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UK government admits that secret trade talks are underway

17 Feb 2020, 1:00 am | TruePublica

As campaign group Global Justice Now finished the final day of their legal attempt to force the UK government to release details of trade talks with more than a dozen countries this week, government lawyers admitted that further trade talks are underway with unnamed countries, which the public is not even allowed to know are […]

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No10 Refuses FoI request on Russia Report

17 Feb 2020, 1:00 am | TruePublica

No 10 has dismissed as “vexatious” a freedom of information request by the Bureau of Investigative journalism for emails between the prime minister’s office and the parliamentary committee behind the Russia report in the run-up to the 2019 general election.   The Bureau sought these emails because they could have shed light on Boris Johnson’s […]

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What Assange Faces in the US – Alleged WikiLeaks whistleblower on trial

17 Feb 2020, 1:00 am | TruePublica

By Oscar Grenfell: The criminal trial of Joshua Schulte, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee accused by the US government of leaking documents exposing illegal global spying operations, began in a New York federal courtroom this month. Hearings are ongoing.   The 31-year-old has pled not guilty to 11 charges. They cover alleged violations […]

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Inside Extinction Rebellion: War reporting a global human conflict

16 Feb 2020, 10:43 am | TruePublica

By Danny Halpin: Having our own media allows us to tell the stories that the millionaire press barons don’t want to engage with and it gives us a space to debate and explore issues without the toxic influence of climate deniers.    The culture of Extinction Rebellion inspires wild ambition. It invites us to imagine […]

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Post-Brexit Britain to be the “largest and most destructive tax haven in the world”

16 Feb 2020, 1:00 am | TruePublica

After three and a half years of acrimony, Brexit has become a reality. One very small but extremely powerful grouping within British society is likely to be delighted that the independence they have long desired has finally been achieved; alongside a variety of fringe ethno-nationalist organisations that long to stop migrants from coming to Britain, […]

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Rishi Sunak – The Tory ‘Yes’ Man in No11

14 Feb 2020, 7:48 am | TruePublica

TruePublica Editor: It never ceases to surprise me that politicians whose own heritage mean that under today’s political regime, it is more than highly doubtful that their own families would be allowed into the country. Although himself born in Southampton, his grandparents were born in Punjab, India and immigrated to the UK from East Africa […]

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Britain’s existential crisis is now looking very real

14 Feb 2020, 1:05 am | TruePublica

By TruePublica: Is Britain now in the grip of an out-of-control political, constitutional and economic tailspin – an existential crisis as many analysts and critics are now postulating?  The list of news titles, economic reports and commentary that concludes Britain is facing nation-state failure is neverending and they almost all take the view that not […]

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Ofcom to regulate social media gives – ‘state sponsorship to social media companies’

14 Feb 2020, 1:00 am | TruePublica

Ofcom will be put in charge of regulating the internet, the government has announced, with executives at internet firms potentially facing substantial fines or even prison sentences if they fail to protect users from “harmful and illegal content” online. Under the proposals, Ofcom will not have the power to remove specific posts from social media platforms. […]

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UN News Roundup – The headlines

14 Feb 2020, 1:00 am | TruePublica

UN underlines need for dialogue to resolve Israel-Palestine conflict Rising tensions and instability across the globe, particularly in the Middle East, underscore the need to resolve the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the UN Secretary-General told the Security Council on Tuesday. READ MORE >>   ‘Don’t forget Madagascar’s children’, UN appeals for long-term help as emergency […]

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Rutger Bregman tells Davos to talk about tax – “all the rest if bullshit”

13 Feb 2020, 4:29 am | TruePublica

Davos organisers notably opted not to invite economist Rutger Bregman back to this year’s event after he argued, at the previous 2019 meeting, that tax justice was the only way to confront the multiple crises now afflicting the world. Here’s a reminder of his comments which resonated strongly across the world:      

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