Lord chief justice attacks Liz Truss for failing to back article 50 judges

The lord chief justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, has launched a forthright attack on the justice secretary, Liz Truss, for her failure last year to defend judges who were branded “enemies of the people”. The most senior judge in England and Wales also lambasted her department for putting out inaccurate information last weekend about extending a scheme for pre-recording testimony ...

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Wall Street Journal Issues Scathing Condemnation of Trump

Photo Credit: Screenshot / Buzzfeed Neither President Donald Trump nor his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton was endorsed by the conservative Wall Street Journal, which has had a longstanding skepticism about Trump’s campaign. Now the newspaper’s editorial board has published a scathing condemnation of the Republican president. “If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would ...

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EU's chief negotiator sets three conditions for Brexit trade talks to start

The EU’s chief divorce negotiator, Michel Barnier, is calling for an “orderly” Brexit and insisting Britain must settle its EU debts and resolve uncertainty for European citizens before talks can begin on a trade deal. In only his second public statement on Brexit since he took up the position last autumn, Barnier will stress that the UK must “settle its ...

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UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes

EU chiefs have warned airlines including easyJet and Ryanair that they will need to relocate their headquarters or sell off shares to European nationals if they want to continue flying routes within continental Europe after Brexit. Executives at major carriers have been reminded during recent private meetings with officials that to continue to operate on routes across the continent – ...

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Muslim former FBI employees say they face a ‘cancer’ of fear and suspicion

A Muslim former FBI analyst has told The Guardian that he believes Muslims are being “purged” from American intelligence agencies as a pretext for targeting all Muslims in the United States. Said “Sam” Barodi, a former FBI intelligence and language analyst, has told The Guard… Continue reading

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Singapore’s Total Defence Policy Provides a Regional Model

Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen reiterated the importance of the city-state’s policy of Total Defence. In his statement coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the British surrender of the island to Japanese forces in 1942, he spoke specifically about the 5 pillars of Total Defence. He emphasised that Singapore cannot depend on other nations for its defence, and warned ...

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Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn clash over education – video

Jeremy Corbyn challenges the government’s plan to cut school budgets during PMQs on Wednesday. He points out that the government has found £320m for its grammar schools project, but no funding for comprehensive schools. May rebuts Corbyn, accusing him of having a grammar education but ‘taking the advantage and pulling the ladder up behind him’. She closes on an attack ...

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Editorial: How We Can Fight Donald Trump and Authoritarianism

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr We at AlterNet are very concerned that authoritarianism is taking root in the U.S. Aggressive people with destructive agendas are in charge, defunding government and eroding our rights, while trying to stamp out truth itself. We also worry that many are not taking the threat seriously enough, and that those who are aware don’t ...

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Martin McGuinness was a committed republican – and that never changed | Gerry Adams

The death of my friend and comrade Martin McGuinness has left a deep void. It is a huge blow to all of us who knew and loved him, especially his wife and family. Martin was an extraordinary human being. Funny, caring, a committed family man, a keen fisherman, an enthusiast for all kinds of sport from cricket to hurling. He ...

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GOP lawmakers slammed Obamacare for Medicare cuts — but Trumpcare doesn’t undo them

WASHINGTON – In letter after letter, Republican lawmakers have reminded their constituents: Obamacare cut Medicare. Implied, and sometimes stated outright, was that the GOP’s own plan should instead bolster the program. “Any reforms must protect Medicare,” Congressman Ted Poe… Continue reading

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Ken Livingstone calls for Labour to suspend 'disloyal' MPs

Labour should suspend MPs disloyal to Jeremy Corbyn, including Chuka Umunna and Wes Streeting, Ken Livingstone has said. Livingstone, a former London mayor and ally of the Labour leader, also said MPs should be forced to reapply to be candidates at the next election, saying it was “ridiculous that MPs in safe seats have a job for life”. When asked ...

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Martin McGuinness death: Northern Ireland power sharing talks continue

Talks aimed at restoring power sharing in Northern Ireland continued at Stormont in the hours after it was announced that the former deputy first minister Martin McGuinness had died. The deadline for reaching agreement remains next Monday despite the focus shifting from the discussions to McGuinness’s death and funeral this week, the Northern Ireland Office said on Wednesday. With the ...

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Is Purple America Vanishing as Americans Take More Fervent Partisan Stands?

Photo Credit: umich.edu/~mejn/election/2016/ Is purple America really disappearing? A recent analysis of how America’s 3,113 counties voted in 2016 suggest it may be, revealing deepening electoral majorities of people with similar political beliefs than past presidential elections. This polarization seems to confirm the anecdotal experiences of many people, who report they are increasingly living among like-minded neighbors. Indeed, in the ...

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Peers say Brexit with no trade deal would cause 'significant damage' to service sector – Politics live

The Tory MP Julian Knight won’t be happy. He organised the letter signed by 76 mostly pro-leave MP complaining about the BBC giving too much prominence to reports conveying a negative impression of Brexit. Thankfully the duty Today editor isn’t taking much notice because this morning the programme gave a prominent slot to Lord Whitty, chair of the Lords EU ...

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México – El secreto encanto de la plutocracia

Lo que se sabe de cierto, según reportes del Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (Inegi), es que en un periodo de doce meses, los mexicanos fueron víctimas de 22 millones 800 mil delitos de diferente tipificación. También se sabe -cambiando de fuente- que el gasto en seguridad privada en México se incrementó en 2016 en 17.7 por ciento, hasta ...

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Carl Bernstein: ‘Richard Nixon was a far less dangerous man than Donald Trump’

Former Richard Nixon White House Counsel John Dean and famed Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein on Tuesday tore into Donald Trump over the FBI investigation into possible ties between the president’s campaign and Russia, concluding, as Bernstein argued, that there’s no “question there is a cover-up.” “As somebody who’s been involved in a cover up on the inside, this has the ...

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London cycle courier 'was punished for refusing work after eight hours in cold'

A courier delivering parcels in central London has described being punished for refusing work after eight hours of cycling in snowy weather, saying he received no paid breaks or holiday pay. Andrew Boxer is the latest to take on the battle to be classified as a “worker” rather than an independent contractor. As a contractor for Excel, a courier company ...

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‘The rate of drug-related deaths is at scandalous proportions’ | Anushka Asthana

On 11 September, 2001, hours before terrorists hijacked four planes and ploughed them into New York’s twin towers and the Pentagon, murdering almost 3,000 people, Lord Carlile of Berriew accepted an appointment as Britain’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation. From then on, stories of danger, threats and tragedy dominated his professional life during a decade in the role, as attacks ...

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The Paleo Diet Fad Has Spun Totally Out of Control—and It's Giving Neanderthals a Bad Rap

a walk in the woods for mushroomsPhoto Credit: Chipmunk131/Shutterstock The Paleolithic diet has taken the world by storm in recent years, and modern man has eagerly cashed in on the growing desire to eat primitively. The paleo industry is expected to rake in $300 million a year by the end of 2018. According to a trade group known as the ...

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Kong: Skull Island – why do Hollywood blockbusters have such Trump-like politics?

When Guardian reviewer Peter Bradshaw wrote that only a theory of “de-evolution” could account for the truly woeful Kong: Skull Island, he was right in more ways than one. The film is indeed a total mess, but its politics are peculiarly regressive, too. To say that it manages somehow to turn the giant monkey Kong into a Donald Trump-like figure ...

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‘Nothing more than nepotism’: Conservative commentator trashes Ivanka Trump’s ‘creepy’ role in the White House

Conservative commentator Amanda Carpenter had very few kinds word for First Daughter Ivanka Trump on Tuesday night, calling her  job alongside her father in the White House “creepy.” Appearing on CNN with host Don Lemon, the former speechwriter for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) shot right out of … Continue reading

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Our MPs look lost. Maybe Theresa May should call an election | Rafael Behr

Parliament needs a nickname. It used to be common practice for periods of legislative activity to acquire monikers. Some were more original than others. A three-week session in spring 1640 is unimaginatively remembered as the Short Parliament. It was followed by the Long Parliament, which became the Rump Parliament in 1648, at the end of the civil war, when it ...

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The Guardian view on the French campaign: a defining election | Editorial

The French will vote in a month’s time for what has arguably become the most consequential and unpredictable presidential contest since the founding of the Fifth Republic in 1958. These elections will be a defining moment not just for one country but for Europe at large. The second and final round on 7 May will settle whether France blocks the ...

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America Seeks to Destroy Syrian Civilization, Replace it With Terrorism and Ignorance

NATO/GCC/Israeli proxy terrorists in Syria have committed all manner of atrocities with a view to destroying Syria’s culture, history, economy, pluralism, its very essence.  They want to create a blank slate. They want to destroy the country’s secular institutions so that Syria devolves into a sectarian terrorist cesspool of death and ignorance.  All of this is well documented. Dr. Joseph ...

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Robert Reich: Republicans Are Afraid Trump Is Genuinely Nuts

Photo Credit: ATIS547 / Flickr I spent much of this past week in Washington – talking with friends still in government, former colleagues, high-ranking Democrats, a few Republican pundits, and some members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. It was my first visit to our nation’s capital since Trump became president. My verdict: 1. Washington is more divided, ...

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Media minister 'must act' to avoid conflict of interest over Osborne

Matthew Hancock, the media minister, needs to take steps to avoid a conflict of interest on press regulation after George Osborne, his former boss, took a job as the editor of the Evening Standard, Labour said on Tuesday. Tom Watson, the Labour deputy leader and shadow culture secretary, wrote to Hancock asking him to recuse himself from any policy discussions ...

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UK bans laptops and tablets on flights from six Middle East countries

The UK government has announced a sweeping cabin ban on laptops and tablets on inbound flights from six countries, following a similar move by the US on Monday. The UK ban on any electronic item larger than a normal smartphone applies to all direct passenger flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Six UK airlines – British ...

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About 1,000 schools in England 'at risk of cuts well in to next decade'

The government’s plans for school funding could leave many institutions in England facing deep cuts well into the next decade, a thinktank has warned. According to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), the proposed national funding formula could leave 1,000 schools across England facing additional cuts of 7% beyond 2019–20 in order to bring them in line with ...

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Cenk Uygur Dissects Tomi Lahren's 'Blaze' Suspension—and Dings Glenn Beck

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons Tomi Lahren would like you to believe she was suspended from her nightly show on The Blaze for declaring herself pro-choice. “The Young Turks'” Cenk Uygur isn’t so sure. “Did Tomi Lahren always have that position? Did Tomi Lahren really have any position?” he asked. “Other than… ‘Is the whole internet looking at ...

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UK must retain link with European Court of Justice, say MPs

The UK must retain residual links with the European Union’s highest court after Brexit in order to protect the interests of British business, a Conservative-dominated select committee has urged. The defiant plea for the government to recognise that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg has a continuing, positive role to play – and that it is a “price ...

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WATCH LIVE: Trump speaks at the National Congressional Republican Dinner

President Donald Trump on Tuesday will be the keynote speaker at the National Congressional Republican Dinner, hosted by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). According the the NRCC, tonight’s March Dinner raised a record $30 million, breaking last year’s record-setting $20 million… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon opens first day of Scottish referendum debate – video

First minister Nicola Sturgeon opens the first of a two-day debate on Scotland’s second independence referendum. Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson accuses her and the SNP of playing a ‘well-rehearsed game’, adding that most people in Scotland are ‘sick to death’ of games Source link

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Pro-Brexit ministers 'relaxed about leaving EU without trade deal'

Brexiters in the cabinet and other Conservative frontbenchers have privately told colleagues they are relaxed about the prospect of Britain crashing out of the EU on to World Trade Organisation rules, the Guardian understands. Senior figures within the party have been persuaded by the argument that members of the WTO are less likely to try to punish the UK, while ...

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Al Franken Upbraids Neil Gorsuch: 'I Question Your Judgment'

Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) called out Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, on Tuesday for what he said was a “absurd” ruling against a truck driver who was fired after nearly freezing due to malfunctioning equipment. At a Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Franken reminded Gorsuch that he had ruled to uphold the firing ...

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Al Franken scolds Gorsuch: ‘I had a career in identifying absurdity and I know it when I see it’

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) called out Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, on Tuesday for what he said was a “absurd” ruling against a truck driver who was fired after nearly freezing due to malfunctioning equipment. At a Senate confirmation hearing on Tu… Continue reading

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Labour membership expected to fall below half a million

Labour membership is expected to fall below half a million for the first time since its peak under Jeremy Corbyn because about 40,000 people are in arrears. The unusual number of lapsed payments was discussed at a meeting of Labour’s ruling national executive committee (NEC) on Tuesday, as the drop will hit Labour’s budget. A source present at the meeting ...

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The Guardian view on Labour: not up to the job | Editorial

In last week’s Dutch general election, only 5.7% of the electorate voted for the Labour party; five years ago, its share was 25%. In France, opinion polls have the Socialist party’s presidential candidate averaging around 13%, compared with 29% in 2012. By such yardsticks, the UK Labour party’s 26% support level in this week’s Guardian ICM poll may not seem all that ...

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Douglas Brinkley Puts Trump's Disastrous First 100 Days in Historical Perspective

Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing with FBI Director James Comey is still causing shock waves throughout the political world, and historian Douglas Brinkley believes that it’s an unprecedented moment in American politics. Speaking with the Washington Post, Brinkley said he could not ever recall a time when a senior federal law enforcement official publicly confirmed a major criminal investigation ...

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Osborne becomes the remainers’ great hope | Letters

I voted to leave the EU last year and your pages have been repeatedly used to castigate and denigrate all who did. However, I’m willing to persevere because I live in the hope that your contributors will eventually realise that, while they may be correct about some, many had and have very good reasons for wishing to follow a different ...

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Selected Articles: The Harvard Index: “Fake Scholarship”, Mainstream Media’s Collapse

Selected Articles: The Harvard Index: “Fake Scholarship”, Mainstream Media’s Collapse “Fake Scholarship” and the Future of America’s University By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, March 21 2017 The Harvard Index acts as a Lynchpin. It establishes a “new normal”, a guideline to colleges and universities across to land, regarding what we can and cannot read, what we can or cannot write? Mainstream Media ...

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WATCH: Sen Lindsey Graham threatens Trump with impeachment if he brings back waterboarding

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was grilled during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) questioned Gorsuch on the president’s campaign stance to bring back waterboarding, sending a warning of his own to Trump. “You have said se… Continue reading

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UK wages will soon lag behind prices – voters will demand action | Larry Elliott

Judging by his comments, Mark Carney is blissfully unconcerned about inflation rising above its 2% target for the first time since 2013. The governor dismissed the unexpectedly sharp rise in the cost of living as a “single data point” when quizzed about it at a conference on ethics in banking held at the Bank of England. “We are talking about ...

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After Martin McGuinness, peace in Ireland will face renewed pressure | Jonathan Powell

When I first met Martin McGuinness in October 1997 I declined to shake his hand. As far as I was concerned he was a terrorist and a member of an organisation that had shot and wounded my father, and put my brother on a death list for eight years. A few months later McGuinness called me and asked if I would come to ...

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Proof Comey's Testimony Was a Turning Point in Trump's Presidency

Photo Credit: Rich Girard / Flickr On MSNBC’s Monday edition of “Hardball,” Washington Post columnist David Ignatius claimed that yesterday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing with FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers was “a turning point” in the growing “Russia” scandal. At the time of the hearing I wouldn’t have thought so. Not that the testimony wasn’t dramatic. ...

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Martin McGuinness’s violent past made peace in Northern Ireland possible | Ed Moloney

For reasons that are entirely understandable, Martin McGuinness’s role in the latter years of the peace process – his emollient time as deputy first minister at Stormont, his unlikely friendship with Ian Paisley, his willingness to charm and delight the Queen – have figured most prominently in the commentary that has followed his expected yet terribly sudden death. Almost forgotten ...

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‘We won’t have these crowds’: Trump complains his rallies will shrivel if health care bill fails

President Donald Trump worried that people would stop coming to his rallies if Republicans fail to pass health care reform. On Tuesday, Trump traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with a number of House Republicans who are reluctant to pass a Republican health care bill that has been championed by Speake… Continue reading

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Len McCluskey says Tom Watson lives in 'world of skulduggery'

Len McCluskey, the Jeremy Corbyn ally standing for re-election as head of Britain’s biggest union, has launched a scathing attack on Tom Watson for allegedly seeking to influence the election of Unite’s general secretary. In a personal critique, the incumbent union leader called Labour’s deputy leader a backstabber who lives in a “world of skulduggery, smears and secret plots”, accusing ...

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Apartheid Israel

If anyone doubts that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid, he should read the report “Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid” commissioned by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The report released on the 15th March 2017 and posted on the ESCWA website has now been removed on ...

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