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Joan of Arc

In a new biography of the French girl freedom-fighter, it isn’t the maid of Orleans who receives the blazing light of scrutiny so much as the society that engulfed her and the literary imagination in which she endures.

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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.

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‘Purr-Gate’ Earns British PM David Cameron the Wrong Kind of Hashtag (Video)

British Prime Minister David Cameron was scarcely able to bask in the toasty glow of his empire’s victory after Scotland’s vote to stay in the U.K. before he found himself caught up in a PR disaster involving the queen of said empire, a hot mic and cat noises. Most unfortunate.

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A 91-Year-Old Man Gives Incredibly Moving Speech on the Importance of Universal Health Care

Speaking at the United Kingdom’s Labour Party conference Wednesday in what seems like poetic verse, the nearly century-old Harry Smith recalls his youth in the tenements of England, the “desperation of poverty” and the horrors of life before the National Health Service was implemented, all of which inspired him to vote for the first time.

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Independence

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Scotland Going Solo

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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 Voice

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A Conversation With Garry Wills

Truthdig talks with the writer/historian about his new book, “Making Make-Believe Real,” which considers Shakespeare and the political power of poetry.

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How to Forgive Your Torturer

When I read the statistics on Americans and Britons that approve of torture, a scene comes back to me. I remember a man I met 20 years ago, not in my native Latin America or in faraway lands where torture is endemic, but in the extremely English town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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London Tops Super-Rich City List, Survey Shows

London has more billionaires than any other city in the world, and Britain has more billionaires per head of population than any other country, new data showed Saturday.

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Science Shows Animals Have Feelings Too

Research demonstrates that dogs, cats and others release the same hormone that humans do when they’re in love; a blond man once convinced British intellectuals he was Asian and had been kidnapped from Taiwan; to deal with the climate crisis, we have to change our way of thinking. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Nuclear Subsidy Deal ‘Will Kill Renewables’

The U.K. government’s plan to subsidize nuclear power contravenes European Union rules, critics say, and would stifle renewable energy initiatives.

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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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Women, Poets Rejoice! There Are New Laureates in Town and They Happen to All Be Female

Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have all chosen women as their poet laureates this year.

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The Bleached Bones of the Dead

Slave ships were floating laboratories, offering researchers a chance to examine the course of diseases in fairly controlled, quarantined environments.

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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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Free Movement in the EU

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Europe Weighs Capping CEO Income as Wall Street Continues to Run Amok

The Swiss are considering limiting the compensation of chief executive officers to a 12:1 ratio, but Americans can’t even get banksters to reveal the comparison of their pay to the average salary; Germany wants to impose a financial transactions tax; meanwhile, in London the per-capita income is 90 percent higher than in the rest of Britain. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Great Kitty Cull of WWII

When we think of the Second World War, of course the immense human devastation and suffering comes to mind. And yet, a widely forgotten fact is that domestic animals were some of the first British victims of the brutal conflict.

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Going to the John

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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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News Bundle of Joy

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Baby King

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The Royal Delivery

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Royal Watchers

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‘Daily Show’: John Oliver Mocks Royals, CNN After Kate Middleton Gives Birth

Temporary host John Oliver may be British, but that doesn’t mean he was about to go soft on the monarchy—and CNN’s coverage of it—after the newest member of the royal family was born earlier in the week.

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Heirheads

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Congressional Babies

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Royal Boy

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Royal Exhibit

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The Great Kate Wait

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Keep Calm

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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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British Spy Agency ‘Masters the Internet’

Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters has secretly gained access to the network of cables that carry the world’s phone calls and Internet traffic and has begun to process vast amounts of personal information that it shares with the U.S. National Security Agency, documents provided by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden reveal.

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Britons: ‘Spy on Us’

A 51 percent majority of British citizens support an invasive “snooping” bill according to a new poll, while 42 percent said the government should be able to break the law to conduct surveillance in the name of preventing terrorism.

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The Iron Lady

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Margaret Thatcher RIP

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Michael Hudson Remembers What Margaret Thatcher Did

The deceased prime minister’s 11-year rule over the U.K. “was historic mainly by posing the conundrum that has shaped neoliberal politics since 1980: How can governments nurture and endow financial kleptocrats” with the consent of the people?

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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.

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Shadow Lives

In the last decade, I didn’t travel to distant refugee camps in Pakistan or destroyed villages in Afghanistan to see my government’s war against Islam. I stayed in Great Britain, where by a series of chance events, I found myself inside it, spending time with families transformed into enemies.

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Resignation

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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.

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Richard III’s Remains Found Six Feet Under British Parking Lot

It’s hardly the kind of vaunted resting place various other British royals have enjoyed, but the earth beneath a municipal parking lot in Leicester, England, is where the remains of King Richard III were recently discovered.

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Royal Sceptre

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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.

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American Happiness and the Heebie-Jeebies

Author and documentary filmmaker Ruth Whippman locates the root of American anxiety in “the great national happiness rat race,” a phenomenon that is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in the contrast between British and American culture.

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Julian Assange Siege

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An AIDS-Free Generation: Dream or Future Reality?

The International AIDS Conference is making dangerously impossible promises about putting an end to the epidemic; the London Olympics’ opening ceremonies included a unique tribute to free, universal health care; meanwhile, British graffiti artist Banksy has proved he will not be erased. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 READ MORE


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