BRITAIN’S FORGOTTEN WAR FOR RUBBER

70 years ago the UK stepped up a brutal colonial intervention in Malaya, presenting it as a war against Chinese communism. British forces herded hundreds of thousands of people into fortified camps, heavily bombed rural areas and resorted to extensive propaganda to win the conflict. MARK CURTIS 13 SEPTEMBER 2022 The so-called “emergency” in Malaya […]

It’s Not Clever to be Smart

Smart meters were introduced by energy suppliers and the government supposedly as a way to make life easier for consumers. Energy bills would be more accurate and cheaper, and the smart meters would be ultimately to our benefit. They would enable us to pay exactly for what energy we use, rather than relying on estimates. […]

Chuck Schumer’s Family Is Getting Nice Work on Wall Street

BYJULIA ROCK (Jacobin Magazine) Blackstone, the world’s largest private equity fund, just hired Senator Chuck Schumer’s son-in-law as a lobbyist — at the same time the Wall Street firm is lobbying the Senate on major financial legislation. The world’s largest private equity firm hired Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) son-in-law as a lobbyist around […]

Palestine Action occupy Acronic factory in Birmingham in solidarity with Grenfell and Palestine

News, Jun 14th https://freedomnews.org.uk/2022/06/14/palestine-action-occupy-acronic-factory-in-birmingham-in-solidarity-with-grenfell-and-palestine/ On Monday morning, Palestine Action activists returned to the Arconic factory in Birmingham. The team have sparked a rooftop occupation of the site, and blocked the front gates, halting business for guilty Arconic and demanding Justice for Grenfell, five years on. Today’s action was taken in solidarity with the 72 who […]

REVEALED: AUSTRALIA’S SECRET PROPAGANDA UNIT

Britain assisted Australia in setting up a team modelled on the UK’s notorious Information Research Department to run influence operations in the Asia-Pacific in the 1970s, recently declassified files reveal. JOHN MCEVOY AND PETER CRONAU 16 JUNE 2022 https://declassifieduk.org/revealed-australias-secret-propaganda-unit/ In the early 1970s, officials from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) visited Britain for propaganda training. This […]

HOW UK MEDIA COULD SERVE THE PUBLIC Interest?

A new Manifesto for a People’s Media by the Media Reform Coalition calls for urgently-needed changes to curb corporate ownership of UK news organisations and grow independent media serving the public, not elite, interest. NATALIE FENTON Jacobin Magazine 12 MAY 2022 A healthy media is often claimed to be the life-blood of democracy. This is […]

Hedges: No Way Out but War

By Chris Hedges / Special to ScheerPost The United States, as the near unanimous vote to provide nearly $40 billion in aid to Ukraine illustrates, is trapped in the death spiral of unchecked militarism. No high speed trains. No universal health care. No viable Covid relief program. No respite from 8.3 percent inflation. No infrastructure […]