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The best of the political left-wing from around the web.

What's the '5G hype' all about?

by JBB — last modified Jun 04, 2019 09:26 AM
Marie Aspiazu, Digital Freedom Update | What actually is 5G and what does it mean for the future of connectivity and Internet users?

Superbugs in the Anthropocene: A Profit-Driven Plague

by JBB — last modified Jun 04, 2019 09:25 AM
by Ian Angus | Monthly Review | The promise of a world without disease has been replaced by warnings of evermore virulent pathogens, created by the very drugs that were supposed to save us. Scarcely a day passes without more news of people contracting infections or infectious diseases that cannot be cured by the strongest medicines available. Antimicrobial Resistance is a global health crisis driven by two major factors: the spectacular ability of bacteria to adapt to threats, and a pharmaceutical industry and health care system that puts profit before people. In addition to devastating climate change, the Anthropocene may be defined by epidemics that medicine cannot cure.

The global shift to the right

by JBB — last modified Jun 04, 2019 09:20 AM
by Prabhat Patnaik | MR Online | There are moments in the history of a nation when the existing system appears stable and capable of a long life; but all this changes quickly and new moments appear when the system simply cannot go on as before. For capitalism, now is such a moment, not just in India but all over the world. No matter how successful the Right may be electorally here and elsewhere, it cannot alter this basic fact.

Revealed: The Far Right Networks Of Deception

by JBB — last modified Jun 04, 2019 09:18 AM
TruePublica | Ahead of the EU elections, Avaaz conducted a Europe-wide investigation into networks of disinformation on Facebook. This was the first investigation of its kind and uncovered that far-right and anti-EU groups are weaponizing social media at scale to spread false and hateful content. The findings were shared with Facebook and resulted in an unprecedented shut down of Facebook pages just before voters head to the polls.

US gears up for war with Iran

by JBB — last modified Jun 04, 2019 09:13 AM
By Serge Halimi | Le Monde diplomatique | Can a state that condemns, without real justification, an international disarmament treaty it spent years negotiating then threaten a co-signatory with military aggression? Can it order other countries to fall into line with its capricious, bellicose stance or face punitive sanctions? The US can.

Pro-Israel Politicians, Lobby Groups and Media Fail Spectacularly To Stop Al Quds Day Rally

by JBB — last modified Jun 04, 2019 09:12 AM
Dimitri Lascaris | Yesterday, over 1,000 protesters gathered outside the United States Consulate in Toronto to demand justice for Palestinians. In so doing, they defied a bevy of pro-Israel politicians, lobby groups and media, including Doug Ford, the Premier of Ontario, and John Tory, the mayor of Canada’s largest city. Ford, Tory and other pro-Israel politicians have repeatedly vowed to bring an end to the Al Quds Day rally.

The internet wars

by JBB — last modified Jun 03, 2019 12:06 PM
Rick Salutin | In the early days of the internet, politicians embraced digital utopianism. Now, governments are struggling to understand -- let alone regulate -- the inner workings of tech monopolies.
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