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UK: Corruption, cronyism and sleaze – oh my!

UK. The David Cameron/Greensill Capital cronyism scandal is just the tip of the iceberg of a network of ruling class sleaze and corruption. Former Prime Minister David Cameron used his connections to powerful government ministers to personally profit in his post-political business career. Lex Greensill, the owner of Greensill Capital who Cameron has been working for, was an unoffical government adviser to the Cameron government.

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UK: Johnson regime applies coat after coat of whitewash

UK. This week has seen applications of whitewash by Johnson and his pals that would make Dulux envious. We had the report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparity that said that everything was hunky dory in Britain, that institutional racism does not exist, that racism in the UK is really the result of imagination. These findings were hardly surprising. Boris Johnson appointed Tony Sewell to head up the commission, and he has long been a denier of institutional racism. Sewell, who is head of a charity, has described the Black Lives Matter movement that swept through Britain last year as a sideshow and a “lower middle class revolt”. For him, racism doesn’t exist in the workplace or in education or on the streets. Institutional racism, for him, is imaginary, whilst racism at an individual level is not what it was.

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His Master’s Voice – police violence and the media [UK]

UK. If one was to base their understanding of how the police in Britain operate on how the mass media report it, then the police are a fine bunch of people, currently under siege from the forces of anarchy, and mindless hooligan elements, who are bent on needless violence. And last weekend’s demo in Bristol against the policing bill, according to the BBC, ITN, Sky News and every single national newspaper, told exactly that story. According to them, parroting the cops’ narrative, officers suffered broken bones and punctured lungs. However, a few days later, it became apparent that this was a made up story. In fact, the local hospital treated multiple victims of police violence and… ahem… zero injured police officers.

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UK: Priti Patel pulls the strings of Cressida Dick puppet

“To the police who have been subject to the most dreadful abuse, you have my full backing as you act proportionately, fairly and courageously to maintain law and order.”

Priti Patel, backing the police against the Black Lives Matter demonstrations
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#UK: Spycops Bill – the encroaching police state

UK. On the 27th of January, MPs voted 363 to 267 to remove restrictions put on the Covert Human Intelligence (Criminal Conduct) Sources Bill. Restrictions had been put on the bill by the House of Lords, these restrictions removed from the bill the legal right to commit serious crimes such as murder, torture and sexual offences and the disgusting use of vulnerable people and children as state operatives, ensuring that they are at grave risk. The reversal of these restrictions means that the state (including the police, the National Crime Agency, MI5, the armed forces and Prison service) are now legally allowed to commit such crimes and abuses of human rights.

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China: the repression against the Uighurs

Xinjiang, or Chinese Turkestan as it was once known, has been a Chinese sphere of influence for many centuries. Lying to the west of China, it was through the oases cities that the silk route to the West ran. It was fought over by different Chinese dynasties in their wars with the Xiongnu tribal confederacy to the north, and then with successor steppe empires.

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The Bud Light Putsch (or the storming of the US Capitol)

The irruption of a medley of fascist, far right, white supremacist, and conspiracy QAnon groups and individuals into the US Capitol building shows the profound malaise reigning in the United States, aggravated by four years of Trump’s promotion of reactionary ideas and policies on a whole range of issues. Those who took part in the invasion of the Capitol presented an alliance of interests that went across class. So, you could find a CEO of a data analysis company, an owner of a supermarket chain, and an attorney, a lawyer and police officers, alongside teachers, college professors, real estate brokers (estate agents), firefighters, bartenders and tattoo artists.

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