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There’s an old expression in Brazil: “it is for the English to see.” This means the country’s elites will construct, when necessary, a veneer for Global North outsiders. This veneer displays a more attractive version of Brazilian society than what actually exists. Northern tourists and investors have long been happy to enjoy the fantasy on display as long as they could extract their pleasures or profits, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro could have been another chapter in this long history of facades for foreign consumption. - The Nation, 26 July 2016


I VISITED Iraq in 1999. At the time, there were no so-called “jihadists” espousing the principles of “jihadism,” whatever the interpretation may be. On the outskirts of Baghdad was a military training camp, not for al-Qaida, but for Mojahedin-e-Khalq, an Iranian militant exile group that worked, with foreign funding and arms, to overthrow the Iranian Republic. - RAMZY BAROUD, Morning Star, 26 July 2016


After the atrocity of Nice, nothing summed up the weariness and despair over another attack better than the Daily Telegraph front page. No propaganda or accusations. Just a sad reel of where attacks have fallen recently and asking where it will end. - The Morning Star, 21 July 2016


"Brexit is Brexit," said Theresa May on Monday, after it was confirmed that she would be the next prime minister of the UK during an incredibly challenging time for the country. - Ars Technica UK, 13 July 2016


In an astonishing revelation, the Daily Telegraph has established that Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague will examine the Chilcot Inquiry Report in to the Iraq invasion – due to be released on Wednesday 6th July - Global Research, 3 July 2016


Today the United Nations Human Rights Council agreed by consensus to a resolution supporting human rights online, despite efforts by hostile states to eliminate key provisions in the text. The landmark document specifically condemns internet shutdowns and renews 2012 and 2014 resolutions that declared, unequivocally, that human rights apply online just as they do offline. - Access Now, 1 July 2016


Actor Jesse Williams is best known for his role on the TV show "Grey’s Anatomy." On Sunday night, he earned a standing ovation when he addressed the BET Awards. - Democracy Now, 28 June 2016


Lawyers working with Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower who received sanctuary in Russia after fleeing the US, have vowed to step up pressure on Barack Obama’s administration for a presidential pardon. - The Guardian, 27 June 2016


The duty on public bodies to report signs of radicalisation, included in the government’s strategy to counter Islamist extremism, is today’s equivalent of internment in Northern Ireland, the shadow home secretary, Andy Burnham, has said, calling for the strategy to be scrapped. - The Guardian, 19 June 2016


From 1 July, a broad range of public bodies – from nursery schools to optometrists – will be legally obliged to participate in the government’s Prevent policy to identify would-be extremists. - Arun Kundnani, 18 June 2016


Britons could be sleepwalking into a new era of state surveillance powers, judging by a new poll conducted by the civil rights organisation Liberty. - The Guardian, 5 June 2016


AFTER six years of marginalisation and alienation, six years of rising prejudice and discrimination and the fresh failure of another government policy, is it not time for the Conservatives to admit that their approach on tackling Islamic radicalisation has been a failure? - The Morning Star, 3 June 2016


The way we protect human rights is under sustained attack. Politicians and the press, hostile to Europe in all its forms, peddle lies and distortions about the European convention on human rights, the Strasbourg court, and the Human Rights Act which protects convention rights in UK law. They allege that the system distorts justice, preventing evil people from getting their just deserts. - The Guardian, 16 May 2016


Theresa May’s politically opportunistic tirade against the European Convention on Human Rights is standard Tory fare and as such full of false insinuation. - Morning Star, 6 May 2016


THE family of Jean Charles de Menezes last week lost a challenge in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over the decision not to charge any police officer for his fatal shooting. - The Morning Star, 6 April 2016

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