A CAR carrying the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles was attacked by protesters last night, after anger over the vote on tuition fees boiled over into ugly scenes of violence.Police struggled to control the civil disobedience that gripped Whitehall and other parts of London, as demonstrators smashed the windows of the Treasury before attempting to storm the building.Earlier, the coalition forced the controversial reforms through the House of Commons, but was left bruised by the biggest Liberal Democrat rebellion in the party’s history.Twenty-one Liberal Democrats voted against the plans to raise the upper limit on tuition fees to £9,000, while five abstained and three were absent. That means over half of the party’s MPs failed to back the policy, which was authored by Vince Cable, the business secretary and one of the most senior Lib Dems in government. Two Liberal Democrat parliamentary aides resigned to vote against the government, as did a Tory aide. And a handful of Tory backbenchers, including David Davis, joined the rebellion.In total 323 MPs voted for the reforms while 302 voted against, meaning the coalition’s Commons majority was slashed by almost three quarters from 80 or so to 21.As news of the vote reached demonstrators, the initially peaceful protests descended into violent riots. As well as the attacks on the Royal couple and the Treasury, some protesters attacked the National Gallery and the Supreme Court, and attempted to set fire to the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.David Cameron said the violence was “totally unacceptable” and that the “minority of protesters determined to provoke violence” would “face the full force of the law”. Last night, the Metropolitan Police said 12 police officers had been injured, six seriously. Forty-three protesters were taken to hospital, while 26 were arrested.A spokesperson for the Met said: “This has nothing to do with peaceful protest. Students are involved in wanton vandalism, including smashing windows in Oxford and Regent Streets.”Despite pushing the vote through the Commons, there were signs of tension within the coalition last night – even at the highest levels. An aide to Nick Clegg told City A.M. the Conservatives had hindered the Liberal Democrats’ attempts to sell the policy to voters and MPs.“The policy is actually as close to a graduate tax as it’s possible to get, but some Conservatives thought talk of a ‘tax’ would alienate middle England. It was a spectacular misjudgement.” Share More From Our Partners Mark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org Thursday 9 December 2010 9:15 pm whatsapp whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteUndoDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldUndo Violent riots as fees are passed KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The European Casino Association (ECA) has announced a series of changes to its board, as well as naming the Czech Casino Association as its latest member.Approved at the ECA’s first General Assembly of the year, which was held at ICE London last week, the restructure will see a number of new individuals added to the ECA board.Bettina Glatz-Kremsner from Casinos Austria and Jari Heino from Veikkaus will join the board to represent Austria and Finland, respectively. Pascal Camia from Société des Bains de Mer – Monte Carlo was also named as vice chairman of the ECA.The restructure comes after the ECA last month confirmed that Dietmar Hoscher had resigned as vice-chairman, while Tracy Damestani also recently left her role as vice-chair. The new board structure will remain in place until at least the next general elections in February 2021.“The new board, approved by the Assembly, is now ready to work hard to promote the interests of our members and strengthen the voice of the European licensed land-based casino industry,” ECA chairman Per Jaldung said.Meanwhile, the ECA General Assembly last week also approved the membership application of the Czech Casino Association. The organisation operates on the basis of contributions from its members and has eight permanent and affiliated members operator.In addition, the ECA has awarded certifications based on its Responsible Gambling Framework to a number of its members.Certifications were awarded to Casino Société de Bains de Mer – Monte Carlo, Westdeutsche Spielbanken and Merkur Spielbanken Sachsen-Anhalt, both in Germany, while Grand Casino Beograd in Serbia renewed its certificate.“We are delighted our members commit to the responsible gambling framework, indicating a general willingness to multiply efforts in this direction,” Jaldung said “We now look forward to working together this year and strengthening the land-based casino industry even further.” Casino & games 13th February 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address The European Casino Association (ECA) has announced a series of changes to its board, as well as naming the Czech Casino Association as its latest member. European Casino Association unveils new board structure Topics: Casino & games People Strategy Regions: Europe
Pioneer Kitchenware Limited (PKL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about Pioneer Kitchenware Limited (PKL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Pioneer Kitchenware Limited (PKL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Pioneer Kitchenware Limited (PKL.gh) 2013 abridged results.Company ProfilePioneer Kitchenware Limited (PKL) manufactures and distributes quality aluminium hollow ware products in Ghana and for export to West Africa sub-regions. Well-known brands in the Pioneer Kitchenware range include Torch Standard, Torch Elegance and Torch Prestige. Formerly known as Pioneer Aluminium Factory Limited, PKL was incorporated in Ghana by its Swiss founder in 1959. The company name was changed to Pioneer Kitchenware Limited to highlight its focus on kitchenware. SAS Finance Group has more than 70% stake in aluminium kitchenware business. Pioneer Kitchenware Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
Stepan Lavrouk | Wednesday, 29th January, 2020 | More on: SSE I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” So you have £5,000 to invest and are considering your options. Should you invest in high-flying cryptocurrencies or stable dividend stocks? Read on to find out.Investing or gambling?There’s no two ways around it – Bitcoin was the best-performing asset of the 2010s. If you had invested £100 in the cryptocurrency in 2010, you would have close to £9m today, a truly enormous amount of money. Does this mean that you should buy Bitcoin today, at its current market price of around $8,750 (£6,699)? 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…In my opinion, no. If you were part of the fortunate minority who happened to own Bitcoin back in 2010, then I congratulate you. However, just because an asset has performed well in the past does not mean that it will continue to do so in the future. If anything, the reverse is true, as trends tend to revert to historical means.What’s more, I doubt that there were many people who held onto their Bitcoin holdings during the boom. The same people who lament not having bought it at $100, might very well have sold it at $200 and been happy with their 100% return. Does this mean that the price of Bitcoin will definitely not jump by a similar amount in the future? Of course not. But the problem is that there is no fundamental factor anchoring the price of cryptocurrency – it is entirely speculative. For this reason, I believe that Bitcoin investing is not really investing at all; rather, it is gambling.The better alternativeWhat makes stock market investing different? Unlike the price of assets like cryptocurrency, the price of stocks is ultimately tied to the amount of cash that the underlying business is capable of generating. By looking at a business’s financial statements and the associated metrics, an astute investor can come to a reasonable estimate of what that business should be worth, an exercise that cannot be replicated with Bitcoin. This isn’t to say that there aren’t many stocks out there whose price is driven by speculation, rather than sound fundamental decision-making. Knowing which companies are undervalued and which ones are overvalued is really what investing is all about. Take a company like energy provider SSE (LSE: SSE), which currently trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 12 and has a dividend yield of 6% that outstrips the FTSE 100 average of 4.2% by a considerable amount. SSE currently trades at approximately 1,500p per share, and its prospects have been significantly buoyed up in the wake of the election, with the threat of nationalisation by a Labour government now firmly in the rear view mirror. This type of income stock is a perfect addition to a Stocks and Shares ISA, as this type of account allows you to reinvest any dividends from your portfolio without having to pay tax. 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Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Aston Martin Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Christopher Ruane Luxury car marque Aston Martin (LSE: AML) saw its shares roar ahead by 45% in November alone. That sort of jump often has investors salivating. Still well below half where they started 2020, many people will be wondering whether now is a good time to ride the momentum in Aston Martin shares.I do think the shares could go higher from here. But despite that, I still wouldn’t invest in the company. Here’s why.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The road ahead is unclear for Aston Martin shares I don’t think it is a coincidence that the company’s shares have jumped around so much this year. There is a lot of uncertainty about its business prospects. One issue is how well the market for luxury cars will hold up during a recession.But a bigger question is about the company’s product lineup. It launched its first SUV this year. That has been a huge effort, with a costly new factory being built especially for this model. The company has said that the factory is running at full capacity, which is encouraging. However, while production is high, what matters is offtake – will customers buy the car? So far we don’t have a clear answer to that question.An SUV is a big departure for the company. It has the potential to do well, which could explain the runup in the shares. But it could also underperform, or take time to reach its full potential. Meanwhile, the company continues to burn rather than create cash. That is not positive for shareholders, in my opinion.The reality is that the company’s prospects are hard to gauge. The new SUV remains an unknown quantity for now.Shareholders are last in line to benefitMeanwhile, the company has tapped the debt markets and diluted shareholders heavily so far this year. That has bought it breathing space. But it has increased the company’s obligations to bondholders. Shareholders have been left with a smaller slice of the pie. They are also last in line when it comes to the company’s future financial obligations. The company recently issued £1.3bn in debt. So it’s hard to see the company paying out dividends any time soon, even if its new model is a big success.In fact, Aston Martin shares provide a good reminder to me of the difference between a good business and a good investment. The iconic brand has been around for decades and I don’t expect it to disappear any time soon. It may even be that the business performs well. It is just that, with large debts and huge dilution of shareholders this year, I don’t think that the business performing well will necessarily mean that the shares perform well.I view the recent Aston Martin share surge as a form of optimistic speculation. In my opinion, the possible reward for Aston Martin shareholders does not outweighs the risks. I would not buy Aston Martin shares but instead would look for a better choice. Aston Martin shares jumped 45% in November. What I’d do now. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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ArchDaily Year: Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/374971/red-apple-apartment-building-aedes-studio Clipboard Photographs Red Apple Apartment Building / Aedes StudioSave this projectSaveRed Apple Apartment Building / Aedes Studio Bulgaria Architects: Aedes Studio Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: photographs: Aedes StudioPhotographs: Aedes StudioSave this picture!© Aedes StudioRecommended ProductsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWindowsStudcoSteel Window Reveal – EzyRevealText description provided by the architects. The surrounding neighborhood consists mostly of apartment blocks that date back from the 70’s. The buildings are large with enough space in-between and plenty of greenery. Because the whole area is built in relatively short period of time and not very long ago, it lacks the typical historic layers of the city center. Here the connection to nature is direct enough, the access to all city-conveniences – fast enough and easy, what makes the area nice to dwell. In spite of that it still lacks history, (memories of) the past and atmosphere. Save this picture!© Aedes StudioThe atmosphere in the city is a result of two very important factors. On one hand the connection to nature, which as already said, is granted. On the other hand – the feeling of the past, the traces of the people that have been here before us; the feeling of human community not only here and now, but also back in time. The feeling of the past alone is achieved mostly by the buildings. Save this picture!© Aedes StudioAedes Studio set the uneasy task to design a new “old building”; a contemporary building with past – a building that contains opposites. Aedes Studio wanted to enrich the neighborhood with an atmosphere from another time, to create something that makes them a flâneur (Baudelaire’s character – stroller in Paris) in the city. Aedes Studio approached this project as if they had to revitalize an old, abandoned part of the city (which is the case for harbor and past-industrial areas in many European cities). When such neighborhoods wake up for new life, they possess the charm of the past as well as all contemporary conveniences. Aedes Studio imagined as starting point an abandoned factory building, which after renovation becomes a luxury and desired place for habitation. (In Sofia such potential is held by the significant old “Sugar factory”.) But since Aedes Studio didn’t have a factory to begin with, we had to create it. This is how their “living factory” arose, characterized by many opposing ideas related to the terms “old” and “new”.The backbone of the concept is the brick – the material that brings together the idea of old and new. Because of the many images that relate to it through the centuries, the brick itself unfolds a rich presence. It is made from clay, it is backed in fire and it is built by hand; it gathers the warmth of all those three. Save this picture!© Aedes StudioThe structure (old – new / harmonious order – dynamic chaos)The code of the building consists of a perforated brick shell. Its outline deliberately follows the irregularities of the site, creating acute angles which enhance the perspective and establish а significant character. The openings are completely similar, in strict order that originates from the brick’s grid. In random places they are missing or are replaced by large break-throughs (two story windows). Where the smooth wall changes its structure, the bond changes from Flemish – every second brick sticks halfway out of the wall surface. This way the cantilevers’ grid evolves in the third dimension (with an effect on the cast shadows). Similar impressions shape the balconies – separate metal cantilevers, closed on three sides by grating. Through their proportion they make a reference to the Flemish bond (this time highly hyperbolized). Save this picture!© Aedes StudioIn large holes in the outer wall appear trees. They surround the building in the ground floor and keep growing onto it up to the roof. This way nature’s influence enhances the feeling of the past time and the romantic “old”. As every ordinary “factory”, this one as well has many chimneys on top. They again undergo our interpretation and are used as light shafts or as tree pots. In the ground floor this elements make an appearance, also breaking the line between inner- and outer space. On the other hand they very much resemble the sticking-out bricks of the façade, but in bigger scale. Similar scale difference is found in the relation between the two-story living room-windows to the ordinary openings. Save this picture!© Aedes StudioThe staircase is the most highly hyperbolized space in the building. It represents a huge light shaft, around which the platforms to the dwellings are gathered. It consists of the same perforated brick shell as the façades. Again similar to the exterior spaces, the brick wall in the inside evolves to a brick floor surface. This effect, as well as the light shaft and the tree pots create the feeling, that the ground is a potential source of the building material. Save this picture!© Aedes StudioThe apartments contain island-like situated volumes (rooms) away from the façade. This makes it possible for the inhabitants to notice the rhythm of the façade-openings from the inside. The double height living rooms make a reference to the New York lofts. Their bigger scale (from the inside as well form the outside) is deliberate in order to enhance the feeling of the function changes from industrial to residential. Very important feature of the building is the sports ground in the second floor. Regarding the building materials – it is treated the same way as the metal cantilever balconies, but again highly hyperbolized. Save this picture!© Aedes StudioThe “old”, “abandoned” and once again discovered Living factory is an environment rich in different aspects. It unifies the advantages of the contemporaneity as well as the past. This way the building doesn’t just fit it’s surroundings – it delivers what the neighborhood lacks – history, past and memories.Save this picture!PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessSalotto Urbano Proposal / Michela Romano, Emanuela Ortolani, Federica Spinaci, Eleon…Unbuilt ProjectIn Residence: Claudio SilvestrinArticlesProject locationAddress:Sofia, BulgariaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/374971/red-apple-apartment-building-aedes-studio Clipboard 2013 “COPY” Red Apple Apartment Building / Aedes Studio Save this picture!© Aedes Studio+ 32 Share “COPY” Apartments CopyApartments•Sofia, Bulgaria 2013 CopyAbout this officeAedes StudioOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsSofiaBulgariaPublished on May 22, 2013Cite: “Red Apple Apartment Building / Aedes Studio” 22 May 2013. 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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Pears Foundation launches Give More campaign Pears Foundation has announced the Give More campaign, a 12 month initiative to encourage people to give more money, time or energy in 2012 to the causes that matter to them. The campaign is encouraging individuals to make a public commitment to do so.The campaign is being led by a steering group, chaired by Mr Trevor Pears CMG, Executive Chair of Pears Foundation. The small team running the campaign includes Tamar Ghosh, Campaign Director, and Anna Kenny-Ginard, Campaign Manager.The campaign will be announced in Edinburgh tomorrow, and the full launch takes place on 16 April 2012.Early adopters of the campaign include BT, NSPCC and Marie Curie Cancer Care as well as public figures including broadcaster and Chair of NCVO Martyn Lewis; Esther Rantzen, founder of ChildLine and Patricia Hewitt, Non-Executive Director of BT.Why we’re giving more from The Give More Campaign on Vimeo.Charities Aid Foundation welcomed the new campaign. CAF Head of Policy Hannah Terrey said: “While the majority of people in the UK give to charity – and recognise the key role that charities play in society – there is more that can be done, and we wholeheartedly support the Give More campaign. “By increasing the visibility and more clearly demonstrating the impact of giving, we could help to encourage more people to give and people in general to give more.”www.givemore.org.uk Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 48 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Howard Lake | 15 February 2012 | News Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Individual giving
420 total views, 6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Melanie May | 20 May 2020 | News 419 total views, 5 views today Tagged with: COVID-19 Funding About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis [youtube height=”450″width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=kwKKKmpHEGA&feature=emb_logo[/youtube] The UK insurance and long-term savings industry is aiming to raise £100 million for a new fund to help some of the people hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis.£82.6 million has already been pledged in voluntary contributions from firms within the sector for the Covid-19 Support Fund, with £20 million of this to go to The National Emergencies Trust.The National Emergencies Trust is one of the Fund’s network of partners, and it is also working in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation.The Covid-19 Support Fund is supported by members of the Association of British Insurers (ABI), British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA), Lloyd’s, and The London Market Group (LMG). Firms that have already committed donations include Aviva, Zurich UK, Direct Line Group, Admiral, NFU Mutual, and PIB Group. General Lord Dannatt, Chairman of the National Emergencies Trust (NET) commented:“Since the launch of our coronavirus appeal, generous pledges have meant we have been able to distribute more than £30m and make more than 4,000 grants to charities across the UK. We are hugely appreciative of the support from the Insurance and Long-Term Savings community and will work to ensure the funds raised are quickly distributed to those who are most in need.” The key aim is to provide immediate relief to charities affected by Covid-fund19, as well as a longer-term programme of support for people, communities, and issues where there is the greatest need, including:Community based charities that are under unprecedented strainCharities supporting the most vulnerable – in particular, families and children living in poverty and older people in isolationInitiatives to promote wellbeing and mental health across societyRather than applying directly for funds, umbrella organisations will distribute the money to charities.Yvonne Braun, Director of Policy, Long-Term Savings and Protection, Association of British Insurers, said:“Many charities have lost summer fundraising and shop income and now face huge shortfalls at a time when many people need their support more than ever given the impact of Covid-19. This is why the insurance and long-term savings industry is determined to help them to continue with their vital work. We have teamed up with The Charities Aid Foundation, as their expertise will ensure that this help gets to those who most need it as quickly as possible.” Advertisement Insurance & long-term savings industry launch £100m Covid support fund
“Documents prove Lenine and Trotzky hired by Germans” was the New York Times’ front-page headline, Sept. 15, 1918.The sensational article — first of a series — claimed Bolshevik leaders V.I. Lenin and Leon Trotsky were “German agents” and “the Bolshevist revolution was arranged for by the German Great General Staff.”According to the Times, the socialist revolution, and its millions of people from many nationalities who rose up, was just a conspiracy hatched by the German Kaiser.That was “fake news” 98 years ago.Today’s version — just as phony — claims the current capitalist Russian government threw the U.S. presidential election to super-bigot Donald Trump.The 1918 big lie was based on 70 documents provided by U.S. government official Edgar Sisson. The “Sisson Documents,” supposedly originating from different locations, were almost all typed on the same typewriter. In the 1950s, retired U.S. Ambassador George Kennan — himself a Cold War architect — pronounced them forgeries.Decades before the documents were exposed as a fraud, the “fake news” was used by President Woodrow Wilson to justify sending troops to occupy revolutionary Russia.But that didn’t stop Seattle dockworkers from smashing crates of rifles going to former Czarist Admiral Kolchak, who threw suspected Bolsheviks into boilers in steam locomotives. And less than two months after the “Sisson Documents” were published, German workers and sailors — inspired by the Bolshevik Revolution — overthrew the Kaiser.Years of Soviet struggleThe Russian Revolution gave birth to the Soviet Union that included people from more than 100 nationalities. The country’s socialist five-year plans industrialized the country and pioneered spaceflight. Before the revolution, the majority of people were illiterate. After, millions of students attended tuition-free universities with courses in dozens of languages.Nearly 27 million Soviet people died defeating Adolf Hitler. It was Soviet soldiers, belonging to what used to be known as the “Red Army,” who liberated Auschwitz. Black Liberation fighters in the U.S. such as Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, Claudia Jones and Paul Robeson were inspired by the Russian Revolution.Wall Street continued Hitler’s crusade to destroy the socialist system. The Pentagon spent at least $5.5 trillion on nuclear weapons aimed at the Soviet state, according to the Nuclear Threat Initiative.After 73 years of attacks from world capitalism, Soviet leaders capitulated in 1991. Socialist economic planning was overturned and capitalism was restored. The Soviet Union was broken up into 15 countries.Fake news todayToday Russia is a capitalist state with dozens of billionaires. But Russia continues to be independent politically, unlike several former Soviet republics that are neocolonies of U.S. imperialism. The Pentagon looks at Russia as 6 million square miles to be occupied like Afghanistan and Iraq.Now, in the aftermath of Trump’s victory, and a century after the Sisson Documents fiasco, the New York Times and Washington Post are claiming that Russian computer hackers intervened in the U.S. elections.What’s the real story? As Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. wrote recently: “Left out of this brouhaha is the systematic and purposeful voter suppression that certainly cost Clinton the election. The Russians didn’t do it. It was done by right-wing partisan state officials eager to suppress the vote of people of color, the young, and the working poor.” (Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 12)A majority on the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act — not Russia.Russia did not set up the Electoral College that’s sending Donald Trump to the White House, even though Hillary Clinton received over 2.8 million more popular votes. James Madison, in the 1787 constitutional convention, devised the Electoral College to protect slavery. (PBS News Hour, Nov. 6)It was not Russia but the capitalist media that gave Trump nearly $3 billion of free publicity. It was NBC that made Trump a nationally known figure by giving this racist clown his own TV show. (Market Watch, May 6)The CIA claims that Russian government operatives hacked the files of the Democratic National Committee and of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, and gave embarrassing information to WikiLeaks. But even the Washington Post and New York Times admit only circumstantial evidence is pointing the finger at Russia. Actually, it’s the CIA saying, “Believe us.”Don’t forget that former CIA Director George Tenet said it was a “slam dunk” case that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction — a claim eventually debunked as another U.S. lie. (Bob Woodward, “Plan of Attack”)Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, denies Russia was the source of the leaks. Craig Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan now working with WikiLeaks, says the material came from a “disgusted” Democratic Party whistleblower. (London Daily Mail, Dec. 14)The leak revealed the truth about how the DNC sabotaged Bernie Sanders’ campaign and about Hillary Clinton’s secret speeches to Goldman Sachs bankers. That’s whistleblowing, just like the truth-telling carried out by courageous Chelsea Manning who was sent to prison for it.The “fake news” targeting Russia is a diversion from the struggle against Donald Trump’s bigotry. It’s an attack on the billionaire Klansman from the right, with the claim he’s “soft on Russia.” This, despite Trump nominating “Mad Dog” Gen. James Mattis, who sees Russia as a “world threat,” to head up the Pentagon.The onslaught of anti-Russia “news” comes from a capitalist class that wants to deflect the hatred people have for a system whose racist cops kill children, people of color, people with disabilities and, most recently in Bakersfield, Calif., an elderly Latino man carrying a crucifix.Don’t fall for the fake news! Our enemies are in the Pentagon and in corporate boardrooms — not in Moscow!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this