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Wed, 21/02/2024 - 02:58

In 2021, standing in front of various pieces of machinery at an aircraft factory in Bristol, Labour leader Keir Starmer rolled up his sleeves and laid out his pitch to the country. Its headline feature: a politics which ‘treads lightly’ on our lives. Before his death in 2011, political scientist Peter Mair identified a democratic […]

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Wed, 21/02/2024 - 02:57

When I was appointed editor of Tribune in 1992, not on the basis of my experience but principally because I was not the candidate supported by Peter Mandelson, I received three telephone calls inviting me over for tea and a chat. The first was from Tony Benn. I went to knock on his door at […]

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Wed, 21/02/2024 - 02:56

A despairing leftish Labour MP leaned heavily against the parapet of the Thames-side Commons Terrace and sighed: ‘Leadership is all a matter of political will, isn’t it?’ It was the day after Keir Starmer had valorised Margaret Thatcher in the latest cack-handed bid to woo Tory voters. As the polls continued to signal a tsunamic […]

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Wed, 21/02/2024 - 02:55

In 1983, Arthur Scargill addressed a Labour meeting at the Victoria Club, a miners’ haunt in the pit village of Murton. Joining him was local MP and fifth-generation-miner John Cummings, as well as a young parliamentarian recently elected to represent the nearby constituency of Sedgefield, Tony Blair. Though 1983 would be a year of historic […]

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Wed, 21/02/2024 - 02:52

As we move into a new year, the world’s economic forecasters are consulting their crystal balls, and the picture seems mixed. Most of the world’s largest financial institutions anticipate falls in both inflation and headline rates of economic growth for the advanced economies. Economists at Deutsche Bank predict recessions in both the US and the […]

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Wed, 21/02/2024 - 02:52

The year was 1997. Bill Clinton was beginning his second term; Tony Blair’s New Labour was coming to power after a resounding victory; and European Union member states were putting together the Stability and Growth Pact (vowing to keep government deficits below 3 percent and debt below 60 percent of GDP). Meanwhile, Alan Blinder was asking the […]

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Wed, 21/02/2024 - 02:49

In the average British home of the 2020s, the furniture is, very often, grey. Grey chairs, grey carpets, grey sofas. Walls everywhere are grey. The cars on the roads tend to be some form of grey. Bestselling works of erotic fiction detail the many fascinating shades between ‘vanilla’ sexual mores and apparently darker ones. At […]

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Wed, 21/02/2024 - 02:47

Thurston Moore was there. In his newly released memoir, Sonic Life, the guitarist and vocalist of the iconic Sonic Youth provides an eyewitness catalogue of over thirty-five years of underground culture, from his first teenage beers at CBGB music club to the messy dissolution of the band in 2010. Moore’s memoir is a personal history […]

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Wed, 21/02/2024 - 02:30

MintPress uncovers the web of influence connecting NCRI to the Israel lobby and the US national security state, shedding light on questionable methodologies and raising crucial questions about the true nature of their 'neutral' research.

The post NCRI Exposed: Israel Lobby-Linked Group Tied to Illegal Settlements and Campus Censorship appeared first on MintPress News.

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Wed, 21/02/2024 - 02:30
Better unwoke than woke It’s one thing to watch a Terry Gilliam film. It’s another to live inside one. But the white, Christian-nationalist MAGA right wants to. And a child named Tucker will lead them. Friends circulated this Gerard Baker op-ed from Monday’s Wall Street Journal mocking Tucker Carlson’s fawning, America-hating profile of life in Russia: Why can’t we be more like Russia? The minute you see the welcoming smiles on the faces of the kindly immigration guards, all spiffy in their shiny jackboots, at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport you realize that unlike our own morally louche, spiritually decrepit cesspit, run by a corrupt and brutal regime bent on destroying its opponents, Russia is a nation united around a vision of the historic greatness of its civilization. From state-of-the-art supermarket cart technology to a president who is youthful and vigorous, able to dilate on European history at length, the contrast couldn’t be greater with a technologically backward and collapsing U.S. in the grip of a geriatric autocrat who can’t remember what day it is. American capitalism is corrupt and exploitative.
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Wed, 21/02/2024 - 02:22

At an East London cinema last summer, several dozen people in their late sixties and early seventies took to the stage. After being beckoned forwards by the compere, the veteran South African revolutionary Ronnie Kasrils, the shying group of mostly retirees received repeated standing ovations from loved ones, politicians, and diplomats filling out the private […]

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Wed, 21/02/2024 - 02:20

Once again, I found myself being rescued from a destroyed house. The first time this happened was when a bomb struck my family home in Tel al Hawa, a middle-class neighbourhood in Gaza City. I was with my wife Amal and my adult son. In response to the nearby bombings that were violently shaking our […]

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Wed, 21/02/2024 - 01:38

Yes, it’s already time to be worried — very worried. As the wars in Ukraine and Gaza have shown, the earliest drone equivalents of “killer robots” have made it onto the battlefield and proved to be devastating weapons. But at least they remain largely under human control. Imagine, for a moment, a world of war in which those aerial drones (or their ground and sea equivalents) controlled us, rather than vice-versa. Then we would be on a destructively different planet in a fashion that might seem almost unimaginable today. Sadly, though, it’s anything but unimaginable, given the work on artificial intelligence (AI) and robot weaponry that the major powers have already begun. Now, let me take you into that arcane... Read more