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    • BBC to issue global apology for documentaries that broke rules

      Independent revealed programmes were made by third-party in pay of governments and firms

      Techrights has written a lot about Microsoft BBC corruption. The apology is a good first step. The BBC should abandon broadcast to focus on publicly financed program production and public domain distritution to free itself from money problems. More money, not less should be provided for this.

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      This article is a good run down of what’s going on in the world of civil servant union busting and “education reform”

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    • An essay by a former Teach for America recruit: Why I did TFA, and why you shouldn’t

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  • ACTA

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      Go protest till they kill it properly.

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