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Theresa May Will Have Her Way: British Parliament Votes to Allow June 8 Election (Update)


On Tuesday, the British prime minister suddenly called for a snap general election. On Wednesday, Parliament approved the early election.

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John Oliver on Why We Should Pay Close Attention to the Upcoming French Election (Video)

France is on the verge of committing a nativist mistake comparable to those the United States and Britain made in 2016, the “Last Week Tonight” host says.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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Brexit Has Begun Officially, but No One Seems to Know How Long It Will Take


As Britain’s prime minister triggers Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning the formal process for the U.K. to leave the European Union, EU officials essentially say, “Not so fast.”

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Trump Picks Fights With Germany, U.K., NATO and EU


At this rate, we won’t have any allies soon.

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A Second Scottish Independence Referendum Looms as Formal Brexit Negotiations Appear Imminent


Just after the U.K. Parliament’s vote to start the formal process to leave the European Union, Scotland’s government throws a wrench in the works.

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Russians Want to Know: Is Trump ‘Pro-Russian’?


Russian op-ed writers are intrigued with Donald Trump, who has spoken of improving relations between the U.S. and the Russian Federation. But they want to know what the bottom line will be, given his equally strong “tough guy” bluster.

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Will Turkey Leave NATO for Sino-Russian Shanghai Cooperation Council?


Most likely it is an idle threat by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, perhaps an attempt at getting Europe to be silent about his human rights abuses.

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Standing Up to Apple


For years, Washington lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have attacked big corporations for avoiding taxes by parking their profits overseas. Last week, the European Union did something about it.

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TTIP Has ‘De Facto Failed,’ Says German Economic Minister


“Negotiations with the U.S. have de facto failed, because of course as Europeans we couldn’t allow ourselves to submit to American demands.”

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 READ MORE

BoJo, the #Brexit Bro


Your three-minute read on the best reporting about the United Kingdom’s Boris Johnson you probably missed.

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The Right-Wing Populism That Drove Brexit Can Only Be Fought With a Genuinely Radical Alternative


The Reagan-Thatcher consensus will be replaced either by new visions of social progress or by new forms of racism and authoritarianism.

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Rights Groups Urge U.N. to Boot Saudi Arabia From Human Rights Council


“What’s particularly shocking is the deafening silence of the international community, which has time and again ceded to pressure from Saudi Arabia,” said Philippe Bolopion, deputy director for global advocacy at Human Rights Watch.

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Brexit Surprise: Boris Johnson Bows Out of Tory Leadership Race; Labour Feud Continues (Multimedia)

The Tory head of the Leave campaign was expected to announce his bid for prime minister Thursday morning—that is until his closest ally decided to break away and announce his own run. (Updated)

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Samantha Bee Cautions Americans About the Parallels Between Trump and Brexit (Video)

“While the Brits were waking up in the ruins of their nation and saying, ‘Oh God! What have we done?’ ” the “Full Frontal” host quips, “a lot of Americans were looking over and saying, ‘Oh God! What are we about to do?’ ”

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Global Trumpism, e.g. Brexit, Will Go On Until Elites Realize Their Position Is Indefensible (Video)

Mark Blyth, professor of political economy at Brown University, succinctly explains how the center-left betrayal of the working classes led to the rise of global Trumpism, of which Brexit is a part.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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The Greater Middle East Reacts to Britain’s Exit From the EU (Video)


The oil-rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council may see additional buying opportunities in the British market in the wake of Brexit.

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Donald Trump Bashes Brown Immigrants, Yet It’s a British White Guy Who Tries to Kill Him


Trump’s blatantly racist attacks have always carried the implication that something is wrong with those brown-skinned people and they should be stopped from immigrating. Yet in an ironic twist, the first known assassination plot against him came from a white Briton.

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John Oliver on ‘Brexit’: Brits Would Be ‘Bat-Shit Crazy’ to Leave the European Union (Video)

On the upcoming British referendum on whether the U.K. should exit the E.U., the “Last Week Tonight” host expresses his ideas in a “violently British” way—some of which involves a hateful song.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdigger of the Week: Jo Cox, British Parliament Member Who Was Slain


Cox, a progressive, fought hard for any cause that inspired her, such as the plight of Syrian refugees and keeping Britain in the European Union—two that may have inflamed her killer.

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British Trumpism? The Slaying of MP Jo Cox by an Anti-Immigrant ‘Britain First’ White Man


The assassination of Jo Cox, a progressive Labour Party member of the United Kingdom’s Parliament, should make all of us wary of ultranationalism and where it can take our countries.

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Greenpeace: Leaked Documents Show U.S. Attempts to Weaken Environmental and Health Protections


According to the environmental organization, leaked documents from negotiations for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP—an international trade deal—reveal a legal program that would exchange national sovereignty for rule by corporations.

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Calling Corporate-Backed Deals an ‘Indisputable’ Good, Obama Makes Pitch for TTIP


Sitting next to Chancellor Angela Merkel during a summit in Germany, the U.S. president continued to ignore opponents as he defended the controversial agreement with European nations.

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‘Up All Night’ Protests Sweep France as 100,000 Join Pro-Democracy Movement


For 12 nights, protesters have occupied central Paris, and beyond, as part of the burgeoning Nuit Debout (or “Up All Night”) movement.

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How Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Help Terrorists Achieve Their Aims


Recoiling from last week’s carnage in Brussels, Americans may be attracted to the “tough” posturing of Trump and Cruz. Yet we know that the leaders of Islamic State welcome such signs of panic.

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The Belgian X-Ray


Sudden, horrific events in the middle of a presidential campaign provide an X-ray of the instincts and thinking of the candidates. We can see what their priorities are, and pick up clues about their character.

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What Would Effective Counterterrorism Look Like After Brussels? (Video)


The various nostrums proposed by Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to counter Islamic State terrorism in Europe and North America (armed police patrols of putative “Muslim neighborhoods,” a Muslim exclusion act, etc.) are of course complete nonstarters.

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Live Blog: Anti-Muslim Backlash Against Brussels Killings Begins


After terrorists take dozens of lives in the Belgian capital, Donald Trump talks torture, Ted Cruz calls for a crackdown on Muslim neighborhoods and social media is flooded with condemnation of Islam. The group that has claimed responsibility for the massacre, Islamic State, warns of worse to come.

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Trade Officials Promised Exxon That U.S.-EU Pact Would Erase Environmental ‘Obstacles’ Worldwide


European Union trade officials soothed the oil giant as it fretted about new regulations popping up in the global south as the proposed agreement was being discussed in 2013.

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VIDEO: Why EU Labeling of Israeli Squatter Goods Could Affect the Israeli Economy


The European Union will probably issue a ruling Wednesday that goods produced in the occupied Palestinian West Bank by Israeli squatters must be so labeled.

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First They Jailed the Bankers. Now All Icelanders Will Get a Payout From Bank Sale.


Iceland’s revolutionary approach to dealing with the international financial meltdown of 2008 certainly deserves every bit of the attention it has garnered.

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Looks Like Greece’s Progressive Syriza Party Has Been Elected … Again


Most of Sunday’s snap general election results are in—and it seems Syriza has claimed another important victory in Greece and Alexis Tspiras will continue to lead the country.

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Can a Divided Europe Handle the Refugee Crisis?


Deaths at sea and a chaotic refugee influx reflect the failure of European Union leaders to settle on a common immigration policy, one of Italy’s top elected officials tells ProPublica.

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Traveling to Work Is ‘Work,’ European Court Declares


The highest court in the European Union has ruled that the time workers without a fixed office spend traveling to and from their tasks should be regarded as time spent working and is thus billable.

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Will This Photo of a Drowned Syrian Child Change the World’s Approach to the Refugee Crisis?


A heartbreaking photograph has gone viral and provoked a much-needed discussion on the moral obligation of wealthy countries to help those in need.

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European Union Calls for Emergency Talks About Refugee Crisis


As several countries in the region—Hungary, Macedonia, Italy and Greece among them—struggle to deal with staggering numbers of refugees from conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa, European Union leaders have decided it’s time for an emergency summit on the subject.

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Yanis Varoufakis Had a Plan B


Greece’s former finance minister had a contingency plan if the country’s creditors shut down its banking system and blocked its ability to do business with other countries, as they eventually did. And he’s being pilloried for it.

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Italian Politician: Italy Should Use Its ‘Enormous Debt’ as a Weapon Against Germany


Beppe Grillo, the comedian-turned-populist-leader of Italy’s second largest political party, has called for the nationalization of Italian banks and an exit from the euro.

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Grexit or Jubilee? How Greek Debt Can Be Annulled


The crushing Greek debt could be canceled the way it was made—by sleight of hand. But saving the Greek people and their economy is evidently not in the game plan of the Eurocrats.

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VIDEO: Civil Servants Want Greece to Leave the EU, ‘Which Is Like a Noose Strangling People’

As Greek lawmakers prepare to vote on EU austerity demands attached to a new bailout, civil servants announced a 24-hour strike, and hundreds of protesters gathered in Athens to show their opposition to the terms.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

The IMF Gets Behind Greece With Debt Relief Demand


In a move that looks at once like a boost for Greece’s economic cause and grounds for further complication among eurozone member countries, the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday warned that it might pull its support for the proposed bailout plan unless other nations agree to whittle down some of Greece’s debt.

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Tsipras Pushes Greeks to Take Bailout Deal


Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday continued the diplomatic high-wire act that his country’s economic crisis has obliged him to attempt by working hard to persuade members of the Greek Parliament and the general population to accept the bailout package he was just offered in Brussels.

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We Are All Greeks Now


What is happening in Greece in the name of austerity has already happened to the poor and the working class in the United States. If the global financial elites continue in power, the misery of the Greeks will become our own.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE

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