Should Donald Trump be afforded a state visit to Britain? | Tulip Siddiq and Glyn Davies

Tulip Siddiq: ‘Future generations will judge us’ I believe that the decision to extend a state visit to Donald Trump is premature, undeserved, and out of keeping with British values. State visits should be earned rather than offered as par for the course. Even though it may seem like an eternity, Trump has been in the role of president for ...

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Judgment Day: Ecuador Presidential Election to Determine Julian Assange’s Fate

The fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will depend in many respects on the results of the Ecuadorian presidential election. Ecuador is set to hold the first round of elections, comprising eight candidates, on February 19, while the runoff is scheduled for April 2. The country’s President Rafael Correa is not running in the election for the first time in more than a decade. Assange has been residing ...

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Utah man plotted with polygamous ‘ninja wives’ to kill teen he sexually abused: police

A Utah man plotted with his three wives to kill a teenage girl before she could testify against him in a sexual abuse trial, prosecutors said. Kain Blackwing — who is currently serving a maximum 15-year prison term for aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, and retaliation against a witness — was charged Thursday with three counts of solicitation for aggravated murder, ...

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Brexit Britain must protect EU migrants' rights, say protesters – video

As the House of Lords debates the article 50 bill on Monday, protesters from the pressure group One Day Without Us demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament to highlight the contribution of immigrants to the UK’s economy and society. They say EU migrants have been treated ‘appallingly’ since the Brexit referendum result and demand that their rights are upheld Source ...

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Article 50 bill: Lords 'highly likely' to pass amendment on EU citizens

An amendment to the article 50 bill guaranteeing the rights of EU nationals in the UK after Brexit is highly likely to be passed in the House of Lords, the leader of Liberal Democrat peers has said. Dick Newby told about 500 EU citizens in Westminster that Labour peers would be supporting the amendment, which will be debated next week, ...

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Paul Krugman Blasts Trump's Economic Arrogance

Photo Credit: swisseconomic/Flickr Creative Commons Donald Trump believes in fairy tales. We’re already familiar with his favorites, like the Bowling Green Massacre and winning the popular vote, but as Paul Krugman points out in his Monday column, our next waking nightmare may be Trumponomics: Reagan era fantasies, back from the dead to convince America that growth through low taxes and ...

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Ukip canvasser caught urinating on voter's property in Stoke-on-Trent – video

CCTV footage shows a man, who was canvassing for Ukip in the Stoke-on-Trent byelection, urinating on a voter’s property. The voter named by local newspaper the Sentinel as 73-year-old Marjorie Pinches can be seen and heard confronting the canvasser and telling him to leave. At this point the man apologises and tries to force his way into her home. The ...

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Russia’s psychological dossier on Trump reveals they’re already ‘nervous’ he’ll be ousted

President Donald Trump’s behavior isn’t just unnerving American allies, as a former Russian diplomat tells NBC News that the Kremlin is becoming concerned as well. In an interview with the network, former Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Fedorov said that Russia believes that Trump… Continue reading

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Leading terror trial QC to helm counter-terror laws watchdog

Max Hill QC, a leading prosecutor in many of the most serious terrorism trials, has been named the new independent reviewer of terrorism legislation. He will replace the human rights lawyer David Anderson QC, who marked his upcoming departure this weekend with a warning that the government’s anti-radicalisation strategy Prevent is faltering because it is not trusted by “a very ...

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Are you doing anything for One Day Without Us?

Migrants contribute a great deal to British society. They are vital to a variety of industries, from the NHS to our hospitality sector. It’s been estimated that if every migrant withdrew their labour for one day, it would cost the UK £328m – 4% of our GDP. To emphasise this there is a day of action on Monday (20 February). ...

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Damascus Reveals the Location of the Main Turkish Base inside Syria

Damascus Reveals the Location of the Main Turkish Base inside Syria Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has renewed calls to the UN Security Council for an immediate end of the violations of The Syrian sovereignty by the Turkish Armed Forces.The Ministry also published a list of all violations that occurred since last December.   The letter, which was addressed to the ...

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White House Denies Reports of Russian Contacts Amid Search to Replace Flynn

Photo Credit: See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The White House has disputed reports of contacts between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian officials, even as the president continued to search for a national security adviser to replace retired general Michael Flynn, who resigned last week after revelations that he misled the vice-president about his calls to Russia’s ambassador. ...

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Business rates row: senior ministers write to Tory MPs to head off revolt

Senior ministers have written to Conservative MPs in an attempt to stave off a rebellion over the business rates revaluation. The communities and local government secretary, Sajid Javid, and the Treasury chief secretary, David Gauke, said there had been “a “relentless campaign of distortions and half-truths” about the move. They insisted that bills would not rise for most firms. However, ...

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Leaks, grudges and ‘tremendous uncertainty’ have slowed Trump admin’s hiring to a crawl: report

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with retail industry leaders at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 15, 2017 (AFP Photo/SAUL LOEB) Pres. Donald Trump’s administration is off to a rocky start in many ways, not the least of which is its inability to fill several key cabinet positions and other essential roles within the federal government. ...

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Merseyside Ukip officials quit over Paul Nuttall Hillsborough controversy

Two Ukip chairmen in Merseyside have resigned in protest at Paul Nuttall’s handling of the controversy over his claims about the Hillsborough disaster. Adam Heatherington and Simon Monkcom handed in their resignations from the party this week, following their leader’s admission earlier this month that claims on his website about losing close friends in the Hillsborough disaster were false. Victims’ ...

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Two Ukip chairmen quit in protest over Paul Nuttall's Hillsborough falsehood – Politics live

The British people have made their choice. For the Lords – which is stuffed with pro-EU timeservers and from which UKIP has been systematically excluded – to mess around with it would be both outrageous and dangerous. We would in my view be in a situation akin to that before the first world war when the Parliament Act was passed ...

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Trump Reportedly Screamed at CIA Director Pompeo Over Intel being Withheld

“Our Intelligence Community is so worried by the unprecedented problems of the Trump administration — not only do senior officials possess troubling ties to the Kremlin, there are nagging questions about basic competence regarding Team Trump — that it is beginning to withhold intelligence from a White House which our spies do not trust,” wrote former analyst for the National Security ...

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UK borrowing and growth better than expected for budget, says report

Britain’s economic growth and borrowing levels will both be better than previously expected when the chancellor gives his budget next month, according to a report. The economic forecasting group EY Item Club said stronger-than-expected tax receipts meant the Office for Budget Responsibility was likely to cut its borrowing forecast for the current year by £3bn to £65bn on budget day. ...

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John Oliver: Trump’s crazy week has been like watching someone ‘shoot firecrackers out of their a**’

Like many who watched Pres. Donald Trump’s rally in Melbourne, FL on Saturday, John Olver was confused about the purported Friday night terror attack in Sweden. As Oliver noted, however, Trump tweeted on Saturday that he’d mistaken a Tucker Carlson segment on Fox News for a report about a terror attack. “So, sifting through Trump’s brain so see why he ...

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Inner Brexit circle: May is playing it close amid government tension

The speech was so closely guarded that the final draft was delivered to key ministers by hand, the night before, in a brown envelope. The next day, amid the marble and gilt of Lancaster House in London’s St James’s, the prime minister set out her government’s blueprint for Brexit to an audience of ambassadors. Inside Downing Street, there was a ...

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Elections in France – CIA Spies on Political Parties, NYT Claims “Russian” Interference

New York Times Editorial, February 18, 2017: Keeping the Kremlin’s Hands Off France’s Elections With the United States engulfed in questions about Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election, France is determined to head off any such meddling in its… Continue reading

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Thousands of migrant workers to take part in UK's first day of action

Tens of thousands of migrants and their supporters are staging their first day of action on Monday to highlight their contribution to the UK economy, alongside a thousand EU citizens demanding the right to remain in Britain after Brexit. A report from the New Economics Foundation estimates that if every migrant withdrew their labour for one day, it would cost ...

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Why the Great Writer James Baldwin's Insights About America Are More Relevant Than Ever

Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab About two years ago April Reign decided to encapsulate her frustration at yet another slate of white Academy Award nominees by launching the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. The hashtag turned into a rallying cry for increased diversity not just in Oscar nominations but throughout the film industry. And yet last year’s slate of nominees similarly lacked diversity in the four ...

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Uber CEO calls for ‘urgent investigation’ into former engineer’s sexual harassment claims

The chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has ordered an “urgent investigation” into claims of sexual harassment raised by a former engineer in a blog post. Susan Fowler, who left Uber in December, wrote that she was subjected to sexual advances through a ‘string of me… Continue reading

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Prison officers' union dismisses pay rise as 'plaster over a wound'

A pay rise for prison officers unveiled by the justice secretary will not help a system that is in “meltdown” and is like “placing a plaster over a gaping wound”, according to the prison officers’ union. Liz Truss announced that thousands of prison staff would receive a pay rise in a drive to increase staffing levels, as the government attempts ...

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John McCain on Trump: Suppressing Free Press Is 'How Dictators Get Started'

Senator John McCain talks with reporters at the US Capitol on June 10, 2014 in Washington Senator John McCain has warned that suppression of a free press is “how dictators get started,” criticizing Donald Trump’s “continued declaration.”  “I hate the press,” McCain told NBC’s Meet the Press in an interview, taped at a security conference with European leaders in Munich.. “But ...

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Sky’s Sophy Ridge: ‘We’re at a tipping point with women in politics’

When Sophy Ridge had just started as a political reporter, one male MP asked if she worked on her newspaper’s fashion desk. Another time, someone at the Labour party conference mistook her for a weather presenter. Just the “sort of stories that [every female political journalist] has”, she says with a smile. “I think you need to have quite a ...

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Russia Now Runs the Peace Process to End Syria’s War

Part One of Three Parts Immediately prior to the resumption of the Syrian peace talks in Geneva on February 23rd, here’s a status-report on what has been achieved in these talks so far: PRELIMINARY NOTE: Many allegations in this report are contrary to what has been reported by virtually all Western press agencies, and so the documentation behind any such ...

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Home Office agrees to review asylum claims of child refugees in France

The Home Office has agreed to review asylum applications from child refugees in France after it emerged that several had returned to the site of the former Calais camp in a renewed effort to make the crossing to the UK. One teenager who arrived in London this weekend after hiding beneath a coach at the port told the Guardian that ...

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Lords prepare to fight for amendments to the Brexit bill

Peers from across the parties will begin efforts to make changes to Theresa May’s plan for Brexit in the House of Lords on Monday, despite warnings from Tory MPs that their actions will increase appetite for reform or abolition of the upper chamber. A coalition of Labour, Liberal Democrat, crossbench and some Conservative peers are planning to club together to ...

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Administration Moves To Block Access To Health Insurance

Photo Credit: Production Perig / Shutterstock         The following first appeared on DCReport.org.  The Trump administration is moving to make it harder for you to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The net effect of the proposals would be significantly greater regulatory and paperwork burdens for both consumers and health insurance exchanges, the opposite of ...

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Trump admits false ‘last night in Sweden’ claim was something he heard ‘broadcast on Fox News’

Pres. Donald Trump admitted on Sunday that the terror attack he said happened in Sweden on Friday night was actually something he saw — but didn’t fully understand — on Fox News. In a tweet, the president said he’d gotten confused by something he saw on an episode of Tucker C… Continue reading

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Corbyn allies insist byelections will not challenge his leadership

Allies of Jeremy Corbyn have insisted his leadership will continue if Labour loses one or both byelections in Stoke-on-Trent and Copeland on Thursday. The party is optimistic of hanging on in both contests, triggered by the resignations of two sitting MPs, Jamie Reed and Tristram Hunt, to take up new jobs. However, the electoral battle is still thought to be ...

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The Guardian view on vocational education: choice at 14 is not working | Editorial

England’s beleaguered vocational education system has been subjected to wave after wave of reform. Yet improving the quality of technical education has eluded governments of all colours. University technical colleges (UTCs) are only the latest example of a shiny innovation that ran on to the rocks. Seven UTCs have now announced they are closing their doors, and Michael Gove, the ...

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North Korea: Trump’s First Foreign Policy Test in Asia

Trump’s new defense chief James Mattis hit the ground running, so to speak, and top on his agenda was meeting with his counterparts in South Korea and Japan. Just two weeks after being sworn in as Secretary of Defense, he was in South Korea, the initial stop on his first itinerary abroad, presumably to reassure the U.S.’ historical ally of ...

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'Not My President's Day' Actions Across the U.S. Call for Trump's Impeachment on President's Day Weekend

Photo Credit: Per Boge / Shutterstock.com Americans are transforming President’s Day weekend into a ‘Not My President’s Day’ series of resistance efforts against the Republican Trump Whitehouse and its increasingly fascist agenda. Many of the actions organized in cities across the U.S. call to impeach the new president. As Donald Trump defiles American values left and right—spouting lies demeaning and threatening the ...

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The Guardian view on the Northern Ireland election: vote to keep the border soft | Editorial

Britain’s political parties await Thursday’s two byelections with anxiety. Politicians from Theresa May down have campaigned in them. On all sides, large conclusions about Britain’s Brexit-dominated politics will be read into the two results. For all that, the contests in Copeland and Stoke Central will do well to attract more than 50,000 voters to the polling stations between them. A week ...

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Trump’s fragile male ego craves the dangerous drug of adulation | Joan Smith

Therapy has never been so expensive. At the weekend, it cost American taxpayers millions of dollars to fly Donald Trump down to Florida so he could hold a session with thousands of adoring fans after another trying week in the White House. At a cost of roughly $3m per trip, it would have been cheaper to hire Dr Freud but, ...

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Theresa May: The Enigmatic Prime Minister by Rosa Prince – digested read

It was 10am on Monday 11 July 2016 and Theresa May was preparing to launch her leadership campaign in Birmingham when Fiona Hill entered the room where she was sitting with her husband, Phil, to tell her that Andrea Leadsom was on the phone. May told everyone to leave before taking the call and then went on stage to deliver ...

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What Happens After the Next Big Terrorist Attack? Trump Is Paving the Way Toward a Terrifying Crackdown

Photo Credit: DonkeyHotey / Flickr Terrorism has never been so dangerous. Even a single terrorist attack against American troops abroad or — more worrisome — a “soft target” here in the United States could have potentially catastrophic consequences for the stability and future of Western civilization. Perhaps you’re skeptical of this claim, and you should be. After all, the average ...

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Populist correctness: the new PC culture of Trump's America and Brexit Britain| Arwa Mahdawi

An Englishman, a Frenchman and an American man walk into a bar and make whatever jokes they want because – have you heard? – political correctness is dead. Donald Trump and Brexit have sent it to its grave. You can say whatever you like now, offend whoever you like! Well, not quite. From the gender-neutral ashes of political correctness a ...

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American presidents lead interesting lives

Monday is Presidents Day, and whether or not they support the United States’ current commander-in-chief, most Americans are likely happy to have a three-day weekend. Presidents Day, which specifically honors George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays, is held annually on t… Continue reading

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Northern powerhouse event organisers apologise for lack of female speakers

Organisers of a conference celebrating the best and brightest businesspeople in the north of England have issued a grovelling apology over lack of female representation. The two-day UK northern powerhouse conference in Manchester caused controversy after all 15 main speakers highlighted in a press release were men. Only 13 out of the 98 speakers over the two days are women. ...

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U.S.-North Korean Relations in a Time of Change

The months ahead may reveal the direction that U.S.-North Korean relations will take under the Trump administration. After eight years of ‘strategic patience’ and the Rebalance to Asia, those relations now stand at their lowest point in decades. Many foreign policy elites are expressing frustration over Washington’s failure to impose its will on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), ...

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Stop Trump group aims for biggest protests in UK history

Activists, MPs and trade unions have vowed to hold the biggest demonstrations in UK history, outstripping the Iraq war protests, when Donald Trump makes his state visit later this year, and will kick off a programme of opposition to the US president with a migrant solidarity rally on Monday. The Stop Trump coalition has hired a permanent staff member to ...

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How Alex Jones' Wild Conspiracies Breed Potentially Deadly Plots

Photo Credit: Tyler Merbler / Flickr Creative Commons On Dec. 4, a 28-year-old North Carolina man bearing a handgun and a military-style rifle stormed a Washington, D.C., pizza joint called Comet Ping-Pong, determined to “self-investigate” rumors that the restaurant was the center of a child sex-slave ring with connections to the Clinton campaign. Edgar M. Welch, of Salisbury, N.C., who ...

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Peter Mandelson: many people feel bulldozed into Brexit – video

Lord Peter Mandelson says many people are feeling bulldozed into a Brexit they did not vote for. Speaking on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Mandelson urges the public to donate to Open Britain in support of Tony Blair’s call for an uprising against leaving the bloc Source link

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