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Europe Must Prepare for Extreme Weather

Cities and towns across Europe are being warned to adapt to the battering they face from intense storms as extreme weather events become more frequent.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE


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As Anti-Refugee Sentiment Grows, Norway’s King Makes Powerful Speech About Inclusion (Video)

A short clip of King Harald V speaking about the citizens of his nation as “immigrants [and also] girls who love girls, boys who love boys and boys and girls who love each other” hit all the right notes at a time when Europe’s anti-immigrant right has been gaining ground.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

TTIP Has ‘De Facto Failed,’ Says German Economic Minister

“Negotiations with the U.S. have de facto failed, because of course as Europeans we couldn’t allow ourselves to submit to American demands.”

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 READ MORE

The Euro

The timing couldn’t be better for this new book, which recounts the tragic irony of how the euro, which was supposed to bring Europe together, is in fact driving it apart.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 READ MORE

Number of Islamic State Fighters Falls to 15,000

Islamic State as a territorial power is slowly coming to an end, but as a source of terrorism it will have a long run.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE

Energy-Efficient Buildings Can Cut Gas Imports

Unleashing a fourth industrial revolution on Europe is the bold aim of a report on how to make the Continent’s buildings carbon-neutral energy producers.

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 READ MORE

The New European Fascists

Poland offers a frightening example of the right-wing populism sweeping through many nations. Neoliberalism is wrecking economies, creating rage among the working class, devastating cultural institutions and eroding liberal democracy across Europe and in the United States.

Posted on Jul 24, 2016 READ MORE

Islamophobia Kills: German Munich Shooter Admired Anders Breivik and Killed Turks

The shooter at a Munich mall last week who killed nine and left 27 wounded was an admirer of right-wing Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, and he appears to have hated Muslims.

Posted on Jul 24, 2016 READ MORE

Denmark Is One of the Biggest Victims of Wall Street Tax Avoidance Deals

The complex transactions add up to a major loss of revenue from dividend taxes.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE

Human-Induced Climate Change Caused 2003 Heat Wave That Killed Hundreds of Europeans, Study Finds

Scientists say their groundbreaking report is the first to link an estimate of human activity to an estimate of mortality for the 2003 heat wave—and in fact for any heat wave.

Posted on Jul 9, 2016 READ MORE

How Brexit Will Affect U.S. Foreign Policy

The decision of British voters to leave the European Union signaled the end of politics as usual in the U.K. Americans will have to wait until 2020 or later for a chance at real change.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE

BoJo, the #Brexit Bro

Your three-minute read on the best reporting about the United Kingdom’s Boris Johnson you probably missed.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE

Britain Stands at a Diplomatic Crossroads With Brexit Blues

The country has always had impulses to cooperate and to isolate. The referendum took a snapshot of opinion at an extreme moment of the pendulum swing. Now all Britons have to live with the result.

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 READ MORE

‘Scotland Still Loves EU’: Must-See Photos From the Scots’ Massive Brexit Protests (Multimedia)

Protesters rallied outside the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday and last Friday after the European Union referendum showed that most Scots want to stay in. Meanwhile, Scottish politicians are trying to deliver on their people’s wishes.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

2008 All Over Again

Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union presages perhaps another global financial meltdown. Banks will again demand massive bailouts. We will be forced to again swallow austerity measures, and there will be a continued decline in living standards.

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 READ MORE

Europe’s Precious Beech Forests Could Succumb to Drought

A warming climate and intense droughts are hitting some of Europe’s most coveted forest areas, with beech trees in southern Britain particularly vulnerable.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE

Welcome to the Party, America! Here Are 11 Muslim Women Who Have Already Been National Leaders

Hillary Clinton gave a victory speech Tuesday night positioning her achievement as the logical outcome of the first women’s rights meeting at Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1848. But the U.S. is late to the party.

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE

Europe’s Floods Come as No Surprise

Scientists have warned that the extra moisture in warmer air will mean more intense rainfall, but floods still leave governments unprepared.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE

Europe’s Spending on Renewables Hits 10-Year Low

The reputation of Europe as a leader in renewable energy has taken a serious knock, with its investment dropping 21 percent last year while global figures reached record levels.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 READ MORE

Scenes of Horror: More Than 700 Migrants Feared Dead in Three Mediterranean Sinkings

“We found a little kid of a few months,” a rescuer said. “Most of them were young people—we found a [dead] couple hugging each other.”

Posted on May 30, 2016 READ MORE

One Child’s Harrowing Journey From Afghanistan to Sweden

She was only 14 when her mother decided that Nasima’s best hope for a future meant leaving her home, her family and everything she knew to make a grueling trek to Europe.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE

Survivors in Ukraine

Stephen Shore’s book is a potent photo-documentation of Holocaust survivors in their twilight years and a testament to how one lives within a community that shares collective traumatic memories.

Posted on May 13, 2016 READ MORE

London’s Muslim Mayor Is Nothing New: 1,300 Years of Muslims Who Ran Major European Cities

The media are declaring Sadiq Khan, victor in the electoral contest for mayor of London, the “first Muslim mayor of a major European city.” They mean, of course, something like “the first Muslim mayor of a really big Western European city in the modern period (say the past two centuries).”

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE

‘Up All Night’ Protests Sweep France as 100,000 Join Pro-Democracy Movement

For 12 nights, protesters have occupied central Paris, and beyond, as part of the burgeoning Nuit Debout (or “Up All Night”) movement.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 READ MORE

How Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Help Terrorists Achieve Their Aims

Recoiling from last week’s carnage in Brussels, Americans may be attracted to the “tough” posturing of Trump and Cruz. Yet we know that the leaders of Islamic State welcome such signs of panic.

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE

The Belgian X-Ray

Sudden, horrific events in the middle of a presidential campaign provide an X-ray of the instincts and thinking of the candidates. We can see what their priorities are, and pick up clues about their character.

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE

What Would Effective Counterterrorism Look Like After Brussels? (Video)

The various nostrums proposed by Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to counter Islamic State terrorism in Europe and North America (armed police patrols of putative “Muslim neighborhoods,” a Muslim exclusion act, etc.) are of course complete nonstarters.

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on Terrorist Attacks in Brussels: ‘Our Violence Is What Created These Groups’ (Video)

Political demands for stronger surveillance of American Muslims consider only the violent displays of terrorism, not the cause, the Truthdig columnist says. “The cause is the U.S. military occupation of the Middle East.”

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Michael Hudson Discuss How We Got to Junk Economics (Video)

The federal debt has exceeded $19 trillion. One reason for the record-high figure is a gigantic Ponzi scheme that defines the U.S. and global economies.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

How Not to Talk About Muslims After a Terrorist Attack

First, stop suggesting that there is something wrong with Muslims because they produce terrorists. All the major world faiths produce violent people. 

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 READ MORE

Live Blog: Anti-Muslim Backlash Against Brussels Killings Begins

After terrorists take dozens of lives in the Belgian capital, Donald Trump talks torture, Ted Cruz calls for a crackdown on Muslim neighborhoods and social media is flooded with condemnation of Islam. The group that has claimed responsibility for the massacre, Islamic State, warns of worse to come.

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 READ MORE

Politicians Push Nuclear ‘Poison Pill’

The economics of nuclear power in Europe are in meltdown, leaving taxpayers facing a heavy burden as the industry clings to pledges of huge public cash injections.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 READ MORE

The Coasts of Western Europe Face an Oceanic Pounding

Extreme weather caused by global warming could lead to more violent, and more frequent, storms devastating beaches on exposed Atlantic coastlines in Europe.

Posted on Mar 19, 2016 READ MORE

In Amsterdam, Refugees Find Shelter From the Storm

A life of displacement is hard, some Europeans oppose the influx and the bureaucracy is not all it could be. But small acts of kindness and human connection ease an anxious situation. Here’s one volunteer’s account from a refugee center.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 READ MORE

Millennials Are Paying for ‘the Western World’s Most Stunning Accounting Disaster to Date’

A staggering Guardian investigation reveals how, far from being “the most indulged young people in the history of the world,” Westerners born in the 1980s and mid-1990s have been betrayed by previous generations that have left them in debt, jobless and locked out of property markets.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 READ MORE

U.K.’s Nuclear Project Falters Again

Hopes of a nuclear revival in Europe are fading as the continent’s biggest new reactor project is put back three years.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: WikiLeaks Reveals Classified Data on European Military Plan Against Refugee Flows

The “hactivist” site has released a classified report detailing Operation Sophia, a European Union military intervention involving “refugee boats” in Libya and the Mediterranean. According to WikiLeaks, the report “presses the responsible EU bodies to help speed up the process of forming a ‘reliable’ government in Libya that in return is expected to ‘invite’ E.U. forces to operate within their Territorial Waters.”

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

10,000 Migrant Children Missing in Europe, EU Police Agency Says

Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, says gangs throughout Europe are targeting young migrants for sex work and slavery.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE

Teenage Girl Admits to Fabricating Migrant Rape Claim That Outraged Germany

A 13-year-old Russian-German girl has admitted to making up a story about being kidnapped and raped by Middle Eastern or North African migrants in a case that outraged Germans and caused far-right protests in Russia.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE

Exasperated by Netanyahu, France Prepares to Recognize Palestinian State

Even the staunchly pro-Israel French Socialist Party has had it with Israeli expansionism and aggression.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE

How Putin Started Winning Big in Syria and Got Europe to Embrace Him

Russia is so far winning big in Syria, and making Moscow’s projection of force in the Middle East a reality that the other great powers have to recognize.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: Charlie Brooker Despairs at 2015, a Year of ‘Fascistic Demagogues’ Capitalizing on Tragedies

With dry wit, the British comedian looks back at the most notable events of 2015, including mass shootings in the United States and beyond, media reactions toward Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s election, and the ominous rise of Donald Trump.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Refugee Crisis Leaves the Deepest, and Cruelest, Mark on 2015

It was a year of Trump, Shkreli, terror attacks, mass murders, police shootings and the legalization of same-sex marriage. But the most significant news was about the thousands fleeing from war or the harsh results of climate change.

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 READ MORE

Interpol Reports That 1 Percent of European Terrorism Was Carried Out by Muslims in 2014 (Video)

Interpol’s latest report on European terrorism, which covers 2014, would obviously look different for the horrible year of 2015. But you can’t judge trends on any one year, and 2014 was more typical of the past decade than 2015.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE

Spain’s Socialists Reject P.M. Mariano Rajoy, Right-Wing Government

In the wake of the latest election, Pedro Sanchez, leader of the Socialists, announced that his party would not support acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, leader of the right-wing People’s Party, to continue in office.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE

2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE

Denmark Wants to Seize Jewelry and Cash From Refugees

The Danish government’s harsh stance on the refugee crisis has hit a new low, with its Folketing—or parliament—considering a law that would allow authorities to confiscate valuables such as jewelry from those trying to claim asylum when entering the country. The proposal would also apply to refugees already in the country.

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: COP21 Climate Conference: In Conversation With an Activist for Migrant Rights

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Reporting for Truthdig from Paris, Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with migrant-rights activist Arturo Trejo about Wednesday’s rally against the criminalization of migration.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Something Remarkable Is Happening on the Political Left in Portugal

After a general election left political options in Portugal a bit hazy this month, a coalition made up of the Socialist, Communist, Green and Left Bloc parties ousted a conservative government that held the reins for a mere 11 days. And that’s not all the anti-austerity Portuguese have done in recent weeks.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE

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