Opinion: Khamenie Won!

25 June 2005

The results are in and apparently Ahmadinejad is Iran’s 6th president by wining 60% of the vote! Turnout was 47%, down from 63% in the first round.

However, the true winner is Khamenie himself. He played the game of politics better than anyone could have imagined.

He is now the spiritual leader in control of the Presidency; he is the head of Judiciary, in charge of National Radio and TV and is the commander in Chief of the armed forced.

In a nutshell, Iran is once again on the verge of falling into yet another dictatorship.

Will this outcome force the Iranian opposition groups to unite under one goal?

Will this outcome compel the Western countries to have a united policy toward Iran? For years Europe has ignored Iran’s human rights violations in order to gain short-term economic benefits.

Will Europe stop negotiating with Iran after this sham election?

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals

To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.

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