May's 'global Britain' gets boost as Qatar looks at £5bn investment

Theresa May’s ambitions to create a “global Britain” after Brexit have been boosted by Qatar’s announcement that it expects to invest £5bn in the UK over the next five years. On Monday, two days before the planned triggering of article 50, Qatari investors at a London conference suggested they were unperturbed by the prospect of Britain’s departure from the EU ...

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Will the Health Care Debacle Expose the Fraudulent Nature of Trump's Presidency?

Photo Credit: Steve Baker / Flickr In early December I wrote a piece recounting all of President Barack Obama’s attempts to woo Republicans and wondered whether members of the Tea Party — represented by the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus — would save Obamacare by once again refusing to go along with the GOP’s leadership. And by gosh, they went and did it again. ...

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Northern Ireland secretary rules out snap election

Northern Ireland’s political parties have been given an extra few weeks to reach a deal aimed at power sharing, the secretary of state, James Brokenshire, has announced. The deadline for reaching a deal passed at 4pm on Monday with both major parties – the Democratic Unionists (DUP) and Sinn Féin – accusing each other of intransigence at the negotiations leading ...

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Mexico’s biggest archdiocese: Mexicans helping build Trump’s wall are ‘traitors’

Mexicans helping President Donald Trump build his signature campaign initiative, the border wall along the United States-Mexico boder, will be acting immorally and should be deemed traitors, Mexico’s biggest archdiocese said Sunday. “Any company intending to invest in the wall of the fanatic T… Continue reading

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Ukip: Britain should be able to send back 'beggars or criminals' from EU

The UK should have the right not to let EU citizens stay if they “do not work, never pay taxes or are beggars or criminals”, a senior Ukip spokesman has said. Gerard Batten, an MEP with responsibility for Ukip’s Brexit policy, suggested on Monday that the UK should have the discretion to refuse some EU citizens the right to stay ...

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How US Flooded The World With Psyops

Newly declassified documents from the Reagan presidential library help explain how the U.S. government developed its sophisticated psychological operations capabilities that – over the past three decades – have created an alternative reality both for people in targeted countries and for American citizens, a structure that expanded U.S. influence abroad and quieted dissent at home. The documents reveal the formation ...

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Westminster attack: we found out online our loved ones were victims – video

The bereaved relatives of an American couple who were victims of Wednesday’s attack in Westminster say they found out their loved ones were targeted by seeing pictures posted online. Kurt Cochran was killed in the attack and his wife Melissa was badly injured. The couple had been sightseeing on the last day of a trip celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary ...

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Robert Reich Snorts at Paul Ryan's Pathetic Excuse for the Failure of His Health Care Bill

Robert Reich.Photo Credit: screenshot via Robert Reich House Speaker Paul Ryan, in his press conference following the demise of his bill to replace Obamacare, blamed Republicans who had failed to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.” “We were a 10-year opposition party, where being against things was easy to do,” said Ryan. “You just had to be ...

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No 10 repeats Rudd's call for authorities to access encrypted messages

Downing Street has reiterated that the government would like to see police and intelligence agencies given access to messages on WhatsApp and other encrypted social media services, despite widespread doubts as to whether this would be practicable. It came as Theresa May used a trip to Scotland to stress the need for police forces to work closely together to prevent ...

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Noam Chomsky: Trump could stage a ‘false flag’ terror attack and ‘change the country instantly’

Author and political philosopher Noam Chomsky sounded a dire warning on Monday in an interview with AlterNet’s Jan Frel, saying that President Donald Trump could stage a “false flag” terror attack in an effort to consolidate his power and strip Americans of their constitutional rig… Continue reading

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Unite leadership battle sees Labour factions line up against each other

Voting has begun to elect the next general secretary of the Unite union, a decision that could define the direction of the Labour party for years to come. Allegations of personal smears, political interference and cronyism have characterised a fraught campaign to lead Britain’s biggest union, which isLabour’s most generous donor. With Labour 19 points behind the Tories, the Unite ...

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EU nurses no longer want to work in Britain. Brexit is poisoning the NHS | Suzanne Moore

How will Brexit impact the NHS? It already has. Nurses from the EU are much less keen to come and work here. Today the Times reported that in the last four months of 2015, an average of 797 EU nurses per month signed up to work in the UK; over the same period last year, that number fell to 194 ...

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What Good Is Ivanka Trump? The President’s Daughter Is More than Complicit—She’s a Chip Off the Old Block

Photo Credit: Albert H. Teich / Shutterstock.com The idea of Ivanka Trump as a secret liberal operative, embedded and awaiting activation, was always an illusion at odds with the material evidence. On the campaign trail, she was deployed as the genteel good cop to her father’s uncouth—and unashamedly racist and sexist—bad lieutenant. It was an image almost solely built on ...

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Put on your party shoes – it’s time for political hedonism | Roman Krznaric

Heard about “blackout culture” ? It’s sweeping across America’s universities and it’s lethal. Students down cocktails of alcohol with the singular aim of passing out. Nearly 2,000 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related injuries each year, and there are increasing calls for college authorities to stamp out binge drinking. No wonder hedonism has a ...

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Trump Will Sink Like a Rock, as His Policy-Lies Catch Up With Him

On January 15th, he told the Washington Post: “We’re going to have insurance for everybody. … There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.” On September 27th of 2016, while campaigning against Hillary Clinton he told CBS “60 Minutes”: Donald Trump: By the ...

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Illinois hairstylists trained in art of helping abuse victims

Kristie Paskvan, Founder of Chicago Says No More, poses for a portrait in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., March 25, 2017. REUTERS/John Gress Londa Brown and Darlene Copeland, a pair of hairstylists from Chicago’s South Side, have spent so many hours listening to their customers talk about the ups and downs of their lives that the two jokingly refer to themselves as ...

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Arlene Foster blames Sinn Féin as Northern Ireland talks stall

Arlene Foster, the first minister in Northern Ireland’s recently dissolved power-sharing government, has accused Sinn Féin of not wanting to secure a deal to restore a regional administration in Belfast. The Democratic Unionist party (DUP) leader said that during weekend negotiations Sinn Féin had behaved “as if they were the only participants whose mandate mattered”. As the clock ticked towards ...

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EU's chief Brexit negotiator warns of 'distinct possibility' UK will leave with no deal – Politics live

This is the week that will see Theresa May triggering article 50, starting the purportedly irreversible process that will see Britain sliding down the slipway and leaving the EU after two years. Today May is in Scotland, giving a speech touching on this and holding what promises to be a very awkward meeting with Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon, who ...

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‘Special Snowflake’ My Ass: Why Identity Labels Matter

Photo Credit: Axel Bueckert / Shutterstock.com I get a warm feeling when I see the word “asexual” in someone’s bio. So when, after scrolling on Facebook for entirely too long the other day, I saw an article on graysexuality, I happily clicked the link. (Graysexuality is an asexual-spectrum orientation that describes people who sometimes experience sexual attraction, but usually don’t.) The ...

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Rudd's call for backdoor access suggests hazy grasp of encryption

Tech companies are facing demands from the home secretary, Amber Rudd, to build backdoors into their “completely unacceptable” end-to-end encryption messaging apps. Speaking on Sunday, just five days after a terror attack in Westminster killed five and injured more than 50, she said “there should be no place for terrorists to hide”. This may sound familiar. Two years ago, after ...

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The Brexiteers’ immigration promises are unravelling fast | Matthew d’Ancona

The speed with which the emergency services responded to last week’s attack on Westminster was rivalled only by the hard right’s eagerness to blame the horror on migration. I mean, why wait for the evidence? With the same confidence that he had (incorrectly) blamed the Berlin Christmas market atrocity on Angela Merkel’s admission of refugees, Nigel Farage told Fox News: “If ...

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Military Experts Issue a Warning Climate Skeptics Won't Want to Hear

A gripping new documentary explores the link between climate change and violent conflict. March 24, 2017 Photo Credit: PF Pictures “Requiem for the American Dream” director Jared P. Scott is back with a new must-see documentary. Billed as “The Hurt Locker” meets “An Inconvenient Truth,” his new film, “The Age of Consequences,” offers a chilling warning for climate skeptics from an ...

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Northern Ireland power-sharing talks break down

Talks aimed at restoring Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government have broken down after Sinn Féin said that the party would not be nominating Michelle O’Neill, its leader in Northern Ireland, for the post of deputy first minister. In a statement O’Neill said: “Today we have come to the end of the road.” She was speaking after Sinn Féin said the deadline ...

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Theresa May wants a Brexiteer’s Brexit. She won’t get it without a fight | Keir Starmer

On Wednesday morning, the prime minister will inform the European council that the UK intends to leave the EU. What happens next will be of defining significance for the future of our economy, jobs, security and Britain’s place in the world. I believe Britain’s response to Brexit must be based on core progressive values: internationalism, cooperation, social justice and the ...

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Half of £2bn boost for NHS 'spent outside health service'

Health chiefs spent about half of the £2bn of extra cash allocated in George Osborne’s pre-2015 election autumn statement on buying care from private and other non-NHS providers, an analysis has shown. The Health Foundation research for the Financial Times showed £901m was spent on buying services from outside the health service in 2015/16 for care provided free at the ...

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The Life Cycle of a Donald Trump Lie

Photo Credit: duncan c / Flickr On March 4, President Donald Trump declared himself the victim of a scandal on the level of the the Watergate crimes that brought down President Richard Nixon. In an early-morning tweetstorm apparently triggered by reading a Breitbart article, the president claimed that President Barack Obama “had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower” in an ...

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Half-in, half-out of customs union would be worst Brexit option, says thinktank

Open Europe, the leading Eurosceptic thinktank, has urged the prime minister to leave the European customs union entirely, arguing that a half-in, half-out option would be the worst of all worlds for the UK. In one of the most detailed reports yet on the implications of leaving the customs union, Open Europe pointed out that Theresa May had suggested in ...

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Fox News gets brutally mocked for ‘News Alert’ that Trump spent weekend ‘working from the White House’

On Sunday afternoon, Pres. Donald Trump’s favorite network, Fox News, got mocked online for sending out a “News Alert” that the president spent the weekend “working from the White House.” News Alert: @POTUS spending weekend working at the White House. pic.twitter.com/kA… Continue reading

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Government plan on childhood obesity very disappointing, say MPs

Tough new measures to tackle childhood obesity – including a restriction on supermarkets offering “deep discounts” on unhealthy foods – must be introduced, according to a committee of MPs. The Commons health select committee said it was “extremely disappointed” with the government’s current plans to fight obesity, and said ministers had ignored proposals from experts and had failed to go ...

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Parts of UK that voted for Brexit may be hardest hit, study finds

Several parts of Britain that voted to leave the European Union are among the most vulnerable to the economic impact of Brexit, according to new research published as the government prepares to trigger article 50. Researchers at the thinktank Demos studied regional differences in the reliance on exports to the EU, use of European workers and receipt of support grants. ...

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CNN Analyst: Sources Say Mike Flynn May Have Turned on Trump and Become a Witness for the FBI

Photo Credit: Screen Capture — Mike Flynn As of Saturday evening, rumors are swirling that Pres. Donald Trump’s ousted national security adviser Mike Flynn has cut a deal with the FBI and is now informing on his old boss, the president. CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem discussed the possibility in a panel discussion on Friday night when she said that former ...

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Theresa May to meet Nicola Sturgeon in week she triggers article 50

The prime minister will meet Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland on Monday at the start of the week in which she will trigger Britain’s departure from the EU, and argue that the four nations of the UK represent an “unstoppable force”. Theresa May is to hold talks with the first minister for the first time since Sturgeon demanded a second independence ...

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Trump is ‘red hot’ with rage over healthcare debacle and determined to make disloyal Republicans pay

President Donald Trump discusses current military operations with Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command Commander, at MacDill, AFB, FL, Feb. 6, 2017. (DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen/Released) Pres. Donald Trump is reportedly “red hot” with rage over the failure of his healthcare bill — which Republicans pulled from consideration before it even reached a vote on Friday ...

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Starmer to call for united opposition if Brexiters fail tough tests

The Labour party will attempt to draw a line under divisions over its decision to support the triggering of article 50, promising it will refuse to back any Brexit deal which does not deliver “the exact same benefits” as the UK enjoys as a full member of the European Union. In a wide-ranging speech on Monday, Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir ...

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Jeremy Hunt attends memorial for toddler who died of sepsis

Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has told the private memorial service for a one-year-old boy who died from blood poisoning that he was let down by the NHS and the government. Speaking at the service in Cornwall, Hunt said he had “come here to say sorry” to the family of William Mead, who died after the emergency services failed to ...

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CNN Analyst: Sources Say Mike Flynn May Have Turned on Trump and Become a Witness for the FBI

Photo Credit: Screen Capture — Mike Flynn As of Saturday evening, rumors are swirling that Pres. Donald Trump’s ousted national security adviser Mike Flynn has cut a deal with the FBI and is now informing on his old boss, the president. CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem discussed the possibility in a panel discussion on Friday night when she said that former ...

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Fool Me Once… DNC Ally Crowdstrike Claimed Two Cases Of “Russian Hacking” – One At Least Was Fake

The cyber-security company Crowdstrike claimed that “Russia” hacked the Democratic National Committee. It also claimed that “Russia” hacked artillery units of the Ukrainian army. The second claim has now be found to be completely baseless. That same is probably the case with its claims related to the DNC. Sometime around May 2016, the Democratic National Committee lost control over its email archives. ...

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Glenn Beck permanently ‘bans’ Tomi Lahren from The Blaze: report

Controversial conservative shouter Tomi Lahren will be taking her act elsewhere after The Blaze founder Glenn Beck fired her on Sunday. According to the New York Post, Beck has “permanently banned” Lahren, who was suspended last week after over comments she made supporting a woman’… Continue reading

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Corbyn has 15 months for a Labour recovery, says Unite's McCluskey

Jeremy Corbyn needs to show that he can win round public opinion within the next 15 months to retain the party’s support, his most powerful union supporter, Len McCluskey, has suggested. The Unite general secretary became the latest figure in the party to issue what sounded like a coded ultimatum as he hit back at allegations that his union was ...

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Want to know why centre politics is stuck in the mud? Watch Comic Relief | Zoe Williams

I am sympathetically sanguine about the deficiencies of Comic Relief – this is the TV extravaganza, as distinct from the charity appeal overall, or the parental hell that is finding clean pyjamas that are also red. I have very low expectations anyway of an event to which the word “extravaganza” is routinely applied. If one person waves a prosthetic penis at ...

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Lord of Misrule: Don’t Be So Sure the Demise of Trumpcare Is a Defeat for Donald Trump

Donald Trump- Caricature Donald John Trump, aka Donald Trump, is a businessman and is the 45th President of the United States. This caricature of Donald Trump was adapted from a Creative Commons licensed photo from Jim Mattis’s Flickr photostream.Photo Credit: DonkeyHotey/Flickr CC Barely two months after his inauguration, Donald Trump’s presidency looks — by any normal and reasonable standard — ...

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Call for encryption ban puts Rudd at odds with industry and colleagues

Amber Rudd’s call for “no hiding place for terrorists” on the web echoes and revives David Cameron’s 2015 proposal to ban “end-to-end encryption” on services such as WhatsApp. That proposal was dropped from the “snooper’s charter” legislation because of widespread opposition in the tech industry and from Conservative libertarians, including David Davis, now Brexit secretary and one of the home ...

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Conservative pundit: The only president with a worse 100 days than Trump is the one who died the first month

On MSNBC Sunday morning a conservative radio host took multiple shots at President Donald Trump’s faltering relationship with his own party, saying the first two months of his administration have been a disaster. Appearing on AM Joy, commentator Charlie Sykes was asked by fill-in host Jonathan Capehart how things are going for Trump within his own party. “Does it make ...

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Populism is the result of global economic failure

The rise of populism has rattled the global political establishment. Brexit came as a shock, as did the victory of Donald Trump. Much head-scratching has resulted as leaders seek to work out why large chunks of their electorates are so cross. The answer seems pretty simple. Populism is the result of economic failure. The 10 years since the financial crisis ...

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Fukushima Anniversary: Japan’s Historic Love-Hate Relationship with Nuclear Power

The United States knows that peaceful power from atomic energy is no dream of the future. ..To hasten the day when fear of the atom will begin to disappear from the minds of people, and the governments of the East and West, there are certain steps that can be taken now. President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s address before the General Assembly ...

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Labour to oppose 'Henry VIII powers' being used to rewrite EU laws

Labour will oppose plans in the “great repeal bill” to give ministers sweeping powers to rewrite laws with minimal interference from parliament, Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday. The Labour leader was responding to reports that the government will publish a white paper setting out its plans for the “great repeal bill” on Thursday, just a day after Theresa May starts ...

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