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  1. Best news today: Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has conceded defeat.

    It's a victory for all anti-fascists. But Macron's political program will will further "liberalise" the labour market, lay off 100,000+ public workers, cut pensions and privatise the public sector. Which probably will make a Le Pen victory much more likely next election - unless the left can unite against failed neo-liberal politics and the dangerous threat from the far-right.

  2. Just imagine how freaking weird this is going to look in history books.

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  3. Here is a story that hasn't gotten much coverage in the media: A German soldier with a "xenophobic background" has been arrested for planning a terror attack against migrants and refugees in Hammelburg, Bavaria. Police also arrested another person linked to the soldier near Frankfurt. Authorities believe he has a far-right extremist background and found items prohibited under weapons and explosives laws in his home, Deutsche Welle (DW) reports.

  4. This video about two guys that go to North Korea to get a haircut is watchable.

    1. simonleuf

      simonleuf

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      The bombing was long, leisurely and merciless, even by the assessment of America’s own leaders. “Over a period of three years or so, we killed off — what — 20 percent of the population,” Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay, head of the Strategic Air Command during the Korean War, told the Office of Air Force History in 1984. Dean Rusk, a supporter of the war and later secretary of state, said the United States bombed “everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another.” After running low on urban targets, U.S. bombers destroyed hydroelectric and irrigation dams in the later stages of the war, flooding farmland and destroying crops.

      The Washington Post: The U.S. war crime North Korea won’t forget

  5. At the heart of what is termed an open society is the idea that if all views get a fair hearing, and a platform is provided for debate, then individuals can decide for themselves what to believe and society can reach some sort of consensus. But is that really the case? Or does giving these movements a media platform grant them a degree of legitimacy that tells viewers that intolerant, racist or otherwise bigoted views are potentially of equal value to their opposite.

    What do you think? How should the media react to the growing racist movements around the world?

  6. Some thoughts on the election in France.

    Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen managed to secure the most votes and get to the final round of voting. One of these two people will become the next president of France. That means that it could be the extreme right-wing candidate Le Pen that wins in the final round – thus echoing the result of the US election in which Trump, an incompetent racist buffoon with no political or governing experience, managed to beat all the odds (and polls) and become president and commander-in-chief.

    But I really doubt that will happen in France, and not just because all the polls show that the fascist party Front National is unlikely to win. Because despite all the recent ISIS attacks in France, Le Pen and her brown shirts only managed to get a meagre five percent of the vote in Paris. That brings me hope that the honest people of France are strong enough to dismiss Le Pen in the final round. And yet, a fascist managed to get to the second round. A few years back that would be unthinkable, but today it’s the new “normal”. The world truly is a crazy and scary place today.

    Jean-Luc Mélenchon and the left made a truly historical and amazing election campaign. Mélenchon’s surge from nowhere was astonishing and I’m sure his campaign will inspire other leftists around Europe. In the end Mélenchon managed to secure nearly 20 percent of the votes. That is truly amazing in a historically conservative country like France where the “radical left” hasn’t done that good in an election since the late 1960’s. Despite this, Mélenchon’s surge was unfortunately insufficient to beat Le Pen. Much of this, I believe, could be blamed on Benoit Hamon’s voters who did not care or realise that Hamon was a lost cause and therefore failed to tactically vote for Mélenchon. If they had, Le Pen would probably not have been able to get to the second round.

    The election also shows that the collapse of centrist social democratic parties and the rise of the extreme far-right continues unabated in Europe. In France, for the social democrats, that should come to no surprise. Their catastrophic election result is mainly their own doing. Partly because of sheer incompetence during their time in power, but also, and more importantly in my opinion, is that they won the previous elections on economic left-wing politics which they then completely failed (unwillingly or not) to materialise. We can see the same social democratic failure around Europe.

    Another one that did not make it to the second round was Francois Fillon. This failure is probably because Fillon and the right devoted their election campaign to approach and mimic Le Pen's political ideas and policies. On election day, many of his voters clearly rejected this tactic and many others decided to vote for the original instead of the copy. This is a lesson for other right-wing parties around Europe that are contemplating how to deal with the rising far-right parties in their own countries.  

    Emmanuel Macron will probably become the next president. But the danger here is that the populist policies and proposals in his election manifesto could be hard to finance. If Macron fails to live up to his promises he might just make a Le Pen victory that much more likely in the next election.

  7. I hope you haven't missed this documentary where Al Jazeera reveals how private security companies sells invasive spyware to authoritarian governments, criminals or even terrorists: Al Jazeera Investigations - Spy Merchants

  8. Tydligen så kommer bombterrorister och nazister från Nordiska Motståndsrörelsen att delta i årets Almedalsvecka. Ansvariga för politikerveckan säger att de inte kan säga nej till nazisternas deltagande då vi i Sverige har yttrandefrihet... Men om vi inte protesterar nu, när ska vi då göra det?

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  9. This is spot-on! 

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  10. The #GE2017 campaign to get Jeremy Corbyn elected starts today!

    We only have six weeks to get Jeremy Corbyn elected and while the odds might not be in Corbyn's favour, everything is possible. We have seen how much public support left-wing candidates like Bernie Sanders and Jean-Luc Mélenchon can amass if only they manage to get their message out there. The same is true for Corbyn and his new Labour. Socialism knows no borders, so let's all help as much as we can!

    1. simonleuf

      simonleuf

      Labour can win this election – if we all join the fight! Recent history shows that radical movements can beat the odds and win, and progressives and party members of all stripes can deliver a win for Corbyn’s Labour

    2. Tom S

      Tom S

      Yes here we go!

  11. Hello and welcome to Redly! Let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas on how Redly could be improved upon further. :)

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    Live på scenen: Magnus Carlson (Weeping Willows), Petra Marklund, Sofia Jannok, Malena Ernman med flera + hemliga artister. Talare: Pär Holmgren, Meteorolog, föreläsare och författare Em Petersson, Greenpeace Fler tillkommer! Den 29 april har Trump-administrationen i USA suttit i nittionio dagar. Presidentskapet har startat med attacker mot FN:s klimatavtal och klimatforskningen, mot migranter och urfolk, mot kvinnors rättigheter och mot yttrande- och tryckfrihet. I USA och resten av världen samlas människor nu till en global manifestation – People's Climate March. Ett hållbart klimat, fred, jämlikhet och social hållbarhet hänger ihop. Vi vill ge ett kraftfullt och hoppfullt svar och visa att Sverige står emot! Därför manifesterar vi för kraftfulla klimatåtgärder, för fred, hållbara jobb och kvinnors villkor, en solidarisk flyktingpolitik och för urfolks rättigheter. Tillsammans för en hållbar framtid! Vad? People's Climate March Stockholm – Tillsammans för en hållbar framtid! Folkfest, manifestation & demonstration med talare, artister och musik. Var & När? Samling kl.14.30 på Norra Latin för tal & scenframträdanden. Avmarsch kl.16.00 för demonstrationståg genom Stockholm med avslut på Norrmalmstorg. Mer uppdateringar kring program, talare, artister, etc. finner du här vartefter. Vill du och din förening/organisation ansluta er och vara med och stödja marschen? Fantastiskt! För anmälan: kontakt@klimatsverige.se Vad du kan göra för att hjälpa till? Varje insats, varje bidrag är ovärderligt. För mer information om vad du kan hjälpa till med redan nu, innan och under själva eventet, kolla in vår hemsida & hör av dig till oss! klimatsverige.se/pcm Sprid ordet! Just nu är bland det mest värdefulla du kan göra för att hjälpa till att sprida ordet om detta - till familj, vänner och alla du känner, för att se till att det här blir en så stor, fantastisk och färgsprakande folkfest som möjligt! Hoppas vi ses där
  13. British Prime Minister Theresa May has just announced that she will hold a snap general election on June 8th. A general election, May said, will "guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead" following Brexit.

    What does this mean for the opposition and Jeremy Corbyn? Can they stop the Labour infighting and coordinate a proper and forceful opposition to May and the conservatives? Or will this just be a walk in the park for the Tories?

  14. Stop swooning over liberal Justin Trudeau. The man is a disaster for the planet, says Bill McKibben in the Guardian. "Donald Trump is a creep and unpleasant to look at, but at least he’s not a stunning hypocrite when it comes to climate change." 👌🏼

  15. If you are looking for a new podcast check out Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill. It really is the best new podcast of 2017 in my opinion. It's a must-listen!

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