Martin McGuinness – a timeline of his IRA and political life

1950 – Martin McGuinness is born in the Bogside area of Derry, the second of seven children. His family had few republican connections. 1965 – On leaving the Christian Brothers technical college he attended after failing the 11-plus, he is turned down for a job as a car mechanic because he is Catholic. McGuinness becomes a butcher’s assistant instead, aged ...

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Russia Scandal Looms Big: White House Is Badly Compromised After Comey's Testimony

Photo Credit: Brookings Institution / Flickr The big news out of Monday’s hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence was that FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the Justice Department is actively investigating connections between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government. As Comey put it in his prepared remarks, the bureau is looking into “whether there was ...

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EU to hold first Brexit summit a month after article 50 notice

The European Union will not hold its first Brexit summit until 29 April, a month after Theresa May triggers article 50, underlining how Britain will no longer be in control of the process. Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, announced that he would call a summit on the last Saturday in April to allow the EU’s 27 remaining ...

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Pope apologizes for church’s role in Rwanda genocide

Pope Francis has plead for forgiveness for “the sins and failings of the Church and its members” implicated in the 1994 Rwanda genocide that killed about 800,000 people. The pontiff “conveyed his profound sadness, and that of the Holy See and of the Church, for the genocide against… Continue reading

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George Galloway to stand in Manchester Gorton byelection

George Galloway has confirmed he will stand in the Manchester Gorton byelection in an attempt to benefit from a divided local Labour party and re-enter parliament. Galloway, 62, who has represented constituencies in London, Bradford and Glasgow during a political career spanning more than 40 years, said the “all-Asian shortlist” selected by Labour was the latest in a long line ...

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Ken Livingstone tells Labour: don't lose Momentum party plans

Ken Livingstone, the former Labour mayor of London, has said the grassroots group Momentum should be free to push for changes to Labour party structures that would secure Jeremy Corbyn’s legacy as a leftwing Labour leader. The party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, had accused the radical left group of “entryism” after its chair, Jon Lansman, was secretly recorded at a ...

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Tomi Lahren Suspended From The Blaze: Report

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr Conservative news site The Blaze suspended commentator Tomi Lahren for at least one week, The Daily Caller reports. Lahren, the conservative firebrand who gained notoriety for her video recorded rants on subjects like Black Lives Matter and Colin Kaepernick, reportedly angered her conservative co-workers at The Blaze after she came out as a pro-choice conservative last week on The ...

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Tough-minded, abrupt, likable, human: Martin McGuinness

Asked recently to pick just one great memory from my time with Tony Blair in Downing Street, I went for the coming together of the Good Friday agreement that laid the foundations for peace in Northern Ireland. It was magical. A lot of that was about the collection of personalities from across politics that came together to make history – ...

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Revisiting the Oracle: Artist J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851) at the Frick Collection in New York City

J. M. W. Turner is one of those rare artists who seem always to be ahead of us – as with Shakespeare, he remains somehow ever beyond our reach. Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time is a thrilling exhibition currently on display at The Frick Collection in New York City, bringing together six oil paintings and some two-dozen ...

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A look back at the life of Martin McGuinness – video obituary

Martin McGuinness, the former IRA chief of staff and a key figure in the Northern Ireland peace process, has died after a short illness. He stepped down as Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister just two months ago. He was 66, and had a rare genetic disease. Here we look back at his extraordinary life Source link

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Death of Martin McGuinness: reaction and tributes – politics live

On behalf of myself and my colleagues I would extend our heartfelt condolences to Bernie, to Martin’s children and to the wider family circle on Martin’s passing. They are very much in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time,” she said. I want to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication Martin invested as an MLA and as ...

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Krugman: Republicans Love 'Personal Responsibility' Yet Won't Hold Trump Accountable

Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab America is suffering from a national disease, Paul Krugman warns in Monday’s column, and it’s far beyond what current medicine can fix, unless Big Pharma is hiding the cure for narcissism. It is, he writes, “an epidemic of infallibility,” a congenital failure ever to take responsibility for mistakes, admit wrongdoing, or god forbid, apologize.  It didn’t ...

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Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's former deputy first minister, dies

Martin McGuinness, the former IRA chief of staff and a key figure in the Northern Ireland peace process, has died just two months after stepping down as deputy first minister. The Irish republican died after a short illness in Derry’s Altnagelvin hospital surrounded by his family. He was 66, and had a rare genetic disease caused by deposits of abnormal ...

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David Cameron jokes: 'I don't have to listen any more to wiretaps of Donald Trump'

David Cameron has joked that a major advantage of being an ex-prime minister is that he is no longer required to listen to Donald Trump’s wiretapped conversations – adding swiftly, perhaps for the benefit of the Twitter-happy president: “Just to be clear, that’s a joke.” The former British prime minister was speaking on Monday at Brown University, Rhode Island, where ...

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Osborne defends Evening Standard editorship in House of Commons – video

Conservative MP and former chancellor George Osborne on Monday defends his new editorship of the London Evening Standard in response to an urgent question in the House of Commons. Osborne’s new appointment has drawn criticism and many have called for a review of the rules concerning second jobs for MPs Source link

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Former Law Student: Gorsuch Told Class That Women 'Manipulate' Maternal Leave

Photo Credit: Screenshot / YouTube Neil Gorsuch once told a law school class that women frequently abuse maternity leave policies, according to a letter written by Jennifer Sisk, a former student of Gorsuch’s at the University of Colorado Law School, that was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday night.  As Sisk explains in the letter, published Sunday night by National ...

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The Planet Is Not Warming Up, But Drying Out!

Recent satellite data show that there has been no warming up of the planet in general since the late 1990s. This contradicts the normal information given to the public by the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, regarded as being the most reliable institution on questions of climate change. This has been the topic of a recent hearing of ...

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Osborne squeezes in half an hour of working tirelessly for Tatton

George Osborne nodded approvingly at the ATM in the House of Commons. As he had requested, it had been updated to dispense roubles as well as pounds. It wasn’t easy trying to fit in being editor of the London Evening Standard along with his other jobs as £650,000-a-year adviser to BlackRock, Kissinger fellow, after-dinner speaker and chairman of the southern ...

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‘Oh, come on Jeffrey’: Anderson Cooper finally reaches his limit with Jeffrey Lord defending Trump lies

Led by host Anderson Cooper, an entire CNN panel blew up on regular Jeffrey Lord who refused to admit that President Donald Trump habitually lies when — not only when he speaks — but when he tweets. Addressing Trump’s tweets about ex-President Barack Obama wiretapping his offices,  the panel turned to presidential credibility, with long time White House aide David ...

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Ethics committee may ask Osborne to decline Evening Standard role

The ethics committee assessing George Osborne’s new job as editor of the Evening Standard is understood to be actively considering a call for the former chancellor to delay or decline the role. The former chancellor was widely criticised for his decision not to quit his Tatton seat in north-west England since it was announced that he would take up the ...

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AlterNet Comics: Brian McFadden on the Trump Administration's Writers' Room

Brian McFadden studied mechanical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, where he began publishing cartoons online in 2001. Those cartoons became the weekly strip, “Big Fat Whale,” which ran in alternative newspapers across the nation. In 2011, McFadden began drawing “The Strip” for the New York Times Sunday Review. He draws from his studio just outside Boston, Mass. Source link

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Charge electric cars smartly to take pressure off national grid – minister

Electric cars are putting increasing pressure on the UK’s power grids, making it vital they are recharged at the right time of day, a minister has said. John Hayes, transport minister, said it was important that such battery-powered cars were topped up in smart ways to avoid unduly stressing the energy system. He said he hoped the accelerating uptake of ...

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‘He has an audience of one’: Dana Bash slams Sean Spicer for lying about Manafort because Trump is watching

CNN’s Dana Bash on Monday slammed Sean Spicer for his claim that Paul Manafort—former chairman for Donald Trump’s campaign—actually “played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time” in then candidate-Trump’s presidential effort. “It’s hard to find words to describe the way that Sean Spi… Continue reading

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Far-right millionaire: I'll use social media network to back Scottish independence

A far-right millionaire with Ulster loyalist connections plans to use his international social media network, which backed Donald Trump, to support Scottish independence. Jim Dowson, a former financial backer of the British National party and former member of Britain First, confirmed on Monday that he will be deploying his “Patriotic News Agency” and other networks with their bases in Hungary ...

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For Those Who Value Global Research: We Need Your Help!

Never before has it been so important to have independent, honest voices and sources of information. We are – as a society – inundated and overwhelmed with a flood of information from a wide array of sources, but these sources of information, by and large, serve the powerful interests and individuals that own them with the aim of controlling public ...

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MPs slam funding crisis and 'postcode lottery' of children's services

Children’s social services are being engulfed by a funding crisis in which nine out of 10 local authorities are struggling to meet their legal duties and families face a postcode lottery, a damning report has concluded. The inquiry by MPs, led by a former Conservative children’s minister, Tim Loughton, has found “wildly different approaches” in the ways that councils intervene ...

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Gorsuch Is Grilled on His Extreme Positions

Photo Credit: CNN / YouTube The confirmation hearing of Judge Neil Gorsuch began on Monday. After Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) explained that she was disappointed that President Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, was denied a hearing, she went on to say that the panel would determine if Gorsuch was, in fact, a “reasonable mainstream conservative” despite the ...

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The Guardian view on triggering Brexit: into an unknown future | Editorial

It is weeks since the prime minister posed for the US Vogue photographer Annie Leibovitz in January. The images released today that portray her sitting, hair blown off her face as if riding into battle, coincided aptly with two announcements that emerged from Downing Street which underline how she has recovered authority in the week since the humiliating defeat on ...

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Prehistoric climate change caused three mass extinction events in a row

They got knocked down, but they got up again. And again. And again. Every time life on Earth tried to rebound from the largest mass extinction event in the planet’s history, it seemed another mass extinction followed, wiping the slate clean and making the survivors start from scratch. That’s accordi… Continue reading

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Join a union now! A message from Fiona the Underemployed Bettong | First Dog on the Moon

Cutting penalty rates is just another ideological assault on working people. Why anyone is surprised I don’t know Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading… Source link

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Britain can complete trade talks within two years, says UK's EU envoy

The UK can complete the negotiations for a new trading relationship with the EU inside the two-year Brexit timetable since UK and EU trading regulations are already in complete convergence, Sir Tim Barrow, the new UK envoy to the EU, has said. He also said the EU had already “welcomed the clarity of the UK naming a date for the ...

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Gorsuch Blistered in the Senate: Democrat Offers 4 Reasons Why He Should Worry All of Us, Even Trump Voters

Photo Credit: TIME / YouTube Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) began the confimation hearing of Judge Neil Gorsuch by emphasizing her disappointment that President Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, was denied a hearing. She went on to explain that Gorsuch is no “reasonable mainstream conservative,” but rather a deeply disconcerting “originalist.” But that isn’t the only worry Democrats ...

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Let’s kick the MPs out of London during parliament’s facelift | Patrick Barkham

For two days in 1284, the government of England and Wales was administered from the tiny island of Ynys Enlli off the Welsh coast. An entourage of 100 people quaffed wine in tents on this holy island while Edward I dispensed alms after his brutal conquest of Wales. Whoever is governing Britain in 2023 would be wise to study Edward ...

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Trump’s presidential Twitter account disputes damaging Comey testimony with misleading videos

President Donald Trump’s official @POTUS Twitter account pushed back against damaging revelations from the House Intelligence Committee hearing with misleading video clips. The account started tweeting out a series of video clips from Monday’s hearing about three hours after it began. On… Continue reading

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Ações anti-imigração deve-se ao racismo de Washington

“Se os EUA realmente quisesse acabar com o terrorismo, atacaria os terroristas brancos de direita dentro dos EUA e imporia um maior controle sobre quem pode obter armas”, afirma a jurista Marjorie Cohn A Ordem Executiva que proíbe a entrada de cidadãos islamitas originários de sete países de maioria muçulmana – Iraque, Síria, Irã, Líbia, Somália, Sudão e Iêmen -, ...

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Boris Johnson to meet Steve Bannon in White House visit

Boris Johnson will meet key White House figures including Donald Trump’s most powerful aide, Steve Bannon, during a trip to the US this week, the Guardian understands. The foreign secretary is also expected to meet Stephen Miller and Kellyanne Conway as well as Republican congressional leaders, and is likely to see the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson. The visit, first ...

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There’s no secret plot. Momentum just wants a fair say in the Labour party | Conrad Landin

Another week, and yet another fierce debate as the battle for the soul of the Labour party continues. Tom Watson has warned of an “entryism threat”, and, for his part, been accused of “a concerted attempt to interfere” in Unite’s general secretary election. The row follows the publication of a secret recording of a Momentum meeting, which Sunday’s Observer said ...

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Trump Declares 'Fake News' Before FBI Director James Comey's Testimony on Trump-Russia Connections

Photo Credit: Rich Girard / Flickr President Donald Trump is preemptively trying to swat down lingering allegations that his campaign engaged in improper activities with the Russian government during the 2016 election. His actions are almost certainly linked to FBI Director James Comey’s impending testimony before Congress. James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with ...

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Four select committees launch joint inquiry into UK air pollution crisis

MPs from four influential committees are coming together to launch a joint inquiry into the scale and impact of the UK’s air pollution crisis. In an unusual move the environmental audit committee, environment, food and rural affairs committee, health committee and transport committee will hold four sessions to consider mounting scientific evidence on the health and environmental effects of toxic ...

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The government must give councils the power to pull local buses out of crisis

The trouble with transport is that headlines tend to go to big infrastructure projects, while everyday local transport, which is what matters to most people on a daily basis, tends to slip under the radar or be treated as a purely local issue. Maybe that’s why local bus services have been allowed to disappear at an alarming rate with little ...

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This is a battle about who owns the soul of the Labour party | Suzanne Moore

So he is not immortal after all? The part of the Labour party that supports Jeremy Corbyn is edging out of its fantasy that Corbyn will lead them to a great victory in 2020. We now know from a secret recording of Jon Lansman, founder of Momentum, that the grassroots organisation is privately preparing for an early election and wants ...

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29 Healthy Foods That Are Incredibly Cheap

Smiling young woman holding a long grocery receipt at supermarket.Photo Credit: Stokkete/Shutterstock Eating healthy on a tight budget can be challenging.  Many nutrient-dense foods are quite expensive, which is why some people opt for cheap junk foods instead.  However, there are plenty of affordable foods you can purchase that are healthy and easy to add to your diet. This article takes a look at ...

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‘Americans Are On Our Side’: Al-Nusra Commander Says US Arming Jihadists Via Third Countries

US weapons are being delivered to Jabhat Al-Nusra by governments that Washington supports, a militant commander told the German media, adding that American instructors were in Syria to teach how to use the new equipment. “Yes, the US supports the opposition [in Syria], but not directly. They support the countries that support us. But we are not yet satisfied with ...

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Theresa May to trigger article 50 on 29 March

Theresa May will trigger article 50 on Wednesday 29 March, the prime minister’s spokesman has confirmed. The UK’s permanent representative to the European Union, Sir Tim Barrow, notified the EU on Monday morning that a letter should be expected on that date. May, who was visiting Swansea on Monday, intended to visit Northern Ireland and Scotland before the formal notification ...

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Republican green groups seek to temper Trump on climate change

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives iin Washington, U.S., February 28, 2017. (REUTERS/Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool) President Donald Trump’s outspoken doubts about climate change and his administration’s efforts to roll back regulation to combat it have stirred a sleepy faction in U.S. politics: the Republican ...

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'We're the moderates', claim Momentum, saying 'silly' media labels harming Labour's chances – Politics live

On Sunday the Observer published a recording of Jon Lansman, the head of Momentum, addressing a meeting of the pro-Jeremy Corbyn Labour organisation in Kingston. The Observer said it revealed “a hard-left plot by supporters of Corbyn to seize permanent control of the Labour party”. That prompted Tom Watson, the deputy Labour leader, to denounce Momentum’s plans on Twitter. As ...

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