US pulls all staff from Venezuela as Maduro blames blackout on ‘demonic’ Trump plot

March 18, 2019

In a televised nationwide address, commander says White House ordered this attack and calls on public to mount active resistance The United States has said it will withdraw all remaining diplomatic staff from Venezuela as Nicolas Maduro accused Donald Trump of masterminding a “demonic” plot to force him from influence by tweeted. Maduro’s political foes and many specialists belief the calamitous nationwide blackout that struck last Thursday- and has yet…

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Bolsonaro paramilitary ties in spotlight after photo with murder suspect

March 14, 2019

A photograph of Brazils president with a suspect in the murder of Rio councillor Marielle Franco has raised perturbing questions Brazil’s far-right chairman, heavilya ballad satirising the president’s supposed criminal ties. But those concerns intensified the coming week when arrested on Tuesday for the 2018 assassination of the Rio councillor Marielle Franco. Jornal O Dia (@ jornalodia) Publicacao teria sido feita em outubro, mes de eleicao presidencial. #RiodeJaneiro #BolsonaroMarch 12,…

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Mark Zuckerbergs Facebook mission statement hides his real aim | Emily Bell

March 14, 2019

Social media founders exclaim their idealism, like modern day messiahs. Yet all they crave is global market domination It is hard to remember that there was a blissful time , not so long ago, when corporation chief executives were anonymous creatures who rarely expressed with the outside world and, when they did, it was through the unengaging medium of a corporate press release. As with many other perfectly good practices,…

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‘A real source of hope’: social media opens Thailand’s junta to criticism

March 12, 2019

Social platforms wielded increasing influence in Thai politics, where traditional media remain under the iron clutch of the military Just over a week ago, Thailand’s army chief began trending on Twitter. It started with an ordering, make use of General Apirat Kongsompong that 160 radio stations across the country must play the 1970 s anti-communist propaganda song, Nuk Paen Din ( Scum of the Earth) which exalts the might of…

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Democratic oversight is ‘bullshit’: Trump goes off-script at CPAC

March 5, 2019

President seeks rebound after North koreans and Cohen reversals, slamming Russia investigation and Green New Deal Donald Trump sought to regain his ground after a torrid week with a fiery speech applying two of his favourite tactics: moving off script and hurling insults at opponents. Basking in adulation at the Green New Deal“, attacked by Republicans as expensive and bound to curtail automobiles and aircrafts. Trump said sarcastically:” I guess…

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Brazil battles fake news ‘tsunami’ amid polarized presidential election

November 6, 2018

The countrys electoral court ordered Facebook to remove is linked to 33 fake news stories targeting a vice-presidential candidate As Brazil nears the climax of its most bitter and polarized election in recent history, professors and digital activists fighting to stem a rising tide of fake report say that accurate coverage of awareness-raising campaigns risks being drowned out by the sheer volume of lies being spread on Facebook and WhatsApp….

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Trump mocking Christine Blasey Ford shows how women are silenced | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

November 1, 2018

Ford is facing the same humiliation as millions of sex crime complainants before her, says Guardian columnist Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett I belief Dr Christine Blasey Ford. I acquired Donald Trump said at the time:” I thought her testimony was extremely compelling and she looks like a very well prepared female to me, very fine wife .” It is certainly foolish to expect all types of consistency from that human. He…

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‘Women are watching’: Kavanaugh hearing focuses activists’ anger

October 29, 2018

Supreme court drama has brought survivors of sexual abuse and political organizers together. The next target is the midterms The # MeToo movement has landed on the doorstep of one of “the worlds largest” venerated American institutions, the supreme court of the united states. In doing so, it has given girls even more fuel for the fight. On Thursday, in agencies, bars and classrooms, Americans paused to watch Dr Christine…

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‘MeToo must become WeToo’: Jacinda Ardern’s speech to UN rebuts Trump

October 23, 2018

New Zealand prime minister called for collective activity and multilateralism in address that was applauded at the UN in New York The prime minister of New Zealand has been met with thunderous applause at the UN for her lecture adopting world cooperation and kindness from global leader, in stark comparison to Donald Trump’s derisive laugh from other world leaders, although Ardern has said she did not take part. ” We…

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US-China tensions soar as ‘new cold war’ heats up

October 17, 2018

Rivalry escalates amid concerns over trade, as warships nearly collide and an FBI trap angers Beijing The US and China have shrugged off rules and constraints that have kept their 21st-century global rivalry in check, opening the way for an escalating conflict on many fronts that neither side appears willing or able to stop. Chinese officials have accused Washington of starting a new cold war, but the jostling between the…

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Deadly Yemen famine could strike at any time, warns UN boss

October 16, 2018

Humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock horror a huge loss of life as fighting continues A famine inflicting” big loss of life” could strike at any time in Yemen, as meat costs surge and the duel rages over the country’s main port, the UN humanitarian bos, Mark Lowcock, has warned. Lowcock said that by the time an imminent famine is proven, it would be too late to stop it. Accelerating economic breakdown…

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‘Stop this disaster’: Brazilian women mobilise against ‘misogynist’ far-right Bolsonaro

October 16, 2018

Jair Bolsonaro, who has called women idiots and issued taunts about rape, could be the next president. For the 2.5m women who joined a new Facebook group, something had to be done He has mocked women as tramps, as let alone equal pay. Within weeks he could be crowned president of a country that is home to 108 million of them. But with Brazils highly polarized 7 October election looming,…

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Ryder Cup: how golf is new focus of soft power diplomacy

October 11, 2018

With Donald Trump a keen musician, tournament presents opportunity for Europe to show united front As the owns numerous courses. The tournament that pits top US golfers against top Europeans is the world’s most-watched sporting event after the Olympics and the football World Cup- one of the last big athletics competitions still limited to western nations from each rim of the Atlantic. At a time when European its relationship with…

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The cost of Kavanaugh’s victory? The legitimacy of the US supreme court | Andrew Gawthorpe

October 11, 2018

Republicans might have won a majority in the highest court but it has lost legitimacy, says the academic Andrew Gawthorpe The saga of judge Brett Kavanaughs a seat for Neil Gorsuch by refusing to confirm Barack Obamas pick for a vacant seat on the court in 2016. Play Video 3:24 invoked protect Trump or his associates from law enforcement. The court may soon face cases on fraught constitutional matters such…

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Revealed: Russias secret plan to help Julian Assange escape from UK

October 10, 2018

Tentative plot to whisk fugitive from London embassy on Christmas Eve was considered too risky Russian diplomats held secret talks in London last year with people close to Julian Assange to assess whether they could help him flee the UK, the Guardian has learned. A tentative plan was devised that would have seen the WikiLeaks founder smuggled out of Ecuadors London embassy in a diplomatic vehicle and transported to another…

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Thousands at risk from rightwing push to purge eligible voters from US rolls

October 8, 2018

Conservative groups such as Pilf publish voters details online in what experts say amounts to insidious modern-day intimidation In June last year, Luis, a resident of Virginia, was astonished to discover that his name and personal details, including home address, had been posted on the internet by a group known as the Public Interest Legal Foundation (Pilf). Luiss data had been released by the group, along with hundreds of other…

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‘Things are getting worse’: economic collapse looms again in Zimbabwe

October 7, 2018

Locals say conditions have deteriorated since Julys contentious election, as world powers keep their distance Zimbabwe faces a deepening economic crisis as hopes fade of a new wave of international investment and aid following historic elections in July. The poll, the first after the military takeover that led to the won by the ageing autocrats former rightshooting by soldiers of six unarmed civilians in Harare during opposition protests has made…

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A picnic helped unite Europe in 1989. Time for another one | Eric Jozsef

October 7, 2018

A pan-European picnic was a key instant in the collapse of communism, says French writer Eric Jozsef On 19 August 1989, just outside the small Hungarian city of Sopron, in a meadow simply metres from the barbed wire and armed pickets at their own borders with Austria, civil society groups representation from eastern and west comprised a” picnic“, a period in the two countries that aimed to put an end,…

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Italy’s Matteo Salvini joins Bannon’s European populist group

October 3, 2018

Interior minister pledges support to the Movement after meeting in Rome Matteo Salvini, Italys interior minister and populist leader, has met Steve Bannon and joined the anti-European establishment group, the Movement, founded by Donald Trumps former chief strategist. He is in! Mischal Modrikamen (@modrikamen) Meeting this morning with Steve Bannon and Matteo Salvini. The Movement : He is in! September 7, 2018 According to Italian media, Bannon has suggested the…

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Ten years on from the crash, we need to get ready for another one | Robert Skidelsky

October 2, 2018

The lessons of 2008 have not been fully learned: stop risky lending by banks, address fiscal policy and reduce inequality, says economist Robert Skidelsky The Great Depression of 1929. And it was almost entirely unanticipated. Ten years on is a good time to ask what governments, policymakers, and economists might learn from this catastrophe how to prevent future ones, and how to overcome them if they happen. Of these two,…

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