A Robin Hood Tax would work. Trust me, I used to work for a hedge fund

I quit the City to become a Labour councillor because I was disillusioned by how little changed after the 2008 crash. Why is everyone still paying for the bankers' mess – except the bankers themselves? Ten years ago I was sitting in…

Truth Out (Daily)

Truthout Stories

Truthout StoriesHaitians Denied Protected Status Face Deportation to "Nation in Turmoil" After Earthquake, HurricanePresident Trump Calling His Accusers "Liars" Confirms Women's Fears of Not Being BelievedStop The News, I Want To Get OffTo Stop Keystone XL, 8,000 People in Just 24 Hours Make "Promise to Protect"Justice for Alonzo Smith: Beverly Smith Reflects on Her Son's Life Before He Was Killed by Special PolicePunishing "Predators" Will Not Save UsTransCanada's Safety Record Played No Role in Nebraska's Keystone…

On George W. Bush: The Enemy of Our Enemy Is Still a War Criminal

That George W. Bush finds Trump's rhetoric distasteful is no reason to turn a presidential war criminal into a liberal hero. (Image: Nathan Congleton / Flickr) You can fuel thoughtful, authority-challenging journalism: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout. He received a prestigious award from the West Point Association of Graduates. He published a "runaway" bestselling autobiography. Last February, a lavishly produced book celebrating his paintings of Americans who served in the military was,…

Say Goodbye to Net Neutrality. Say Hello to the FCC’s Trickle-Down Experiment

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai before speaking at an internet regulation event at the Newseum, April 26, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Eric Thayer / Getty Images) Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission's Trump-appointed chairman, is preparing to gut the agency's net neutrality rules. The move is part of an aggressive agenda based on the idea that slashing regulations and maximizing private profits will provide benefits for everyone else. Opponents say Pai is working for…

Why I Helped Organize the Singing Revolt Against the White House at the UN Climate Talks

As Trump's climate-denier delegates tried to present their pro-fossil-fuel agenda at the UN Climate Summit last week, a US youth delegation began singing to register their protest and declare solidarity with climate justice advocates around the world. The message to the Trump administration was clear: The young people of the US are ready to step in and fill the leadership vacuum.Activists disrupt an event titled, "The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear…

Damning New Report Shows US Airstrikes in Iraq Killing Civilians Amount to 31 Times the Pentagon’s Count

We spend the hour looking at a damning new report that reveals how US-led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq have killed far more civilians than officials have acknowledged. The coalition's own data shows 89 of its more than 14,000 airstrikes in Iraq have resulted in civilian deaths, or about one of every 157 strikes. But their an on-the-ground investigation by The New York Times magazine found civilian deaths in "one out of every five"…

Red Pepper Magazine (bi-monthly)

The unrepentent Sarah Champion has no place in the modern Labour Party

It’s now only a couple of months since the Labour MP Sarah Champion generated a moral panic about sex abuse being some sort of ethnic characteristic particularly to be found amongst men-of-colour. In what was once unusual for Labour MPs, she ran to the Sun and the Telegraph. In a recent BBC documentary, she  admitted that the Sun especially has a long…

It’s time for a four day working week

Does working harder make us more prosperous? It’s a question worth asking, especially when you consider the sheer amount of time we spend at work, travelling to it, or organising our entire lives around it: British workers spend a solid eleven and a half years in continual paid work, whilst we spend over a year of our lives just commuting. The Tories…

Protecting growth at all costs means lining the pockets of the wealthy

The Charging Bull of Wall Street The recently released Paradise Papers show the breathtaking scale and intricacy of the ways in which the rich keep their money hidden. They showed us the bald-faced hypocrisy of some of the people doing it. But, we already knew about the existence offshore tax havens. We already knew the rich hide and circulate their money to…

Wealth inequality isn’t inevitable – it’s a political choice.

Chancellor Philip Hammond The recently published ‘Paradise Papers’ have refocussed attention on just how much wealth the richest in UK society own, and how even in a democratic society the rules you play by depend on who you are. The Papers echo the findings of a new discussion paper for the IPPR’s Commission on Economic Justice, which shows the UK is a…

Al Jazeera News (Hourly)

Israeli forces demolish family home in East Jerusalem

Only 13 percent of the total land area of East Jerusalem is allocated for the construction of Palestinian homes [File: AFP] It took several months and tens of thousands of dollars to build. But on Wednesday, Jamal Abu Khdeir's dream of housing his 27-member family under the same roof came crashing down in just a few minutes. More…

Saudis to ease Yemen siege but millions to still suffer

More than a million Yemeni children under age of five are malnourished [Khaled Abdullah/Reuters] Saudi Arabia's decision to ease its blockade on Yemen does not go far enough, say aid and human rights groups pointing to the spectre of famine that looms over the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country. The kingdom has said it will ease its blockade on…

Syrian opposition in Riyadh: Assad has to go

The Syrian opposition has struggled to unify its ranks against Assad [File: Reuters] Syrian opposition groups meeting in Saudi Arabia have renewed their demand for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad in a draft resolution obtained by Al Jazeera. The groups said that a solution to the war in Syria can only be achieved with the departure of…

Rights groups urge Greece to end ‘containment policy’

A young boy holds a banner as Afghan refugees occupy the main square of the town of Mytilene [Anthi Pazianou/AFP/Getty Images] With winter weather nearing, 20 humanitarian groups have warned authorities in Greece that "lives will be lost" unless asylum seekers stranded in crammed and unsafe island camps are allowed to relocate to the mainland. In a joint statement…

Russia, Iran and Turkey agree to hold ‘Syrian congress’

The three leaders met in the Black Sea resort of Sochi [Mikhail Metzel/Kremlin via Reuters] Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his Iranian and Turkish counterparts have supported a proposal to hold a "Syrian people's congress" that will bring together government and opposition figures. The Russian leader on Wednesday hosted Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, just as some Syrian opposition…

US Libertarian Institute (Daily)

Continued Intervention in South America

Next. Despite his anti-establishment reputation, Trump is continuing the U.S. empire tradition of threatening regime change and meddling in other countries’ affairs, not only in the Middle East and Africa, but now with a focus on South America as well. The Trump administration upheld the Obama-approved arms sale, agreed to…

Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen?

Liberation It’s remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us “how things got so bad” explains to…

On Patriotic Correctness

Just like Jackie Robinson While political correctness is typically associated with the American Left, modern conservatism has its own sacred totems that dare not be criticized. Like its progressive counterparts, the Right’s choices of sanctification fit together like an elegant jigsaw puzzle to form an internally consistent worldview. Police, Military,…

Australia World News (Daily)

Oxygen running short on missing submarine

The search for an Argentine navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic for one week has reached a "critical phase" as the 44 crew on board could be running low on oxygen, a navy spokesman says. Dozens of planes and boats are continuing the search for the ARA San Juan,…

Palestinian factions agree on election

Palestinian factions, including rival groups Hamas and Fatah, have agreed to hold a general election by the end of 2018, according to a joint statement by several groups following talks in Cairo. Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal in October in Cairo-backed talks after Hamas agreed to hand over…

Zimbabwe’s new leader returns to cheers

Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa says he was in constant contact with military leaders during the tumultuous two weeks between his sacking by Robert Mugabe and his return to the country to replace him. Hours after his return Mnangagwa addressed a jubilant crowd outside ruling ZANU-PF party headquarters in Harare…

Social Europe (Daily)

“The Illusion Of Freedom In The Digital Age” by Mark Leonard

Mark Leonard Over the last few weeks, media around the world have been saturated with stories about how technology is destroying politics. In autocracies like China, the fear is of ultra-empowered Big Brother states, like that in George Orwell’s 1984. In democracies like the United States, the concern is that tech companies…

“The Political Economy of Illiberal Democracy” by Zoltán Pogátsa

Zoltán Pogátsa Contrary to widespread belief, Viktor Orbán is not in power in Hungary because he is popular. He enjoys the support of no more than one in four voters. Back in 2006, some 2.6 million voters out of some 8m eligible voters had voted for his party and its allies, and…

“ECB, Greece And The Ticking NPL Time-Bomb” by Marcello Minenna

Marcello Minenna After the ECB regulatory tightening on banks’ non-performing loans (NPLs), announced with the well-known “addendum” to its guidance to banks of October 5, a barrage of anger came from the Italian banks and institutions (even the Minister of Economy Pier Carlo Padoan and the Bank of Italy took a stand)…

DNA World News (Daily)

US President Donald Trump assures aid to Argentina over missing submarine

United States President Donald Trump has assured Argentina of all cooperation in locating their missing submarine, the ARA San Juan, which disappeared last week off the country's Atlantic coast. "I have long given the order to help Argentina with the Search and Rescue mission of their missing submarine. 45 people aboard and…

Hafiz Saeed ‘designated’ terrorist leader by UN and US: Trump admin reminds Pakistan

President Donald Trump administration has reminded Pakistan that Mumbai attack mastermind and banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed is a terrorist leader designated by both the United Nations and the United States, The US reaction came after the Pakistani court ordered his release from detention. "The US is aware of media reports…

Emmerson Mnangagwa: The crocodile to be be sworn in as Zimbabwe President tomorrow

Zimbabwe's former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as President on Friday. "Today we are witnessing the beginning of a new and unfolding democracy," said Mnangagwa in his first public remarks, who returned from Johannesburg at a military airbase in Harare on Wednesday. He had fled to South Africa two…

Internationalist (Daily)

The lives behind the label

Lives beind the label Bangladesh is home to almost five million garment workers, making it the second largest manufacturer of garments in the world. Its factory workers make the clothes we wear every day. Meet the humans behind the high street. Enter the website Enter the website → Your browser does not support HTML5 video.

What is Robert Mugabe’s legacy?

21 November 2017 Reporting from Zimbabwe, Nhau Mangirazi examines the legacy of nearly four decades of Mugabe rule Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, attends the 12th African Union Summit Feb. 2, 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. CC United States Navy Robert Mugabe has stepped down as President of Zimbabwe today after 37 years in power. The announcement came during a…

‘Every signature was an act of courage’

21 November 2017 West Papua How did West Papuan campaigners build a game-changing 1.8 million-strong petition in the teeth of government repression? Key organizers tell Danny Chivers how it was done and what’s at stake University students from the Free Papua Organization and the Papua Student Alliance resist police using water cannons during a protest in Jakarta, 1 December 2016.…

Science (Daily)

Righty blue whales sometimes act like lefties, study finds

To support their hulking bodies, blue whales use various acrobatic maneuvers to scoop up many individually tiny prey, filtering the water back out through massive baleen plates. In most cases, the whales roll to the right as they capture their prey, just as most people are…

New way to write magnetic info could pave the way for hardware neural networks

Researchers have shown how to write any magnetic pattern desired onto nanowires, which could help computers mimic how the brain processes information.

Previous evidence of water on Mars now identified as grainflows

Dark features previously proposed as evidence for significant liquid water flowing on Mars have now been identified as granular flows, where sand and dust move rather than liquid water, according to a new article. These findings indicate that present-day Mars may not have a significant volume…

Huffington Post (Liberal?) (Daily)

Giving Life To Artificial Intelligence

In a relatively short space of time, the digital assistant market has boomed. Six years ago Apple’s Siri went global with the launch of the iPhone 4S, offering a novelty alternative to the not-so-difficult task of manually calling someone. These are far more complex today, with digital home assistants offering to make lives easier for customers worldwide. We are now experiencing a duopoly in this market, with stiff…

Billy The Kid And Pat Garrett Pictured Together In Rare Flea Market Find

A random photo bought for $10 at a flea market is now believed to feature both Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett – and could be worth millions. The tintype snap was bought by US lawyer Frank Abrams in North Carolina and was displayed for years in his spare room. Abrams contacted experts after watching a documentary about the discovery of another picture of the Wild West outlaw,…

This £30 Tiered Cheese ‘Cake’ Is All We Need For Christmas

Forget Christmas pudding. In fact, scrap the turkey. Tesco is selling a £30 cheese celebration ‘cake’ - and it looks absolutely marvellous. The ‘cake’ features a series of cheeses stacked on top of one another, not too dissimilar to a tiered wedding cake. There’s a 15-month matured Cheddar, 10-month matured Red Leicester, creamy and mellow mature Stilton, Wensleydale with cranberries and blueberries, and St. Endellion Brie made with Cornish…

The Jist (Weekly)

Internet Censorship Is Not The Way To Combat Terrorism

During the lead-up to the 2017 General Election, the Conservatives mentioned proposals to heavily censor the internet in order to curb terrorism. They had already been vocal about their desires to prevent encryption on services like WhatsApp in an attempt to stop terrorists sending untraceable messages and in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing, Theresa May reaffirmed her commitment to censoring and monitoring the internet as a means of combating terror. Amber Rudd and numerous other members of the UK government have been on shows like Andrew Marr discussing the ways in which they want to outlaw encryption or build ‘backdoors’ into encryption based platforms in order to give government and police a way in. The Conservative Manifesto…

Chatter Ep 13 – Matthew Fulton and Scott Moore On Progressive Politics Northern Ireland

The co-founders of Progressive Politics Northern Ireland, Matthew Fulton and Scott Moore, were our joint guests on the latest episode of Chatter. They founded the movement in the wake of the RHI scandal (Renewable Heating Incentive) in order to promote progressive ideals in Northern Ireland and fight to ensure Northern Ireland gets equal marriage rights, the same abortion rights as the rest of the UK, and oppose regressive political policies. SPONSORS Beer52 £10 Off Win A £500 Amazon Voucher Earn Money From YouGov Surveys RESOURCES http://progpoliticsni.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ProgPoliticsNI/ Chatter Episode 3 – Boyd Sleator on Humanism and Religion If you enjoyed what you read here you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up to date with everything we are covering, or sign…

Politico US (Monthly)

Inside the ‘Lewandowski embassy’

Corey Lewandowski has a new base of operations in Washington: an elegant, century-old rowhouse that resembles his own version of the “Breitbart Embassy.” Just as Steve Bannon does at the rowhouse a dozen blocks away where Breitbart News sometimes holds meetings and hosts parties, Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, stays upstairs when he’s in town, according to five people familiar with the arrangement. The lower floors serve as his workspace, as well as the offices of Turnberry Solutions, a lobbying firm started this summer by another Trump campaign veteran.…

Woman accuses Moore of assaulting her when she was 16

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter NEW YORK — An Alabama woman said Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old in 1977, becoming the fifth woman to go on record to accuse Moore of misconduct with them when they were young. Appearing with attorney Gloria Allred at a news conference here on Monday, Beverly Young Nelson recounted how Moore, now 70, assaulted her when she was a waitress at a restaurant that the then-district attorney of Etowah County frequented. Story Continued Below Fighting through…

Inside the Podesta Group’s last days

Less than two weeks after Tony Podesta stepped down as chairman, the firm he founded 30 years ago may soon shut its doors | Jacqueline Larma/AP Photo The firm's chief executive is leaving to start her own lobbying shop as Tony Podesta's firm prepares for the end. By THEODORIC MEYER 11/10/2017 10:43 PM EST Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Tony Podesta’s lavish art collection is coming down off the walls at the Podesta Group, as the lobbying firm — among the largest and most powerful in Washington — prepares…

Buzz Feed (Liberal?)

This Is What Teachers Actually Think About Getting Pupils From Disadvantaged Backgrounds Into Oxbridge

"Honestly, I don’t think state school teachers always have the time and resources to support students who should be applying,” one teacher said. View Entire Post ›

16 Petty And Savage Scottish Texts That’ll Make You Say “This Is Me”

"Are you a banker because leave me a loan." Ouch. View Entire Post ›

17 Unbelievable Things You Didn’t Realise Happened 100 Years Ago

1917 was wild, y'all. H/t 100YearsAgo View Entire Post ›

13 Facts About Normal Things That Fucked Me Up And Will Fuck You Up Too

We might share 50% of our DNA with a banana! A BANANA! View Entire Post ›

Left Foot Forward (Daily)

A Robin Hood Tax would work. Trust me, I used to work for a hedge fund

I quit the City to become a Labour councillor because I was disillusioned by how little changed after the 2008 crash. Why is everyone still paying for the bankers' mess – except the bankers themselves? Ten years ago I was sitting in an office in Mayfair making millions of dollars for a hedge fund. I enjoyed a bumper year in 2007, as I began to profit significantly from the financial crisis few saw coming. What I could never…

I was convicted for protesting against fracking. As a councillor, I have no regrets

Taking direct action against fracking wasn’t an impulsive decision but a last resort. I had exhausted every option through every democratic channel available to me. I’ve had a criminal record for seven days now, after spending my whole life on the right side of the law. Alongside 11 others, I was convicted in the Blackpool Magistrates Court on Friday, receiving a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay court costs of £250. What was our crime? Peacefully…

Hammond’s budget picked Tory ideology over boosting Britain’s economy

The Chancellor should have taken the chance to revive a stagnating UK. Instead he scrimped on it. Today, we saw a Chancellor caught between Conservative ideology of austerity and the desperate need to revive the economy. He chose Conservative ideology. The Chancellor needed to invest in the economy but did not even – though the Office for Budget Responsibility expects productivity to remain stagnant. GDP growth rate for every year of the current parliament has been cut to…

Recent Posts

Giving Life To Artificial Intelligence

In a relatively short space of time, the digital assistant market has boomed. Six years ago Apple’s Siri went global with the launch of the iPhone 4S, offering a novelty alternative to the not-so-difficult task of manually calling someone. These are far more complex today, with digital home assistants offering to make lives easier…

Millennial Women: This Is Why You’re Still Single

Fed up of being single or having shit dates? Already dreading Christmas dinner this year when all your relatives will ask, head to one side sympathetically or grimacing, “So...er...how’s your love life?” Yeah, I know the feeling. I suffered four horrendous breakups, endless numbers of dates and short-lived relationships in my 20s before I…

This £30 Tiered Cheese ‘Cake’ Is All We Need For Christmas

Forget Christmas pudding. In fact, scrap the turkey. Tesco is selling a £30 cheese celebration ‘cake’ - and it looks absolutely marvellous. The ‘cake’ features a series of cheeses stacked on top of one another, not too dissimilar to a tiered wedding cake. There’s a 15-month matured Cheddar, 10-month matured Red Leicester, creamy and mellow…

Billy The Kid And Pat Garrett Pictured Together In Rare Flea Market Find

A random photo bought for $10 at a flea market is now believed to feature both Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett – and could be worth millions. The tintype snap was bought by US lawyer Frank Abrams in North Carolina and was displayed for years in his spare room. Abrams contacted experts after…

The Canary

The Tories have made the crisis in our schools so bad that volunteers are now having to renovate them [TWEETS]

Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner says the education system is in “chaos” and “crisis”. And the situation is now so bad that volunteers are having to carry out renovation work on schools. But the government has announced this like it’s a good thing. When it all falls down In August, the government agency Highways…

The latest Brexit u-turn provokes war inside the government. Again. [TWEETS]

The Conservative government’s latest announcement to put the final Brexit bill before parliament has provoked a backlash from Conservative MPs. Brexit Secretary David Davis appears to have made the concession to ward off a brewing Tory revolt. But it hasn’t been enough. U-turning heads Any agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from the…

May and Johnson reveal embarrassing split over alleged Russia meddling [TWEETS]

In her Lord Mayor’s banquet speech, Theresa May accused Russia of meddling in “our democracies”. But just over a week earlier, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson essentially said the opposite. So who’s telling the truth? The Prime Minister, or the man who was photographed having lunch with a ‘professor’ named by an FBI…

Grenfell neighbours have told The Canary their council’s new re-housing proposals are a ‘failure’ [VIDEO]

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) is drafting a rehousing policy; and it threatens [log-in required] to take away the rights of people with flats next to Grenfell Tower. 161 households from the Lancaster West Estate – also known as ‘the Walkways’ – have been staying in hotels since the disaster…

12 words from a Labour MP just blew the Paradise Papers wide open

In the House of Commons, 12 words from Labour MP Margaret Hodge just blew the Paradise Papers scandal wide open. The papers The Paradise Papers detail the offshore tax affairs of more than 120 politicians and leaders and over 100 corporations. The investigation came about after a leak of millions of documents from…

Theresa May made a major mistake in her Lord Mayor’s speech. We’ve fixed it for her. [VIDEO]

Prime Minister Theresa May made a speech at the Lord Major’s Banquet on 13 November. But she made a major mistake in it (something that’s not uncommon in her cabinet these days). So we’ve fixed it for her. Myanmar During the event in the City of London, May talked about Britain’s role…

Middle east NPR

Prime Minister Saad Hariri Returns To Lebanon

Enlarge this image Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived back in his country Tuesday. Hariri's Nov. 4 resignation sparked rumors of Saudi influence and suspicions that he was being held against his will in Riyadh. Bilal Hussein/AP hide caption toggle caption Bilal Hussein/AP Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri returned to Beirut for the first time since sparking a political crisis in his country following his surprise resignation more than two weeks ago while visiting Saudi Arabia. Reuters reports that Hariri was greeted…

Russia Hosts Leaders Of Turkey And Iran For Meeting On Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin will host the leaders of Turkey and Iran in Sochi, Russia on Wednesday for a summit meeting about Syria.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Back From Saudi Arabia, Is Not Resigning After All

Enlarge this image In this photo from Lebanon's government, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri reads a statement after his meeting with Lebanon's president, Michel Aoun, in Baabda, Lebanon, on Wednesday. Dalati Nohra/AP hide caption toggle caption Dalati Nohra/AP Updated at 10:20 a.m. ET Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will be remaining in power, at least for now — despite the strange address he gave more than two weeks ago, while he was in Saudi Arabia, stating that he planned to resign. The…

In ‘Our Syria’ Cookbook, Women Share Stories, Safeguard A Scattered Cuisine

Enlarge this image Dina Mousawi and Itab Azzam are the authors of a new cookbook, called Our Syria: Recipes From Home. For the book they interviewed Syrian refugees scattered around Europe and the Middle East. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption toggle caption Claire Harbage/NPR As millions of people have fled Syria, they haven't been able to take much with them on their journey. Families often had to abandon the things that reminded them of home. So the recipes that bring them back to…

‘With Ash On Their Faces’: The Story And Struggle Of The Yazidi

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Cathy Otten about With Ash on Their Faces: Yezidi Women and the Islamic State, her book about the history and personal stories of the religious minority.

Novara Media

Interview With Laura Pidcock MP

We had the enormous pleasure of being joined by Laura Pidcock MP on Monday’s Fix. We talked about whether you can be friends with Tories, why the media have gone for her and lessons that can be learned from the failures of New Labour.

Steve Kinnock: Leader, Captain, Legend

Max Shanly and Matt Zarb-Cousin record the second episode of All The Best in the wake of the BBC’s #LabourSummer

The Budget Special With Laura Pidcock MP

Tonight on The Fix join Laura Pidcock MP, Aaron Bastani, Eleanor Penny and Michael Walker to discuss the upcoming budget and the recent BMJ reports on deaths from Austerity.

Climate Change Is Class War – and Fighting It Is a Workers’ Struggle

From flooding in South Asia and Sierra Leone to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, extreme weather events which destroy people’s lives are not ‘acts of nature’. Climate change is class war – a war waged by the rich and powerful against the working classes, women, people of colour and the poor. They carry the biggest burden of average global…

Richard Leonard and the Long Rise of Scottish Socialism

It’s an hour since Richard Leonard won the Scottish Labour leadership with 57% of the vote against Anas Sarwar, and we’re in a central Glasgow pub. The victory party is a who’s who of Scottish left politics – MPs and staff milling about, newly-elected Fire Brigades Union chief Denise Christie outside, and Leonard staffer and former Jeremy Corbyn…

Dissent Magazine (Quarterly)

Fall 2017

To access Dissent’s complete Fall issue, please click here.

What Lenin’s Critics Got Right

No regime identifying with Bolshevism has led to anything that can be called “liberation,” as early left-wing critics like Julius Martov and Rosa Luxemburg foresaw.

The Politics of Comparison

Chris Hayes’s A Colony in a Nation seeks to elevate the Movement for Black Lives by placing it on a par with the American Revolution, but his analysis carries troubling implications.

Reuters World News (for Ref.)

Merkel ally urges Social Democrats to consider new German ‘grand coalition’

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) should reconsider their opposition to joining a new “grand coalition” with Angela Merkel’s conservatives because Europe needs a stable government in Berlin, a senior ally of the chancellor said on Thursday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, head of the Christian Democratic Party CDU and Social Democratic Party SPD leader and top candidate Martin Schulz attend a political TV chat show in Berlin, Germany, September 24, 2017. REUTERS/Gero Breloer/POOL - RC1F49319D50 Germany is facing the worst political crisis of its modern history after Merkel’s efforts…

Mugabe granted immunity, assured of safety in Zimbabwe – sources

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and assured that his safety would be protected in his home country as part of a deal that led to his resignation, sources close to the negotiations said on Thursday. Mugabe, who had led Zimbabwe from independence in 1980, stepped down on Tuesday after the army seized power and the ruling party turned against him. Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice president sacked by Mugabe earlier this month, is set to be sworn in as president on Friday.…

Iran Guards ready to help rebuild Syria, Hezbollah will not disarm – TV

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are ready to help rebuild Syria and bring about a lasting “ceasefire” there, chief commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said, adding that disarming Lebanon’s Hezbollah is out of the question, state TV reported on Thursday. Regional tensions have risen in recent weeks between Sunni Muslim monarchy Saudi Arabia and Shi‘ite Iran, whose rivalry has wrought upheaval in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain. Saudi Arabia has accused the heavily armed Iran-backed Hezbollah of helping Houthi forces in Yemen and playing a role in a ballistic missile…

PM Hariri urges Lebanese to put country first

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday that the political crisis in Lebanon this month was “a wake up call” for Lebanese with different loyalties to put their country ahead of regional issues. Hariri was referring to the crisis ignited by his decision to resign earlier this month. He announced the shock resignation from Saudi Arabia, a Sunni monarchy and regional powerhouse, which is locked in a tussle with Shi‘ite Islamist Iran. After returning to Lebanon this week, he shelved the decision on Wednesday at the request…

HEALTH – ADHD

What can Twitter reveal about people with ADHD?

People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder tend to tweet using words like 'hate' or 'disappointed,' messages related to lack of focus, self-regulation, intention and failure and expressions of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion, according to recent research. Better understanding this condition can help clinicians more effectively treat patients.

Keeping harsh punishment in check helps kids with ADHD, study finds

Cutting back on yelling, criticism and other harsh parenting approaches, including physical punishment, has the power to calm children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a new study.

Brain imaging reveals ADHD as a collection of different disorders

Researchers have found that patients with different types of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have impairments in unique brain systems, indicating that there may not be a one-size-fits-all explanation for the cause of the disorder. Based on performance on behavioral tests, adolescents with ADHD fit into one of three subgroups, where each group demonstrated distinct impairments in the brain with no common abnormalities between them.

Many prescription drug users not aware of driving-related risks

A large portion of patients taking prescription drugs that could affect driving may not be aware they could potentially be driving impaired, according to new research.

Online parent training helps young kids with ADHD

Researchers have discovered that brief online or in-person behavioral therapy for parents is equally effective in improving children's behavior and parental knowledge -- a potential game changer for parents strapped for time and access.

HEALTH – Breast Cancer

Risk of breast cancer’s return continues long after treatment ends

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Warfarin may prevent cancer

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Soy component could improve breast cancer treatment

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HEALTH – Pain Relief

All you need to know about angular cheilitis

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How to treat a pinched nerve

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What is cervicalgia and how is it treated?

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Chronic fatigue syndrome: Changes in brain chemistry found

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