Darkness at the heart of the British state

Hidden Soldiersources: Socialist Worker
published: 3 July 2018

Revelations that the British state is complicit in torture destroy the lie that Britain is more “civilised” or progressive than other countries.

Two reports last week said that British intelligence agencies MI6 and MI5 have been involved in hundreds of torture cases. They also had a hand in dozens of rendition cases, where suspects are removed to other countries to be tortured.

The mainstream media quickly moved on from the scandal.

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The Guardian Reports : Five myths about the refugee crisis

Woman refugeesource: The Guardian
published: 5 June 2018

The refugee crisis that dominated the news in 2015 and 2016 consisted primarily of a sharp rise in the number of people coming to Europe to claim asylum.

Arrivals have now dropped, and governments have cracked down on the movement of undocumented migrants within the EU; many thousands are stuck in reception centres or camps in southern Europe, while others try to make new lives in the places they have settled.

But to see the crisis as an event that began in 2015 and ended the following year is a mistake, because it obscures the fact that the underlying causes have not changed.

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Battle of Orgreave: more unreleased police files uncovered

Police Shieldsource: The Guardian
published: 1 March 2018

Unreleased files about the Battle of Orgreave from five police forces, including a contemporaneous report by a chief constable on the policing of the miner’s strike, have been uncovered by the Commons home affairs committee.

The new files follow the recent identification of nearly 800 unreleased South Yorkshire police files that were not considered when the home secretary, Amber Rudd, ruled out an independent public inquiry.

Yvette Cooper, the chair of the Commons home affairs committee, has written to Rudd asking that an urgent independent “review and publish” process is set up for the newly discovered files to determine which should be made public. She says it should not be left to the individual police forces to decide.

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