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Reconnecting With Humanitarian Compassion This World Refugee Day

This World Refugee Day, the protection of vulnerable people who are urgently seeking a place of safety is more important than ever.The plight of a marooned ship in the Mediterranean captured global media attention last week and brought refugees back into the spotlight. 630 people, including children and pregnant women, were stranded aboard the Aquarius rescue boat for a week, having already spent 20 hours in overcrowded rubber dinghies attempting the…

Vicki Sparks Makes World Cup Broadcasting History (But Some People Just Cannot Handle It)

Sports commentator Vicki Sparks won praise from football fans on Wednesday afternoon, after making history by becoming the first woman to commentate on a World Cup match, live on a British terrestrial channel. The broadcaster took the lead role on the BBC’s Portugal vs. Morocco commentary, and was joined in the box by former Arsenal player Martin Keown.With plenty of experience from working on Five Live, Final Score and BBC Newcastle,…

The World Has Let Fascism Back In

“Every generation must fight the same battles again and again. There’s no final victory and there’s no final defeat.” Tony Benn’s life has been a book of powerful quotes for many young socialists in Britain but perhaps this is the one that should feel resonant for many.Maybe that’s because we do not learn from the mistakes of old. Migrants are drowning at sea. Racism is flaring heavily. Children are being locked…

When Our Village Was Attacked, I Became A Widow And A Single Parent Of Eight. After Three Years I Am Rebuilding My Life

My name is Lydia Pam Davou. I am 45-years-old. I am a widow with eight children: five girls and three boys.I left school aged 10. After marrying my husband, I worked as a farmer. He had a job with the government, and then retired and worked with me on the farm.In May 2015, we were woken up by gun shots. We heard that the neighbouring village had been attacked by herdsmen.…

Breaking The Link Between Poverty And Mental Ill-Health

Only half of 25-54 year olds with a longstanding mental health problem are in work compared with nearly 90% of the rest of the population.  Those with a mental health problem who are in work, earn on average 23% less per week than the rest of the population. Four in ten people with mental health problems are in poverty, more than double the national rate.These are the headline findings from a…

Donald Trump Is To Meet The Queen On UK Visit – Reports

Donald Trump will meet the Queen when he visits the UK next month, according to reports.Originally the US President was invited for a full state visit but after an outcry, it was downgraded to a working visit. However, the US ambassador to the UK has told Sky News that a meeting with the Queen has been scheduled in.Trump will be visiting Britain for the first time since becoming President on Friday 13…

University Of Exeter Apologises For Sending Nazi General Quote To Students For Motivation

A university has apologised after sending students a quote by a Nazi general as part of a career advice email.  The following quote by Erwin Rommel: “One cannot permit unique opportunities to slip by for the sake of trifles,” was dispatched internally, the Falmouth Packet reported.Rommel was a field marshal who commanded Hitler’s army in North Africa.A spokesman for the University of Exeter said it had been chosen from a public…

Donald Trump To Sign Executive Order To End The Separation Of Families At US Border

US President Donald Trump is to sign an executive order to end the separation of immigrant families at the US southern border, which has sparked outrage in the United States and abroad.While the US President was vague in his pledge to “sign something”, various US media reported an executive order had been drafted by Justice and Homeland Security to temporarily stop the controversial practice.“I’ll be signing something in a little while…

AlterNet

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Breaks into Tears Trying to Read Story About the Trump Administration Detaining Babies and Toddlers

The story is heartbreaking. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow found herself unable to finish her show Tuesday night as she broke into tears reading a story about President Donald Trump's administration detaining babies and toddlers."This has just come out from the Associated Press," she said, reading the story on air. "This is incredible."She continued: "The Trump administration has been sending babies and other young children...…

Trump Has Always Lied Frequently — But Observers Agree It’s Getting Worse

The Washington Post Fact Checker meticulously documents Trump's truthfulness. President Donald Trump has always been a frequent liar, but it's getting worse.That's the conclusion of the Washington Post's Ashley Parker, who closely follows the statements coming out of the White House."According to an analysis by The Post’s Fact Checker through the end of May, Trump had made 3,251 false or misleading claims in 497…

‘Crying Babies Doesn’t Look Good Politically’: Trump Reportedly Worries Only About the Optics of His Cruel Policy

Images and audio have depicted horrifying scenes of children being traumatized by the family separation policy. While meeting with congressional Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday, President Donald Trump expressed concern about the political blowback against his policy of separating immigrant families but did not actually seem interested in the substance of the policy, according to a report from CNN.One Republican lawmaker told…

‘How Dare You!’: Corey Lewandowski Mocks Girl with Down Syndrome Who was ‘Caged’ by Border Agents

Click here for reuse options! Lewandowski served as President Trump's campaign manager. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski tried to make light of the administration's policy of separating immigrant families on Fox News Tuesday, and he ended up mocking a young girl with Down syndrome who had been torn away from her mother. "I read today about a 10-year-old girl…

Head of ICE Responds with Long Pause When CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Presses Him on ‘Inhumane’ Family Separation Policy

Click here for reuse options! "The children are being punished," Blitzer said. In a short but revealing interview, head of ICE Thomas Homan on Tuesday appeared to express discomfort with President Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.When CNN's Wolf Blitzer repeatedly pressed him on whether the policy is "humane," Homan responded with a long pause and broke…

Watch Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Claim Republicans Plan to Fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein This Friday

Click here for reuse options! Lee made the statement after interrupting a line of questioning from Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said during a Tuesday congressional hearing that Republicans plan to remove Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein this Friday.Lee interrupted Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during a hearing about the U.S. Department of Justice…

Red Pepper

Tyranny of the Mechanical Turk: The rise and rise of digital platform work

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos If you were to pick a point to start the story of online work platforms, you’d probably land on the 2nd of November 2005 and the launch of Amazon Mechanical Turk. “You’ve heard of software as a service” proclaimed Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, “now you have human as…

Why ‘remain and reform’ is the only progressive position

In spite of the way Brexit dominates the news cycle, most people don’t seem to want to think about it. We tend to screen out the endless mess too-ing and fro-ing of the negotiations and the associated embarrassing and painful shenanigans within both political parties – and hope that it will all…

40 years after the Alma Ata Declaration, let’s remember that healthcare is a global right

A young girl waits outside the registration centre at Tante Health Post located in Bajura District of Nepal. 2018 is an incredibly important year for health: the NHS turns 70 years old. This is both an opportunity to celebrate “the most civilised step any country had ever taken” and renew our attention…

Battle of the ZAD

The Zad: The story so far The Zad (zone à defendre, zone to defend) was initially set up as a protest against the building of a new airport for the city of Nantes. A letter from residents was distributed during a climate camp in 2009 inviting people to squat the land and…

A world for the many, not the few

Illustration by Andrzej Krauze This essay is available in the latest edition of Red Pepper Magazine.Subscribe now for the latest in news, views and cutting-edge analysis. In 1792, pioneering British feminist and social justice activist Mary Wollstonecroft wrote in her seminal book The Rights of Women, ‘It is justice, not charity, that is…

Grenfell Tower and the long crisis of social housing

Photo by Nico Hogg As I write, the charred remains of Grenfell Tower loom over North Kensington. At times, as you walk around its base among the low-rise blocks of the leafy Lancaster West Estate to which it belonged, you can almost forget the events of a year ago. But then you’ll…

New battlegrounds in the class war

Over two warm days in mid-May, staff at the Dagenham Tesco’s distribution centre went on strike, their picket only a short walk from where auto workers, 39 years before, occupied the then-huge Ford plant against ‘layoffs’, whereby work and wages were stopped, as soon production became unprofitable. BetterRetailing.com expected that ‘80% of…

The Windrush Scandal proves the government can’t be trusted to renegotiate our border policies

Amber Rudd took a bullet for Theresa May in the immediate aftermath the Windrush scandal, stepping down is because she ‘inadvertently mislead Parliament’. But really, it’s the current prime minister, now in charge of Brexit, who is really to blame for the disastrous immigration policies which lead to the deportation of Black…

Roadmap for radicals

A 15M assembly in Barcelona. Photo: Víctor Manuel Espinosa. Mel Evans and Kevin Smith interview US-based organiser and author Jonathan Smucker, whose new book Hegemony How-To offers a practical guide to political struggle for a generation that is still ambivalent about questions of power, leadership and strategy Can you tell us what…

Does Israel have a ‘right to self-defence’ against Gaza?

On 1 June 2018, Razan al-Najjar—a 21 year-old paramedic—was shot dead by an Israeli sniper in Gaza while providing medical treatment to wounded protestors. She became the 119th Palestinian killed in Gaza since mass demonstrations against Israel’s siege began on 30 March. During the same period, Israeli forces shot more than 3,600…

Morning Star

Families say pushers of killer opioids must face jail

Opioids Photo K-State Research and Extension/Creative Commons THOSE responsible for the early deaths of hundreds of NHS patients wrongly dosed with opioids should face criminal charges, relatives demanded today. ...more

Anti-Trident activists chain themselves together and demand government bans nuclear weapons

HMS Victory, a Trident missile-armed submarine Photo Will Haigh/Creative Commons ANTI-NUCLEAR activists chained themselves outside Parliament today to demand the government signs a treaty to ban destructive weapons and disarm Trident. ...more

Trump’s contempt for human rights should scupper the state visit

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s announcement that Washington is quitting the UN Human Rights Council seems quite apposite given the Trump administration’s monstrous conduct towards children. ...more

Trump causes international outrage after pulling out of UN Human Rights Council

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Republican members of Congress on immigration in the Cabinet Room of the White House ...more

Jury rules Rashan Charles’s death in police custody an accident

THE INQUEST into the death of Rashan Charles was branded a “farce” today after a jury found his death after being detained by police was an accident. Mr Charles, 20, died in hospital in the early hours of July 22 last year shortly after he was chased by an officer into a shop in east London, tackled to the…

Anti-Trident activists chain themselves together and demand government bans nuclear weapons

ANTI-NUCLEAR activists chained themselves outside Parliament today to demand the government signs a treaty to ban destructive weapons and disarm Trident. During Prime Minister’s Questions, campaigners from across Britain echoed the women’s suffrage movement from 100 years ago, calling on Britain to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). The activists from campaign group Trident Ploughshares…

Trump causes international outrage after pulling out of UN Human Rights Council

UNITED STATES President Donald Trump has caused international outrage over his decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council, after the administration branded it a “cesspool of political bias.” US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the Geneva-based body was “hypocritical” and makes a “mockery of human rights” with an “unending hostility towards Israel.” UN…

Tory Westminster Council ‘totally ignored’ warnings of workers illegally living on building site

TORY Westminster council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) “totally ignored” warnings of workers illegally living on a construction site, Unite said today. The union raised concerns after a group of migrant workers involved in renovating several apartment blocks at Abercorn Place Estate in St Johns Wood, north London, were found to be living on the site. Unite…

The Internationalist

FARC fears after rightwing Duque elected

Body:  Kimberley Brown speaks to former guerillas after president who vowed to rip up peace deal elected. FARCguerillaspeace dealreconciliationColombiaElectionsWar & PeaceContributor: Kimberley BrownDoesn't appear on…

Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies…

Body:  Vanessa Baird writes on the strange mutations of ‘fake news’. fake newsThe War on TerrorismMediaContributor: Vanessa BairdDoesn't appear on front pageThumbnail image: 513Deck/standfirst:  Vanessa Baird…

The selfish giants

Body:  Laura Basu on how media ownership is getting more concentrated – and what to do about it. internetsocial mediatechnologyBritainMediaDemocracyContributor: Laura BasuDoesn't appear on front…

Why we’re challenging UK Oil and Gas

  Six women are fighting an injunction against drilling protests. Vicki Elcoate explains why   Vicki Elcoate writes on behalf of the Surrey and…

Colombia’s election could shred peace deal

  Kimberley Brown interviews former presidential candidate Piedad Cordoba, who explains the high stakes.   The former congress woman and recent presidential candidate Piedad Cordoba…

Will EU copyright law ‘carpet bomb’ the digital world?

Body:  Article 13 of the EU’s Copyright Directive, up for vote on 20 June, will impose mandatory upload filters on internet users. Jillian York…

‘Catastrophic’ explosion risk on Diego Garcia

Body:  Revealed: Ships at the controversial naval base are crammed dangerously close. Katie McQue reports. US military basesEnvironmentUnited StatesUnited KingdomDiego GarciaWar & PeaceRefugeesContributor: Katie McQueDoesn't…

Iran’s youth fear future after Trump abandons nuclear deal

Body:  US foreign policy continues to subjugate the nation’s youth, Daniel Khalili-Tari writes. nuclear weaponsDonald TrumpIranYouthContributor: Daniel Khalili-TariDoesn't appear on front pageThumbnail image: Deck/standfirst:  From the…

Argentina’s women fight for safe, free and legal abortion

Body:  The Ni Una Menos movement are making history. Will they succeed in this Wednesday’s vote on 13 June? Orlando James Jenkinson reports. abortion…

World News from DNA India

Amid major global outrage, Trump signs order on family separations at US border

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order on immigration on Wednesday to end the separation of immigrant families at the US-Mexico border, which has sparked outrage in the United States and abroad.

US slams rights groups, says aided its withdrawal from UN body

In a letter to at least 17 rights and aid groups, seen by Reuters, Haley berated them for urging countries not to support a US-drafted General Assembly resolution titled 'Improving the Effectiveness of the Human Rights Council'.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni unveils measures to curb crime wave, criticises police

A flurry of unsolved murders and kidnappings for ransom has eroded Ugandans' trust in law enforcement bodies.

US ambassador says Donald Trump to meet Queen Elizabeth on UK visit

Trump is due in mid-July after months of back-and-forth over when he would visit the country that has traditionally been the United States' closest ally, raising questions over the state of their relationship.

UK PM Theresa May survives party rebellion to win key Brexit vote in Parliament

May survived a brewing rebellion within her own Conservative party ranks to win a crucial Brexit vote in Parliament.

Pope Francis criticises Donald Trump administration policy on migrant family separation

Pope Francis has criticised the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families at the Mexican border, saying populism is not the answer to the world's immigration problems.

Pope Francis says he could accept more resignations over Chile sex abuse

The pope has already accepted the resignations of three bishops, and all Chile's remaining bishops have offered to resign after allegations that the abuse, including of children, was covered up.

Challenged at home, Angela Merkel seeks emergency EU meeting on migration

All 28 European states are unlikely to fulfil at their June 28-29 meeting the demand of Merkel's coalition partner for a bloc-wide plan to spread the burden of hosting asylum seakers more widely across the EU.

Pope Francis says China talks going well, dialogue worth the risk

The Vatican and China are in advanced talks to resolve a dispute over the appointment of bishops in China, one of the biggest obstacles to resuming diplomatic ties that were cut almost 70 years ago.

Dissent Magazine (Quarterly)

No Way Home

Trump’s new zero-tolerance immigration policy, which separates parents from their children, is a cruel strategy to curb the flow of immigrants and asylum-seekers arriving in the United States. Here’s why it’s bound to fail.

Belabored Podcast #153: Workers On the Frontline Today and Tomorrow

We check in on worker-led activism across the country, with interviews on UPS and AT&T strikes, behind-the-scenes resistance at Google, and the public banking movement.

Spring 2018

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Duck Unchained

Equal parts muckraking journalism and biting satire, the print-only, century-old French newspaper Le Canard enchaîné represents one of the most remarkable stories in modern journalism.

Announcing Dissent ’s New Co-Editor: Timothy Shenk

We are thrilled to welcome Timothy Shenk as co-editor of Dissent alongside Michael Kazin.

Al Jazeera

Trump to reverse course on separation of migrant families

US president says he will sign an executive order ending family separations of undocumented migrants.

What is behind US decision to abandon UN Human Rights Council?

Washington pulls out of the UN Human Rights Council, calling it a 'cesspool of political bias'.

In southern Syria, the US faces a Russia-Israel challenge

The US is being pushed to take action on Syria's southern front.

UN: Syrian forces committed war crimes in Eastern Ghouta

Besieged civilians were indiscriminately attacked, and systematically denied food and medicine, UN investigators say.

Will Russia let Iran down to win the US over?

Russia sees itself as a superpower, not as Iran's equal. This is what dictates its policies towards Iran.

Hungary criminalises aiding migrants with ‘Stop Soros’ bill

Set of controversial laws imposes jail terms on anybody seen to be aiding undocumented immigrants.

United against Erdogan: Turkey opposition’s alliance of necessity

Four politically distinct parties form bloc to challenge Turkish president and his party in key polls.

Libya clashes at oil ports cut output by nearly half

'Production has seen a reduction by 450,000 barrels per day, plus 70 million cubic feet of natural gas.'

Ronaldo’s goal helps Portugal knock Morocco out of World Cup 2018

The Portugal captain scored only goal of the match in the fourth minute to take his tally to four goals in two games.

Saudi, UAE coalition forces claim control of Hudaida airport

Yemeni army is blocking the road between Hudaida province and the capital, cutting Houthi supply lines and stopping reinforcements from getting through.

Hungary set to criminalise aiding migrants with ‘Stop Soros’ bill

Set of controversial laws targeting NGOs will impose jail terms on anybody seen to be aiding undocumented immigrants.

Rohingya surviving in ‘the world’s largest refugee camp’

Bangladesh's Kutupalong Camp is home to one million Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar's devastating military crackdown.

The story of a family torn apart by Trump’s immigration policies

US president has not only forcibly separated children from parents seeking asylum, but also tore apart families who have been living in country for years.

UK’s Theresa May comes out against US child separation policy

Leader of top US ally tells MPs that images of detained children are 'deeply disturbing' and 'wrong'.

From Cameroon to US-Mexico border: ‘We saw corpses along the way’

Kombo Yannick is one of the many African asylum seekers who are braving the longer Latin America route to the US.

UN Europe (For Reference)

UN chief welcomes resolution to 27-year-old disagreement over renaming the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The United Nations has welcomed Tuesday’s announcement by the leaders of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) that 27 years after the dispute began, they have reached a mutual agreement over a new name for the Republic.

UN Security Council condemns ‘continuous’ ceasefire violations in Ukraine

Expressing grave concern over the recent deterioration of the security situation in eastern Ukraine and its “severe impact” on civilians, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday underlined the need to scale up efforts to support the civilian population affected by the conflict.

‘Spotlight Initiative’ can make violence against women ‘a thing of the past’, says UN deputy chief

The launch of a new partnership between the United Nations and European Union, is an essential tool to make violence against women and girls “a thing of the past”, said UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Tuesday.

UN chief condemns killing of police officers and civilian in Belgium’s Liège

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Tuesday’s attacks by a gunman in the Belgian city of Liège, which left two police officers and a civilian dead.

UN calls for ‘new political energy’ to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine

The United Nations top political affairs official on Tuesday stressed the need to breathe life back into ongoing efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, now in its fifth year, which has killed and injured thousands of civilians, plunging the country into a humanitarian crisis.

UN chief notes ‘with concern’ report holding Russia liable for downing airliner

Following the conclusion of an investigation that holds Russia responsible for the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane in 2014, the United Nations chief said on Friday that he “has taken note with concern of the latest report”.

France: New terrorism laws may undercut human rights and freedoms, says UN expert

While commending efforts by the French government to combat terrorism, a United Nations rights expert has raised concerns about the effect recent counter-terrorism laws are having on fundamental human rights there, including freedom of movement, religion and association.

UN Middle East (For Reference)

‘No steps taken’ so far to end Israel’s illegal settlement activity on Palestinian land – UN envoy

A senior United Nations official on Tuesday urged Israel to reverse course over illegal settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land, and for both parties to return to the negotiating table in pursuit of a lasting peace deal.

‘Worst devastation I have seen,’ says UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie, as she visits West Mosul

After visiting the shattered streets of West Mosul over the weekend, the long-standing United Nations Refugee Agency envoy, Angelina Jolie, said that she had never seen such devastation, in her 17-years of working in the field.

UN rushes to deliver aid as key Yemeni port city is ‘shelled and bombarded’

As the Yemeni port city of Hodeida continues to come under attack from Saudi-led coalition forces on Thursday, seeking to drive out Houthi rebels who control the city, the United Nations and humanitarian partners are rushing to provide life-saving assistance to thousands of vulnerable families there.

LETTER FROM AFGHANISTAN: Elections serve up food for thought, for Afghan youth

By Philip Smucker   At the newly-established “50/50” fast food restaurant on the tree-lined streets of Herat, in the west of Afghanistan, business is brisk as deliveries are whisked away, on the back of motorbikes to hungry customers across the ancient city. 

General Assembly adopts text urging greater protection for Palestinians, and deploring Israel’s ‘excessive’ use of force

In an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the United Nations General Assembly adopted an Arab-sponsored resolution calling for greater protection for Palestinians, and deploring any use of “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate” force by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians, particularly in Gaza.

Military escalation will have ‘serious consequences’ for Yemeni civilians, warns UN Special Envoy

An attempt by a Saudi-led military coalition to take control of the Yemeni port of Hodeida from opposition Houthi forces “will have serious consequences” on an already “dire” situation for millions of civilians, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen said on Wednesday.

Assault on key Yemeni port would endanger 300,000 children and ‘choke off’ aid for millions more: UNICEF chief

Any attack on the key Yemeni port of Hodeida would deepen one of the world’s worst malnutrition crises and put the lives of an estimated 300,000 children at risk, said the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday.

Guardian Uk News (For Reference)

Two Tottenham housing blocks at risk of catastrophic collapse

Exclusive: 200 families are to be urgently moved out of blocks on Broadwater Farm estate after post-Grenfell safety checksMore than 200 homes on the Broadwater Farm estate in north London are at risk of catastrophic collapse and all the families are to be urgently moved out following tests carried out…

May has won a key Brexit vote but what happens next?

PM has won fight over a ‘meaningful vote’ but there are more battles to come – in parliament and in BrusselsThe Lords will pass the bill on Wednesday night and after many months of bitter debate, it will eventually pass into law, without further amendment. Continue reading...

The art of the U-turn: May scrambles to avoid Brexit bill defeat

The prime minister’s heavily dented authority takes yet another dinkAnother day, another Commons confrontation flunked. Theresa May has turned the last-minute swerve into an art form – and by persuading Dominic Grieve, if not all of his band of followers, to swing behind the government on Wednesday, she avoided yet…

PM murder plot trial: MI5 agent tells of chats with Isis supporter

Operative gives evidence from behind screen detailing communication with accusedAn Islamic State (Isis) supporter accused of plotting to behead Theresa May claimed that the terror group would find other backers among a list of 6,000 Instagram followers that he offered to hand over to an MI5 agent posing as a…

Smartphone use blamed as water feature is bricked up

The Rill near London Bridge falls victim to health and safety for people on phonesNo ball games, no busking, no protests – and now no stream. The More London estate, which covers 13 acres of the the south bank of the Thames, providing a home for City Hall, has always…

May’s delay over Trump visit backfires as US-EU divide grows

PM is stranded while US president seems to revel in European leaders’ strugglesIf Theresa May thought her favoured weapon – delay – would somehow ensure Donald Trump’s visit to the UK next month would be less controversial than if it had occurred last year, she appears to have miscalculated. Six…

The Guardian view on the Gosport hospital deaths: the families vindicated at last | Editorial

The establishment closed ranks, but the relatives of those who died after they were given dangerous doses of opioids still fought for answers. Their persistence should be salutedAt long last, relatives of hundreds who died in the Gosport War Memorial hospital in the 1990s have had some answers, thanks to…

Guardian Politics (For Reference)

PMQs verdict: May fails to answer Corbyn in NHS ding-dong

An exchange on financial credibility in which Labour leader has the best of the argumentTheresa May and Jeremy Corbyn returned to the issue of NHS funding and the Brexit dividend this week, with Corbyn saying May said money for the NHS would come from Brexit, economic growth and taxes. There…

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn clash over NHS funding at PMQs – Politics live

Follow live updates as Theresa May makes a final push to head off a ‘meaningful vote’ rebellion 12.48pm BSTNorman Lamb, the former Lib Dem health minister, says the conclusions of the Gosport hospital inquiry, which he set up, are shocking. Does May agree there needs to be a new police…

Brexit: ID scheme for EU citizens in UK ‘difficult to achieve’

Thinktank believes the UK has little experience compared with other European countries of registering migrantsGovernment plans to give 3.4 million EU citizens in the UK a post-Brexit identity number will be “difficult to achieve”, a thinktank has said.New Philanthropy Capital examined registration schemes around the world and found that historic…

What happens when ordinary people learn economics? | Aditya Chakrabortty

In Manchester, groundbreaking economics courses are giving locals the means to challenge some of society’s received wisdom – for free. • Listen to Aditya Chakrabortty talking about game-changing economic models on The Alternatives podcastIn a makeshift classroom, nine lay people are battling some of the greatest economists of all time…

Millennials, more face time could save our lives | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

In a world gone social media mad, prioritising personal relationships is crucial to our healthAnother depressing study this week, regarding those of us under 35. A report by the Health Foundation thinktank warns that millennials are on track to become the first generation to have worse health outcomes than their…

Matt Hancock: schools across the UK should ban mobile phones

The culture secretary who heads up the digital brief says tech makes parenting harderThe culture secretary has called on more schools to ban mobile phones.Matt Hancock said he admired those headteachers who did not allow their use during the school day and linked social media use with the problem of…

Science Daily

Swedes have been brewing beer since the Iron Age, new evidence confirms

Archaeologists have found carbonized germinated grains showing that malt was produced for beer brewing as early as the Iron Age in the Nordic region. The findings made in Uppåkra in southern Sweden indicate a large-scale production…

‘Green’-feed: Industrial microbes could feed cattle, pigs, chicken

Today, producing feed for pigs, cattle and chicken causes immense impacts for the climate and the environment. In the future, animal feed production is likely to be shifted from croplands to large-scale industrial facilities as it…

Birds have time-honored traditions, too

By faithfully copying the most popular songs, swamp sparrows create time-honored song traditions that can be just as long-lasting as human traditions, finds a new study. The results show that creating traditions that pass the test…

Controlling robots with brainwaves and hand gestures

System enables people to correct robot mistakes on multi-choice problems.

Strange sponge-like fossil creature from half a billion years ago

A discovery of a new species of sponge-like fossil from the Cambrian Period sheds light on early animal evolution.

HEALTH – Alzheimers

New tools could uncover important answers for Alzheimer’s researchers

Alzheimer's disease currently affects more than 5.5 million Americans and is one of the costliest diseases to treat, according to…

Subjective memory may be marker for cognitive decline

New research from the Center for Vital Longevity (CVL) at The University of Texas at Dallas suggests that subjective complaints…

Improvements needed in hospital care of people living with dementia

Nurses and healthcare workers are highly concerned about vulnerable patients who make up the equivalent of 3.2 million hospital beds…

Common class of drugs linked to dementia even when taken 20 years before diagnosis

The largest and most detailed study of the long-term impact of anticholinergic drugs, a class of drugs commonly prescribed in…

HEALTH – Arthritis and Rheumatism

Better implants key to repair damaged knees

People whose knees have been affected by osteoarthritis, also known as the 'wear and tear' arthritis, often have to get…

How the brain plays a role in rheumatoid arthritis inflammation

In patients with chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, there has been limited understanding of how this inflammation affects…

New 3-D imaging analysis technique could lead to improved arthritis treatment

An algorithm to monitor the joints of patients with arthritis, which could change the way that the severity of the…

When it comes to weight loss in overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis, more is better

Researchers previously showed that overweight and obese individuals with knee osteoarthritis can reduce pain by 50% and significantly improve function…

Early, intensive treatment of RA offers long-term benefits, may normalise mortality rates

The results of a 23-year, follow-up study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2018) suggest early,…

Canakinumab shown to reduce rates of gout in atherosclerosis by more than half

The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2018) demonstrate that canakinumab significantly…

HEALTH – Cancer

‘Kiss of death’ cancer: How computational geeks may have uncovered a therapy for a deadly disease

It's called the 'kiss of death'. Triple negative breast cancer has no targeted drug therapy and, as such, the only…

Team discovers gene mutations linked to pancreatic cancer

Six genes contain mutations that may be passed down in families, substantially increasing a person's risk for pancreatic cancer. That's…

Research provides insights into why older people respond poorly to cancer treatment

It's called the Silver Tsunami—the increased incidence of cancer with ageing, combined with the rapidly ageing population means that the…

New immunotherapy trial for children with central nervous system tumors opens

Seattle Children's has opened a pioneering chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy trial for children and young adults with relapsed…

Hypnosis may help reduce distress of cancer treatment in children

Hypnosis could help to reduce the fear of medical procedures in children and young people with cancer.

HEALTH – Diabetes

Guidelines address self-management of hospitalized diabetes patients

It is important that patients with diabetes be involved in decisions concerning the management of their condition while they are…

A mobile application for diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic disorder affecting millions of individuals worldwide. European scientists plan to improve patients' lifelong adherence to treatment…

Diagnosing diabetes from a single blood sample

Diagnosing type 2 diabetes in clinical practice may require only a single blood sample, according to a study led by…

Plant-based diets improve cardiometabolic risk factors in diabetes patients

Plant-based diets improve glycemic control, lead to weight loss, and improve cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes, according to…

Elevated NT-proBNP found to up cardiovascular risk in T2DM

(HealthDay)—Elevated baseline N-terminal B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is independently associated with development of major cardiovascular (CV) events, in particular hospitalization…

HEALTH – Autism

Success of blood test for autism affirmed

One year after researchers published their work on a physiological test for autism, a follow-up study confirms its exceptional success…

Tackling bullying could help reduce depression in autistic teens

Teenagers with difficulties in social communication, including autism have higher rates of depressive symptoms, especially if they are being bullied.

Autistic people at greater risk of becoming homeless – new research

Tony had lived on the streets for 45 years, and in recent years had become increasingly physically unwell. Despite this…

Link found between neurotransmitter imbalance, brain connectivity in those with autism

One in 59 children in the United States lives with a form of autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers…

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