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Video: The Solace of a Blind Artist

In his mid-30s, British artist and teacher Sargy Mann went blind from cataracts in both eyes. Twenty-five years later his paintings sell to top collectors for upward of $80,000. He tells the BBC how he lives and paints.

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‘Amazon of U.K.’ Being Destroyed for Grouse Shooting

Managing moorlands so that more birds can be reared for lucrative shooting parties is adding to climate change by destroying layers of peat and releasing large quantities of stored carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver: England Has Been a ‘Little Bit of a Dick’ to Scotland

Sunday, four days away from the Scottish independence vote, the Englishman and “Last Week Tonight” host begged Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom in a way only the comedian could.

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Nuclear Weapons Remain Embedded in Defense Strategies

The five nuclear-legal countries—China, France, Russia, Britain and the U.S.—are deploying new nuclear weapon delivery systems or have indicated the existence of programs that would, an authoritative study says.

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Why Boarding Schools Produce Bad Leaders

Psychotherapist Nick Duffell spent 25 years treating boarding school graduates. He talks about how their upbringing in elite, authoritarian environments cut off from their families make them the poor public servants we observe in British politics today.

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British Socialist MP Tony Benn Dies at 88

The Labour parliamentarian was a leader who seemed too good to be true for everyone in the bottom 90 percent of the economy in Britain and everywhere else. Here is a collection of statements made by and about him.

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On the Detention of David Miranda

A lower U.K. court Wednesday upheld the legality of the nine-hour detention of NSA investigator Glenn Greenwald’s partner under the Terrorism Act of 2000, and refused permission to appeal the decision. Greenwald comments on the outcome at The Intercept.

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News of the World Kept Safe of Unpublished Stories

England’s Central Criminal Court has learned that the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper—which closed after revelations of a phone hacking scandal—kept a “legendary safe” where “all sorts of stories [about rich and famous people] were buried.”

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David Cameron’s Surprise: Permanent Austerity

Back in 2010, the British PM began slashing the country’s budget on the promise that temporary cuts were necessary to reduce the deficit and right the economy. Another recession soon followed.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Do Any Corporations Anywhere Pay Taxes?

U.S.-based corporations such as Apple and GE have come under fire for (legally) cheating the tax man, and such behavior turns out to be common beyond American borders.

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Britain Produces Generations of Impoverished Children

Britain risks “sleepwalking into a world where inequality becomes so entrenched that our children grow up in a state of social apartheid,” a leading charity is expected to show in a report set to be published next week.

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Manning Wronged and Miranda’s Right

The violation of Miranda’s rights has created a political firestorm in Britain, whose equivalent to the National Security Agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), has come under equal scrutiny for widespread surveillance.

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The Moment the U.S. Ended Iran’s Brief Experiment in Democracy

Sixty years ago this week, the United States, in collaboration with Britain, staged a coup in Iran to preserve the control of Western companies over Iran’s rich oil fields.

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U.K. Punishes Glenn Greenwald by Detaining His Boyfriend Under Terrorism Law

In a naked effort to intimidate and inconvenience Glenn Greenwald, who first reported the Edward Snowden leaks, authorities in the U.K. detained his partner, David Miranda, for nearly nine hours Sunday while Miranda traveled from Europe to the couple’s home in Rio de Janeiro.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



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England, Wales OK Gay Marriage

Parliament has cleared the way for same-sex unions to begin in half of the United Kingdom.

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Parliament Summons Rupert Murdoch for a Spanking

The media tycoon is said to welcome the opportunity to appear once again before the British government and explain his side of the secretly recorded pep talk he gave his alleged phone-hacking reporters.

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British Military Bends the Rules for Out of Shape Computer Warriors

If you’re good with technology, Her Majesty’s military no longer cares how many push-ups you can do.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S., Britain Spied on Diplomats at Global Summits, Report Says

After its recent revelation that the National Security Agency is monitoring the phone records and Internet activity of millions of Americans, The Guardian reported Sunday that the U.S. and Britain monitored and intercepted the digital communications of foreign officials during two international conferences in London.

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Gay Soldier Says Prince Harry Saved Him From a Beating

It’s nice to know the ginger prince, who is better known for playing strip poker and wearing a Nazi uniform to a costume party, is capable of genuine nobility.

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Peter Morrison

‘Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead’ Popular Again After Thatcher’s Death

That’s spelling potential trouble for the BBC, which is being pressured by Britain’s conservative, pro-Thatcher newspapers not to play the iconic song from “The Wizard of Oz” on this Sunday’s BBC Radio 1 weekly chart-topping-singles show.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE



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What Margaret Thatcher Really Meant to England and the World

Amid all the suffocating claptrap celebrating Margaret Thatcher in the media, only the British themselves seem able to provide a refreshing hit of brisk reality.

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Two Conservative Lives

Two important conservatives departed this life within days of each other. One was a world-historical figure with extravagant political gifts, the other’s misgivings about politics led him to counsel Christians to undertake a political “fast.”

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Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s ‘Iron Lady,’ Dies

The conservative Thatcher vastly reshaped Britain with her economic policies, pulling the country back from 35 years of socialism and ushering in a new era of privatization.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE



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The Confiscation Scheme Planned for U.S. and U.K. Depositors

Confiscating customer deposits in Cyprus banks was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets. A joint paper by the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Bank of England, dated Dec. 10, 2012, shows these plans have been long in the making.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Where’s the Beef? Hint: It’s Not in Findus Frozen Beef Lasagne

Tests by the British Food Standards Agency revealed that the European food company’s product contained up to 100 percent horse meat.

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U.S. Navy/MC1 Eileen Kelly Fors

God Loves Us and We Will Bomb You

The utopian and missionary qualities of American political belief began in the Puritans’ Calvinist theology of “the Elect,” the chosen people.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Rupert Murdoch Seeks to Add to His Empire

The recent Leveson Report on the British hacking scandal shows the danger of the media baron adding to his already vast American holdings.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Expecting (Video)

The pregnancy was announced Monday after the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to a London-area hospital for treatment of acute morning sickness.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Why the Western Media Hate Julian Assange

Professional jealousy; dogmatic institutionalism; craven loyalty to power. Glenn Greenwald fires a devastating salvo at the British and American press for their dogged campaign of “disgusting slander” against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 READ MORE



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British Health Workers Feel the Pain

Amid a $31-billion budget crisis, thousands of British doctors and nurses will lose their jobs unless they agree to accept lower salaries, longer working hours and other conditions, according to a leaked document obtained by The Sunday Times.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE



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British Government Looked for UFOs, Documents Show

Newly released top-secret files reveal that Britain’s Ministry of Defense took seriously the possibility of alien contact and assigned “UFO desk officers” the task of monitoring potential threats from outer space.

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Europe Still Trying to Squeeze Into America’s Jeans

Nearly every step in the federalist direction has produced unnecessary complication and strain in the EU. Portugal is not Iowa. Italy cannot become California.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Tim Hales

Truthdigger of the Week: Julian Assange

Few people have so fully devoted their lives to exposing abuses of power as WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Brits Tell Assange to Pack for Sweden

The verdict in Britain’s Supreme Court did not go well Wednesday for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been fighting extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges. Assange has been granted two weeks to consider his next move, which may be a petition for a retrial.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE


Contradiction Where Religion and American Politics Meet

Here’s a newspaper headline that might induce a disbelieving double take: “Christians ‘More Likely to Be Leftwing’ And Have Liberal Views on Immigration and Equality.”

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE



Silvio Tanaka (CC-BY)

Web Inventor: Stop the British Snooping Bill

The British government’s plan to turn the Internet into a national intelligence cache that stores data on every U.K. Web surfer was frustrated Tuesday when Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, condemned such a move as a “destruction of human rights.”

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



West Midlands Police (CC-BY)

Private Cops to Replace Public Ones in British Counties

The relentless privatization of everything continues in the U.K., where local governments are offering private security companies £1.5 billion ($2.4 billion) over seven years to conduct services previously carried out by police.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Going Beyond the Tale of a Boy and His Horse

For all the spectacle of thundering cavalry charges, muddy trenches and wartime love and loss, the current popular storytellers of the First World War skip over the conflict’s greatest moral drama by leaving out part of its cast of characters.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



Bogdan Migulski (CC-BY)

Homeland Security Doesn’t Get British Humor

It seems some tweets about plans to “destroy” America, British slang for drinking and drugging too much, and a repeat of a “Family Guy” joke, convinced U.S. officials that a pair of visiting tourists were actually terrorists who flew to L.A. in order to exhume Marilyn Monroe.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE


Rupert Murdoch’s Cultural Revolution

It takes master documentarian Adam Curtis only five minutes to explain what Rupert Murdoch’s war on elitism (and taste) has to do with Google.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



Violent Response to Occupy Is No Surprise

The violent police assaults in response to the Occupy movement are proof that Occupy has hit a political nerve; Britain is preparing for the demise of the euro; meanwhile, the student wing of Occupy tries to encourage higher education. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Prude Power Hits Britain

British Prime Minister David Cameron and four of the country’s Internet service providers are bending over backwards to accommodate parents concerned with the allegedly corrosive influence of titillating adverts and porn sites on youth, because teenagers never thought about sex before billboards were invented. (more)

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE



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As Another Crisis Looms, a Case for the Euro and Collective Action

In the discussion over how to solve Europe’s financial crisis, opponents of the euro argue “that it is a monetary straitjacket and that the best reform now would be its breakup.” Not so, says Will Hutton, author, columnist and former editor-in-chief of The Observer. (more)

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Elizabeth Dalziel

U.K. Rioters: Young, Poor, Male and Unemployed

The Guardian put together a database of court cases of those detained during and after the unrest that swept London in early August after Metropolitan Police shot 29-year-old Mark Duggan in the city’s Tottenham neighborhood. (more)

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Glenn Greenwald on the Growing Surveillance State

Days after two British men were sentenced to four years in prison for using Facebook to incite disorder that never materialized, Glenn Greenwald writes fluently and concisely about the efforts of governments to maintain power and order by controlling the flow of information and communication online.

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Nick Ut

America Is a Spark Away From Riots of Its Own

The unrest tearing apart Britain greatly resembles that of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and conditions across the U.S. could set off a new explosion of violence.

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE


London Riots: The View From Brixton

A student activist living in the middle of London’s riots shares her view from the ground on this week’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK. Also on the show: William Cohan and Robert Scheer on Wall Street’s plunge; Robin Wright on Syria, and David Inocencio on juvie journalism.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 READ MORE



Karl-Ludwig Poggemann (CC-BY)

The Difference Between Hacking and Attacking

In this age of terrorism and anxiety, we sometimes let loose a little too freely with loaded words like “attack.” Take the case of LulzSec, the humorous hacker collective that brought down the CIA’s World Factbook, penetrated PBS and resurrected Tupac. (more)

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE


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