What happens to a country when democracy fails?
What happens to a country when democracy fails?
Few Americans know what they have lost. Few understand to what extent they have been victimized by something far beyond a police state, far beyond simple surveillance, far beyond the obvious loss or rights and privacy that some accepted so readily less than two decades ago in order to “be safe.”
At the center of it all is the Department of Homeland Security, a shadowy bureaucracy tasked with examining every aspect of the lives of every American and producing a “threat profile” using a “predictive algorithm.”
While Americans worry about their gun purchases being tracked and cataloged, they have no idea what has already been done and there’s over 700,000 government “agents,” from border control to “TSA” to local police including 41 “other” agencies of which only 16 have recognizable acronym titles anyone…
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As I write these words, Britain has already passed Theresa may’s ‘legally binding’ Brexit date of 29th March. The current deadline of 12th April may or may not be shifted to 22nd May. Perhaps our lords and masters will go for another extension? Perhaps the EU will lose patience and refuse another extension? Whatever the outcome, you can rest assured that it will be in the interests of the ruling class rather than ordinary working people.
Brexit is not the key problem facing the UK today; it is merely a symptom of the real problem. The growth of plutocracy – rule by the rich – and plutonomy – economic policy based solely on the interest of the rich – are the real problems. Despite the lip service paid to ‘democracy,’ it is abundantly clear that many of the members of both Houses of Parliament hold much of the electorate in…
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Years of austerity have driven the poorest into squalid, crumbling homes. Can this cycle be broken?
The stark human cost of Britain’s decade-long austerity drive, welfare reforms and warped housing priorities can be glimpsed in 11 decaying flats carved from what was once a grand Victorian terrace home in Weston-super-Mare.
These bay-fronted houses were most likely thrown up in the Somerset resort’s 19th-century building boom, which carpeted the reclaimed marshland behind the windswept seafront with terraces, hotels and guesthouses. Now they are home to vulnerable private renters trapped in a desperate cycle of falling benefits, squalid housing and poor health.
One of the ground-floor flats is rented by 40-year-old Jade Smith*, who is unable to work due to anxiety and depression.
more housing news
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This 1 February 2019 British Channel 4 TV video says about itself:
The women on the frontline of the protests in Sudan
Yousra Elbagir reports on the women on the frontline of the protests in Sudan, who describe their experience at the hands of government forces. You may find some of the images in her report distressing.
The dictatorship in Sudan is one of the favourite dictatorships of NATO countries’ governments. Because they helped NATO in the war on Libya. Because they help the European Union to stop refugees. Because they help the Donald Trump-Saudi crown prince–German war profiteers–British war profiteers–French war profiteers–Spanish war profiteers war on the people of Yemen, by sending Sudanese child soldiers.
That is why the governments of NATO countries like Belgium or the Netherlands deport refugees to Sudan to be tortured
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Click to enlarge. Source: edmaps.com.
The Kurds are among the few factions in the struggles in Iraq and Syria that I root for. They fight not only for their own freedom, but they office refuge to other persecuted sects and ethnic groups as well. They respect women’s rights. They are stalwart fighters against the Islamic State (ISIS). They do not practice terrorism themselves.
While all these things are true of the Kurdish leaders in both Iraq and Syria, the Kurds in northern Syria—Rojava—go further. They are followers of the late Murray Bookchin, an American anarchist thinker, and have created a functioning society based on feminism, ecological awareness, minority rights and radical local democracy.
Click to enlarge. Source: infoshop.
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By Robert A. Vella
A fellow blogger (http://robertscribbler.wordpress.com/) coined the term “rogue corporate entity” on one of my recent posts as a focus for blame should our modern society suffer an irreversible collapse. Such speculation is warranted. From Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’?
A new study sponsored by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.
My blogger friend is also an expert on this topic. He has written a book about it titled Growth Shock which I highly recommend reading. And, here’s more credible voices sounding the alarm bells. The CIA released a report in late 2012 that described climate change as a threat to the national security interests of the United States, and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said earlier this year that…
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When there is conflict between trans rights and women’s rights (such as whether toilets and changing rooms should be segregated by ‘sex’ or ‘gender’) an open debate should be encouraged to ascertain how best to accommodate the rights of both parties. This hasn’t happened, and it hasn’t happened in a big way, so it’s worth looking at how and why the debate has been stifled.
The Gender Recognition Act 2004 gave trans people a right to be legally recognised as the opposite sex. The Equality Act 2010 gave the characteristic of ‘gender reassignment’ a protected category status. At that time ‘gender reassignment’ essentially meant ‘sex change’ – the language used in the Act refers to transsexuals, and people understood ‘trans’ to mean a transition of some sort, usually (at that time) from male to female. The Act was for a person who was ‘…proposing to undergo, is undergoing or has…
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https://mol.im/a/6901271 via @MailOnline
Depending on your perspective the above event is either surreal or a shocking revelation of the true values of our “establishment”. Fascist regimes applaud criminality as a social norm, but in rule of law Western democracies it is more usual for the establishment to at least pretend to uphold the moral, social and legal values of the majority of citizens.