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Top 5 Reasons 45 Percent of Scots Wanted to Leave the Right-Wing U.K.

The U.S. media coverage of the Scottish referendum is oddly lacking in any reference to actual politics.

Posted on Sep 20, 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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Scotland’s About to Vote on Its Independence, Not That America’s Noticed

The U.S. government and media haven’t really weighed in on the Sept. 18 Scottish independence vote, despite the fact that some polls are showing that a majority of Scots will vote yes. And yes, this would have “serious policy ramifications” for America, according to The Guardian’s Nicky Woolf.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



Obama and Cameron Find Little Enthusiasm at NATO for New Iraq War

The NATO summit in Wales was supposed to be all about getting out of Afghanistan. Instead, two new issues dominated it—Ukraine and ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

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Obama and NATO Allies Signal Support for Ukraine at Wales Summit

In an expected show of solidarity, President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and other NATO delegates meeting in Wales on Thursday agreed to disagree with Moscow over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and readied new sanctions against Russia.

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Kevin Spacey and Stephen Colbert Teach Obama How to Be an Effective President

In response to some media pundits’ wishes that the fictional president from Netflix’s “House of Cards” deal with ISIS instead of Barack Obama doing so, the ever excellent Frank Underwood paid his fellow South Carolinian a visit on “The Colbert Report” on Wednesday.

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Gaza Conflict: Hospitals Shelled, Death Toll Soars and Peace Protesters Attacked (Videos)

The tone of the White House and some of Israel’s other Western allies shifted slightly Monday from unequivocal support to “concern for the growing number of casualties” and calls for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hamas as the Palestinian death toll in the now two-week operation by the Netanyahu administration climbed to 548.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



British PM Cameron Enabling Wall Street’s Takeover of National Health Service

The U.K.’s cherished public health service is in danger of being sold off to private corporations via a trade deal that would create a single market between the European Union and the United States and open future British governments to massive lawsuits in international courts should they attempt to reverse the decision.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



News of the World Hacking Trial: Brooks Cleared, Coulson Guilty

Rebekah Brooks is officially off the hook. For those who might not know, or might have lost track of this story in the whirl of the spin cycle, Brooks is the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid in the United Kingdom.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jun 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Top Obama Aide Who Runs Pro-Clinton Super PAC Shills for Conservatives on the Side

Jim Messina helped get Barack Obama elected and, if given half a chance, he’ll do the same for Hillary Clinton. So what is he doing in the U.K. trying to keep Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron in power?

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



The Chocolate King and the Gas Princess

In the midst of unrest in Eastern Ukraine and the threat of a new Russian intervention, the transitional government in Kiev is preparing for the election of a new president on May 25.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE


Cameron and Europe

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Russell Brand: ‘Socialism Is Christianity Politicized’

Comedian-actor-writer Russell Brand took on a range of topics including spirituality, materialism, politics and revolution during an interview at Cambridge University’s student union in England last week.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE


Free Movement in the EU

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Goodbye to the U.K.’s National Health Service?

Britain may not have the world’s model medical service for long. NHS official Kailash Chand predicts the inexpensive and efficient nationalized system could be replaced by a largely privatized version involving worse “access, equity, health outcomes and cost” within five years.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE



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What Reactions to the Obama-Thorning-Schmidt-Cameron Selfie Say About the Media

A glance at U.S. media coverage of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service will tell you only two important things happened: President Obama shook hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro and also took a selfie with the prime ministers of Denmark and the U.K. Neither of these nonevents should have received the attention they did, but the fact that they did tells us a lot about our media’s priorities.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



Google the Advertising Giant

Mostly due to revenue from ads, the Web firm will rake in $60 billion this year, making it bigger than both the newspaper and magazine industries; the hypocrisy of British Prime Minister David Cameron announcing extended austerity from a golden throne sickened more than one; meanwhile, The New York Times is losing talent left and right. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



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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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Clowns of the Middle East

“[N]o one in the Middle East takes America seriously anymore,” Independent contributor Robert Fisk writes. “And you only had to watch Obama on Saturday [announcing he would seek support from Congress for a strike on Syria] to see why.”

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Stands Alone After British Lawmakers Vote Against Syrian Strike

Barack Obama’s plans to bomb Syria hit a snag Thursday when the British parliament unexpectedly voted against a motion that would have paved the way for authorizing the U.K.’s participation in a military attack.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



Russia Gets the L.A. Treatment

In response to that country’s anti-gay laws, Los Angeles City Council members placed a rainbow flag on the St. Petersburg Sister City sign; the U.S. and the U.K. are blatantly trying to inhibit journalists from doing their job; meanwhile, certain Amazon textbooks are rented under the condition they do not leave the state they’re purchased in. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE



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British Actor Stephen Fry Protests the Winter Olympics in Russia

Since Russia passed several draconian anti-gay laws, many human rights activists have criticized the 2014 Winter Olympics being held in Sochi. Now, the gay English actor Stephen Fry has written an open letter to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, calling for a ban on those games in February.

Posted on Aug 8, 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.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. ‘Assessment’: Assad Used Chemical Weapons

Britain and the United States agree that the Syrian president has used chemical weapons against rebels in the two-year-long civil war, a judgment that will lead to military support for anti-government forces, but Russia isn’t so sure.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE



The Guardian

Bizarre, Apparently Jihadist Slaying in London (Video)

Officials are calling a fatal knife attack Wednesday on an unidentified man in southeast London an act of terrorism. Footage surfaced of one of the alleged assailants with blood-stained hands holding a meat cleaver and a knife and telling viewers to “remove” their government.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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The Hungry British Public

Neoliberalism and its brand of response to economic crisis, austerity—both legacies of the recently deceased former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher—are creating a U.K. where one in five mothers regularly goes without food in order to feed her children.

Posted on May 6, 2013 READ MORE



Charlie Williams

The Battleground of Thatcher’s Memory

Thousands of protesters gathered at London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday to celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher. The event marked the end of a bizarre and remarkable week in the U.K., characterized by a polarized response to the demise of the longest serving British prime minister in living memory. But the struggle to decide her legacy continues.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Where the Opposition Is Going

As austerity pushed by Britain’s Tory government whittles away jobs and benefits and increases poverty and despair, many Brits are asking where the resistance is. Journalist Laurie Penny knows: “There was resistance, and it was brutally and systematically put down.”

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 READ MORE



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British Lawmakers Say Aye to Gay Marriage in Parliamentary Vote

Members of Britain’s Parliament ruled in favor of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on Tuesday, and in case the name of this particular piece of legislation doesn’t make it clear, the vote brings gay marriage ever closer to a state-sanctioned reality in the U.K.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE


Portrait

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Leaving the European Union

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Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE


Cameron About the EU

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Cameron and EU

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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


Britain and EU

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Scotland Mulls Independence in 2014

Letting Scotland get away would go down as a pretty big blunder for David Cameron, who would lose about a third of the U.K.’s total landmass in the bargain.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Romney in London

Robert Scheer, Chrystia Freeland and Matthew Continetti join “Left, Right & Center” host Matt Miller to discuss Mitt Romney’s London gaffe, former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill’s break with the mega-banks, and a spoiler about the Olympic Games’ opening ceremonies.

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 READ MORE



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British Prime Minister, London Mayor Mock Romney (Video)

Mitt Romney’s first trip abroad as the presumed Republican presidential nominee could best be described in one word: disaster.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Rebekah Brooks Faces Phone Hacking Charges

British authorities have decided to try eight people in the case of gutter journalism gone terribly wrong (or wrong-er). They include the woman who ran Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire in the U.K. and Andy Coulson, who was editor of News of the World from 2003 until 2007 and then Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications director until 2011.

Posted on Jul 24, 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



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France Goes With the Socialist

The austerity regime in Europe took a big hit Sunday, with French voters electing Socialist Francois Hollande, while the Greeks, also voting Sunday, handed out pink slips to the ruling centrist coalition that has slashed government spending on EU orders.

Posted on May 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Can Europe’s Left Rebound?

The question is whether 2012 will mark a comeback by a left invigorated by a growing unhappiness with rising economic inequalities and a backlash against austerity policies aimed at saving Europe’s common currency. (Pictured, British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.)

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Sarkozy Slapped With the Ultimate French Slight

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has already famously been called “Sarko the American,” but the campaign team behind his challenger François Hollande (pictured) found another brand of international insult to toss at the incumbent and see if it sticks in time to do damage at the polls in April.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE



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British PM: No Public Funding for Queen’s Yacht

British Prime Minister David Cameron made a good call Monday by declaring that no funds from U.K. taxpayers’ pockets should be funneled toward gifting Queen Elizabeth II with a shiny new $90 million yacht on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE


Shackles

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America the Battlefield

John McCain and several other senators are trying to pass a measure to include the United States as part of the battlefield in the “war on terror,” allowing the U.S. military to jail American citizens without a trial; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated to an enemy of public education; meanwhile, David Cameron was trying to blackmail the rest of Europe. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Europe Kicks the Can

This week, at a Brussels economic summit described as “make or break,” European leaders came together but drew the line at uniting. Meanwhile, back on this side of the Atlantic, conservatives mull Newt Gingrich’s presidential prospects and President Obama speechifies.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


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