Lord Falconer: We need a Right to Justice that people can afford

Amid cuts to legal aid and a wide range of unjust government actions, the former Justice Secretary calls for a new Right to Justice for the UK. Our society rests on the premise that when people encounter problems – whether with their partner, their employer, their neighbour or the state – they can access…

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Here’s What You Need To Know Before Signing That Uber Petition

Over half a million people have signed a petition calling for the “Saving of Uber in London”. In response Sadiq Khan has told each of them to “direct your anger” at the transport app and not TfL. But should you be angry? And should you sign in the name of cheaper fares?  The petition - which was set up by Uber itself - has raised eyebrows amongst some who question why people are lobbying for the reinstatement of the Uber’s licence rather than for the company to raise its standards.  Why are people petitioning to keep Uber rather than petitioning to make Uber abide safely by the rules? — Kelly Cates ❄️ (@KellyCates) September 23, 2017 In its announcement of the decision, TfL outlined four reasons Uber “is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence”. HuffPost UK asked TfL to elaborate…

What Is Happening In Catalonia?

Recipe for this Autumn’s cocktail: in a glass, mix powerful emotional concepts like rebellion, democracy, disobedience, independence, and “we want to vote.”Add a splash of a good Catalan cava. Shake it well, and voila! Serve it in acold glass: it’s invigorating and bubbly, the perfect flavor to leave your dailyproblems behind, forget about the past, and smile toward the future. Becareful, because it’s also flammable: if the amounts aren’t exact, or if thebartender is heavy-handed, it could turn into a Molotov cocktail. Spain is experiencing highly charged political and social days leading up toOctober 1st, the date that Catalans have been summoned by theirgovernment to vote if they want to break off from Spain and create anindependent republic. With this, there are similarities to other secessionistreferendums, like Scotland’s in 2014, or Quebec’s in 1995. Everything elsesurrounding this vote is completely abnormal. NurPhoto via Getty…

Donald Trump Calls NFL Players Advocating Black Rights ‘Sons Of Bitches’

Donald Trump has called for the firing of American football players who kneel during the pre-match national anthem in protest of the treatment of black people by police. In a fiery speech in Alabama, a state with a history of lynchings and segregation, the President also called for NFL fans to boycott the sport. The kneeling protests began last year whith San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick and have since been taken up by a number of other black and white players. Michael Zagaris via Getty Images Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneels during the anthem with the support of teammates prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 17. Trump said such protests were “a total disrespect of our heritage” and “a total disrespect of everything that we stand for”. He then asked members of the crowd on…

‘Suspected Explosion’ Detected In North Korea Sends Analysts Scrambling To Determine Cause

A magnitude 3.4 earthquake in North Korea has sent analysts scrambling to determine if it was the result of another nuclear test or a natural event. China’s earthquake administration said on Saturday it was a “suspected explosion” but an official at South Korea’s meteorological agency said the initial view was that it was a natural quake. “We use several methods to tell whether earthquakes are natural or manmade,” said the official, who asked for anonymity. “A key method is to look at the seismic waves or seismic acoustic waves and the latter can be detected in the case of a manmade earthquake. In this case we saw none. So as of now we are categorising this as a natural earthquake.” The US Geological Survey had yet come to a conclusion. USGS say cannot yet determine if North Korea earthquake was result of natural or…

Red Pepper

Flooding the cradle of civilisation: A 12,000 year old town in Kurdistan battles for survival

The town of Hasankeyf. Photo: Wikimedia Commons In Kurdistan, one of the world’s most controversial dams nears completion. However, local residents, civil society organisations and international activists are still fighting to block the project. The Ilısu dam is located within south-east Turkey. The…

New model activism: Putting Labour in office and the people in power

This article is taken from the new issue of Red Pepper, looking at the debates that will be explored further at The World Transformed in Brighton from this weekend. Look out for a copy of the magazine there, and subscribe for more. ‘Our…

By trying to stop Catalonia’s referendum, they’ve sparked something much bigger

Protesters defend the headquarters of the left pro-independence party CUP. Photo: Oriol Clavera Across Barcelona and the towns and cities of Catalonia, spontaneous demonstrations are breaking out, with people chanting ‘No Pasaran’, ‘We are not afraid’ and singing anti-Francoist resistance hymns. If this…

What is ‘free movement plus’?

The left and labour movement have long recognised that Brexit threatens those workers’ rights guaranteed by the EU, and risks igniting a level of economic dislocation so severe it will be harmful to the living standards of working people. Less attention, however, has…

Al Jazeera

India arrests sect leader for allegedly raping woman

Indian police arrested a popular sect leader, the second in the past month, for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman. Police officer Jaisingh Nathawat said the woman, whose parents have been followers of 70-year-old Kaushlendra Prapannacharya Falahari Maharaja, complained that he assaulted her on August 7 at his headquarters in Alwar, a town in Rajashtan state. She said that Falahari Maharaja warned her against telling anyone about the…

Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates

23 September 2017 7:00pm - Saudi FM: 'Qatar jeopardising policy of combating terrorism' Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has reiterated the position of the four blockading Arab nations, demanding Qatar to follow the principles of international law in combating "terrorism". Speaking at the United Nations 72nd General Assembly in New York on Saturday, Jubeir said: "The crisis in Qatar is jeopardising our policy of combating terrorism…

Iraq: Who will control Hawija after ISIL?

Kirkuk, Iraq - "Our next war is with the militias, probably not the Iraqi army but the fighters who want to kick us out of our own land," said the Kurdish Peshmerga soldier as we drove out from Kirkuk city and headed to the frontline near ISIL-held Hawija. "This is my personal view," he added. "I'm a soldier and I follow orders but my gut-feeling is…

Syria: SDF says it took Conoco gas field from ISIL

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces claim to have taken a major gas field, which is located in Deir Az Zor.

Iraq war map: Who controls what

As fighting in parts of Iraq intensifies, a visual breakdown of the control of territory after years of war.

US Libertarian Institute

TGIF: Trump’s Americanized Fascism

Donald Trump delivered a depraved address to the UN General Assembly this week. It might not have been a new low for Trump, but that’s only because he went into the UN at an appallingly low level. The address had some obviously egregious parts, most especially Trump’s vow that if…

The US-Russian Race for Euphrates Threatens to Become a US-Russian Clash

Russian troops in Syria Just two weeks into its second stage the race for the Euphrates in Syria is reaching a boiling point. The Russian military has just accused the US-backed SDF, or the US itself, of shelling Syrian army units with whom Russian special forces are known to be embedded: Massive fire…

When the State Tries the State, the State Always Wins

On Friday, Jason Stockley was acquitted of first-degree murder charges stemming from the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Many of the people of St. Louis have responded to the verdict with protests that have turned violent. Mr. Stockley, who was a St. Louis police officer at the time of the shooting,…

The Jist

The Economic and Social Benefits of Taxing Marijuana

6 SHARES ShareTweet With Prince William questioning UK drug policy and the Liberal Democrats reaffirming their commitment to making marijuana legal for sale in the UK, despite the appointment of Vince Cable as leader, we wanted to take a look at some of the key arguments…

Chatter Episode 12 – Regional Secretary of UNISON Patricia McKeown On The Stealth Privatisation Of The Health Service and The Importance Of Trade Unions

Patricia McKeown, Regional Secretary of UNISON, was our guest on the show today. Ever since we became politically aware and involved we have been horrified and terrified by the gradual privatisation of the health service in the UK that has gone largely under the radar to the…

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…

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Pakistan Navy successfully test-fires air to sea missile in North Arabian Sea

The Pakistan Navy on Saturday successfully test-fired an anti-ship air to sea level missile in North Arabian Sea, with its chief vowing to safeguard the sea borders and the country's interests at "every cost." According to a spokesperson of the Pakistan Navy, Sea King multi-role helicopter…

France: Far-left leaders go on streetwide protest in Paris over Emmanuel Macron’s labour reforms

Tens of thousands of supporters of French far-left opposition party leader Jean-Luc Melenchon gathered on Paris's Bastille Square on Saturday to march against President Emmanuel Macron's labour reforms. Trade union protests against Macron's plan to make hiring and firing easier and give companies more power over…

Nawaz Sharif’s wife discharged from London hospital following successful cancer surgery

Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz has been discharged from a London hospital after successful completion of her third surgery, according to the family. Kulsoom, who is undergoing cancer treatment in London, this week won the parliamentary election in NA-120 seat which fell…

Social Europe

“Do Structural Reforms Of Labour Markets Impair Innovation?” by Alfred Kleinknecht

Alfred Kleinknecht Christoph Stein: You conclude from your research that supply-side labour market reforms have impaired innovation and labour productivity growth in major OECD countries. Why should labour market institutions influence innovation and productivity? There are a number of arguments from neighbouring disciplines, such as organizational…

“The Greek Economy Is Recovering And Exiting The Crisis” by Dimitris Papadimoulis

Dimitris Papadimoulis The latest data from Eurostat shows that the Greek economy is steadily entering a growth phase, after many years of recession. Investments are increasing and exports are back on track with a surge of 18% – the highest rate since 2001. Unemployment has fallen…

“Brexit Thoughts From The Lake District” by Charles Enoch

Charles Enoch Walking across the Lake District, we were many miles from the South-East England “bubble”. But the realities of possible Brexit were as stark here as anywhere, although few news items seem to have been given much national prominence. In the principal local newspaper, the…

Internationalist

‘My revolution across Syria and beyond’

Sep 18, 2017 War & Peace An interview with Macer Gifford, the British former currency trader who joined the Kurdish frontline with the Syriac Military Council. By Karlos Zurutuza. Graduating from university in Britain during the financial crisis, Macer Gifford found himself, like so many others, restless and adrift. He managed to get himself a job in finance, as a currency…

Remembering Gauri Lankesh, despite the far-right

Sep 14, 2017 Sadly, for a variety of reasons, I was unable to attend the memorial in honour of the slain Bangalorean journalist Gauri Lankesh. The news of her death hit me like a kick in the stomach, though I didn’t really know her. She was a fearless journalist critical of Hindu nationalism and the far-right, and was murdered on…

A society beyond consumerism

Sep 15, 2017 Psychology Sustainability Does consumerism thrive on our discontentment? Tim Jackson previews his talk at the Resurgence Festival of Wellbeing Post-purchase dissonance is an expression psychologists use to describe the disappointment we sometimes feel on realizing that our latest consumer purchase does not fulfil the promise we bought it on. At first sight it’s a curious anomaly. On…

Middle east NPR

Trump Considering New Restrictions To Replace His Trademark Travel Ban

Enlarge this image The travel ban, which has in the past led to chaos at airports and court cases, is one of the signature initiatives of the Trump administration. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Spencer Platt/Getty…

Iran Shows Off New Ballistic Missile At Military Parade

Enlarge this image Iran's military says its Khorramshahr missile has a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles) and can carry multiple warheads. Tasnim News Agency hide caption toggle caption Tasnim News Agency Iran unveiled a new ballistic missile…

What To Know About The Independence Referendum In Iraqi Kurdistan

Enlarge this image A campaign poster next to a Kurdish flag in Irbil urges people to vote yes Monday on independence from Iraq. Balint Szlanko/AP hide caption toggle caption Balint Szlanko/AP Iraqi Kurdish leaders plan to hold a…

Former Deputy Secretary Of State Talks About Future Of Iran Nuclear Deal

President Trump has suggested he wants to revisit the Iran nuclear deal, which was negotiated by the Obama administration. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with former Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the deal. AILSA CHANG, HOST: President…

The Canary

A neglected US territory gets ‘destroyed’ and plunged into darkness [VIDEO]

On 19 September, Donald Trump threatened “to totally destroy North Korea”. But just a day later, it was the neglected US territory of Puerto Rico which would be “destroyed“, as Hurricane Maria made landfall.…

As thousands of people demand democracy, eager riot police are preparing for action [TWEETS]

A referendum on independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia was approved by Catalan authorities, but declared illegal by Spain’s constitutional court. And in recent days, a clampdown on the referendum plans…

Amid EU silence, Scotland and Wales join condemnation of a chilling ‘attack on democracy’

A democratic crisis is unfolding in Catalonia. As the autonomous region in the north east of Spain prepares to vote in the independence referendum organised for 1 October, the Spanish government stands accused…

It’s taken The Daily Mail over four months to admit it misled the public about Corbyn [IMAGE]

The Daily Mail has been forced to issue a correction over a controversial story it ran about Jeremy Corbyn. The right-wing tabloid printed the front page in the run-up to the 8…

Theresa May tried to calm fears about Brexit chaos with her latest speech, but it didn’t exactly go to plan

Theresa May’s big Brexit speech in Florence conformed to most expectations – except, perhaps, her own. Following weeks of stalled negotiations and squabbles within her cabinet, the entire Brexit process has been…

The British government just signed a secret pact that should horrify the whole country

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon signed a secret pact on 19 September that should horrify Britain. The UK has struck a new ‘Military and Security Cooperation Agreement’ with Saudi Arabia. This is despite…

The government finally agrees to pay out for fire safety. But only for parliament

Theresa May’s government has finally decided to fork out millions of pounds for fire safety. But the £118m allocated will not help those living in tower blocks with insufficient fire protection. Instead…

There’s an elephant in the room on police funding, and we urgently need to talk about it [OPINION]

On 22 September, the head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Sara Thornton, spoke out about terrorism funding for the police. Thornton claimed that: The current level of terrorism, added to the strain…

Novara Media

The Mayor’s Housing Strategy: Why We Must Respond

The Mayor of London released his draft housing strategy this month, setting out how he plans to ‘provide all Londoners with a decent and affordable home’.  But to achieve this he needs to be much bolder, and show he is prepared to challenge the powerful interests that make housing too expensive for most of the city’s residents.  The mayor’s formal housing powers are broadly limited. But…

Taxi for Uber? It’s Time for London to Take Control of Transport

As someone all too familiar with stumbling out of a bar at 3am unable to find a bus stop, I’m not unsympathetic to those worried about what happens next after Transport for London’s (TfL) revocation of Uber’s private hire licence. But one of London’s most exploitative employers, which has ridden roughshod across regulators, unions and civil society in…

Rooftopping: the Right to the City

A few months ago, a video spread across the internet of teenagers hanging without safety equipment from the 771ft One Canada Square building in Canary Wharf. They were practicing rooftopping, a form of urban exploration that involves infiltrating and climbing the tallest buildings in the world. The structures scaled in rooftopping are often large corporate buildings or social…

Britain’s Economy Is in Meltdown

In all honesty Britain’s economy is absolutely broken, ten years ago it was common to hear of a lost decade for Japan and Italy, well the same has just happened to Britain on the things that matter like wages and productivity while the deficit, the one thing the Tories wanted to be measured by, is still £60 billion…

Left Foot Forward

Lord Falconer: We need a Right to Justice that people can afford

Amid cuts to legal aid and a wide range of unjust government actions, the former Justice Secretary calls for a new Right to Justice for the UK. Our society rests on the premise that when people encounter problems – whether with their partner, their employer, their neighbour or the state – they can access legal advice and representation so that they may resolve their disputes in…

Deutsche Bank just predicted another crisis – but it won’t come from where they expect

A financial crisis may be looming - but big banks are looking in the wrong place. Despite frequent economic downturns and even more frequent instability in financial markets, severe crises of the global economy are rare, with only two in the last 100 years: the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Global Financial Crisis in the last decade. But a report by the largest German…

Teachers are now subsidising schools out of their own pockets

Nearly all school staff in England are now paying for school materials with their own money, according to a survey of nearly 2,000 education workers.  The study by the National Education Union shows that 94% paid for classroom resources or equipment out of their own pockets in the last school year, while a third say they spent more last year than in previous years. Nearly three…

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Here’s What People On Twitter Are Saying About Uber Losing Its Licence In London

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Truth Out

Trump’s Tax Plan: A Billion or Three for Guys Like Him

US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House on September 13, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) What's the largest personal…

ALEC’s Corporate Board Leads in Federal Violations

Koch Industries Executive Vice President David H. Koch listens to Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney during the Defending the American Dream Summit at the Washington Convention Center November 4, 2011, in Washington, DC.…

Tenants Push Back Against Corporate Landlords During “Renter Week of Action”

Tenants and concerned community members hold a vigil outside landlord Stephen Frenz's residence in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 9, 2017. (Photo: Kendra Sundvall) Renters in 45 cities organized protests this week during a nationwide "Renter Week of Action…

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Spanish government dispatches police reinforcements to Catalonia

  Spanish government dispatches police reinforcements to Catalonia By Paul Mitchell23 September 2017 The Spanish Interior Minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido, has announced that National Police and Civil Guard reinforcements are being dispatched to Catalonia in…

Death toll in Mexico City earthquake reaches 286

  Death toll in Mexico City earthquake reaches 286 By Don Knowland23 September 2017 By Friday afternoon, the official death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico had reached 286. Mexico City, the nation’s capital, accounted…

Dam collapse threatens to kill thousands in Puerto Rico

  Dam collapse threatens to kill thousands in Puerto Rico By Rafael Azul23 September 2017 Sunlight finally shone intermittently in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Friday following a night of heavy rain—more than three feet…