What if? Security consequences of Brexit and Trident renewal

If David Cameron survives the result of the EU referendum, he may try to rush Parliament into a vote on Trident renewal in July. What is at stake for Britain’s security?

In this week’s episode, we speak to The Times, The Economist, The Conversation and FullFact about their political coverage in the run up to the EU referendum on June 23
The possibility of Turkish membership, however remote, has injected issues of race, religion and tolerance into campaigns leading up to the June 23 vote on whether to stay in the bloc.

Last Updated | Saturday, 12:15 p.m.

One day after a British lawmaker, Jo Cox, was assassinated by a constituent with a history of mental illness and support for white nationalist groups, who reportedly shouted “Britain First!” during the attack, the leaders of a fringe political party with that slogan for its name tried to dissociate themselves from the suspect by spreading misinformation about the accounts of eyewitnesses.

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Thomas Mair, the terrorist who murdered a UK member of Parliament last week while shouting “Britain First” (the name of a UK neofascist party), was arraigned yesterday; in the dock, he refused to state his name, shouting “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain” instead

Podemos: reclaiming Europe is a revolutionary slogan

A few days before the elections in Spain, we talk to Jorge Moruno of Podemos about his European strategy and the possibility of building a transnational network of rebel cities. Español

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Jamala, Eurovision, and Human Rights

[Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Greta Uehling]

Many Savage Minds readers will be aware of the victory of Jamala at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. As part of my current project, I have been following the work of this Crimean Tatar singer, composer, and actor closely, and was among those who greeted her at the Kyiv airport when she returned with her trophy.

Anti-austerity forces and the digital media in Spain

The experiences of the 15-M and Podemos in Spain demonstrate that by participating in both the traditional mass media and the digital media, we can develop counter-powers at a local, national and international level.

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Kissing chain across Europe to show unity with the UK

People have taken part in a kissing chain across Europe.

France labour dispute: Paris protests descend into violence

Protests in Paris over a French labour reform bill turn violent, with at least 40 people injured, including 29 police officers, and 58 arrests.

Spain’s disposable workers a hot election issue

The economic recovery is proving fragile for jobseekers in Spain, and has become a hot issue for voters, who are preparing to go to the polls for the second time, on 26 June, since an indecisive election was held in December last year.

Facebook’s pro-#Brexit bias

Bernd Hüttemann earlier pointed out to me that the mood section of the Facebook app for iOS has a mood “in favour of leaving the EU” but none in favour of remain. I scarcely believed it! But now I have checked and it is true. I am using an iPhone 6S, with the latest version of the Facebook app (57.0), on iOS 9.3.2. Screenshots were taken at 1530 CET, 14th June 2016.

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