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1/ Some things have been on my mind that maybe we need to try to remember and think about at this fulcrum moment in the #abortion debate.

Since I wrote my book several years ago & re-read #Roe for the 1st time in years, I've been wondering abt something.

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2/ #Roe, let's remember, divided pregnancy into trimesters. #Abortion was more or less unrestricted in the 1st 12wks, practically prohibited in the last 12wks. Interests of mother & child were balanced this way.

This amts to a legal recognition of personhood.
3/ The only sensible reading of the #Roe scheme is as a balancing of the interests of 2 persons that are in conflict.

This is a glass-half-full reading. But the casual way we talk abt Roe as a total loss is not constitutionally realistic or accurate.
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#SCOTUS news are shocking
Even tho no big surprise: This lets the dreams of far-right movements from Poland via France to Brazil come true: to repressively control the female body, thus her reproduction, thus her sex life
I take 1 personal and 2 political points out of this 1/4
As a (hopefully) loving boyfriend, the most terrible moments for gf's were when there was the slightest hint of a potential (!) #pregnancy. To disregard the, (as I'd say as a bystander) emotional horror women go through, is appalling. Women need #support, not #oppression!
Politically (also in #Europe), the far-right has succeeded by playing dirty: Disregarding all democratic traditions and fair play rules for electing #SCOTUS judges, this is a key example of how "just setting an example" is not enough.
No: Key institutions require tough fights!
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Support Britain's veterans.🇬🇧

The UK Govt has ignored MPs' calls for an inquiry into our veterans' benefits system, which involves long waits, high rejection rates, low pay-outs & lengthy appeals, with many pushed into poverty, declining health & suicide.
mirror.co.uk/money/gobsmack…
The Government's attitude to our brave veterans is a national disgrace.🇬🇧

The “Great Tommy Sleep Out” was held in March, where participants braved the cold for one night in support of the approximately 6,000 military veterans experiencing homelessness.

rbli.co.uk/rbli-events/sl…
In 2018, then @UKLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn pledged to end the “scourge” of rough sleeping among armed forces veterans & called on Theresa May to officially register the number of homeless ex-servicemen & women.

independent.co.uk/news/uk/politi…
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#THREAD

The level of debate around the controversial issue of “free speech” following the announcement of Elon Musk's intention to buy @Twitter, just reinforces the importance of considered, well-informed, & intelligent opinions, backed up by historical & contemporary evidence.
'Free speech isn’t a norm, but a slogan: a label each of us applies to language & conventions we approve of. People complaining about threats to free speech sometimes don’t like the way new norms & voices are challenging their own.' - Fara Dabhoiwala.

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This thread is edited from Fara Dabhoiwala's (@fdabhoi) review of the book 'The Free Speech Wars: How Did We Get Here and Why Does It Matter?', by Charlotte Lydia Riley, printed in the @Guardian in December 2020 (link above).

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#Thread

I've written elsewhere about the highly contested & important concepts of #nationalism & #patriotism, which in Britain & many other countries, have been successfully appropriated & mobilised by the Right, leaving the Left stumped, floundering, & backed into a corner.
Nationalism is generally associated with jingoism, xenophobia & distasteful sense of the superiority of one's own country over others. But this isn't strictly what it means to a sizeable proportion of voters, who interpret it more as 'putting one's own country's interests first'.
Similarly, patriotism - the feeling of pride in, devotion to, attachment to, or even love for one's country - is often dismissed by the Left as at best unseemly, & at worst, racist.

Most discussion of nationalism & patriotism on the Left is without nuance & electorally suicidal.
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1/ Is anyone surprised that Moscow would - immediately - claim that Russian atrocities in #Bucha were “staged”? Does anyone remember that Serbian President #Vucic – two decades after the fact – claimed that Serbian atrocities in #Racak, Kosovo were “fabricated”? 🧵
2/ Is everyone aware #Belgrade is revising its own past in the #Balkans – and distorting present reality of Russia’s brutal invasion? That there is a straight line between Vucic’s denial of Racak and Belgrade’s promotion of Russian aggression in #Ukraine?
3/ No. Accomplished @nytimes journalist @ATHigginsNYT downplays the Serbian government role in fostering adulation of #Putin, support for Russian invasion and Russian and Chinese #authoritarianism. Instead, we get more vox-pop ‘Balkan ghosts.’
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Some book reviews! My fieldwork in Urumchi #Xinjiang planned to explore relations between Han, #Uyghurs, & party-state, particularly how urban groups most exposed to party education understand each other and how interactions shape #nationalism #security

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What wasn't planned was 2009 mass violence. Han & #Uyghurs explained violence with narratives familiar from living there previously but crystallised into starker boundaries & insecurity. #China's party-state framed Uyghur identities as security problems, intensifying insecurity.
I had hoped to live there again during more peaceful times and even explore some themes in the reviews below. But Xi's ethnic extinction policies and his closed "new era" means we have to learn and use new methods.
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🧵THREAD:

The US gvm't says the population is “united” behind its war drive. This is a lie!

Here’s how US workers & youth really feel about the US/NATO drive to World War 3 & Putin's invasion.

RT, tag friends & add your voice! Post your video/pic & use #SpeakOutAgainstWW3!

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In the hours and days ahead the WSWS will be posting statements against war from workers & young people across the US. #antiwar sentiment is censored from the corporate media. Post yr statement to show the world that the US population does not want war! #SpeakOutAgainstWW3

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Liz, a nurse from LA says: "All working class people from the US must unite w/ our Ukrainian and Russian brothers & sisters. We have to build a working class #antiwar movement because this drive to war w/ Russia is a very dangerous policy. They are taking us to the edge."

3/
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Let's roll the sequence of Event and Why #ShivSena was formed... Who was the brain behind foundation of #ShivSena. From a cartoonist to #HaftaKhori and #HaftaKhori to Political Blackmailing and from Political Blackmailing to Forming a Party..
On 11 Jan 1966, On unfortunate day We lost our PM Lal Bahadur Shashtri Ji in #tashkent ( still not known ). The PM who gave the slogan, "जय जवान जय किसान" and made Pakistan kneel down on Knees in 1965. Think who benefited from his demise...
After the unfortunate demise of #ShashtriJi, on 24 January 1966 #IndiraFerozKhan was sworn in as Prime Minister of India.

Now the political scenario :-

1- Congress as ruling party but popularity declining.

2- Communist as a major opposition but behind the curtain Dating Cong
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 01/13/2022 greeneracresvaluenetwork.wordpress.com/2022/01/13/dai…
Inside the multibillion-dollar, Silicon Valley-backed effort to reimagine how the world funds (and conducts) science – Endpoints News

endpts.com/inside-the-mul…

#ScientificResearch, #ResearchFunding, #FundingFlows
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 12/15/2021 greeneracresvaluenetwork.wordpress.com/2021/12/15/dai…
Well-Structured German Study Shows No Deaths among Healthy German Kids Ages 5 to 11 ⋆ Brownstone Institute

brownstone.org/articles/well-…

#MedicalStudy, #germany, #COVID19, #mortality, #children, #SchoolClosures
Fast superhighway through the Solar System discovered - Big Think

bigthink.com/hard-science/f…

#ArchesOfChaos, #SpaceTravel, #SolarSystem, ScientificDiscovery
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🧵 Lenovo and China Left+' attack on it.

It's been 3+ days in China headline yet not much English reporting.

It's related to #Didi as CEO and Lenovo founder father-daughter relationship.

Certainly one power family. Chinese phrases that bad things come in doubles.

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If Global Times @HuXijin_GT considered China Left, one attacking Lenovo could be considered China Left+, evidenced by Mr. Hu came out and publicly support Lenovo some

Grasp of politics/label rudimentary. If I am allowed to label Covid variants, it will be variant 1, 2, 3, .

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The China Left+ accuser's name is Sima Nan who listed 5 "Crimes" of Lenovo:

1. Sky-high executive salaries
2. Loss of China’s state-owned assets during privatization by Lenovo founder/CEO. Lenovo was originally a 100% state-owned enterprise by the Chinese Academy of Sciences

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‘The Trojan Horse Scandal and the Problem of Equalities in Britain Today’.

The event examined the scandal from a broad range of perspectives, engaging with debates on #equalities, #liberalism, and #Britishness.

northernnotes.leeds.ac.uk/the-trojan-hor…
It also provided an opportunity to discuss and generate a dialogue about the significance of the 'Trojan Horse’ scandal and the duty placed on schools after the scandal to promote Fundamental British Values (FBV) in the promotion of #democracy.
Speakers analysed how both are reproducing narratives of racial discrimination & inequalities in a context that is informed by minoritising communities, #problematising specific religious #values, & essentialising the signification of social, religious, & cultural identities.
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It is remarkable that some 120 years ago, the population of #Istanbul was only 43 percent #Muslim — the majority being #Christian or #Jewish.

Today, Istanbul is probably 99 percent Muslim (or post-Muslim.)

What caused this homogenization wasn't #Islam but #nationalism.
Also notable is that in this big chart of European cities, the largest #Jewish percentage ("Israeliten") is found in the Ottoman city of #Thessaloniki.

For the Ottoman Empire was really one of the best homes that Jews ever had in the pre-modern era. Image
Let me also add that the #nationalism that destroyed Ottoman pluralism was heavily infused with religion: "Muslim vs. Christians."

This is for Turks. But the opposite is also true for Serbian, Greek & Bulgarian nationalisms, which also launched genocides, "population transfers."
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#NewBook
21 lesson for the 21st century by Yuval Noah Harari
@harari_yuval Image
Liberal political system has been shaped during the industrial era. today it finds it difficult to deal with the ongoing revolutions in information technology.
#21lessons
Humans have two types of abilities- physical and cognitive.industrial machines had already outperformed humans in the job's where physical abilities were required. Now the AI, Data algorithms are outperforming humans in the job's where cognitive abilities are required
#21lessons
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What are you without your Confederate statues?

Are you any good? Are you still strong? Smart? Do you still like yourself?... If you can only be tall because someone’s on their knees, then you have a serious problem.”

— Toni Morrison

The Psychology of White Supremacy.

“Don't you understand that the people who do this thing, who PRACTICE racism, are bereft? There is something distorted about the psyche.'"

#WhiteNationalism

PRACTICE!
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#Patriotism is a healthy pride in your country that creates a desire to help other citizens.

#Nationalism is identification with one's own nation, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations, & is often inherently divisive.

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Nationalism can be divisive because it highlights perceived differences between people, emphasizing an individual's identification with their own nation. When it submerges individual identity within a national one, it gives elites opportunities to manipulate & control the masses.
George Orwell distinguishes nationalism from patriotism which he defines as devotion to a particular place. More abstractly, nationalism is "power-hunger tempered by self-deception". For Orwell, the nationalist is more likely than not dominated by irrational negative impulses.
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Brazilian Police calling black boys "Little Nigger".
Oya's winds are going to rue the day! Gonna release the gates -- gonna let out Lula The Lion! #Lula2022
'What injustice consumes
Oya’s water quell.’
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While #nationalism is often romanticized by the average person via artificial values such as blind love of country, flag, anthem, enlightened nationalism is based on the profound understanding of the concept of citizenship & those citizen’s interdependence & common destiny.
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It cultivates comprehensive appreciation of the values that unite us. It inspires the individual to take an active role in improving his or her country’s condition.
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Enlightened nationalism is seldom emotional or reactionary. It is the sum of the commitment of good citizens standing to serve their country by serving their fellow countrymen and women, and by protecting their country without transgressing against the rights of others.
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 05/22/2021 greeneracresvaluenetwork.wordpress.com/2021/05/22/dai…
A Scratched Hint of Ancient Ties Stirs National Furies in Europe

nytimes.com/2021/05/16/wor…

#archaeology #europe #runes #slavic #nativism #nationalism #debate
Zoltan On The Coming QE Endgame: "Banks Have No More Space For Reserves"

zerohedge.com/markets/zoltan…

#banking #reserves #TheFed #FinancialSystem
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1/10: While not in favor of ad hominem attacks, I am not sure what collective letters such as the below are supposed to accomplish. We are in a contentious field where emotions run high, critique is abundant, and one needs a thick skin... @WarOnTheRocks warontherocks.com/2021/05/open-l…
2/10: Thankfully, I was not asked to sign this letter - a hypothetical request that would have been difficult to respond to. Personal attacks are unfortunate...
3/10: But solidarity statements such as the above are still surprising - as long as the defendant has not been taken to court, expelled from her/his country of service, put in jail, or suffered some other physical misfortune.
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In the #USA and much of the so-called #1stWorld, we are in Act 4 of a 5 act Shakespeare epic we might call “Pandemia 2020.”...
In the #UK, they seem mired in Act 3, and in #Russia, #Brasil, #Peru, and parts of #Africa it is Act 2! In #india it seems they are against a wall at the height of the Act 1!...
Why is this so?
To determine this, we must begin in December 2019.

On 26 Dec 2021 the govt in #Taipei, #Taiwan warned every other govt on Earth that their intelligence had determined there was a vrus spreading in #Wuhan, #PRC & that they were banning all travel from #China...
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“If you have a Black church, why can't I have a White church?”

The Equalitarian Racist Are The Worst Type of Racist.
A clever devil if ever there was one!
"While I agree with this in principle, and I genuinely hope we get beyond this, I also understand how Christendom came to have a "black church." Its inception is tied intimately to the "white church," and by that, I mean "whites only" church. Essentially the black believers said,
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