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Corporate Watch: The Foster Care Business in the UK

Tue, 15/12/2015 – 18:32 Almost 86,000 children were in foster care in the UK last year. The support they receive from their foster carers can make a huge difference to their lives. Foster care placements are still paid for publicly but they are increasingly organised by private companies, for a profit.* The number of children Read more…

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Corporate Watch: Turkish military brutality in Diyarbakır

Barricades on the streets of Diyarbakır The Kurdish city of Amed (Diyarbakır in Turkish), is currently under attack by Turkish state forces. Amed is situated within the borders of Turkey and its residents are locked in a decades long struggle for self determination. In November, people erected barricades in the neighbourhood of Sur, part of Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Daily Beast Explains How Venezuela’s Military Saved Democracy

Some key definitions you’ll need to know in order to understand this Daily Beast article by Itxu Diaz: Democracy – a political system in which people supported by the United States government always win elections. It’s preferable, but not essential, that at least two US-backed groups will compete for political power. Evidence – any claim Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: An open letter to Reuters about US prosecutors

RE: Exclusive: U.S. to charge Venezuela’s National Guard chief with drug trafficking Dear Julia Harte and Nate Raymond How would this article be any different if it were a press release written by US prosecutors? Why not seek comment from US attorneys Brain Concannon or Ira Kurzban? They can both tell you how US prosecutors Read more…

Dimitris Fasfalis: The dialectic between nationalism and commodity

The latest French regional elections have been another episode in the everlasting rise of the National Front. Political  anthropologists such as Marc Abélès have already underlined that one of the effects of capitalist globalisation upon contemporary society is a double process of fragmentation: vertically, i.e. between classes, and horizontally, between communities, cultures and identities. Its Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The joy of reading NYT editorials

“I can’t wait to read this bullshit” is what I immediately thought before reading the NYT’s editorial on the opposition’s big win in Venezuela’s National Assembly elections. The editorial board has been repeatedly maligning Venezuelan democracy – most recently in a November 18 editorial entitled “Venezuela’s Threatened Elections”. How would they spin the fact that the side they support Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Media Spin on Venezuela’s National Assembly Election Results -UPDATED

The international media seemed to have struggled a bit to spin the results of Venezuela’s National assembly elections in which the opposition has won a 2/3 majority of the seats. These elections did not have any US-approved “international observers” like the OAS – and Venezuela’s government has been depicted as a dictatorship, or very close Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Guardian does self-satire over a Labour byelection win

No exaggeration to say that this excerpt below from the UK Guardian’s Andrew Sparrow reads like it comes out of the Onion.  Corporate journalists are often at their funniest when they do not intend to be. What does the Oldham result really tells us Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership? A Q&A Almost all the media reporting from Read more…

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Corporate Watch: UK: Court hears detainee death only costs £10,000 fine

The Information Tribunal heard an appeal today by the Home Office against an Information Commissioner decision requiring it to release data regarding failures by commercial contractors at the Harmondsworth and Colnbrook immigration detention centres. In a freedom of information request, Corporate Watch asked the Home Office for internal audits of the two detention centres written Read more…

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Corporate Watch: The struggle for autonomy in North Kurdistan: Voices from Cizre

People in cities across North Kurdistan (the part of Kurdistan within Turkey’s borders) are fighting for their autonomy from the Turkish state. Several cities made declarations of self-rule in Summer 2015 in response to attacks by the police and army. Barricades have been erected in city centres and people have taken up arms to prevent Read more…

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