more control over what gets cooked for dinner.

 

Continental European financial centres will benefit from London’s pain. “For European banks, front office jobs are going to be repatriated to the home country – wherever that bank has it’s headquarters. Back and middle office jobs are a different matter,” said the consultant. “There, you’re looking at Dublin, Poland, or the Czech Republic.” – Thousands of London banking job cuts to start next week as contingency plans kick in

 

“This is the glaring contradiction in the muscular nationalism of right-wing populism, blended with isolationism, that seeks to withdraw from international unions: It cannot shape a better world by shutting the world out. The same people who cheer when Trump laments the decline of American leadership want to ignore key global issues and put “America First.” The people who voted for Brexit, attempting to create a border between Britain and challenges such as the refugee crisis, seem to think Britain can solve such problems without consulting Germany or France or, worst of all to them, Brussels.
 
“The world doesn’t work that way, and it hasn’t for decades. Ever-increasing globalization has created an unprecedented surge in prosperity, but it has also ushered in jarring changes. The rough edges of those changes can only be overcome with more aggressive cooperation and engagement, not less. Whether it’s the risks of terrorism, the tragic flow of refugees, or economic shocks, Britain cannot solve problems alone and neither can the United States.” – The isolationist catastrophe of ‘Brexit’

 

 

“Naturally, Michael Gove, former Times columnist, responded to the thousands of economists who warned he was taking an extraordinary risk with the sneer that will follow him to his grave: “People in this country have had enough of experts.” He’s being saying the same for years.
 
“If sneers won’t work, the worst journalists lie. The Times fired Johnson for lying to its readers. Michael Howard fired Johnson for lying to him. When he’s cornered, Johnson accuses others of his own vices, as unscrupulous journalists always do. Those who question him are the true liars, he blusters, whose testimony cannot be trusted because, as he falsely said of the impeccably honest chairman of the UK Statistics Authority, they are “stooges”.
 
“The Vote Leave campaign followed the tactics of the sleazy columnist to the letter. First, it came out with the big, bold solution: leave. Then it dismissed all who raised well-founded worries with “the country is sick of experts”. Then, like Johnson the journalist, it lied.” – There are liars and then there’s Boris Johnson and Michael Gove

 

“It’s a town with almost no immigrants that voted to get the immigrants out. A town that has been showered with EU cash that no longer wants to be part of the EU. A town that holds some of the clues, perhaps, in understanding quite how spectacularly the Remain message failed to land. There’s a sense of injustice that is far greater than the sum of the facts, and the political landscape has fractured and split.” – View from Wales: town showered with EU cash votes to leave EU

 

“[Cameron] closed the Sure Starts, libraries, leisure centres and day centres that once helped hold communities together. He accelerated right-to-buy so close-knit estates lost a third of flats, sold off to private landlords to fill with exploited migrant men. He is slicing away the lifeline of tax credits. Councils that once buffered their citizens against hard times are now skeletons of their former selves, half their income gone, a million jobs shed. Where there was already distress, the Cameron government brought woe.” – Dismal, lifeless, spineless – Jeremy Corbyn let us down again

“Now that we know the UK will be leaving the EU we will be taking urgent steps to ensure that the UK Government protects Cornwall’s position in any negotiations.

 

“We will be insisting that Cornwall receives investment equal to that provided by the EU programme which has averaged £60M per year over the last ten years.” – JOHN POLLARD, THE LEADER OF CORNWALL COUNCIL, Cornwall pleas for reassurance it will not be ‘worse off’ following Brexit vote

 

“If the EU worked well for any nation in Europe, it was the UK. Thanks to the scepticism and paranoia of Gordon Brown, Britain dodged the catastrophic error of the single currency. As a result, it has been relatively free to pursue the fiscal policies that it deems socially and politically desirable. The fact that it has consistently chosen neoliberal ones is not really the fault of the EU, the stability and growth pact notwithstanding. But in contrast to southern European members of the EU, Britain is scarcely constrained at all. Instead, it has benefited from economic stability, a clear international regulatory framework and a sense of cultural fraternity with other member states. One could even argue that, being in the EU but outside of the Eurozone, Britain has had the best deal of any member state during the 21st century.” – THE LEAST ‘ENSLAVED’ NATION IN THE EU JUST THREW OFF ITS ‘SHACKLES’

 

June 19, 2016
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Great minds (and one not so great)

 

May 15, 2016
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Nobody remembers the game. They remember the rain—the Purple Rain.

“Unlike other artists who played the Super Bowl, Prince had devised an original soundtrack for one specific show with a complete understanding of what the moment called for. He created a piece that, if executed properly, would leverage his many talents and meld genres and beats laid out in a musical arc that would overwhelm fans both in the stadium and at home. How he came up with the covers of Credence Clearwater Revival, Jimi Hendrix, and the Foo Fighters to this day is still a mystery.” – thedailybeast.com

c/o anil dash