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London Prepares to Water-Cannon Protesting Youth

Britain’s austerity government is expanding its means of subduing an increasingly discontented student population.

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The War on Women on the Internet

Abuse toward women online is out of control and victims shouldn’t simply have to ignore it; college rankings can affect the number of applications an institution receives; meanwhile, actor Rupert Everett argues that closing down London’s red light district is not about protecting women. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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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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Hustler Publisher Asks Authorities to Pardon His Shooter

Larry Flynt, paralyzed by a bullet 35 years ago, doesn’t want his attacker to be executed; Eminem’s latest hit number is homophobic; meanwhile, London plutocrats have been banned from bending building regulations to construct luxurious basement homes. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Beware of Car-Melting Skyscrapers

Remember burning ants with a magnifying glass as a kid? Now imagine the ants are cars and the magnifying glass is a 37-story building in London.

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Prominent British Female Journalists Receiving Bomb Threats

Many women deal with verbal abuse their whole lives—at home, at work or merely walking down the street. Now, some U.K. writers are meeting with a deluge of Internet threats for speaking their minds in public arenas.

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British Terror Attack Suspect Had Watched Friend Cut to Pieces

One of the suspects in the killing of a British military drummer last week saw a friend “literally sliced to pieces” when they were both teenagers.

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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.

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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.

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Oliver Stone Supports Julian Assange

The award-winning director and champion of left-wing causes has defended the WikiLeaks founder against two forthcoming films after revealing that he met Assange at his de facto prison in London’s Ecuadorean Embassy last week.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



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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?

Posted on Apr 9, 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


Have You Heard of Bitcoin?

It’s a virtual currency that travels beyond the reach of banks and centralized regulatory institutions and allows you to transfer money to anyone with an Internet connection, anywhere at any time.

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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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‘The Daily Show’: Stewart Rips NBC Over Olympic Editing

Jon Stewart takes aim at NBC for its decision to edit out a tribute to victims of the 2005 London subway bombings during the Olympics opening ceremonies and instead show Ryan Seacrest interviewing swimmer Michael Phelps.

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Romney Tour ’12: Gaffepalooza

How is Mitt Romney’s summer vacation going? Fine, except for frequent pauses to remove foot from mouth.

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‘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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Mitt’s Olympic Flip-Flop, Shake-Up at CNN, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how Romney could come to the aid of so-called banksters, and John Boehner gives his VP pick.

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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.

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Let Them Eat Sports

As public sector jobs, education, health insurance and social welfare programs crumble amid the specter of economic austerity, the British government has spent more than $14 billion on preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games—far more than the $4 billion that was estimated a few years ago.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE


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Olympic ‘Brand Police’ Are Monitoring What You Say, See and Eat

The Olympics generate a fortune from sponsorships and exclusive deals, and to make sure no one gets in on the action for free, a uniformed force of advert cops has been empowered to patrol the streets of London. Get this: At the London Games, it’s illegal to serve chips.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Missiles on Rooftops During London Olympics?

Residents of an apartment complex in east London are asking if they will be made the targets of attacks if the Ministry of Defense goes through with a plan to station soldiers and surface-to-air missiles atop their building to deter airborne terrorist threats during the Olympic Games.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE



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They Weren’t All the Queen’s Men

Many would consider being knighted or otherwise honored by England’s royals a dream come true. But more than 200 rebellious Brits have declined or returned the honor, refusing to hand their names and legacies over to rulers seeking to bolster their own dubious reputations. John Lennon and authors Roald Dahl and C.S. Lewis are on that list.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE


The Homeless, Wrinkles and All

Life for most of us can be carefully—if unintentionally—structured to avoid confrontation with the sea of human misery, despair and hopelessness around us. Whatever his intention, British photographer Lee Jeffries is interrupting the arrangement.

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London High Court Tells Occupiers to Get Out

On the day it was announced that British unemployment had risen to close to 2.7 million people, a high court judge ruled that Occupy London protesters must dismantle their encampment on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral in the city’s center. The protesters, who expressed both defiance and resolve, were given seven days to appeal the decision.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Cover-Up at the Cathedral

Critics of the financial industry and some clergy members are upset over suppression by St. Paul’s Cathedral of a report that would appear to reveal a shared denial of responsibility for the financial crisis within the London banking community. (more)

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Occupy Movement Shuts Down St. Paul’s in London

An encampment of protesters allied with the Occupy London Stock Exchange, or OccupyLSX, movement has already brought a major city institution to a temporary standstill, but it’s of a different sort, perhaps, from what protesters would ideally want to bring about.

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Naomi Klein on Riots and Resistance

Britain’s riots were not political, we are assured, and looting is simply un-British, but “Shock Doctrine” author Naomi Klein takes a different view: From Iraq to Argentina, when corrupt elites pass the bill to the struggling masses, civil unrest is to be expected.

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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.

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Ding Dong, the Democratic Party Is Dead

America mourns the death of its political parties; printed books are going extinct as ebooks take their place; meanwhile, BlackBerry Messenger plays a significant role in the London riots. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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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


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London Riots: They’re Paying Attention Now

It’s day four of riots and madness in the U.K., and if we want to understand what’s happening, we’d best pay attention to young journalists like Laurie Penny, who wrote Tuesday: “Angry young people with nothing to do and little to lose are turning on their own communities, and they cannot be stopped, and they know it.”

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Londoners Riot for a Third Day (Video)

There were scenes from a “war zone,” as one pub manager described it to the BBC. It’s the third day of rioting in London since police shot and killed 29-year-old Mark Duggan. Both Prime Minister David Cameron and the city’s mayor have canceled their vacations to return to their burning metropolis.

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News of the World Figure Found Dead

Sean Hoare, the former News of the World correspondent who was the first member of Andy Coulson’s staff to claim the editor knew of phone hacking by his reporters, was found dead in his home Monday. (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Let’s Unveil One for the Gipper

This Fourth of July, during a transatlantic Age of Austerity, roughly 2,000 people paid to attend a private celebration near the American Embassy in London’s Grosvenor Square, where a statue of Ronald Reagan was unveiled. (more)

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A Call to Consume

Step right up and watch as one man in London with a megaphone and a cheeky sense of humor gives voice to the many narratives of consumerism—e.g., “Meditation is a waste of good shopping time!”—and has some fun at the local police’s expense while he’s at it.

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Assange Freed on Bail in Britain

On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sprung from jail on bail in London, where he addressed a press throng, cracking wise about how justice in the British system is “not dead yet” and thanking his legal team and journalists who “were not all taken in ...

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Obama: ‘Two Suspicious Packages’ Caught En Route to U.S.

On Friday, President Obama announced that he’d been told Thursday night about two suspicious packages heading to the U.S. from Yemen that turned out to contain explosives and represented a terrorist threat.

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Pope Threatens to Cancel U.K. Trip

It seems the pope can’t take a joke. The Vatican is threatening to cancel a visit to Britain by Benedict XVI after a leaked Foreign Office memo gave suggestions that included a “Benedict condom.”

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How to Report the News

This clip is, as they say across the pond, brilliant. A humorous fellow by the name of Charlie Brooker has cracked the not-so-secret code to how one properly reports the news, and it involves meaningful hand gestures, well-timed freezes, man-on-the-street reportage and headless shots of overweight people milling through metropolitan foot traffic. Watch and learn!

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



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War in Afghanistan: Not in Our Name

Seven out of 10 Britons back The Independent on Sunday’s call for a phased withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan as a landmark report by Oxfam this week exposes the real human cost of the war.

Posted on Nov 15, 2009 READ MORE


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War-Addicted U.S. Afflicted With Imperialist Hangover

There is an important current in conservative U.S. opinion that believes Western Europe to be under something like a siege, or a potential siege, by its large Muslim immigrant population. I should actually say that it’s not just American conservatives, although they write alarmed books about the impending Muslim domination of Europe, and the collapse of European Christianity and identity. They fear the Decline of the West.

Posted on May 19, 2009 READ MORE


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G-20 vs. 6 Billion

No matter how trite it has become for the media to focus on the “clashes” and “violence” that have “erupted” at the G-20 demonstrations in London, stories on the economic summit seem to overlook the legitimate concerns that protesters have against the world’s 20 largest economies orchestrating macroeconomic policy for the rest of the world.

Posted on Apr 1, 2009 READ MORE


Seattle’s Lessons for London

A former police chief of Seattle—who directed the harsh action there against 1999’s WTO protesters—has changed his views on protests, as well as on drugs. The G-20 leaders meeting in London should heed his words.

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