Fond memories of Gerald Kaufman | Letters

In your obituary of Gerald Kaufman (28 February), you refer to his support for the Palestinians. When I first met him, more than 30 years ago, he was a supporter of the Labour Friends of Israel and Poale Zion. It was the horror and brutality of Israel’s occupation and its refusal to concede a Palestinian state that led him to ...

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Court rules Wyoming wolves should be stripped of federal protections

FILE PHOTO: Service. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Handout via Reuters/File Photo Wolves in Wyoming should be stripped of Endangered Species Act protections and management given to the state rather than the U.S. government, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday, a decision that opens the door for hunting of the animals. U.S. wildlife managers in 2012 determined that wolves in ...

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Zoo inspectors to face questions from MPs over 500 animal deaths

Zoo inspectors have been called to give evidence to MPs after it was revealed that nearly 500 animals died at a zoo in Cumbria in less than four years. This week a damning report on conditions at South Lakes Safari zoo in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, which is home to more than 1,500 animals, found that 486 inhabitants had died of causes ...

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Bereavement benefit cut 'to help people readjust to single-parent life'

A Conservative minister has defended a decision to reduce benefits paid to widows and widowers with young children by claiming the old system risked stopping people from “readjusting” to life as a single parent. Richard Harrington claimed that a societal shift in which women were more likely to work meant it was right to reduce the time over which payments ...

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The Sessions Scandal Exposes the Racist Double Standard of Trump's 'Law and Order'

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr Whenever Donald Trump makes a pronouncement, it’s safe to assume that the opposite it true. Never has this been more apparent than in the president’s repeated declarations that he is about law and order. “In this race for the White House, I am the law and order candidate,” Trump declared last summer, during his ...

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Fiona the Unemployed Bettong v. Centrelink's Tudgesquad | First Dog on the Moon

Prepare to send this Bettong’s private information to a journalist or two so they can tell our side of the story. Deploy the Tudge-o-matic 5000! 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… ...

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Sessions to respond in writing to questions over Russia contacts: DOJ

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will reply in writing to Senate Democrats’ questions about his meetings with Russia’s ambassador last year, the Justice Department said on Friday after a top Republican denied Democrats’ request for a public hearing. ...

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UK could quit EU without paying a penny, say Lords

The UK could walk away from the European Union in 2019 without paying a penny, the House of Lords has said, in a report bound to raise tensions with Brussels in the run-up to Brexit talks. The British government would have no legal obligation to either pay a €60bn (£52bn) Brexit bill mooted by the European commission or honour payments ...

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Subscription traps may have to give notice of charges in crackdown

“Subscription traps” that turn a month’s free trial into regular paid-for custom will be targeted in the budget next week. Philip Hammond will set out elements of a forthcoming consultation on better protection for consumers who sign up for such offers, familiar from Amazon Prime, Netflix, magazine subscriptions and gym memberships. The Treasury said one problem was that regular payments ...

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Banksy's New 'Walled Off' Hotel Is Completely Off the Wall

The guerilla artist has been working on the project in secrecy for over a year. March 3, 2017 Photo Credit: Gerry Hassan‏ / Twitter If you’re looking for great views, look elsewhere. Every room in Banksy’s new Walled Off hotel in Bethlehem overlooks Israel’s separation barrier with Palestine, or “apartheid wall.” The hotel, which was built in secrecy over the ...

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Councils call for lower drink-drive limit in England and Wales

The drink-drive limit in England and Wales should be lowered by more than a third to reduce alcohol-related accidents, councils and fire authorities have said. The Local Government Association (LGA) and all fire and rescue authorities in England and Wales are calling for the limit to be dropped from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. However, the ...

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Fox News guest pushes BS claim that meeting with Russians is ‘normal course of business’

Fox host Shannon Bream and new Fox contributor David Bossie saw no problems with President Donald Trump’s aides and cabinet officials meeting with the Russian ambassador. According to Media Matters, their discussion of the many staffers and former staffers who have a history with Russia, Bream… Continue reading

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Selected Articles: Syria: UN Report Endorses Al Qaeda, Germany to Censor Press and Internet, Turkey: Erdogan’s Exploitation of Islam

Selected Articles: Syria: UN Report Endorses Al Qaeda, Germany to Censor Press and Internet, Turkey: Erdogan’s Exploitation of Islam UN Committee Bogus Syria “Human Rights” Report: Endorses Al Qaeda, Questions the Liberation of Aleppo, By Prof. Tim Anderson, March 03 2017 A UN committee has produced another one-sided, bogus ‘human rights’ report on last year’s liberation of Aleppo, Syria’s second city. ...

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Charities dismayed as housing benefit cut goes ahead

Opposition parties and homelessness charities have reacted with dismay after the government pushed through plans to strip entitlement to housing benefit from claimants aged 18 to 21, saying the move was likely to put more young people on the streets. The plans, first outlined in the 2015 Conservative manifesto, provide exemptions for claimants with children, as well as those considered ...

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Labour caught in struggle to survive media attacks, says John McDonnell

John McDonnell says that the Labour leadership has been embroiled in a “360 degree struggle to survive” in the face of repeated attacks in the media and anonymous briefings. In an interview with the Guardian, the shadow chancellor said his team had been involved in a daily battle against critics who have “been coming at us”, making it more difficult ...

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Hundreds of Angry Wisconsinites Found a Clever Way to Heckle Paul Ryan in Rhode Island

Photo Credit: Babaak Parcham / YouTube House Speaker Paul Ryan won’t hold a meeting in his home state of Wisconsin, and his constituents are fed up. After months of being ignored by their congressman, Wisconsinites even took out a Craigslist ad to try and get his attention during February’s Congressional recess. So when the Working Families Party of Rhode Island ...

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The Guardian view on Tory politics: a crisis submerged by government | Editorial

The prime minister’s speech in Scotland is a reminder that the Tories appear in the ascendant. Theresa May taunted the governing Scottish National party as an establishment out of touch with voters’ real-life concerns, pitching unity in diversity with a clever payoff line: “We are four nations, but at heart we are one people.” A rudderless Labour party trails the ...

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Fiona the Unemployed Bettong v. Centrelink's Tudgesquad | First Dog on the Moon

Prepare to send this Bettong’s private information to a journalist or two so they can tell our side of the story. Deploy the Tudge-o-matic 5000! 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… ...

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5 Trump Cabinet Members Who Have Made False Statements to Congress

Photo Credit: Lorie Shaull / Flickr As most of the world knows by now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not tell the truth when he was asked during his confirmation hearings about contacts with Russian officials. But Sessions isn’t the only one. At least four other cabinet members made statements during their nomination hearings that are contradicted by actual facts: ...

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Theresa May’s pointless supremacy | Deborah Orr

I just don’t know what to make of Theresa May, and I’m not the only one. In early January, the Economist dubbed her “Theresa Maybe: Britain’s indecisive premier.” Two months onand an editorial this week describes her as: “Monarch of all she surveys.” The pertinent change during this period has been May’s adoption of hard Brexit, which no one could ...

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Can Truth Prevail in America? The Rise of Real GDP is an Illusion

According to official US economic data, the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has expanded for 22 quarters, raising real GDP 12.1% above its high prior to the 2008-09 economic contraction. Yet, US manufacturing output and US industrial production have not recovered to their pre-contraction high. So what is driving the real GDP growth? In my opinion, the rise in real ...

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Protestors shout down ‘coward’ Paul Ryan and his ‘Wall Street values’ at Rhode Island event

A crowd of 200 people chanted “coward” and booed as House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke at a Rhode Island event on Thursday, The Boston Herald reports. Ryan was speaking at Year Up, a nonprofit training organization, as protestors gathered across the street to express their dissatisfaction with the… Continue reading

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The 'I got the job because I'm Asian' episode – Token podcast

Fred McConnell and Leah Green are joined by the Guardian’s political editor Anushka Asthana. She talks about her experience of being a child of immigrants but wanting to be as white as possible, her passions for gender equality and how she’s benefited from other people’s racism WARNING: Contains very strong language The Token podcast is based on discussion and difference, ...

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People Who Feel Socially Inferior Eat More and Prefer Unhealthy Food

Photo Credit: Dean Drobot / Shutterstock Many poor communities are called “food deserts” because they offer no access to healthy foods like fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Faced with this dilemma, residents in these areas are often compelled to turn to unhealthy, processed foods. But it’s not just a lack of healthy food options that impacts the health of poor ...

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DUP and Sinn Féin on course to dominate Northern Ireland assembly

The Democratic Unionists and Sinn Féin are on course to emerge as the two main parties in the Northern Ireland assembly election. With one of the highest voter turnouts since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, by mid-afternoon on Friday Sinn Féin and the DUP were both polling well. The DUP believes it will be the largest party in the ...

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May’s speech shows how little Scotland means in her dangerous game of Brexit | Lesley Riddoch

How did Theresa May’s Scottish Conservative party conference speech go down? Ah dear. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel. “Government is not a platform for which to pursue constitutional obsessions,” said the Tory leader, even though she is presiding over the economic and social nightmare that is Brexit, brought on by her own party’s constitutional obsession with Europe. Nicola ...

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Senator mocks Trump team’s Jedi mind tricks on Russia: ‘These aren’t the droids you’re looking for’

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) mocked the denials of Russian contacts offered by President Donald Trump and his campaign officials as Jedi mind games from the “Star Wars” films. “The denials remind me of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first ‘Star Wars,’” King said Friday during an appearance … Continue reading

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Wanted: strong centrist European leaders with star quality

After Brexit and Donald Trump’s shock victory, international attention is focused on the advance of comparable populist, nativist and nationalist forces across Europe in the run-up to this month’s pivotal election in the Netherlands and upcoming polls in France and Germany. But another, less dramatic side of the story has received less scrutiny: the failure of political establishments of the ...

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Argentina – La transición florece, aunque no la veamos

Estamos transitando hacia un mundo nuevo, poscapitalista. En la medida que es un proceso que estamos viviendo, no tenemos la suficiente distancia para saber en qué periodo estamos, pero todo indica que atravesamos las fases iniciales de dicha transición. Aunque tiene hondas similitudes con las anteriores (transiciones de la antigüedad al feudalismo y de éste al capitalismo), un hecho notable es ...

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From Protests to the Polls, Democrats Rebuild the Party Through Local Elections

Photo Credit: Burlingham / Shutterstock The anti-Trump resistance faced the first of many post-Trump electoral tests this past week, with Democrats fighting for four state senate seats, one in Delaware and three in Connecticut. Activists may have showed up for a month of protests and standing room only town hall meetings, not to mention weeks of jamming their representatives’ phone ...

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Brexit has put other leaders off wanting to leave, says EC vice-president

Rising Euroscepticism and domestic political point-scoring pose an existential threat to the EU, according to the man tipped to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European commission. However, Britain’s decision to leave has helped dissuade some political leaders from continuing to attack the bloc, said Jyrki Katainen, a commission vice-president. Katainen suggested Britain’s EU referendum result had shown political ...

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‘Culture of intimidation’: Trump aides’ efforts to plug leaks fuels ‘toxic’ atmosphere of paranoia

President Donald Trump looks up while hosting a House and Senate leadership lunch at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 1, 2017. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) President Donald Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin used his first senior staff meeting last month to tell his new aides he would not tolerate leaks to the news media, sources familiar with the matter said. ...

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Politics Live – readers' edition: Friday 3 March

12.15pm GMT12:15 Henry McDonald Democratic Unionist MP for North Belfast Nigel Dodds was very upbeat inside the Belfast count centre in the Titanic Quarter of the city this morning. Dodds said the DUP is “holding up well” despite dire predictions that the party would suffer big losses due to the renewable energy initiative, or “cash for ash scandal”. While Dodds ...

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Fundamentalists hacked my husband to death. The same hate is spreading across the world | Rafida Ahmed

I have no memory of the attack, but the pictures of my husband’s bloody, motionless body on the street, me next to him pleading for help, the four large stab wounds on my head and a sliced-off thumb, will remind me forever of the hatred and intolerance that changed my life. Our assailants, armed with machetes, were Islamists who on ...

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People Who Feel Socially Insecure Eat More and Prefer Unhealthy Food

Photo Credit: Dean Drobot / Shutterstock Many poor communities are called “food deserts” because they offer no access to healthy foods like fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Faced with this dilemma, residents in these areas are often compelled to turn to unhealthy, processed foods. But it’s not just a lack of healthy food options that impacts the health of poor ...

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A day in Royal Brompton hospital's at-risk children's heart unit – live updates

Can it ever be justified to close a hospital, or reduce its services – even when that hospital is, by any measure, good at what it does? Welcome to the Guardian’s liveblog from Royal Brompton hospital in south-west London, which we hope will help shed some light on this vexed question. A year on from our month-long This is the ...

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Northern Ireland assembly poll turnout 'highest in a decade'

As the ballot boxes are opened and votes counted on Friday morning in the second Northern Ireland assembly election in 10 months, there are expectations that turnout could be the highest in the region in a decade. The Electoral Office of Northern Ireland said on Thursday night turnout was likely to be higher than last year’s assembly election when 55% ...

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The Crisis of Student Debt in America

First published by Global Research in May 2012, this article is of relevance in relation to mounting student debt and the curtailment of social programs under the Trump administration It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it ...

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A moment that changed me: discovering my MP wasn’t going to help | Daisy-May Hudson

It’s 2006 and I am sitting in my school uniform with my cue cards in front of me, running my argument over again and again in my head. I feel nervous but calmly confident. After an unsuccessful attempt the previous year at the District Debate competition I’ve come back older, wiser and with a bit of experience under my belt. ...

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Why Did the Washington Post Undermine Its Own Scoop on Jeff Sessions?

The newspaper should have said, “Sessions Lied Under Oath About Meeting With Russians.” March 2, 2017 Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr The Washington Post, which broke the Jeff Sessions/Russian ambassador story (3/1/17), is framing it to minimize political damage to the attorney general. Here’s the headline: Sessions Met With Russian Envoy Twice Last Year, Encounters He Later Did Not Disclose ...

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Tory spending pledges on police, education and childcare 'at risk'

Conservative promises to protect spending on police, sixth form education and childcare are at risk as Philip Hammond demands £3.5bn in new cuts from his cabinet colleagues, according to an analysis by the IPPR thinktank. The IPPR believes the government will not be able to hit its savings target, even allowing for proposed budget cuts, at the same time as ...

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Seth Meyers kisses Trump’s ‘fresh start’ good-bye as Jeff Sessions makes staff ‘sh*t on themselves’

After weeks of catastrophic public relations failures, “Late Night” host Seth Meyers said that the Trump administration was hoping for a “fresh start” after Trump’s joint session of Congress Tuesday. What they got instead was a renewal of the Russian scandal that won&#8… Continue reading

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Where is Britain’s version of Roots? | David Olusoga

For more than half a century television has played a surprisingly important role in race relations in the United States. Had I been writing this 18 months ago, I might have said “the advance of race relations in the United States”, but these days I’m not so sure of the direction of travel. In the mid-1970s a handful of liberal TV creatives persuaded the ...

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Labour party has lost nearly 26,000 members since mid-2016, report claims

Labour has lost nearly 26,000 members since last summer, according to leaked data. The apparent shedding of card-carrying supporters has led one former chairman of the parliamentary Labour party (PLP) to warn the “tide is turning”. More than three-quarters of those to leave the party last year had joined after the 2015 general election, a period that saw membership grow ...

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What Dr. Seuss Can Teach Us About Donald Trump

Photo Credit: Ron Ellis / Shutterstock.com Asked to explain his political views, Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — once said that he was “against people who push other people around.” Were he alive today, he would surely be using his sharp pen to make fun of Donald Trump. Today (March 2), tens of millions of children and ...

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Hats off to Justin Trudeau, the only world leader able to strip off with dignity

Oh go on then, if you insist. There aren’t many world leaders I could bear to look at without a shirt and I suppose the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is near the top of the list. Pictures of a young Trudeau, leaning against a window sill with curly hair and dark glasses, are claimed to have “broken the internet”, ...

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An ‘Epidemic’ of Childhood Tooth Decay in the Fluoridated Republic of Ireland

Background information: Ireland, the only country in the European Union with a nationwide mandate for water fluoridation -via the Health (Fluoridation of Water Supplies) Act 1960, which mandated compulsory fluoridation by local authorities. 3,250,000 Irish people receive artificially-fluoridated water. The agent used is hydrofluorosilicic acid. Corrosive to most metals it eats through concrete and Hazmat suits (impermeable whole-body garments must be worn to handle it as a gas ...

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