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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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Dilemma [a cartoon from the United Arab Emirates]









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U.K. Violence After the Brexit Vote Might Hold Lessons for America


A divisive vote, with jobs and immigrants the most combustible issues, leaving many anxious about intolerance and the violence that can stem from it. Sound familiar?

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Two Scottish City Councils Consider Implementing Universal Basic Income


With Scotland gaining more power over its finances, Glasgow and Fife are eager to try out an economic plan already running successfully in parts of Finland, the Netherlands, Africa, India and Canada.

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Yemen and Dubai May Be at War, but Both Are Going Solar Big-Time


There is news on the solar energy front, with the price of panels and installation falling rapidly and popular adoption for novel purposes on the increase.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016 READ MORE

How Brexit Will Work









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Police Officers in One U.K. County Are Now Treating Misogyny and Street Harassment as Hate Crimes


The police force in England’s Nottinghamshire County came to the decision after meeting with women’s rights activists.

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Black Lives Matter Groups Stage Protests Across the U.K. (Multimedia)


Demonstrations in five cities led to blocked roads, stalled traffic and more than a dozen arrests.

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Chilcot Report









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Climate Change Disrupts Wildlife Schedule


The largest ever study of how climate sensitivity manifests itself in the seasonal behavior of U.K. plants and animals warns that some species may struggle to survive.

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Chilcot Report on Iraq War Is ‘Damning Verdict’ for Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair (Video)


The United Kingdom’s official inquiry into the Iraq War has revealed that former Prime Minister Tony Blair “deliberately exaggerated [the] threat from Iraq” and did not exhaust all possibilities before resorting to military action. After the report was released on Wednesday, current Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn issued an apology on behalf of his party for its role in the war. (Updated)

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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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Brexit Virus









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Did Trump-Style Islamophobia Break Up the European Union? (Video)


It seems undeniable that an irrational fear of Muslim immigrants played at least some part in the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.

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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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Glad Tidings for the Potential of Sea Power


The daily ebb and flow of the tides promise a renewable energy bonanza for countries such as Canada and the U.K., which have shallow seas and a steep tidal range.

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British PM David Cameron’s Tiff With Donald Trump Over Muslims: The Hypocrisy Factor (Video)


When Donald Trump announced his monstrous and yet daffy plan to exclude Muslims from the United States, British Prime Minister David Cameron called him out. The plan, he said, is “divisive, stupid and wrong.”

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London’s Muslim Mayor Is Nothing New: 1,300 Years of Muslims Who Ran Major European Cities


The media are declaring Sadiq Khan, victor in the electoral contest for mayor of London, the “first Muslim mayor of a major European city.” They mean, of course, something like “the first Muslim mayor of a really big Western European city in the modern period (say the past two centuries).”

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Millennials Are Paying for ‘the Western World’s Most Stunning Accounting Disaster to Date’


A staggering Guardian investigation reveals how, far from being “the most indulged young people in the history of the world,” Westerners born in the 1980s and mid-1990s have been betrayed by previous generations that have left them in debt, jobless and locked out of property markets.

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VIDEO: Jeremy Corbyn Takes Down Big Banks During Surprise Appearance

By Natasha Hakimi

“The bankers created a crisis, the government’s responded by cutting services, increasing the costs of the poorest people and making the richest even richer,” the leader of Britain’s Labour Party said Thursday night at the O2 Forum Kentish Town, a concert hall in London.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Trevor Noah: British Debate on Barring Donald Trump Was Mostly an Excuse to Ridicule the Guy

“The greatest part about this whole debate is that it actually wasn’t a debate,” says the “Daily Show” host about the U.K.’s recent discussion of a petition to bar Donald Trump from entering Britain. “It turns out Parliament didn’t even hold a vote. They were all just there to sit around and make fun of Donald Trump.”

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Free to Be a Fool’: Behind the Scenes at the British Parliament’s Debate on Banning Trump


Truthdig’s Natasha Hakimi Zapata reports from London on the debate over whether the Republican presidential front-runner should be denied entry into the U.K.—while examining her own conflicted views on the subject.

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Britain’s Debate Over Keeping Donald Trump Out, by the Numbers (Video)


The British Parliament will soon debate whether to bar Donald Trump, the U.S. Republican presidential front-runner, from entering the U.K. because of his hate speech.

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VIDEO: Charlie Brooker Despairs at 2015, a Year of ‘Fascistic Demagogues’ Capitalizing on Tragedies

With dry wit, the British comedian looks back at the most notable events of 2015, including mass shootings in the United States and beyond, media reactions toward Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s election, and the ominous rise of Donald Trump.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Reinventing Banking: From Russia to Iceland to Ecuador


These transformations, current and proposed, are constructive steps toward streamlining the banking system, eliminating the risks that have devastated individuals and governments, democratizing money, and promoting sustainable and prosperous economies.

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2003 All Over Again? On Eve of Syria Vote, U.K. Is Warned Against ‘Rush to War’


“We must do everything we can to stop MPs voting the U.K. into its fourth war on a Muslim country in 14 years,” Stop the War coalition says.

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Study Finds British Press ‘Systematically Undermined’ Progressive Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn


In an analysis of nearly 500 articles on the recently elected U.K. Labour Party head, the Media Reform Coalition found that the majority of the pieces printed were “ ‘negative,’ meaning they were openly hostile or expressed animosity or ridicule.”

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Apple Boss Says He’ll Resist U.K. Spy Law


Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged Wednesday to resist the British government’s effort to gain access to digital users’ encrypted data through a proposed spying law.

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VIDEO: British Actor Benedict Cumberbatch: F*** the Politicians’ Response to Syrian Refugee Crisis


The British actor gave many impassioned speeches about the Syrian refugee crisis at the end of his performances as Hamlet in London, but one speech differed in a very specific way.

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Bush’s Lap Dog Tony Blair Can’t Even Apologize Correctly for Destabilizing the Middle East (Video)


Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday reiterated some of his previous half-hearted “apologies” for illegally launching a war of aggression on Iraq in 2003.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE

U.K. Accused of Rigging Market Against Renewables


As electricity from renewable sources tops 25 percent in the U.K., the government is challenged to create a level playing field by scrapping nuclear and fossil-fuel subsidies.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE

How the Left Can Win in the U.K. and Elsewhere


One of the lessons of Jeremy Corbyn’s election to the head of the British Labour Party is that the “entrenched, institutional power of the Right” can be undone only by combining the passions of disparate social groups in a broad populist movement.

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VIDEO: Anti-Establishment Member of Parliament Jeremy Corbyn Elected Leader of U.K. Labour Party


The previously obscure British parliamentarian whom The Guardian likened to Bernie Sanders has been elected leader of the Labour Party with 59.5 percent of the vote—“a stunning first-round victory that was bigger than the mandate for Tony Blair in 1994.”

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The Real Reason Jeremy Corbyn Deserves to Be the Next U.K. Labour Party Leader


The U.K. socialist supports many progressive policies, but there’s one in particular that makes him worthy of heading the Labour Party; some TV shows can have a strong impact on our psychological tendencies; meanwhile, target shooters are destroying ancient rock art in Utah. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE

Meet the U.K.’s Bernie Sanders


Like our very own Bernie Sanders, socialist Jeremy Corbyn, who’s likely to be the next leader of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party, has “tapped a deep well of resentment against the mainstream political elite.”

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VIDEO: Tens of Thousands of Brits Sign Petition Asking That Netanyahu Be Arrested for War Crimes


Bibi’s scheduled visit to the U.K. next month is already mired in controversy now that a petition calling for the Israeli prime minister’s arrest upon arrival to London has gone viral.

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VIDEO: Here’s How Insane Our Lack of Gun Control Looks From Abroad

In a clip that’s as relevant today as it was two years ago when it was filmed, British comedian Charlie Brooker takes a hard look at the gun violence that now characterizes America.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Revealed: The West’s Role in the Genocide at Srebrenica


A new investigation into declassified evidence shows that, in an attempt to secure a larger peace deal, British, American and French governments knowingly left the Muslim population of the Bosnian town vulnerable to a genocide that killed 8,000 men and boys in 1995.

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Iceland Jailed Bankers and Rejected Austerity—and It’s Been a Success


Iceland’s insistence on following a different drummer after the global economic collapse is evidence that a more ethical approach can work.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

David Cameron Unleashes Frightening Attack on ‘Tolerance’ Through Proposed Extremism Laws


The British prime minister has drawn criticism from civil liberties groups that claim the ban on “extremists” could be adapted to cover anyone, including protesters the government disagrees with.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE

United Kingdown









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How David Cameron’s Wizardry Won Him the U.K. Election


Prime Minister David Cameron’s surprising success in winning an outright majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament is the result of a paradox: The country’s center both held and flew apart at the same time.

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Royal Baby









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Five More Years of Tory Government: What Fresh Hell Is This?


Now free to pursue a radical agenda, David Cameron will lead Britain even further down the murky path of austerity, privatization, increased surveillance and jingoism.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE

British Elections









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John Cleese Gives Yanks the Lowdown on the U.K. Elections

Confused about the Tories? And who’s this Miliband guy, anyway?

Posted on May 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Britain’s Election 2015









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442 Mental Health Experts Call for an End to Austerity


Austerity cuts and “neoliberal thinking” among policymakers are having a “profoundly disturbing” effect on Britons’ psychological and emotional well-being, say hundreds of counselors, psychotherapists and academics in a letter to The Guardian.

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