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Blogs & articles

  • 'Meet the Frackers’: a Spinwatch lobbying tour  +

    The UK government is backing fracking, despite strong protests from ordinary citizens all around the country. Join us on a tour to find out why. Read More
  • Fracking row latest: plagiarism claims hit Glasgow University +

    The dispute between senior fracking academics at the University of Glasgow has intensified after Professor David Smythe accused former colleagues of ‘research misconduct’ and ‘plagiarism’.

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  • Book review: A state in denial +

    A state in denial is the second of two major books on the Northern Ireland Troubles to emerge from research by the Pat Finucane Centre and Justice for the Forgotten, each making extensive use of official documents from the National Archives writes Tom Griffin.

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  • How the EU cosied up to the defence lobby +

    Consultants who advise the European Commission on its security policies have also been working for firms that win related EU-funded research projects, raising concerns about conflict of interest writes Crina Boros from Investigate Europe. Read More
  • Update: more documents show police, councils and schools labelling anti-fracking protestors as extremists +

    More documents uncovered by Spinwatch reveal how the North Yorkshire Police and Merseyside Police forces continue to unjustifiably link peaceful ‘anti-fracking’ campaigners to domestic extremism.

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  • Why we need public accountability of secret anti-terrorism policies +

    To penetrate the walls of official secrecy, civil society needs to get better at publicly demanding accountability argues Professor Vian Bakir.  She proposes a benchmark of demands for a more robust public discourse.

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  • More police forces and councils labelling peaceful anti-fracking protestors as 'extremists' alongside ISIS and far right +

    An increasing number of police forces and local authorities are associating ‘anti-fracking’ campaigners with domestic extremism in their divisive counter terrorism strategies. Russell Scott investigates.

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