Red Pepper (Bi-Monthly)

Creating an economy that works for all

Picturehouse workers stage a demonstration for living wages and fair working conditions. Labour will tackle the inequalities in our economy, deliver investment to every part of the UK and develop an industrial strategy to create highly paid, highly skilled work. We will tackle tax avoidance through a Tax Transparency and Enforcement Programme, closing loopholes. There will be no income tax rises for those on less than £80,000 a year and no increase in personal National Insurance or VAT rates. Nor…

HSBC: Put your money where your mouth is on human rights

Against incredible odds, Palestinians continue to resist Israel’s system of oppression, demanding freedom and justice and calling on people of conscience here in the UK to do all we can to stop UK corporations from supporting – and profiting from – Israeli apartheid. That’s what this campaign is all about. During recent demonstrations in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military has once again shown the world its willingness to turn deadly force on unarmed civilians. Despite calls for restraint from…

Chartism for the 21st Century: Why trade unions are backing an overhaul of Westminster

At the start of this year, an unreported change took place in the union movement – one that could set the ball rolling for a significant shift in British politics. In recent years, trade unions have opposed reforming Westminster’s voting system. The last time we had a choice about electoral systems – the Alternative Vote referendum in 2011 – Labour was undecided, and many unions opposed reform. At the time one union leader argued: “first-past-the-post delivers strong, single-party government.” After…

Meet the people building alternatives to mining in Colombia

On the 26th March 2017, citizens from the mountainous municipality of Cajamarca, Colombia, voted, with a 98% majority, to ban South African miner AngloGold Ashanti’s vast La Colosa gold mining project, in a ‘popular consultation’ led by grassroots youth activists and small-scale farmers. One year on, and Cajamarca’s victory has helped inspire a much wider movement of citizens and municipalities exercising their democratic right to participation. 9 other municipalities have held consultations, each rejecting planned mining, gas and oil projects…

Talking about ‘migrants’ is a dogwhistle way of talking about race

The current debacle over the wrongful attempted deportations of citizens from the Windrush generation highlights a key difficulty that people from across the political spectrum have in understanding that many Black and Minority Ethnic inhabitants are – and always have been – citizens. They did not come to Britain as migrants, but as citizens – and a failure to recognise that fact reveals how talking about ‘migrants’ is often a dog-whistle for talking about race. Much of the debate prior…

Left Foot Forward

Is the government on the verge of a Customs Union u-turn?

Every now and then, you get a sense that a government might cave. One defeat here, a poll there, senior officials making their opposition heard. That’s how it feels with the Customs Union. Foreshadowing this was Labour’s shift in February, with the party agreeing the UK needed to stay in a customs bloc with the EU. This week we’ve seen fresh momentum build for…

What is in Labour’s housing Green Paper?

The Labour party’s social housing Green Paper – ‘Housing for the Many’ – will form the bedrock on which a future Labour government will build 1 million truly affordable homes over ten years. But what are the details?  The government’s so-called ‘affordable rent’ programme, delivered by housing associations with rents set up to 80% of market rents, will be scrapped according the Green Paper.…

A hostile environment: How the rhetoric of Enoch Powell still looms large fifty years on

Pic: Enoch Powell (centre) in Channel 4’s ‘After Dark’ show, 1987 Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of Enoch Powell’s ‘rivers of blood’ speech – one of the most divisive pieces of oratory of the modern era. At the time, an opinion poll showed that 78% of the population agreed with the basic premise that underpinned his speech – namely, that there was a danger…

Parliament’s attack on landlords doesn’t go far enough

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (HCLG) has suggested today that landlords found repeatedly exploiting vulnerable tenants should face having their properties confiscated. But for housing activists the measures, while well meant, do not go far enough. Mostly because even existing laws protecting tenants from bad landlords can barely be enforced due to lack of resources. Speaking to Left Foot Forward, Generation Rent campaigns…

Is this EU trade deal the new TTIP?

The European Commission intends to ‘fast track’ a proposed EU-Japan free trade agreement in an effort to circumvent any campaign across the EU from groups and trade unions opposed to trade agreements which have not have been subjected public scrutiny. The move would also avoid the debacle of the trade deal with Canada (CETA) which was almost derailed two years ago. The European Union and…

Oscar winner comes out for the Green Party in locals

Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance is not one to keep his political cards close to his chest, and this week he made his position clear by holding a rather large “Vote Green” placard in a photo op with his local council candidates. The actor, who lives in the borough of Lambeth, south London, was pictured with aspiring councillors Nick Christian, Matt Reynolds and Becca…

Al Jazeera News (Hourly)

Yemen war survivor struggles to provide education to women

A woman in divided Taiz province is trying to empower other women and girls to obtain brighter future.

Omission in Democrats’ lawsuit text against Russia: lawyer

Democrats filed a lawsuit against Russia and the Trump campaign, but their lawyers didn't properly define 'computer'.

Syria government advances as rebels evacuate Qalamoun area

After days of government raids, rebels agree to leave Qalamoun while other groups hold on to areas in capital's south.

New York’s Tribeca festival sees record female feature films

The 17th Tribeca Film Festival includes a conscious effort to bring parity to the sexes in an industry rocked by the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement.

Trade wars and debt: The biggest risks to world economy

What's behind the IMF's and the World Bank's warnings about a looming global economic downturn?

Nicaragua launches deadly crackdown on anti-government protests

Pension cuts triggered mass demonstrations, which have led to several deaths, and now, the government is attempting to control coverage of the protests by shutting down independent media outlets.

South Africa president addresses long-running riots in north

Protests against corruption and a regional leader have turned into riots and looting, prompting Cyril Ramaphosa to cut short his trip to the UK and return to South Africa.

Basque separatists’ apology fails to appease victims

ETA, one of Europe's most-enduring and violent armed groups, has disarmed and issued in advance of its expected full dissolution in May.

Truth Out (US Daily)

EPA Recommends Transitioning Away From Animal Testing

Good news from federal agencies can feel like a rarity these days, but this dispatch from the Environmental Protection Agency is an excellent reminder that staffers deep in the government are hard at work to build a better world. In draft guidance on skin allergy testing for pesticides and industrial chemicals, the EPA is encouraging researchers to move away from the use of animal models. Such testing is legally required to determine the level of hazard that various industrial products pose. Scientists…

Mexico in the Time of the Caravan

Honest, fearless media is needed more than ever, and nonprofit newsrooms like Truthout need all the help we can get. Can you take a few seconds to support this important work? Puebla, Mexico, 8 April 2018: An annual Easter march to shine a light on the plight of Central Americans living in a region with the highest murder rate in the world drew the attention of international aid groups, the…

Why Black Stories Matter: They Build Empathy and Heal Trauma

Truthout can only survive through reader support. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation toward journalism with real integrity and independence! When she was growing up, Rachel Bailey was taught that only rich, self-indulgent White people suffered from mental health issues. Black people were supposed to be tougher. Although she remembers struggling with what was later diagnosed as bipolar disorder since she was 4 years old, it wasn't until age…

The Hill (US News)

Daily Source Bias Check: Quad City Times

LEAST BIASED These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes).  The reporting is factual and usually sourced.  These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources. Factual Reporting: HIGH World Press Freedom Rank: USA 43/180 Notes: Founded in 1848, The Quad City Times is a print newspaper serving the Quad City area of Iowa. The paper…

Kim Jong-un said North Korea would “no longer need” nuclear tests and would close a test site ahead of meetings with the South and President Trump

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, announced early Saturday that he had stopped nuclear and missile tests and would close a nuclear test site. The announcement, reported by North Korea’s state media, appeared to signal a major policy shift ahead of Mr. Kim’s meetings with the South Korean and American leaders. Source: New York Times The post Kim Jong-un said North Korea would “no longer need” nuclear tests and would close…

The Democratic Party filed a lawsuit alleging a conspiracy by Russian officials, the Trump campaign and Wikileaks to damage the Clinton campaign

The Democratic National Committee opened a new legal assault on President Trump on Friday by filing a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the organization was the victim of a conspiracy by Russian officials, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. The 66-page lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York, assembles the publicly known facts of the investigation into Russia’s election meddling to accuse Mr.…

Left Futures

The grotesque chaos of Claire Kober’s Haringey

The resignation of a council leader would normally be no biggie. I mean, I’m guessing entirely here, but presumably that happens in towns or cities across Britain several times a year, for one reason or another. These things usually merit a run of front pages in the local press, and perhaps a short mention or two nationally. They are then swiftly forgotten, as just another ego-driven municipal hissy fit over…

Time to move on from the 1980s, Lord Hattersley

If I were official keeper of the Croslandite flame, easily the most renowned contemporary advocate of that standpoint, I’d be humble enough to ponder why my preferred brand of politics carried such little traction in Britain in 2017. As a serious partisan of social democracy, I would ask why ideas of the stripe that until recently dominated Labour now fail to enthuse its membership. Might that indicate shortcomings in the…

Pete Willsman reports from Labour’s November Executive

National Executive Committee Away Day 26 November 2017 This NEC was the annual ‘Away Day’, where ‘blue sky thinking’ is encouraged. This year we held our meeting in Glasgow where we were warmly welcomed by the new leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Richard Leonard and the very enthusiastic Scottish Executive Committee (SEC), and part of the meeting was held jointly with the SEC. Procedure for the election of the NEC…

Australia World News (Daily)

Trump accuses Comey of breaking the law

The president of the United States says the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation broke the law when he leaked classified documents to the press.

French nun, WWII’s ‘White Angel’, dies

The mayor of a city in France's Normandy region says a 103-year-old nun known as the "White Angel" to allied soldiers injured during a failed World War II raid has died.

Two dragon boats capsize, 17 die in China

Seventeen people are dead after two dragon boats capsized in southern China.

Social Europe (Daily)

“What’s Been Stopping The Left?” by Dani Rodrik

Dani Rodrik Why were democratic political systems not responsive early enough to the grievances that autocratic populists have successfully exploited – inequality and economic anxiety, decline of perceived social status, the chasm between elites and ordinary citizens? Had political parties, particularly of the center left, pursued a bolder agenda, perhaps the rise…

“Codetermination Enters The American Political Debate” by George Tyler

George Tyler Three senators have introduced unprecedented legislation mandating that employee representatives must comprise one-third of Boards of Directors at publicly-listed US corporations. Upgraded corporate governance with codetermination is an unfamiliar concept to most Americans. Its appearance acknowledges the weakness of conventional tools to end wage stagnation. And it reflects frustration by…

“How To Steal The Populists’ Clothes” by Ngaire Woods

Ngaire Woods “Don’t get mad, get even.” That aphorism needs to become the new norm in democratic politics across Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Rather than complaining about populist successes, established political parties should take a page from the populist playbook. Three lessons, in particular, cry out for attention. The first…

DNA World News (Daily)

Italy’s Berlusconi rules out governing with 5-Star

Silvio Berlusconi, the leader of Italy's Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party, on Friday ruled out forming a coalition government with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement six weeks after a national vote ended in deadlock.

Democratic Party sues Russia, Trump campaign and Wikileaks for election disruption

The party alleges in the federal lawsuit in Manhattan that top Trump campaign officials conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton

US labels China, Russia, Iran and North Korea ‘morally reprehensible’ over rights

The U.S. State Department on Friday labelled China, Russia, Iran and North Korea as "morally reprehensible" governments it said violated human rights within their borders on a daily basis, making them "forces of instability as a result."

Internationalist (Daily)

Open letter: students support no vote on pensions offer

Body:  Ahead of the results of a ballot over university pensions, students across the UK ask staff to stand firm. PensionsuniversitiessolidarityBritainEducationLabourContributor: NCAFCAppears on front pageThumbnail image: Deck/standfirst:  Ahead of the results of a ballot over university pensions, students across the UK ask staff to stand firm. This letter was written and circulated by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC), a…

ECRF: Fighting for life and freedom in Egypt

Body:  Alessio Perrone meets the activists fighting to shine light on human rights abuses during Egypt’s dark days. CensorshipEgyptHuman RightsContributor: Alessio PerroneDoesn't appear on front pageThumbnail image: Deck/standfirst:  Alessio Perrone meets the activists shining light on human rights abuses during Egypt’s dark days. Don't use as top banner (default)

Surreal scenes outside Modi visit

Body:  Rahila Gupta reports on this week’s pro and anti-Modi protests in London. ModicommonwealthIndiaCHOGMprotestsCauveryKashmirSouthall Black SistesrModiIndiaCommonwealthContributor: Rahila GuptaAppears on front pageThumbnail image: Deck/standfirst:  The Indian diaspora make up a diverse, contradictory and comically absurd group of protestors at this week’s Commonwealth meeting in London. Rahila Gupta takes note Don't use as top banner (default)

Crooks and Liars (US Left)

If It’s Conclusively Demonstrated That Trump Is A Criminal, Republicans Will Have No Problem With It

The Wall Street Journal quotes a Trump lawyer saying that Michael Cohen is likely to flip: One of President Donald Trump’s longtime legal advisers said he warned the president in a phone call Friday that Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer and close friend, would turn against the president and cooperate with federal prosecutors if faced with criminal charges. Mr.…

Why Did Republicans Demand Release Of The Comey Memos, Again?

After the release of the Comey memos yesterday which backed up every claim the ousted FBI Director has made so far, many journalists and politicians are wondering why House Republicans demanded they be released at all and went as far as trying to intimidate Rod Rosenstein by saying they would impeach him if he didn't release them. Steve Benen, a…

Jay Goldberg Gives Super Creepy Analysis Of Michael Cohen: ‘Not Suited To Rigors Of Prison Life’

I hope you've all done your stretches, because you're gonna need it for the mental gymnastics required to follow this guy's logic. Erin Burnett's face is positively meme-worthy in more than one place, but I'll leave that to the techno-smarties. Trump's former attorney, Jay Goldberg appeared on CNN yesterday with some analysis and predictions about Michael Cohen. Trump called him…

Media Matters (US Left)

Fox Business panel scoffs at proposal to expand voting rights to 16-year-olds in Washington, DC

CHARLES PAYNE (HOST): Washington, DC, looking to lower the voting age for federal and local elections, potentially making way for 16-year-olds to vote. Proponents point to the student movement in the wake of the Parkland massacre. Yet, of course, these are the same folks that are pushing for gun ownership to be raised to 21 years of age. So it really doesn't seem…

NRATV blames President Obama for the Parkland shooting because he didn’t put every U.S. student under Secret Service protection

GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): Barack Obama, if you want to talk about inequality and gun violence, you are the biggest perpetrator of it. Because while you left educators defenseless, while you pushed policies that barred violent students from being arrested, while you railed against the NRA, your daughters, yourself were all protected by armed guards. Your daughters in a school with…

Watch Anderson Cooper dismantle “BS” attempts to smear Comey and Mueller with Boston Marathon bombing and Whitey Bulger

ANDERSON COOPER (HOST): Now you might wonder where did Whitey Bulger come into all of this? Why are we even talking about Whitey Bulger, notorious crime boss and secret FBI informant? Well it seems as if this may have started with the esteemed Alan Dershowitz saying this on a radio show earlier this month, not about Comey, but about special…

Science (Daily)

Australian Magpie ‘dunks’ its food before eating, researchers find

Scientists have shown that the Australian Magpie may 'dunk' its food in water before eating, a process that appears to be 'copied' by its offspring.

Climate change for aliens

For more than 50 years, the Kardashev scale has been the gold standard for classifying hypothetical 'exo-civilizations' by their ability to harness energy. A team of researchers has devised a new system that takes into account the impacts of that energy use.

Something to sneeze about: Democratic voting in African wild dog packs

Scientists studying African wild dogs in Botswana have found members of this endangered species use sneezes to vote on when the pack will move off and start hunting.

Huffington Post (Liberal?) (Daily)

As CHOGM Ends, The Commonwealth Remains A Bastion Of Homophobia

The Commonwealth is a bastion of homophobia. Thirty-six of the 53 member states criminalise same-sex relationships, with penalties ranging up to life imprisonment in in nine countries and the risk of execution in parts of two, Pakistan and Nigeria. Despite this outrageous persecution,…

The Unique, Highly Challenging Task Of Film A Documentary On ‘Rivers Of Blood’ From A Non-White Perspective

In spite of accumulating countless TV documentary filmmaking ‘air miles’ over the last thirty-odd years, I found Rivers of Blood: 50 Years On a highly challenging project to work on for a variety of reasons. To begin with, aside from producing and…

I Didn’t Let Enoch Powell’s Speech Change Britain For Me

On April 20th, 1968 Enoch Powell made a speech in Birmingham that to this day overshadows every government’s attempts to speak on immigration.Franklin Thomas, 73, was serving in the British army at the time Powell delivered his speech. He spoke to HuffPost…

Tea With My Grandmother, Who Has Alzheimer’s

A deceivingly heavy bag of groceries in one hand, two gallons of milk in the other and newly bloomed daffodils that smell of spring in abundance balancing in the crevice of my right elbow. I struggle slightly to reach the doorbell, and…

Windrush Campaigners Vow To Get Justice As May Backs ‘Appropriate’ Compensation

.@HackneyAbbott tells Brixton’s Windrush rally she “won’t stop until I have got justice” pic.twitter.com/MAetUfQywE— George Bowden (@georgebowden) April 20, 2018Labour’s Diane Abbott joined campaigners vowing to “get justice” for those caught up in the Windrush generation scandal as the Prime Minster backed…

Daily Kos (US Politics)

Abbreviated Science Round-up: Stone Age cow surgery, high carbon grasses, ocean-churning shrimp

Stone age brain surgery — on a cow. Many early societies had a rather unexplained thing for trepanation—the practice of cutting holes in the skull. The mysteries surrounding this practice are many. How did cultures, and we’re often talking early Stone Age cultures, that presumably had neither anesthetics nor antibiotics carve…

Daily Kos Elections 1Q 2018 House fundraising reports roundup

Quarterly fundraising reports for federal candidates, covering the period from Jan. 1 to March 31, were due at the Federal Elections Commission on April 15 at midnight Eastern Time. Below is our chart of fundraising numbers for House candidates in all key races this cycle. (Click here for our companion…

Trump launches rant on Twitter about a ‘drunk/drugged up loser’ who apparently isn’t Donald Trump

The leader of the free world—otherwise known as the Dotard-in-Chief—has had a busy Saturday morning. Before taking off for Day 149 of golfing while president, Donald Trump apparently read Friday’s New York Times and learned that there’s a lot of speculation about his good friend and lawyer Michael Cohen, who once said he’d…

Voting Rights Roundup: New Jersey just passed automatic voter registration. These states could too

Leading Off ● New Jersey: On Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed automatic voter registration into law, making New Jersey the 11th state (plus the District of Columbia) to approve this reform. Eligible voters who do business with the state Motor Vehicle Commission will be automatically registered, unless they opt…

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Chaos in the WH and an overdue focus on Mitch McConnell

Politico: McConnell aims to reshape courts in case Senate flips The Kentucky Republican is prioritizing confirmation of conservative judges in what may be his final months as majority leader. Mitch McConnell is making a last dash to stock the judiciary with conservatives this year as a hedge against the chance…

Republicans’ tax cut scam proving a windfall for Wall Street, making it a hard sell on Main Street

Republicans are already finding it a challenge to run on their single new legislative accomplishment in the Trump era—the tax scam. Voters are underwhelmed by it, if not downright hostile to it, and most people just aren't going to see much relief from it at all. Meanwhile, they're seeing headlines…

Politico US (Monthly)

Priorities USA super PAC ramps up fundraising for 2018

The Democratic group raised $4.5 million in the first quarter, plus $2.2 million for an allied nonprofit.

Emotions run high at gun-control demonstration

Speakers and volunteers pushed a voter registration drive and vowed to oust lawmakers who oppose gun control.

Trump risks political blowback from his base on Syria

The president, who campaigned on a noninterventionist platform, has followed the path of his predecessors and reversed himself in office.

Emails reveal conservative alarm over ‘Obama holdovers’ in Trump administration

‘A cleaning is in order,’ wrote a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, as State Department officials reassigned a career diplomat of Iranian descent.

February 2018

Political cartoons from the desk of Matt Wuerker.

Top takeaways from the Texas primary

Democratic enthusiasm was real, but not as off-the-charts statewide as early voting numbers had hinted.

U.S. imposes new sanctions on Russian entities over 2016 election meddling

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says America will level additional sanctions 'to hold Russian government officials and oligarchs accountable.'

Buzz Feed (Liberal?)

The UK Refused To Raid A Company Suspected Of Money Laundering, Citing Its Tory Donations

“It is of note that they are the biggest corporate donor to the Conservative party led by Prime Minister Theresa May and donated 1.25m Euros to the Prince Charles Trust.” View Entire Post ›

The UK Plans To Ban Plastic Straws As Early As Next Year

Prime Minister Theresa May announced a plastic straw ban as part of her 25-year environmental plan to eliminate plastic waste. View Entire Post ›

28 Songs Every Emo Kid Couldn’t Stop Blasting In The ’00s

Bless my emo heart. View Entire Post ›

Morning Star

TIPPED OFF! TGI Friday’s staff protest against bosses plans to share tips

The TGI Friday’s branch in Aberdeen Photo Lynne Cameron/PA Images Union announces further ballots for strike action against exploitative practices ...more

Our four-point plan for a new deal for workers

Demonstrators take part in the 'Britain Needs a Pay Rise' march in central London, organised by the TUC as public sector workers are calling for an end to austerity and to highlight the need for pay to increase following days of industrial…

Women’s Football – Can English duo defeat dominant European sides in Women’s Champion’s League semi-finals?

Olympique Lyonnais Saki Kumagai celebrates scoring her team’s first goal against Manchester City, during the UEFA Women's Champions League semi-final at the Academy Stadium, Manchester, in 2017 Photo Martin Rickett/PA Wire ASIF BURHAN assesses the challenge posed to Manchester City and Chelsea…

A festival of trade unionism by young people for young people

Photo Ade Marsh Photography THIS weekend sees the picturesque Quorn Grange hotel located in Quorn, Loughborough, open its doors to young trade unionists for a weekend full of inspiration, opportunity, education and networking. ...more

A festival of trade unionism by young people for young people

THIS weekend sees the picturesque Quorn Grange hotel located in Quorn, Loughborough, open its doors to young trade unionists for a weekend full of inspiration, opportunity, education and networking. The hotel, which is owned by the General Federation of Trade Unions, is…

Men’s Football Footballers pay tribute to the Professor

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger holds up the Barclaycard Premiership Trophy to thousands of jubilant fans outside Islington Town Hall in North London in 2004 Photo PA Wire/PA Images Wenger to step down after 22 years at Arsenal ...more

Recent Posts

Trump accuses Comey of breaking the law

The president of the United States says the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation broke the law when he leaked classified documents to the press.

French nun, WWII’s ‘White Angel’, dies

The mayor of a city in France's Normandy region says a 103-year-old nun known as the "White Angel" to allied soldiers injured during a failed World War II raid has died.

Two dragon boats capsize, 17 die in China

Seventeen people are dead after two dragon boats capsized in southern China.

Titanic first meal menu fetches $185,000

A menu for the first meal served on the Titanic has sold for STG100,000 ($A183,500) at auction in the UK.

Barbara Bush remembered for dignity, wit

Former first lady Barbara Bush has been remembered at her funeral as a formidable but caring figure whose devotion to her family was matched only by her commitment to public service.

Fake baby milk factory shut down in Spain

Four people have been arrested and a factory that packaged counterfeit baby milk mostly destined for China dismantled in a northeastern city in Spain.

Caucus New York

Former Lawyer for Stormy Daniels Is Drawn Into Federal Investigation

Keith Davidson, who reached multiple agreements with Michael Cohen in recent years, has provided certain electronic records to investigators, a spokesman said Friday.

The Biggest Stories in American Politics This Week

From the release of James Comey’s private memos about his meetings with President Trump to developing talks with North Korea, let us catch you up on six big stories from the week.

DeVos Education Dept. Begins Dismissing Civil Rights Cases in Name of Efficiency

The department has begun dismissing civil rights cases brought by “serial” complainants or those that place “an unreasonable burden” on resources.

Pressure to Release Comey Memos May Have Backfired on G.O.P.

The deputy attorney general’s decision to release the memos did little to help Republicans undermine the credibility of James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director.

Democratic Party Alleges Trump-Russia Conspiracy in New Lawsuit

The lawsuit accuses Mr. Trump’s associates of illegally working with Russian intelligence agents to interfere with the outcome of the 2016 election.

D.E.A. Is Investigating a Former Agent on Misconduct Allegations

The accusations against the agent, who had been stationed in Colombia, could make it harder for U.S. officials to earn the trust of confidential informants in the shadowy world of drug trafficking.

U.S. Human Rights Report Labels Russia and China Threats to Global Stability

The State Department report, which this year underwent significant alterations that reflected the change in administrations, also reproached Iran and North Korea.

Middle east NPR

Obama Administration General Discusses Trump’s Proposed Arab Force

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with retired Gen. Martin Dempsey about President Trump's proposal for an Arab Force in Syria, and U.S. efforts to get the Saudis and other Arab nations to fund and man a joint military force in the past.

As Saudi Arabia’s Cinema Ban Ends, Filmmakers Eye New Opportunities

Allowing cinemas is part of a modernization drive by the Saudi government, which hopes to create more business opportunities and become a regional film hub. But it's a tough place to be a filmmaker.(Image credit: Bandar Al-Jaloud/AFP/Getty Images)

Syria Says Chemical Weapons Watchdog Group Has Entered Douma

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons would not confirm whether its inspectors have entered Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack earlier this month.(Image credit: Hassan Ammar/AP)

Chemical Weapons Inspectors Haven’t Reached Douma. Finger-Pointing Has Begun

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said a team of nine inspectors arrived in Damascus on Saturday but hasn't been allowed to go to the site of the alleged chemical attack.(Image credit: Peter Dejong/AP)

Novara Media

On Migration and the State: Lea Ypi

On #NovaraFM, James Butler is joined by Lea Ypi, professor in political theory at the LSE, to discuss ways of thinking about migration, what it tells us…

Prison and Beyond: Michael Balogun

Actor Michael Balogun tells his story of spending much of his young life in and out of prison to hosts Oonagh Ryder and Sam Swann. The first…

With UK Business Elites Profiting From War, It’s No Wonder the Syrian Conflict Continues

On Saturday 14 April, the UK joined the US and France in carrying out airstrikes against chemical weapons facilities in Syria. Despite the fact that only 25%…

Corbynism Is the Centre Ground Now, Your Centrist Party Is Irrelevant

Momentum’s National Co-ordinator Laura Parker joins Max Shanly and Matt Zarb-Cousin on All The Best to discuss the new “centrist” party, rampant inequality, first principles political communications,…

Airstrikes on Syria Show the Hypocrisy at the Heart of Britain’s Foreign Policy

Early on Saturday morning, British jet fighters, alongside partners from the US and France, undertook joint airstrikes attacking chemical weapons facilities claimed to belong to the Syrian…

Flame War = … War?

On this episode of TyskySour Michael, Aaron and Ash discuss whether Bashar Assad used chemical weapons in Syria and what the appropriate response should be.

Dissent Magazine (Quarterly)

A Dismal Report Card on Global Inequality

A new report, based on the work of Thomas Piketty and his colleagues, offers a stark picture of the increasing concentration of wealth and income at a global scale.

Belabored Podcast #149: Voices from the Labor Notes Conference 2018

In a series of interviews from Labor Notes, Sarah and Michelle talk to worker-organizers from Japan, South Korea, Puerto Rico, Minnesota, and beyond about building rank-and-file power around the globe.

Disembowel Enoch Powell

Fifty years ago, British politician Enoch Powell set the template for a racist neoliberal populism that has reached its apotheosis today.

Reuters World News (for Ref.)

Underlining alliance, Venezuela’s Maduro visits new Cuban leader

HAVANA (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro became on Saturday the first foreign leader to meet with Cuba's Miguel Diaz-Canel since he became president of the communist-run island this week, underscoring the importance of the Venezuelan-Cuban alliance.

Trump weighs pardoning late African American boxing champion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he was considering pardoning the late boxing legend Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion of the world who was jailed after having a relationship with a white woman.

Saudi security shoots down toy drone near royal palace -official media

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian security forces said they had shot down a recreational drone in the capital Riyadh on Saturday after online videos showed gunfire in the neighbourhood where royal palaces are located, sparking fears of political unrest.

Libyan oil pipeline attacked by “terrorist group”

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A Libyan crude pipeline owned by the al-Waha oil company, feeding the port of Es Sider, was attacked on Saturday by a “terrorist group”, a company source said.

HEALTH – ADHD

7 Ways to Get the ADHD Support You Deserve

Some people have misguided, disheartening, and, sometimes, infuriating opinions about ADHD — and unfortunately, the people closest to us are…

How We Decided to Medicate Our Child

The decision to medicate (or not) is an agonizing one. Naysayers argue that parents rush to medicate their kids, but we know this…

Book Review: The Anger Volcano

A Book About Anger for Kids Tigerace Books; $6.99 paperback, $2.99 KindleBUY THIS BOOK A cross between a children’s book…

HEALTH – Breast Cancer

One injection could kill cancer

Groundbreaking cancer research might have uncovered a 'one-time application' formula that can help immune cells to eliminate cancer tumors.

The end of toxic chemo? Blocking vitamin B-2 may stop cancer

New drug candidate may change chemotherapy as we know it; this compound stops cancer cells from spreading and has no…

Fish-derived omega-3 best for preventing breast cancer

Compared with the plant-based omega-3 ALA, EPA and DHA — which come from fatty fish — are much better for…

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