Trump Loses Yet Another Federal Case

Speaking of the Trump administration’s inability to get anything done because they don’t understand the law, today brings yet another example: A federal judge ruled late Tuesday that the Interior Department violated federal law by failing to take into account the climate impact of its oil and gas leasing in the West. The decision by […]
| Kevin Drum |

Howard Schultz Hired a Corporate Mouthpiece for His “Centrist” Presidential Campaign

Tucker Warren, who has been running communications for Howard Schultz since January, is also a partner at a PR firm with numerous corporate clients. The post Howard Schultz Hired a Corporate Mouthpiece for His “Centrist” Presidential Campaign appeared first on The Intercept .
| Politics |

UK Centre Launches Probe on Ethics of AI Algorithms in 'Pre-crime', Recruitment

The UK Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) will launch an investigation on the possibility of bias in using algorithms in tackling crime. Whilst algorithms have massive potential for preventing crime, they also pose risks of human bias in their recommendations.
| Tech |

‘Vote for Benjamin!’ — Netanyahu could get Trump’s endorsement when he visits DC next week

Benjamin Netanyahu is running for reelection on his strong relationship with the U.S. and Donald Trump, who has unofficially endorsed Netanyahu by allowing political allies and US ambassador to appear with the PM in occupied territories. Trump may well endorse Netanyahu outright when the Israeli visits the White House next week.
| Islamophobia, Israel Lobby, US Aid to Israel |

Centrists Have Great Bullshit Radar (in Sweden, Anyway)

Via Tyler Cowen, here are the results of “The Complex Relation Between Receptivity to Pseudo-Profound Bullshit and Political Ideology,” a recently published paper: Among Swedish adults (N = 985), bullshit receptivity was (a) robustly positively associated with socially conservative (vs. liberal) self-placement, resistance to change, and particularly binding moral intuitions (loyalty, authority, purity); (b) associated […]
| Kevin Drum |

Lies, Damned Lies, And Statistics: Why London’s Murder Rate Is Not Higher Than NYC’s

On April 3, 2018, an article in USA Today stated that the murder rate in London exceeded that of New York City for the first time. A large numbers of articles and posts have since repeated this claim. These various articles and posts continue to be cited as evidence that London is more dangerous/violent than... The post Lies, Damned Lies, And Statistics: Why London’s Murder Rate Is Not Higher Than NYC’s appeared first on bellingcat .
| UK & Europe, Crime, London |

'Cool It Down to Avoid Cancer': New Study Suggests Hot Tea Can Be DEADLY

Hot beverage lovers may now have to think twice before sipping on a cuppa full of a burning coffee or tea, following a new scientific study on the impact of the habit.
| Tech |

Russia’s Recognition of “North Macedonia” Is Part of the “New Balkans” Plan

Russia’s recognition of “North Macedonia” disappointed many activists in what Moscow would have otherwise continued to regard as the Republic of Macedonia per its constitutionally legitimate name, but this purely political move shouldn’t have been all that unexpected in hindsight … The post Russia’s Recognition of “North Macedonia” Is Part of the “New Balkans” Plan appeared first on Global Research .
| English, North Macedonia, Russia |

Wolfgang Streeck: “A second referendum could tear society apart more than the first”

The German thinker on why Brexit still offers the best path for Britain and how capitalism will end.  For the British liberal left, Wolfgang Streeck feels only pity. Remainers cling to a “sacralised” European project that “hasn’t done anything” for the UK, the German theorist told an audience at the London School of Economics one recent evening. “All it does is prevent
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Why Russiagate Needs a “Constructivist Analysis”

Right now, President Trump and colleagues are under fire for speculated “collusion” with the Russian state to undermine the democratic procedures of the 2016 presidential election, one of America’s most shocking elections, the one most insiders thought Hillary Clinton would … The post Why Russiagate Needs a “Constructivist Analysis” appeared first on Global Research .
| English, russiagate, United States |

How Australia incubated far-right terror

The politics of hate have moved from the fringe to the mainstream.  No place is immune from the rise of hate and extremism. Not even New Zealand, until now a relative haven from the world’s political monstrosities. The deadly terrorist attack on two mosques on 15 March in Christchurch (in which 50 people died and dozens were injured) appalled
| News |

Commons Confidential: Why Vince Cable snapped

Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.  Rueful Kate Osamor issued a candid mea culpa at the Media Democracy Festival for throwing water at Times reporter Will Humphries and threatening to hit him with a baseball bat. “I am so deeply sorry… it was totally wrong of me… I have apologised to Will,” confessed the Labour
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Cyclone Idai: UN allocates $20 million in emergency funding, as full extent of disaster continues to emerge

As the full scale of the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in South-West Africa continues to be assessed, the UN and humanitarian partners are ramping up the provision of emergency food, shelter, water and health care supplies to hundreds-of-thousands who have been affected across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
| News |

Donald Trump Is Too Dumb to Implement His Own Policies

Donald Trump seems to believe that presidents are allowed to change policies with the stroke of a pen. They aren’t. Longstanding law requires that changes can’t be arbitrary or capricious, which means the executive branch has to explain why they’re changing things. As the Washington Post documents today, Trump still hasn’t gotten the message: Federal […]
| Kevin Drum |

One century’s hoarding is another’s stockpiling – but is it necessary for Brexit?

Even Just William saw the dangers of hoarding food back in 1942; but in 2019, apparently rational people are doing it. There’s a Just William story, published in 1942, in which the scruffy schoolboy rails against the evils of hoarding food: “crim’nal”, he declares as he requisitions a box of lemon-shaped soaps for a friend to make into pudding, with
| News |

Interserve’s collapse shows the UK’s outsourcing model is broken

There is no good reason why the government should pay private companies to profit from public services.  Until recently, few outside the opaque world of procurement had heard of Interserve. But the outsourcing behemoth, which entered administration on 15 March after a battle between its shareholders and creditors, is intimately connected to the public realm. The £2.9bn firm employs
| News |

The Boeing plane crashes show the power of capitalism to cause death by automation

We must address the fundamental economic problem: big companies are dangerous ones.  The more we know about the catastrophic failures of an automated system on two Boeing planes, the more it begins to look like a microcosm of late capitalism. It is a case study of our collective inability to imagine failure and quantify risk. Let’s start
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Ukraine: An Election for the Oligarchs

Five years after the “EuroMaidan” protests in Kiev and elsewhere toppled the government of now-exiled former president Viktor Yanukovych , the people of Ukraine are set to elect a new leader. Over 34 million Ukrainian citizens will be eligible to … The post Ukraine: An Election for the Oligarchs appeared first on Global Research .
| English, Petro Poroshenko, Russia |

Greenwashing? The Green Marches Are Mute on the “War Factor”

On March 15, the Day of the Popular March for Climate, tens of thousands of young people from several countries, followers of the Swedish student Greta Thunberg , showed their indignation at the indifference of world leaders towards climate change.  … The post Greenwashing? The Green Marches Are Mute on the “War Factor” appeared first on Global Research .
| English |

Selected Articles: Monsanto Verdict, Economic Sanctions, NATO Criminal Minds

Our objective at Global Research is to recruit one thousand committed “volunteers” among our more than 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts).  Do not send us money. Under  Plan A … The post Selected Articles: Monsanto Verdict, Economic Sanctions, NATO Criminal Minds appeared first on Global Research .

Birmingham bin dispute ends after council climb-down

Industrial action ends after Birmingham City Council bows to Unite’s demand for fair treatment for its members and for agency workers The long running Birmingham bins dispute over ‘secret payments’ […]
| Uncategorized, Beckett, Birmingham |

King Salman launches 4 entertainment projects in Riyadh worth $23 billion

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman inaugurated on Tuesday four mega entertainment projects in the Saudi capital Riyadh, worth 86 billion riyals ($23 billion).
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CHP leader calls for calm heads ahead of elections, says AKP is ‘waging war’

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has called for calm heads ahead of the local elections slated for March 31, saying the government is acting like there is war when instead people were just going to vote for local administrations.
| Turkey |

US – State Department bars press corps from Pompeo briefing

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned that the US State Department only allowed “faith-based” media to attend a press briefing with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, excluding mainstream press and from the meeting in an unusual move. State Department activities are of immense public interest, and press corps access to those activities must not be restricted. The  State Department allowed only faith-based media to
| News |

Turkey, Iran carry out coordinated operation against ‘terror groups’

Turkey and Iran have launched a coordinated and concurrent military operation against “terror groups” and drug smugglers along the “borders of the two countries,” Iran’s interior minister said on March 20 in a written statement.
| Turkey |

Uniting Fatah, Not Palestinians: The Dubious Role of Mohammed Shtayyeh

Political commentators sympathetic to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Fatah Movement, in particular, fanned out as soon as the news was announced of Mohammad Shtayyeh’s appointment as the new Palestinian Prime Minister. It is [...] The post Uniting Fatah, Not Palestinians: The Dubious Role of Mohammed Shtayyeh appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Articles, Commentary, Editorials |

Somalia hosts first ITU national training workshop since 1991

The Somali Ministry of Post, Telecom and Technology (MPTT) hosted a training workshop on Spectrum Management System For Developing Countries (SMS4DC), co-organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on March 14-18.
| News |

Rising flood levels threaten Mozambique disaster relief effort

Thousands of people stranded as workers tackle devastation wrought by Cyclone Idai Rescue teams are rushing to save thousands of Mozambicans stranded on roofs and in trees before flood levels rise further. Mozambique, which was hit by Cyclone Idai over the weekend , is trying to rescue people from vast and deadly flooding. It has declared a state of emergency and is appealing for international help. Related: Cyclone Idai 'might be southern hemisphere's
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Saudi cabinet renews condemnation of terrorist attacks on 2 mosques in New Zealand

The Saudi Council of Ministers on Tuesday emphasized the Kingdom’s positions calling for the need to respect religions as well as to criminalize and combat racist rhetoric that fuels extremism and terrorism.
| News |

Vietnamese Authorities Control Spread of African Swine Fever with the Use of Nuclear-derived Techniques

The pork industry in Viet Nam has escaped the recent wave of African Swine Fever (ASF) and other animal diseases hitting Southeast Asia thanks to quick action by researchers at the National Centre for Veterinary Diagnosis (NCVD).
| News Story |

The curse of Love Island

After the tragic death of a second former islander, reality TV stars are calling for better psychological aftercare. On 15 June 2017, the then 24-year-old former Stevenage footballer Mike Thalassitis walked into Love Island’s Mallorcan villa and on to the screens of 2.24 million viewers. The self-described “tall, dark and handsome” English-Cypriot north Londoner drew attention because
| News |

2 Palestinians killed as Israeli settlers storm Joseph’s Tomb near Nablus

Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire as Israeli forces escorted hundreds of settler into Joseph’s Tomb in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
| News |

Stupidly, I agreed to look after a dog. But perhaps it might help make the MacHovel a home

You can’t relax with a dog, the way you can relax with a cat. Ding! A message pops up from A—, one of the Laird’s sons. “How,” it asks, “do you feel about dogs?” I am tempted to reply “I love them, but I couldn’t eat a whole one,” but that joke only works with children, and
| News |

Istanbul to host OIC emergency meeting on New Zealand mosque shootings

The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold an open-ended emergency meeting of the Executive Committee at the level of Foreign Ministers in the Turkish city of Istanbul on March 22, to discuss the terrorist attacks o
| News |

Senior OIC officials to attend memorial service for victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen directed a high-ranking delegation of senior OIC General Secretariat's officials to participate in New Zealand's national memorial service to be held
| News |

Visa Triple Story: Shoshana complains to all the Palestinians at the party about her expired tourist visa and other adventures

In Shoshana's latest installment, what she appreciates most about Ramallah on Thursday night (party night) is how committed her friends are to partying, with no hesitancy to dance, an appreciation of letting loose. Shoshana thinks it is a world away from the tension she often encounters in Jerusalem.
| Features, Middle East, Shoshana in Palestine |

Extremist Jewish Groups Call for Massive Raid of Al-Aqsa Mosque

The so-called Temple Mount Groups, a body of extremist Jewish organizations, have called for a massive raid of Al-Aqsa Mosque to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim tomorrow, the Shehab news agency reported yesterday. *Please remember Masjid [...] The post Extremist Jewish Groups Call for Massive Raid of Al-Aqsa Mosque appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Blog, News, Slider |

The Rise and Fall of the New York Wheel

In 2008, Meir Laufer, a small-time New York real estate developer, was taking a spin aboard the London Eye, the 443-foot ferris wheel on the banks of the Thames, when he decided on a scheme: He would bring a similarly enormous ferris wheel to New York, but make it even bigger. When he got back stateside, he divulged his grand ambition to a colleague, Eric Kaufman, whose main business was converting condos. Two years after inspiration struck, however,
| Politics, New York City, Michael Bloomberg |

In the three-day week of the 1970s, blokes ruled. We don’t want to go back there. Do we?

An upcoming 1970s record compilation doesn’t feature a single woman, in 28 tracks. Which is, in itself, very 1970s. As I write this, with Brexit chaos continuing all around – the country divided, the future uncertain, politics seemingly broken – the only thing we can be sure will happen on 29 March is the release of an Ace Records compilation entitled Three
| News |

Auto production in Turkey declined 16 percent in February

Turkey’s automotive production declined by 15.5 percent on an annual basis to 119,473 units in February, the Automotive Manufacturers Association (OSD) reported on March 20.
| Economy |

Continue honoring Palestinian heroes, despite false accusations of antisemitism

Clare Maxwell writes, "At a time when real anti-Jewish rhetoric and violence is growing in the country, we all need to stand up, condemn it, and find ways to protect Jews and other threatened religious groups. But disingenuous accusations of anti-Semitism that are hurled at Palestinians, or at human rights activists can cause damage as well. I know this because I’ve been there."
| Activism, antisemitism |

Turkish President Erdoğan targets CHP’s Ankara mayor candidate

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has continued targeting main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Ankara mayoral candidate Mansur Yavaş, who he accuses of having committed forgery in the past.
| Turkey |

US Government Uses Several Clandestine Shelters to Detain Immigrant Children

The federal government is relying on secret shelters to hold unaccompanied minors, in possible violation of the long-standing rules for the care of immigrant children, a Reveal investigation has found. The Office of Refugee Resettlement, the government agency that cares … The post US Government Uses Several Clandestine Shelters to Detain Immigrant Children appeared first on Global Research .
| English, children detention, immigrant children |

Theresa May’s pledge that she’ll resign if there’s a long extension is no promise at all

The Prime Minister has a long history of Brexit promises that turn out to be untrue.  Theresa May has staked her premiership on taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union, seeking an extension to the Article 50 process going on that goes on no later than 30 June, and heavily hinting to MPs that she will resign if the
| News |

Israeli MK Shoots Arab Colleague in New Election Video (VIDEO)

Arab MK and Chairman of the Arab-majority Balad party Jamal Zahalka yesterday filed a complaint against Jewish MK from the Likud party Oren Hazan for incitement to murder, Haaretz reported. As part of his electoral campaign, Hazan [...] The post Israeli MK Shoots Arab Colleague in New Election Video (VIDEO) appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Blog, News, Slider |

How Tech Giants Gave the Christchurch Mosque Shooter Even More Firepower

Last Friday, a gunman murdered at least 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. While the terrorist’s exact path to radicalization is still unknown, one thing has become increasingly clear: This was an attack inspired by the internet and crafted for the internet, representing a new level of super-viral violence. On this week’s […]
| Politics, Guns, International |

America Needs a Stronger Defense Industry? Trillions Down the Hole of Military Spending

Post-WW II, America’s only enemies were and remain invented ones.  No real ones existed since Nazi Germany and imperial Japan were defeated – none anywhere, clearly none today! Yet the US consistently pours countless trillions of dollars down a black … The post America Needs a Stronger Defense Industry? Trillions Down the Hole of Military Spending appeared first on Global Research .
| English, pentagon, United States |

In the 1990s, doctors were told to give out opioids. Was it a good idea?

Five per cent of the patients seen by Dr Jan Melichar, a psychiatrist specialising in the treatment of substance misuse, have a dependence on prescription opioids. At clinic, I usually prescribe drugs that act on the cardiovascular system. When Jenny, a patient who had responded very well to treatment for a heart attack, quietly asked me to give her a prescription for tramadol,
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