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Did Trump-Style Islamophobia Break Up the European Union? (Video)

It seems undeniable that an irrational fear of Muslim immigrants played at least some part in the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 READ MORE


John Oliver on ‘Brexit’: Brits Would Be ‘Bat-Shit Crazy’ to Leave the European Union (Video)

On the upcoming British referendum on whether the U.K. should exit the E.U., the “Last Week Tonight” host expresses his ideas in a “violently British” way—some of which involves a hateful song.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Jo Cox, British Parliament Member Who Was Slain

Cox, a progressive, fought hard for any cause that inspired her, such as the plight of Syrian refugees and keeping Britain in the European Union—two that may have inflamed her killer.

Posted on Jun 19, 2016 READ MORE



Glad Tidings for the Potential of Sea Power

The daily ebb and flow of the tides promise a renewable energy bonanza for countries such as Canada and the U.K., which have shallow seas and a steep tidal range.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE



British PM David Cameron’s Tiff With Donald Trump Over Muslims: The Hypocrisy Factor (Video)

When Donald Trump announced his monstrous and yet daffy plan to exclude Muslims from the United States, British Prime Minister David Cameron called him out. The plan, he said, is “divisive, stupid and wrong.”

Posted on May 17, 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



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.

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VIDEO: Jeremy Corbyn Takes Down Big Banks During Surprise Appearance

By Natasha Hakimi

“The bankers created a crisis, the government’s responded by cutting services, increasing the costs of the poorest people and making the richest even richer,” the leader of Britain’s Labour Party said Thursday night at the O2 Forum Kentish Town, a concert hall in London.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Trevor Noah: British Debate on Barring Donald Trump Was Mostly an Excuse to Ridicule the Guy

“The greatest part about this whole debate is that it actually wasn’t a debate,” says the “Daily Show” host about the U.K.’s recent discussion of a petition to bar Donald Trump from entering Britain. “It turns out Parliament didn’t even hold a vote. They were all just there to sit around and make fun of Donald Trump.”

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Free to Be a Fool’: Behind the Scenes at the British Parliament’s Debate on Banning Trump

Truthdig’s Natasha Hakimi Zapata reports from London on the debate over whether the Republican presidential front-runner should be denied entry into the U.K.—while examining her own conflicted views on the subject.

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Britain’s Debate Over Keeping Donald Trump Out, by the Numbers (Video)

The British Parliament will soon debate whether to bar Donald Trump, the U.S. Republican presidential front-runner, from entering the U.K. because of his hate speech.

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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



Reinventing Banking: From Russia to Iceland to Ecuador

These transformations, current and proposed, are constructive steps toward streamlining the banking system, eliminating the risks that have devastated individuals and governments, democratizing money, and promoting sustainable and prosperous economies.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 READ MORE



2003 All Over Again? On Eve of Syria Vote, U.K. Is Warned Against ‘Rush to War’

“We must do everything we can to stop MPs voting the U.K. into its fourth war on a Muslim country in 14 years,” Stop the War coalition says.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE



Study Finds British Press ‘Systematically Undermined’ Progressive Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn

In an analysis of nearly 500 articles on the recently elected U.K. Labour Party head, the Media Reform Coalition found that the majority of the pieces printed were “ ‘negative,’ meaning they were openly hostile or expressed animosity or ridicule.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



Apple Boss Says He’ll Resist U.K. Spy Law

Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged Wednesday to resist the British government’s effort to gain access to digital users’ encrypted data through a proposed spying law.

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VIDEO: British Actor Benedict Cumberbatch: F*** the Politicians’ Response to Syrian Refugee Crisis

The British actor gave many impassioned speeches about the Syrian refugee crisis at the end of his performances as Hamlet in London, but one speech differed in a very specific way.

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Bush’s Lap Dog Tony Blair Can’t Even Apologize Correctly for Destabilizing the Middle East (Video)

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday reiterated some of his previous half-hearted “apologies” for illegally launching a war of aggression on Iraq in 2003.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



U.K. Accused of Rigging Market Against Renewables

As electricity from renewable sources tops 25 percent in the U.K., the government is challenged to create a level playing field by scrapping nuclear and fossil-fuel subsidies.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE



How the Left Can Win in the U.K. and Elsewhere

One of the lessons of Jeremy Corbyn’s election to the head of the British Labour Party is that the “entrenched, institutional power of the Right” can be undone only by combining the passions of disparate social groups in a broad populist movement.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Anti-Establishment Member of Parliament Jeremy Corbyn Elected Leader of U.K. Labour Party

The previously obscure British parliamentarian whom The Guardian likened to Bernie Sanders has been elected leader of the Labour Party with 59.5 percent of the vote—“a stunning first-round victory that was bigger than the mandate for Tony Blair in 1994.”

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 READ MORE



The Real Reason Jeremy Corbyn Deserves to Be the Next U.K. Labour Party Leader

The U.K. socialist supports many progressive policies, but there’s one in particular that makes him worthy of heading the Labour Party; some TV shows can have a strong impact on our psychological tendencies; meanwhile, target shooters are destroying ancient rock art in Utah. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE



Meet the U.K.’s Bernie Sanders

Like our very own Bernie Sanders, socialist Jeremy Corbyn, who’s likely to be the next leader of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party, has “tapped a deep well of resentment against the mainstream political elite.”

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VIDEO: Tens of Thousands of Brits Sign Petition Asking That Netanyahu Be Arrested for War Crimes

Bibi’s scheduled visit to the U.K. next month is already mired in controversy now that a petition calling for the Israeli prime minister’s arrest upon arrival to London has gone viral.

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VIDEO: Here’s How Insane Our Lack of Gun Control Looks From Abroad

In a clip that’s as relevant today as it was two years ago when it was filmed, British comedian Charlie Brooker takes a hard look at the gun violence that now characterizes America.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Revealed: The West’s Role in the Genocide at Srebrenica

A new investigation into declassified evidence shows that, in an attempt to secure a larger peace deal, British, American and French governments knowingly left the Muslim population of the Bosnian town vulnerable to a genocide that killed 8,000 men and boys in 1995.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE



Iceland Jailed Bankers and Rejected Austerity—and It’s Been a Success

Iceland’s insistence on following a different drummer after the global economic collapse is evidence that a more ethical approach can work.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE



David Cameron Unleashes Frightening Attack on ‘Tolerance’ Through Proposed Extremism Laws

The British prime minister has drawn criticism from civil liberties groups that claim the ban on “extremists” could be adapted to cover anyone, including protesters the government disagrees with.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on May 12, 2015 ENLARGE



How David Cameron’s Wizardry Won Him the U.K. Election

Prime Minister David Cameron’s surprising success in winning an outright majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament is the result of a paradox: The country’s center both held and flew apart at the same time.

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE


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Five More Years of Tory Government: What Fresh Hell Is This?

Now free to pursue a radical agenda, David Cameron will lead Britain even further down the murky path of austerity, privatization, increased surveillance and jingoism.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on May 8, 2015 ENLARGE


John Cleese Gives Yanks the Lowdown on the U.K. Elections

Confused about the Tories? And who’s this Miliband guy, anyway?

Posted on May 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Britain’s Election 2015









Posted on May 7, 2015 ENLARGE



442 Mental Health Experts Call for an End to Austerity

Austerity cuts and “neoliberal thinking” among policymakers are having a “profoundly disturbing” effect on Britons’ psychological and emotional well-being, say hundreds of counselors, psychotherapists and academics in a letter to The Guardian.

Posted on Apr 19, 2015 READ MORE



Western Europe’s Right-Wing Parties Are Sensational but Ineffectual

The current transatlantic view of Europe is one of continental political decline, elegant at best but ominous at worst.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE



Unhappy 21st Birthday for the U.K.’s Nuclear White Elephants

A state-of-the-art British plant intended to help cut greenhouse gas emissions by reusing spent nuclear fuel will close after years of what critics call “commercial and technical failure.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Companies Are Leading Bidders in British Health Service Sell-Off

Cancer and end-of-life services relied on by some 3.8 million beneficiaries of the British National Health Service may be sold off to private U.S. health care companies that will be free to restructure the services along lines of profitability rather than quality of care.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE



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European Allies Are Declaring Their Independence from Irresponsible U.S.

Britain, Germany and France are all posting signs of dissent in the West.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE



Most U.K. Sex Workers Once Held Jobs in the Mainstream Economy, Study Shows

More than 70 percent of sex workers in the U.K. previously worked in health care, education or charities—while more than a third hold university degrees, according to one of the largest surveys of the industry ever taken.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE



How Germany and the U.K. Benefited From Greece and Spain’s Brain Drain

As Greece tries to come to an “honorable agreement” with austerity-loving eurozone finance ministers, let’s not forget who stood to gain the most from the financial crises in southern Europe.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE


Modern Politicians Bewilder Us Into Submission by Treating Reality Like Conceptual Art

From Putin’s Russia to Cameron’s United Kingdom to Obama’s United States, information has become increasingly baffling and contradictory—which helps if you’re an oligarch trying to rob the public blind.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


We as Individuals Became ‘Ever More Powerless’ and ‘Unable to Challenge Anything’ in 2014

In “Charlie Brooker’s 2014 Wipe,” the British satirist and creator of the dystopian show “Black Mirror” takes a hard look at the news highlights of the past year and comes to the grim realization that we live in a time in which the powers that be are continually destabilizing what we understand as reality to further exert their control over the masses.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



What on Earth Is Boxing Day?

Ever wonder why many of our British cousins open gifts on the 26th of December? The answer may be more elusive than you expect.

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 READ MORE



Bronze Age Lost Its Cutting Edge Before Climate Crisis

Archaeologists claim to have unearthed evidence in Ireland that it was the rising power of iron, not climate change, that brought about the collapse of many ancient civilizations.

Posted on Nov 23, 2014 READ MORE



The Simple Reason Behind Why Europe Can Have Climate Targets and the U.S. Can’t

The European Union climate summit has agreed to cut emissions by 40% by 2030, after hard bargaining by Poland and the U.K. failed to derail an agreement.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE



U.K. Parliament Urges Recognition of Palestine in a Symbolic Vote

There are 650 members of the British parliament, so the vote Monday by 271 of them to recognize Palestine is hardly an overwhelming victory for supporters of this position. However, the symbolic impact of the vote is quite large.

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE


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