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Jeremy Corbyn to Apologize for Labour Party’s Role in Iraq War

Corbyn, a leading member of the Stop the War coalition and vociferous opponent of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s decision to drag the U.K. into the Iraq War, is expected to say that Labour will “never make the same mistake again.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: The Kind of Society We Want

By Jeremy Corbyn

We celebrate the values of solidarity, of compassion, of social justice, fighting for the underprivileged, and of working for people at home and abroad. These things are not dreams, but practical realities that we, together, intend to achieve.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Jeremy Corbyn, Fighter for Social Justice, Peace and Human Rights

Although his feet have barely touched the ground, the Labour Party’s new leader, a man of principle, is already reinvigorating British politics.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

Jeremy Corbyn Creates a Minister for Mental Health Role in His Opposition Party’s Cabinet

Britain’s new Labour leader, a staunch advocate of mental health programs, has appointed Luciana Berger to the new post in his administration. “We have delivered a unifying, dynamic, inclusive new Shadow Cabinet which for the first time ever has a majority of women,” Corbyn said.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

Where Is Our Jeremy Corbyn?

The election of the socialist to head Britain’s Labour Party is a harbinger of the global revolt against neoliberalism, corporate tyranny and the U.S. war machine. It is time Americans join the fight.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

How Left Wing Is Jeremy Corbyn Actually?

The recently elected head of the U.K. Labour Party has been called a “threat to national security” by British Prime Minister David Cameron and “old-fashioned” by former Prime Minister Tony Blair. But there’s something these establishment politicians are not revealing.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Jeremy Corbyn Set to Become Leader of the U.K.’s Labour Party, Against Huge Odds

Long marginalized by his party’s establishment, the unlikely outsider is set to usher in a return to Labour’s more radical values.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE

Why the Rest of Europe Should Follow Germany’s Lead in the Refugee Crisis

Thousands of years of Europe’s history can be traced via the movements of refugees, but its governments appear to have forgotten these age-old lessons. Robert Fisk hopes we get it right this time.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

New Poll Finds Scotland Would Vote for Independence in a Second Referendum

The survey suggests that 53 percent of Scottish voters would vote “yes” and 44 percent “no,” with 3 percent undecided.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

U.K. Surveillance ‘Worse Than Orwell,’ Says U.N. Privacy Chief

Joseph Cannataci, recently appointed as the first U.N. digital privacy chief, has called British oversight a “bad joke” and says the world needs a “Geneva Convention” for the Internet to safeguard personal data.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE

Extreme Weather Puts Africa’s Food Security at Risk

A British government scientific panel says increasingly frequent heat waves, droughts and other extreme weather threaten more—and more severe—global food crises.

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 READ MORE

U.K.’s Leading Scientists Urge Immediate Climate Action

The pre-eminent institutions in British science and engineering—some with long records of promoting fossil fuels—say the U.K. should lead the way to a zero carbon world.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE

World Leaders Huddle, Haggle Over Greece’s Future

Aside from monetary considerations, time is clearly the most important commodity in the ongoing crunch sessions between Greek and European leaders as they hash out a potential rescue strategy to keep Greece in the eurozone and out of financial free fall.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

Carbon Capture Goes Down the Tubes

One of the much-heralded solutions to climate change—which supporters believe could enable the world to continue burning fossil fuels—looks likely to be a failure.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: David Cameron Says All Law-Abiding U.K. Citizens Will Essentially Be Treated as Terrorists

“For too long we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens so long as you obey the law we will leave you alone,” David Cameron announced after his reelection. It is possibly one of the scariest statements a Western leader has made in the past century.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE

New Energy Policy Needed as Nuclear Giants Take a Hit

Plans for a worldwide fleet of huge new nuclear reactors have collapsed, with the cancellation of a major project and no new orders being placed.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE

United Kingdown

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

Flood Risk to Nuclear Sites Raises Meltdown Fears

Sea level rise, storm surges and bursting dams all pose an increasing danger to nuclear power stations as the climate changes.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE

England Set for Big Increase in Record Warm Years

Research using records dating back to 1659 shows at least a 13-fold rise in the likelihood of human-influenced climate change pushing up temperatures in central England.

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE

Unfinished Nuclear Plants Raise Safety Doubts

A new generation of giant reactors, meant to provide fresh hope for nuclear power in Europe, has been found to have a serious safety problem.

Posted on Apr 13, 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

Did British Security Services Drive ‘Jihadi John’ to Join Islamic State?

Documented evidence suggests the United Kingdom’s MI5 drove a young Muslim man to the brink of madness.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE

Anti-Semitism on the Rise in the U.K.

Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.K. are at an all-time high, with reports of violence, property damage, abuse and threats against members of Britain’s Jewish population in 2014 more than double the number from the year before.

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 READ MORE

Europe Provides State Support for Nuclear Power

The controversial decision that Europe will allow state subsidies for nuclear power is likely to face a legal challenge by opponents who believe it will kill off the market for renewable energy.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 READ MORE

‘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.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE

Austerity-Hit Britons Have Sex Less Than Once a Week

A British Observer survey found that the average British adult has sex just four times a month, a drop from a 2008 figure of seven times a month, prompting questions of whether the change has anything to do with the ongoing economic doldrums.

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 READ MORE

‘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.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE


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Scotland Rejects Independence From U.K.

Scottish voters preserved the country’s 307-year-old union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Thursday as the party opposed to secession took numerous areas that could have gone to the yes campaign.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE

Ian Paisley’s Real Legacy: A Political Postmortem

Although he may have shown a softer side to those who knew him, the Northern Irish politician did more to fan the flames of sectarianism than any other figure.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE

Study: Turmoil in the Middle East Threatens Global Food Security

A new study shows that continued conflict in the Middle East poses extreme risks to the world’s essential food supplies. This indirect consequence of ongoing turmoil has the potential to cause mass starvation in the future.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE

Scotland’s Voice

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE

Scotland’s About to Vote on Its Independence, Not That America’s Noticed

The U.S. government and media haven’t really weighed in on the Sept. 18 Scottish independence vote, despite the fact that some polls are showing that a majority of Scots will vote yes. And yes, this would have “serious policy ramifications” for America, according to The Guardian’s Nicky Woolf.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Sends Word to Congress About New Iraq Airstrikes

President Obama carried out some official business on Labor Day, giving Congress a heads-up Monday about a new round of airstrikes in Iraq he had previously approved.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE

Julian Assange on WikiLeaks, Snowden and His New Bid for Freedom

“Democracy Now!” speaks to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has lived as a political prisoner for more than two years, in what the show says is the first time a U.S. news program has entered his place of refuge.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on May 11, 2014 READ MORE

Space Technology Aids Water Power

One of the most modern technologies, satellite imagery, is helping to exploit one of the greenest and most traditional—water power.

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 READ MORE

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Do Yourself a Favor: Watch the British Pathé’s Bizarre and Chilling News Clips Now on YouTube

The archive of the Pathé cinema newsreels that documented the “first 70 years of the 20th century” in the United Kingdom and beyond has been released onto YouTube. Some of the videos, such as those of the human fish and the 140-pound 3-year-old, are just too weird not to watch.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE

U.K. Seabirds Sound Climate Warning

Once-familiar Scottish seabirds are among species whose numbers in the U.K. are falling sharply, scientists say—and the suspicion is that climate change is to blame.

Posted on Mar 29, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE

Suicides in Northern Ireland Equal to Number Killed in ‘Troubles’

The flames of conflict may be out, but parts of the country continue to glow as a legacy of violence remains with survivors of a sectarian dispute that lasted almost three decades and killed about 3,600 people.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE

Cameron and Europe

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 READ MORE

Free Movement in the EU

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE

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China May Own U.K.’s Nuclear Stations

Electricity prices in the United Kingdom are expected to double as a consequence of the British decision to allow Chinese companies to own 100 percent of new British nuclear power stations.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE

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Prove You’re Gay to Stay in the U.K.

The United Kingdom’s Border Agency is demanding that people seeking asylum from prosecution in other countries due to their sexual preferences provide evidence of their homosexuality. Its line of questioning has led some to extremes just to ensure their own safety.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE

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