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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


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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


VIDEO: Will Europe Address the Muslims of Its ‘Marginalized Ghettos’?

As authorities search a locked-down Brussels for suspects in this month’s Paris attacks, Belgian-born Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director for Human Rights Watch, talks about the pockets of European cities where many migrants live.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Did Islamic State’s Paris Attacks Bolster Bashar Assad? Spain Calls Him the ‘Lesser Evil’

No country was more insistent that Bashar Assad must go than France. But now, as Islamic State looms large as enemy No. 1, Europe is reconsidering the Syrian dictator’s fate.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



Can France Craft an Alliance With Putin and Obama Against Islamic State? (Video)

French President Francois Hollande is seeking a new relationship with Russia after the Islamic State attacks on Paris and the Russian conclusion that a bomb downed a Russian airliner in Egypt’s Sinai last month.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Why EU Labeling of Israeli Squatter Goods Could Affect the Israeli Economy

The European Union will probably issue a ruling Wednesday that goods produced in the occupied Palestinian West Bank by Israeli squatters must be so labeled.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



First They Jailed the Bankers. Now All Icelanders Will Get a Payout From Bank Sale.

Iceland’s revolutionary approach to dealing with the international financial meltdown of 2008 certainly deserves every bit of the attention it has garnered.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



Malnutrition and ‘Victorian’ Diseases Are Soaring in England ‘Due to Food Poverty and Cuts’

Cases of malnutrition have doubled and other “Victorian” diseases are soaring in the U.K., in what campaigners say is a direct result of Tory government austerity measures.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



Big CO2 Emitters Shift Reduction Burden to Poorer Nations

Researchers say emissions reduction targets set by China, the U.S. and Europe place harsh demands on the rest of the world, and could cast a pall over the Paris climate summit.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



Ottomans Saved the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Ancestors; Now He Says Islam Was Never Part of Europe

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban not only continued to defend his anti-immigrant bigotry but went on to say that Islam has never been part of Europe.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE



There Seems to Be Nothing We Can Do About Valued Journalistic Pieces Disappearing From the Internet

A Pulitzer Prize-winning piece of investigative journalism has been absorbed into the vortex of the World Wide Web; refugees are still moving toward Europe, despite the onset of winter; and Bernie Sanders is playing an important and unexpected role in the Democratic presidential race. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



Sweden Is Moving Toward the 6-hour Workday — and It’s Turning Out Great

Sweden’s experiment aimed at transforming the workday is having unexpected results.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE



Hamburg Passes Law to Seize Vacant Buildings to House Refugees

As hundreds of refugees and other migrants flow into the German city of Hamburg each day, a new law will allow for the seizure of empty commercial buildings to house the newcomers. Some have had to sleep outdoors, an increasingly precarious situation as temperatures drop.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE



Pro-Independence Parties Win Big in Catalonia’s Regional Election

Together the nationalist coalition Junts pel Sí and the Popular Unity Candidacy party in Spain won the absolute majority of parliamentary seats in Sunday’s regional election in Catalonia.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE



Can a Divided Europe Handle the Refugee Crisis?

Deaths at sea and a chaotic refugee influx reflect the failure of European Union leaders to settle on a common immigration policy, one of Italy’s top elected officials tells ProPublica.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE



The Migrant Crisis: Arms That Welcome, Arms That Kill

Ironically, many migrants are running toward the very countries that sold the weapons that are fueling the warfare they are fleeing.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE


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