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There's no going back – May has burned the boats of a divided nation | Martin Kettle

Like Aeneas fleeing from Troy on the shore of Italy, or Cortés on the coast of Mexico, it was a moment for the burning of the boats. On Wednesday Theresa May burned hers. But they were our boats too that she burned, Britain’s boats, boats in which, for half a century, postwar Britain has tried to reconcile its history and ...

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Bernie Sanders Unloads on Trump's Rollback of Climate Protections: 'It's an International Embarrassment'

Photo Credit: MSNBC / YouTube Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) issued a damning video response to President Trump’s rollback of Obama’s climate regulations Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, he went in for seconds with the cast of “Morning Joe.” Sanders, who had urged Trump to think of his children and grandchildren, called the president’s obvious disregard for the planet “pathetic”.  “How crazy could it ...

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The Guardian view on leaving Europe: ending a marriage of inconvenience | Editorial

Britain’s departure from the European Union, one of the largest economic powers in the world, is a historic and needless act of political folly, the consequences of which will shape this country and our neighbours for years to come. But now it is happening. It is thus the country’s fourth big geopolitical shift since 1945. First we withdrew from empire, ...

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De Roma a Londres

En el mundo de Facebook, 60 años de historia son tal vez demasiados. Ahora las cosas ocurren de manera inmediata, a la vez que el tiempo se aleja más rápidamente. Las relaciones, además de instantáneas, son diferentes; ocurren con una mayor distancia en cuanto a su personalización. La forma en que se consiguen los amigos y el número de ellos ...

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Alec Baldwin reveals how he becomes Trump for SNL

Alec Baldwin’s days of impersonating President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night live” may be numbered, but until the actor officially hangs up his Tump-esque wig, he will continue to tap into his presidential persona—by repeating, “gyna, gyna, gyna,” before hitting the SNL stage each week. The 58-yea… Continue reading

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Brexit: EU condemns May’s ‘blackmail’ over security cooperation

Theresa May warned European leaders that failure to reach a comprehensive Brexit agreement will result in a weakening of cooperation on crime and security, triggering accusations that her remarks amounted to blackmail. Senior figures in Brussels complained about the prime minister’s remarks, while critics in Westminster also piled in, arguing that the prime minister had issued a “blatant threat” and ...

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Merkel calls on all sides to protect everyday lives of EU citizens in UK – video

Angela Merkel says Germany will strive in the coming Brexit negotiations to make sure there is as little disruption as possible to the lives of European Union citizens living in Britain. Speaking on Wednesday, the German chancellor told members of her conservative party that the prospect of Brexit made many people in Europe worried about their own personal future Angela ...

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Trump's Interior Secretary Hints at Chilling Construction Plan for Mexican Border Wall

Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab President Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed that Mexico would pay for his proposed border wall — but he never mentioned anything about building it on seized Mexican land. E&E News reports that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke talked about the logistics of building a border wall while speaking at an event held by the Public Lands Council this week, and he ...

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Theresa May: UK looking for free trade deal with EU – video

Theresa May says that both the UK and the European Union are looking for a “comprehensive free trade agreement” as they negotiate the former’s departure from the 28-member bloc. May was speaking on Wednesday, hours after she officially triggered the start of exit negotiations in an interview with Andrew Neil Source link

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UK businesses welcome May's free trade call but warn of no-deal Brexit disaster

British businesses have cautiously welcomed the prime minister’s pledge to work for a “bold and ambitious free trade agreement” with the EU as part of the Brexit negotiations, but reiterated warnings that it would be disastrous for the UK to leave without a deal. Concerns have been rising among businesses in recent weeks that the UK could be heading towards ...

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Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions: Israel’s Ongoing Campaign to Silence Omar Barghouti and Repress BDS

On the morning of Sunday, March 19, Israeli tax authorities barged into the home of Omar Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for the freedom, justice and equality of the Palestinian people. They detained and interrogated Omar and his wife Safa for 16 hours that first day. Omar is currently ...

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Maxine Waters and April Ryan Are Not Alone: 'Misogynoir' Is an Everyday Experience for Black Women

There was nothing atypical or unusual about the displays of arrogance, condescension and disrespect from Bill O’Reilly and Sean Spicer yesterday toward two well-established, highly visible black women. This was definitely not the first time Congresswoman Maxine Waters or reporter April Ryan have confronted such attitudes; African-American women experience “misogynoir”—misogyny targeting black women—with regularity in their work lives, regardless of ...

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End of the affair: May finds breaking up with EU is hard to do

In his Brussels office, President Tusk ripped open the envelope. “Dear Donald, hope you are well… blah, blah… the people of Britain have voted… blah, blah… it’s not you, it’s me… blah, blah… I really want to remain friends, but right now I need some space… blah, blah… I know I can’t expect to have my cake and eat it ...

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Noam Chomsky: Trump administration undermines all ‘prospects for decent survival’

MIT professor emeritus Noam Chomsky speaks to Mehdi Hasan on ‘Upfront.’ (Al Jazeera) American intellectual and social critic Noam Chomsky took some time to reflect on President Donald Trump’s first 100 days thus far in a new interview with Truthout. Chomsky has previously called Trump’s election victory a “literal threat to [human] survival,” arguing in particular that the president’s positions on ...

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Sturgeon: May cannot now preach to Scotland about self-determination | Nicola Sturgeon

There are days that are seen by history as truly defining. They shape the eras that fall on either side of them and come to be judged as the pivot points on which history then turns, for good or ill. Today, 29 March, threatens to become one of those days. I say threatens because I cannot pretend that I believe ...

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Theresa May has signed, sealed and delivered article 50. Our writers respond

Aditya Chakrabortty: Reality bites – and it won’t be pretty The era of Brexit fantasy is finally ending. For months, we’ve been told extravagant lies about free millions for the NHS. We’ve been regaled with government tosh about how Britain can agree a giant new trade deal with Europe within mere months – despite the fact we have hardly any ...

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People Want Melania Trump to Be Forced to Leave NYC

Photo Credit: a katz/Shutterstock.com The exorbitant cost of keeping Melania and Barron Trump in their gold-plated penthouse in New York City has inspired thousands to sign a petition asking that they be forced to leave town. The viral Change.org request — titled “Make Melania Trump Stay in the White House or Pay for the Expenses Herself” — already has more ...

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Brexit triggered by Theresa May with warning of consequences for UK

Theresa May has told parliament that she accepts Brexit will carry consequences for the United Kingdom, as a letter delivered to Brussels began a two-year countdown to Britain’s departure from the European Union. The prime minister took to her feet minutes after the European council president, Donald Tusk, confirmed that he had received notification, declaring that “the UK has delivered ...

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Did Paul Manafort launder money for Russia through Cyprus bank?

A Cyprus bank investigated accounts associated with Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chief, for money-laundering, but instead of cooperating with the investigation, Manafort closed the accounts, NBC News reported. Sources told NBC Manafort was associated with 15 bank accounts … Continue reading

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Leavers, beware: Theresa May is offering the exact opposite of what you voted for | Tim Farron

Theresa May’s tactic is clear: to accuse anyone who dares question her headlong, blindfold charge towards hard Brexit of being democracy deniers. This despite it looking increasingly likely that the result of her reckless, divisive Brexit will be to leave the single market and not reduce immigration – the very opposite of what Brexiteers pitched to the people. As the ...

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Airport Security, Tablets and Laptops: The Electronics Ban and Lessons in Futility

Security measures are often exercises in futility. Resembling placebos, they are the reassurance authorities make as acts of intrusive inconvenience. Queues are increased at airports in the vain hope that an elusive gel carrier will be nabbed before the next … Continue reading

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What’s to blame for this misfortune? David Cameron’s hubris about Brexit | Anne Perkins

Sometime before the 2015 general election, an aeon ago in the history of British politics but less than two years ago in ordinary time, David Cameron told the Financial Times that he wanted to be judged on his success in resolving the two big questions that had overshadowed British politics for nearly a generation. This is how he described them: ...

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Meet 9 Inspiring Women Taking the Climate Fight to Cities Around the Globe

a business woman with a globePhoto Credit: Ollyy/Shutterstock This story originally appeared on GreenBiz. As a woman who has chronicled the technology business for close to three decades (ahem), I’m used to being at briefings where the gender demographics are way out of balance and I am decidedly in the minority. So I must admit feeling an unusual kinship with ...

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When Mosul is liberated a new chapter in political policymaking must begin | Ranj Alaaldin

There is a crisis of authority and security in the Middle East and North Africa that will continue even after the defeat of Islamic State and the military campaigns in Iraq and Syria. Mosul’s liberation and the eventual fall of Raqqa will signal the end of the “caliphate” but it could also mark the beginning of the era of armed ...

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First EU response to article 50 takes tough line on transitional deal

Britain will not be given a free trade deal by the EU in the next two years, and a transition arrangement to cushion the UK’s exit after 2019 can last no longer than three years, a European parliament resolution has vowed, in the first official response by the EU institutions to the triggering of article 50 by Theresa May. A ...

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How Burger King's Palm Oil Addiction Is Devastating Local Communities—and Planet Earth

BERLIN – OCT 01: Burger King restaurant exterior – sign near the main entrance in Berlin on October 01. 2016 in GermanyPhoto Credit: Savvapanf Photo/Shutterstock There’s nothing new about fast food corporations unleashing environmental chaos to maximize their profits. But the recent explosion of palm oil usage is a new threat. Burger King is at the front of the pack ...

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Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin on the truth about duck hunting | First Dog on the Moon

Tell us again how torturing animals to death for entertainment is a cultural tradition that is good for the rural economy and the environment Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading… Source ...

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Peace Accords or Political Surrender? Latin America, the Middle East, Ukraine

Over thirty year ago a savvy Colombian peasant leader told me, “Whenever I read the word ‘peace accords’ I hear the government sharpening its knives”. In recent times, ‘peace accords’ (PAs) have become a common refrain across the world. In almost every region or country, which are in the midst of war or invasion, the prospects of negotiating ‘peace accords’ ...

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Brexit: Theresa May triggers article 50 – Politics live

Almost half a century of history is about to be consigned to the dustbin as Theresa May formally triggers article 50, starting the purportedly irreversible process of taking the UK out of the EU within two years. As epochal landmarks go, this is probably not quite as important as the referendum vote on 23 June last year, or the day ...

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Auschwitz survivor issues powerful rebuke of ICE director: ‘Don’t forget, history is not on your side’

During an immigration forum in Sacramento, California Tuesday, a holocaust survivor had some strong words for Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones and acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan. According to CBS Sacramento, the man explained to Homan and Jones that as a boy in… Continue reading

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Westminster security a key issue for parliament

MPs and peers are to raise concerns about evacuation procedures and security at the main entrance to parliament, as the authorities responsible for running the Palace of Westminster gather to discuss last week’s terror attack. Wednesday’s meeting of the Lords and Commons commissions has been convened to discuss inquiries into the atrocity in London committed by Khalid Masood, who stabbed ...

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REVEALED: Devin Nunes Canceled Russia Hearing Same Day Sally Yates Promised to Testify About Mike Flynn

Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab This post has been updated since it first published. The original story can be found below.   Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) abruptly canceled this week’s House Intelligence Committee hearings on the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia hours after the former acting attorney general notified the White House she would discuss her concerns about Michael Flynn. ...

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Brexit needn’t be a disaster – but both sides must heed some home truths | Mogens Peter Carl

Trade talks are always tough. As someone who spent several years heading the European commission’s trade department, I know this well. But the negotiations to follow today’s triggering of article 50 are no ordinary trade talks. They are complex, multifaceted negotiations like no other: not open ended but time limited. Negotiators on both sides need some guidance for this unusual ...

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Jeb! reemerges to scold Trump’s Twitter habits: He’s diminishing the office of the president

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was brutally crushed by Donald Trump’s bullying and name-calling during the 2016 election, but it hasn’t stopped him from coming back for more. In one of the first long interviews since the campaign, Bush told CBS Miami that he’d like to see Trump tone … Continue reading

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Hope for those stuck in mental health institutions | Letters

Among other weighty events on Wednesday, there is a chink of light that could transform the lives of thousands of people with learning disabilities, needlessly stuck in mental health institutions away from homes, families and communities. On Wednesday, the public affairs committee will hear from Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, and others, on reducing the number of people with ...

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The time has come for Theresa May’s stark choice over Britain’s future | Letters

Theresa May has a stark choice to make. Sadly, either way she loses. She can choose to lose face in the short term, or choose to lose the wellbeing of this nation for the long term. Which is it to be? Wise and effective leadership rarely goes hand in hand with popularity. The role of the leader is to discern ...

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Pentagon Heads Toward Escalating Genocide in Yemen

Yemen is Obama’s war, now Trump’s, complicit with Saudi terror-bombing, massacring civilians indiscriminately, causing vast destruction, human suffering and starvation. A previous article explained millions of Yemenis face slow, painful deaths from lack of food needed to survive, blockaded coastal areas preventing it from entering the country. Amounts airlifted in are woefully inadequate. The mainstream media suppress the ongoing horror, ...

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Gibberish Is the White House’s New Normal: What Trump's Nonsensical Speech Patterns Tell Us About His Presidency

Photo Credit: Albert H. Teich / Shutterstock Once upon a time, there were presidents for whom English seemed their native language. Barack Obama most recently. He deliberated. At a press conference or in an interview — just about whenever he wasn’t speaking from a text — his pauses were as common as other people’s “uh’s.” He was not pausing because ...

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Scottish parliament votes for second independence referendum

Nicola Sturgeon has won a key Holyrood vote on her plans for a second independence referendum, triggering accusations from UK ministers that her demands are premature. Sturgeon won by a 10-vote majority after the Scottish Greens backed her proposals to formally request from the UK government the powers to stage a fresh independence vote at around the time Britain leaves ...

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Maxine Waters annihilates O’Reilly and GOP critics: ‘I’m a strong black woman and I cannot be intimidated’

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) wants the Republican party to know that she cannot be intimidated by their attacks and insults and she refuses to back down. In a Tuesday interview with Chris Hayes, Waters went off on President Donald Trump, saying that he doesn’t deserve to be president because of t… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon criticises Daily Mail over 'Legs-it' front page

Nicola Sturgeon accused the Daily Mail of taking Britain back to the 1970s after the tabloid featured a picture of her with Theresa May under the headline “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!” following their summit on Monday. The first minister’s spokesperson was one of a string of politicians to criticise the tabloid over the headline, which attracted hundreds of ...

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Education quality in English schools 'at risk from new funding formula'

School funding cuts are threatening to undermine the quality of education in England’s classrooms, putting children’s academic progress at risk as head teachers struggle to find savings, finds a highly critical report. MPs on the Commons public accounts committee (PAC) say schools in England are facing the most significant financial pressure since the mid-1990s, with school leaders having to find ...

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Teenage Girl Shares Heartbreaking Story of Father's Capture by ICE: 'It Was the Hardest Thing to Watch'

Photo Credit: CNN / YouTube Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was just a few blocks away from his daughter’s school when he was pulled over, cuffed and detained by immigration officials while his family was left sobbing in the backseat. His 13-year-old daughter shot a dramatic video capturing the incident in Highland Park, a Latino majority neighborhood in Los Angeles, nearly a month ago.  ...

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The difference 44 years make: how the UK press said goodbye to Europe

The front pages of Britain’s newspapers do not often focus on the same topic, but then again Wednesday 29 March is no ordinary day. This is how the Guardian’s print edition marked the triggering of article 50 – the process of leaving the EU after more than four decades. Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) GUARDIAN: Today Britain steps into the unknown #tomorrowspaperstoday ...

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