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Given that I covered the electoral fraud at the DNC earlier this year and also predicted probable vote-rigging for Hillary in the presidential election, I would be remiss not to mention this.

There is a case very much being made that the GOP may have resorted to election rigging of its own last week to aid Donald Trump’s victory.

The best source for this at present is investigator Greg Palast, whose film The Best Democracy Money Can Buy proves significant to this election. According to Palast, some 1.1 million minority voters were prevented from voting on November 8th. Read the rest of this entry »

In a major tactical and symbolic victory, it is now clear that Syrian government forces and its allies have liberated the Old City of Aleppo.

RT was the first to break the news on the ground. Read the rest of this entry »

Protesters holding posters which read "No Nazi inside Hofburg palace" demonstrate against Austrian presidential candidate Norbert Hofer of the FPOe in Vienna, Austria, December 3, 2016. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

I feel as if we should congratulate voters in Austria for – on the balance – refusing to vote the Far-Right ‘Freedom Party’ to power.

In what was a very closely and nervously watched election in Austria yesterday, the Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer (who had won the first round of the election, with 35% of the vote – the party’s most successful ever result), was defeated by Left-leaning and Green-Party-backed Alexander Van der Bellen. Many, both in Austria and elsewhere in Europe, may have breathed a sigh of relief. The result, however, was very, very close, with Hofer receiving 49.7% of the vote: making it clear that the battle isn’t over and that the Freedom Party (FPÖ) is still very much in play for the coming months and years. Read the rest of this entry »

Letter from Fidel Castro to FDR, 1940, pgs 2&3 00968_2003_002

I’ve been fascinated by historic letters and correspondence for some time; and I wrote a post covering some of this a while ago.

Letters, particularly communications never meant for public consumption, provide a fascinating insight into significant historic or cultural events, times or figures. They also can help to humanise certain figures – both historic or contemporary – who might otherwise seem like remote, distant characters or one-dimensional archetypes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Whatever we may or may not think about Fidel Castro and his long era in Cuba (all of which is difficult, complex and debatable), it has to be said that there is something poetically pleasing about the fact that he survived some 634 assassination attempts, outlasted nine US Presidents and became the third longest- serving head of state in the world.

Only Queen Elizabeth II and the King of Thailand have lasted longer than Castro as head of state. Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, who was a friend and ally of Castro’s and also somewhat a student of Castro’s early accomplishments, managed to last over forty years himself: but though Gaddafi too was subject to assassination attempts by the CIA and others, it wasn’t nearly as many as Castro. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Far Right extremist charged with the sadistic murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in June has been given a whole-life sentence.

The 53 year-old Thomas Mair stabbed and shot the 41 year-old mother of two in broad daylight outside her constituency office in Birstall, West Yorkshire, just over a week before the UK’s EU Referendum vote. At the conclusion of his trial, it is confirmed he will spend the rest of his life in jail. Read the rest of this entry »

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A couple of days ago, media outlets in the UK were filled with opinion pieces about the case of a girl who had died from cancer.

The reason a media fuss was made about it was because the young woman had won a legal claim to be allowed to be cryonically frozen upon her tragic, premature death. It is considered a landmark case; and it is genuinely fascinating for a host of reasons. Read the rest of this entry »

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Before commenting on the protests still going on around America, I want to establish two things first. Firstly, Donald Trump won the election: eventually that will simply have to be accepted.

Second, I really don’t have a clear sense of what’s going on at the moment behind the scenes or of what is going to unfold in the months ahead. When I say that, what I mean is that I don’t know if something is going on behind closed doors that will prevent Trump even becoming president. And we don’t know what’s going to develop between now and January; whether the violence is going to escalate, whether serious measures are going to have to be taken to restore order if the unrest escalates, or even whether there could be assassination attempts. Read the rest of this entry »

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I would love to have been a fly on the wall when Donald Trump visited his future home, the White House, to meet Barak Obama on Thursday.

I mean, there’s a conversation it would’ve been fascinating to hear: a conversation between the first Black President of America and his soon-to-be successor – a man endorsed officially by the Ku Klux Klan. I mean, just process that for a moment and reflect on what it symbolizes for the direction of a society in the twenty-first century. Read the rest of this entry »