A war criminal in the White House

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Kissinger is estimated to be responsible for at least four million deaths worldwide. During his legacy, he expanded US arms sales whilst conducting covert operations via the CIA. He sabotaged civil liberation movements, armed mercenaries and apartheid forces. So why is he a regular entry on Trump’s White House visitors list? Claire Connelly looks into the direction of future US foreign policy.

The Guardian: A cheerleader for US sponsored terror

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Over the past week, the Guardian has engaged in a variety of personal attacks on a number of independent journalists and academics – those who criticise the paper’s support for the ‘White Helmets’; a so-called ‘humanitarian’ organisation that operates in ‘rebel-held’ areas of Syria. There are two versions of this story, but the media only wants you to hear one of them…

The on-going stitch-up against Julian Assange

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The UN findings confirmed that Assange’s detention has been unlawful since his very first arrest in the United Kingdom in 2010. But Phillip Hammond thinks the UN detention report ‘frankly ridiculous’. Daniel Margrain unpicks the real drivers of this cat and mouse saga.

Things governments can and cannot afford

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In the UK, the Tories have slashed NHS funding, public housing and social care, policing, libraries, arts – even school dinners – on the grounds it was unaffordable. But it was comfortable spending £142 million per year subsidising the defence force (including the promotion of arms exports), and another £18 billion in corporate tax cuts for the private sector, and £120bn building a bloody great bridge to France.

Digital is killing democracy

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When talking about the internet, we like to assume it is a powerful utility that enhances democracy. But instead of improving our understanding and informing our political choices, social networks and social media actually narrows the debate and closes down free speech. Electorates across the world are being manipulated by tech monopolies that are collating our data and using it to appeal to our prejudices. In short, digital is killing democracy. We went to the Netherlands to meet André Krouwel, a political scientist who thinks differently about the power and influence of social media.

Memogate

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The memo focuses on a 2016 FBI surveillance warrant to monitor former Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page. The Republicans were desperate to make it public. The Democrats were desperate to keep it hidden. Both sides seemed convinced its release would have a big impact on Russiagate. Here is what you need to know about it…

Trump’s State of the Union was an embarrassment for everyone involved

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It was a beautiful, massive, tremendous, success. Nah, just kidding. Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech was a mess — and the frequent bursts into resounding applause were enough to make any tinpot dictator envious. Danielle Ryan shares the delights…

Digital is killing democracy: teaser

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Coming up this week, we talk to political scientist, André Krouwel about the revolution the internet has failed to bring about, and how inequality is being exacerbated by our tax systems. Tune into Renegade Inc. on RTUK, on Monday the 5th of February at 7.30am, 1.30pm, and 6.30pm, or stay glued to the website for upcoming episodes.