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Down the memory hole
The Trump administration seems intent on tossing recent history down the memory hole. Admittedly, Americans have never been known for their strong grasp of facts about their past. Still, as we struggle to keep up with the constantly shifting explanations and pronouncements of the new administration, it becomes ever harder to remember the events of yesterday, let alone last week, or last month. The credibility swamp Trump and his spokespeople routinely substitute “alternative facts” for what (...)- Open pageLittle big man
A quagmire country Think of him as a messenger from the gods, the deities of empire gone astray. They sent us a man without a center, undoubtedly because 17 years into the twenty-first century our country lacks a center, and a man without a fixed opinion or a single conviction, except about himself and his family, because this country is now a swirling mess of contradictory beliefs and groups at each other's throats. They sent us our first billionaire president who left countless people (...)- Open pageBoycott Trump
In normal times, Dee from New York would have ordered her copy of The Handmaid's Tale from Amazon, but these are not normal times. Amazon is on the Grab Your Wallet list, a campaign to boycott retailers that sell Trump family products, which began as a response to the video revealing our now-president's penchant for grabbing women “by the pussy.” Dee bought her book from a smaller retailer instead. Since Donald Trump's election in November, and especially since his January inauguration, (...)- Open pageWhistleblowers, moral injury, and endless war
“My guilt will never go away,” former Marine Matthew Hoh explained to me. “There is a significant portion of me that doesn't believe it should be allowed to go away, that this pain is fair.” If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept something else as well: that the costs of war are similarly endless. I'm thinking about the trillions of dollars, the million or more “enemy” dead (a striking percentage of them civilians), the tens of thousands of American combat (...)- Open pageForty-five blows against democracy
Much outrage has been expressed in recent weeks over President Donald Trump's invitation for a White House visit to Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, whose “war on drugs” has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings. Criticism of Trump was especially intense given his similarly warm public support for other authoritarian rulers like Egypt's Abdel Fatah al-Sisi (who visited the Oval Office to much praise only weeks earlier), Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan (who got a congratulatory (...)- Open pageMemory loss in the garden of violence
Some years ago, a newspaper article credited a European visitor with the wry observation that Americans are charming because they have such short memories. When it comes to the nation's wars, however, he was not entirely on target. Americans embrace military histories of the heroic “band of American brothers” sort, especially involving World War II. They possess a seemingly boundless appetite for retellings of the Civil War, far and away the country's most devastating conflict where American (...)- Open pageIran elections: presidential debates or reality TV show?
The third and final round of the presidential debates took place on May 12, a week before Iranians head to the polls to cast their votes on May 19. The debate was supposed to focus on the Iranian economy but instead became a platform for every other grievance. The debate degenerated into a spectacle – a vulgar reality TV show – which elicited tears, cheers and jeers among many: decades after a revolution that was meant to fight corruption and injustice, Iran's senior politicians are mired in (...)- Outside in / Exclusive/CommentThe American way of war is a budget-breaker
When Donald Trump wanted to “do something” about the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria, he had the U.S. Navy lob 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield (cost: $89 million). The strike was symbolic at best, as the Assad regime ran bombing missions from the same airfield the very next day, but it did underscore one thing: the immense costs of military action of just about any sort in our era. While $89 million is a rounding error in the Pentagon's $600 billion budget, it represents (...)- Open page
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Putin and Macron reach a wary détenteMutual and repeated references to centuries of friendship between their two nations weren’t enough to muffle the subtext of the profound differences between French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin.Paris mayor vows to halt black feminist festival, then backtracksThe Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo, has announced that a “solution” has been found after she pledged yesterday to ban a black feminist festival set to take place in July.Merkel's blunt speech sparks fears of rupture in transatlantic pactGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel hinted that a major geostrategic shift may be under way when she told a Munich rally on Sunday that Europe must fight “for our destiny” in the wake of Brexit and an apparent US withdrawal from the world stage.Video: Ukraine’s ‘frozen war’ incites fear and povertyThe term 'frozen war' is often used to describe the stalemate between soldiers and Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine, but three years of conflict continue to spread fear and poverty among a forgotten population.Police make fresh arrest over Manchester bombingBritish police said on Monday they had arrested a 16th person in connection with the Manchester suicide bombing last week. Security services also announced two inquiries into how it missed the danger posed by the bomber.Cannes 2017: Sweden's Ruben Östlund wins Palme d’Or for 'The Square'Swedish director Ruben Östlund has won a surprise Palme d'Or for his satire of the art world and confused male identity, wrapping up a 70th anniversary edition of the Cannes Film Festival that was dominated by middle-class woes.Nadal and nemesis Djokovic to feature at French OpenRecord nine-time winner Rafael Nadal and title-holder Novak Djokovic play Monday, while other champions and rising stars meet in the women's first round.Verdict on French President Macron’s first international test: A+All eyes were on the French president this week as he made his debut on the international stage. Did Emmanuel Macron win his first real diplomatic and image test on the international stage?
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Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
Macron talks Syria, LGBT rights, fake news with PutinThe French and Russian presidents have met in Versailles and discussed "points of friction." They included Russian media "organs of influence and propaganda" in the French election campaign.Will Modi's Germany trip give thrust to free trade?Indian PM Narendra Modi has been welcomed at the German government's Meseberg Castle ahead of talks with Chancellor Merkel. Modi said the visit would "open a new chapter" in the countries' strategic partnership.Syrian rebels leave besieged Damascus district after government dealMore than a thousand rebels and others have left the Barzeh neighborhood of Damascus as part of a "reconciliation" deal. Fighters and civilians have been granted safe passage, allowing the government to retake control.Storm rips through Moscow streets, many killedA deadly thunderstorm has damaged homes and toppled hundreds of trees in and around Moscow, while also disrupting air traffic at nearby airports. Officials described the event as "unprecedented" for the Russian capital.UK's 'Big Brother' anti-terror strategy is flawed, UN expert saysThere has been an alarming shift towards criminalization of peaceful protest and free expression in the UK, according to a UN report. It warned about a growing "Big Brother" culture of state surveillance and suspicion.Tiger kills female zookeeper in UK 'accident'A woman died after entering a zoo enclosure with a tiger at Hamerton Zoo Park in the UK, police have said. The incident, which appeared to be a "freak accident," prompted an evacuation at the park.Vieirinha's thunderbolt keeps Wolfsburg in the BundesligaWolfsburg maintained their Bundesliga status with a 1-0 win in the second leg of the promotion/relegation playoff. After missing several first half chances, Eintracht Braunschweig face another season in the second tier.German autobahn's 'backdoor' privatization rowGermany is opening the door to the privatization of one of its most-loved institutions - the autobahn - according to campaigners. Critics also fear that other public services could soon be sacrificed to investors.
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A Trans-Atlantic Turning Point: What Was Merkel Thinking?An historical turning point or mere campaign bluster? Chancellor Angela Merkel's Sunday speech on relations with Donald Trump's America has raised eyebrows the world over. What did she mean?EU Commissioner Malmström: 'Millions of U.S. Jobs Depend On Trade with EU'In an interview, European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström of Sweden discusses the best way of dealing with free trade foe Donald Trump, unfair Chinese business practices and why it will likely take a "number of years" before the EU reaches a deal on future ties with post-Brexit Britain.Battling Islamic State: A Visit to the Mosul FrontThe fight against Islamic State in western Mosul is chaotic and brutal, with up to 200,000 civilians still trapped in the IS-held Old Town. DER SPIEGEL visited the front in Iraq to see how the battle is progressing.Trump's Travails: US President Can't Escape Troubles on the RoadMired in a web of scandal and lies back home, Donald Trump embarked on his first international trip this week to the Middle East and Europe. It was seen by the administration as a possible new beginning. But it hasn't worked out that way.Trump in Brussels: 'The Germans Are Bad, Very Bad'At a meeting with European Union leaders on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump was sharply critical of Germany. DER SPIEGEL spoke with meeting participants.Malta Leaks: Playing the Shell Game in the MediterraneanMalta poses as a model member of the European Union, but it makes its living off of large European companies seeking to avoid higher tax rates back home. DER SPIEGEL went to the island nation to investigate, and found a lot of empty offices and empty words.Deterrence or Détente: How Can NATO Best Address the Russian Threat?With fears growing over potential Russian aggression in Europe, NATO is once again promoting a strategy of deterrence. But is higher military spending in response to the world's crises the right answer?Dodgy Gaming Business: Malta Plays Fast and Loose with Online Gambling FirmsWhen it comes to online gaming, Malta is a true paradise. The country's supervisory controls are loose and officials often look the other way, opening the door for possible money laundering and tax evasion, a whistleblower claims.
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Grande Dame of Fashion Laura Biagiotti DiesThe designer was 73 years old, and started out in her mother’s dressmaking shop. The New York Times dubbed her the “queen of cashmere”. She was the first big name to hold shows in Beijing and MoscowDonald Trump Meets Pope in VaticanThe US president was accompanied by an entourage of 12 people, including his wife Melania, wearing a black dress and veil, as protocol demands. Her daughter Ivanka was also present, accompanied by her husband Jared KushnerNicky Hayden in Critical Condition after Cycling AccidentThe Honda racer was out training with a group of cyclists when he was hit by a car. He was airlifted to hospital in Cesena with a broken pelvis and head injuriesSoldiers and Policeman Knifed in Milan's Central Station- At 8pm on Thursday evening, a 20-year-old man stabbed a police officer and two soldiers in Milan's Central Station. The young man, an Italian-Tunisian who had previously been arrested for drug trafficking, turned on the officers during a routine check. He was later charged with attempted murder. According to investigators, the assailant had begun to display fundamentalist leanings.Student Uses Facebook to Stop Screening of Anti-Vaccine Film“Vaxxed”, a documentary about Andrew Wakefield, the British radiologist who was struck off the medical register after suggesting a link between vaccines and autism in 1998, was originally scheduled to be shown on 21 JuneItaly’s CentenariansThere is a new social class, that of the “senior elderly”. We look at Siena, which heads Italy’s league table. “Our secret? The community life, that means we’re never alone”Landmark Ruling on Maintenance in Divorce CaseSupreme Court judgment overturns 30 years of case law: from now on the benchmark for levels of maintenance will be based on an assessment of the independence or economic self-sufficiency of the former spouse requesting it. The divorce case involved Vittorio Grilli, Minister of the Economy in the Monti governmentMaria Elena Boschi and M5S Clash over Banca EtruriaLatest dispute triggered off by the revelations of former “Corriere della Sera” editor Ferruccio de Bortoli in his book “Poteri forti (o quasi)”, who alleges she asked Unicredit to take over her father’s bank.
- (Italy)La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
Spread closes up 13 on 188 (2)Rome, May 29 - The spread between Italian and German 10-year bond yields, a gauge of Italy's borrowing costs and of market confidence in the Italian economy, closed up 13 points on 188 points Monday, compared to 175 at Friday's close, with the yield up 0.02% to 2.16% from 2.14% at Friday's close. ThMilan bourse closes 2% down (2)Milan, May 29 - The Milan bourse closed 0.2% down Monday with the bellwether FTSE-MIB index falling to 20,783 points. Paris closed 0.08% down and Frankfurt 0.21% up. London was closed for a holiday.Soccer: Totti says goodbye after 25 years (3)Rome, May 29 - A tearful Francesco Totti said goodbye to 70,000 tearful fans at the Olimpico after playing the final game in a 25-year career for his only club, home town team Roma. "The lights have gone out, I'm afraid, I need you," said the 40-year-old legendary Roma skipper, reading out a farewelSoccer: Totti says will play on (2)Rome, May 29 - AS Roma great Francesco Totti said at his farewell dinner Sunday night that he would play on, "I don't know where but I'll continue", according to previously unseen video footage in which the former Roma skipper says, apparently joking: "the letter isn't finished yet, it goes on sayinItalians make stem-cell MS advanceRome, May 29 - An Italian team has made a major advance in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) with neural stem cells. The first of 12 Italian MS patients was injected with the cells, taken from fetal nerves, on Friday at Milan's San Raffaele Hospital. The transplant is set to be monitored overFerrante 'intrigued' by her novels becoming TV seriesRome, May 29 - The author writing under the pseudonym Elena Ferrante has said that she is "intrigued" by the fact that one of her Neapolitan novels is being made into a eight-part television mini-series. She added, in an interview with the New York Times published on May 26, that it is a "radical chItaly garners honours in CannesCannes, May 29 - The curtain fell on the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, with the main success for Italy claimed by Jasmine Trinca as best actress for her performance in 'Fortunata' in the Un Certain Regard section. Italian actress Monica Bellucci hosted the opening and closing cMeasure replacing vouchers 'consistent' says Poletti (3)Rome, May 29 - A white paper approved by the House budget committee with new regulations for occasional work replacing scrapped vouchers is "consistent with the framework we chose as government," Labour MInister Giuliano Poletti said Monday. He said the new instrument was "much more limited" than th
- (Spain)In English Section | EL PAÍS
In English Section | EL PAÍS
Catalan government says referendum date to be announced within two weeksCarles Puigdemont responds to pressure from pro-sovereignty groups to speed up independence process described by Spanish PM Rajoy as like a “Brexit” for SpainSpain sees huge spike in cyberattacks against key infrastructureNational Cybersecurity Institute says biggest concern is protecting the country’s electricity networksBoy loses both legs after jumping between trains on Madrid MetroTwitter user had captured video on Line 1 just moments before of youngsters standing on coupling#Hashtagcampaña: Mexican gubernatorial candidate’s tweet gaffeA design blunder by political party Encuentro Social in the state of Nayarit has been turned into a internet memeThe Ecuadoran glassfrog whose heart can be seen beatingThe newly discovered species is already under threat from oil exploration in the Amazon, warn scientistsThe food poisoning scam that Brits are using for a free Spanish vacationFalse gastroenteritis claims have shot up 700%, as “claims farmers” target clients on site at hotels in popular destinationsSpanish fireman accused of gender abuse has sex change during caseCourts may no longer have jurisdiction as there is no provision in gender violence law for women who abuse other womenAnimal rights: “No one is going to touch Margarita the cow”Spanish Vegan NGO garners 170,000 signatures to save unregistered pet bovine facing slaughter
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How online gambling in Spain has reached record highs
European countries have benefited from the taxable revenue that a legalised online gaming industry provides, with Spain a providing a prominent example
The post How online gambling in Spain has reached record highs appeared first on Olive Press News Spain.Loss of Miro’s The Reaper an artistic tragedy and a casualty of Spanish Civil War
Genius alerted world to horrors perpetrated by Franco
The post Loss of Miro’s The Reaper an artistic tragedy and a casualty of Spanish Civil War appeared first on Olive Press News Spain.Ex-Blue Peter star and Mallorca resident John Noakes dies after Alzheimer’s battle
Ex-presenter who lived in Andratx dies in sleep
The post Ex-Blue Peter star and Mallorca resident John Noakes dies after Alzheimer’s battle appeared first on Olive Press News Spain.Girl’s football team wins boys league title
A GIRL’S football team has made history after triumphing in a Spanish boys league. It comes after the girls of AEM Lleida
The post Girl’s football team wins boys league title appeared first on Olive Press News Spain.New Mallorca Olive Press columnist Hamish Goddard’s month of Ferraris, yachts and motorbikes
By Hamish Goddard IT’s been one hell of a hectic month for someone like me who loves boats, bikes and, basically, anything
The post New Mallorca Olive Press columnist Hamish Goddard’s month of Ferraris, yachts and motorbikes appeared first on Olive Press News Spain.WATCH: Moment drunk British driver veered onto pavement in incident that left eight injured
The incident took place outside Ocean Bar
The post WATCH: Moment drunk British driver veered onto pavement in incident that left eight injured appeared first on Olive Press News Spain.Ex SAS-trained security guards sent to Spain to protect tourists from ISIS terror attacks
Tour operators dispatch 100 former soldiers after threat to mainland Spain, Balearic Islands and Canary Islands
The post Ex SAS-trained security guards sent to Spain to protect tourists from ISIS terror attacks appeared first on Olive Press News Spain.Former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno makes Mallorca visit
Ex-fighter star attraction at Mood Beach
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'I'm no dictator,' Jeremy Corbyn tells Paxman in election interview
Labour leader defends discrepancies between manifesto and his beliefs on Trident and monarchy as Theresa May faces intense questioning over Brexit
Jeremy Corbyn has said he is “not a dictator” as he justified why a series of long-held beliefs, including scrapping Trident, nationalising Britain’s banks and dissolving the monarchy, had not been included in Labour’s manifesto.
The opposition leader made the comments in the face of intense questioning from a studio audience and interviewer Jeremy Paxman, who also called Theresa May a “blowhard” in the May v Corbyn Live: the Battle for No 10 programme aired on Channel 4 and Sky News.Continue reading...Report reveals scale of food bank use in the UK
Project by Independent Food Aid Network finds at least 2,000 food banks giving out parcels, with demand continuing to grow
There are at least 2,000 food banks operating in the UK, giving out emergency food parcels on a weekly basis to people in hardship, according to research that shines fresh light on the rapid growth of charity food provision in austerity Britain.
The research complements established information on UK food bank use compiled by the Trussell Trust, Britain’s biggest food bank network, which collects extensive data from its members and recently reported that it gave out a record 1.2m food parcels to families and individuals in need in 2016-17, the ninth successive year in which demand had risen.Continue reading...John Noakes, former Blue Peter presenter, dies
BBC children’s TV presenter from 1960s and 70s who became famous for his ‘Get down, Shep!’ catchphrase has died aged 83
- Blue Peter’s daredevil: John Noakes obituary
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Blue Peter’s longest-serving presenter, John Noakes, fondly remembered by a generation of children’s television viewers for encounters with special guests including an incontinent baby elephant, has died at his home in Spain aged 83, after suffering for many years from Alzheimer’s disease.Continue reading...Manchester attack: man arrested in Sussex as investigation continues
Police say 23-year-old man, who is understood to be chief executive of Libyan online marketplace, held on suspicion of terror offences
Detectives have arrested the chief executive of a Libyan marketplace website and raided more houses in an effort to close in on the Manchester Arena bomber’s network.
A 23-year-old man – understood to be Ala Zakry, who runs Hasoub Alafak, a UK-registered online marketplace based in Tripoli – was arrested in the Sussex town of Shoreham-by-Sea, about 265 miles away from the scene of last week’s attack.Continue reading...Manchester surgeon: 'The families understand this attack does not represent Muslims'
Mohamed Ismail Aly, one of the surgeons to operate on victims of last week’s attack, tells of his experiences on the night
Mohamed Ismail Aly, 44, is a consultant burns and plastic surgeon at the Royal Manchester children’s hospital
I got the call at about midnight [on Monday 22 May] – it woke me up. It was the hospital switchboard informing me that there had been a major incident and I had to come in. They didn’t say what had happened but I checked on the BBC website and saw that something had happened at the arena.Continue reading...British Airways CEO will not resign despite 'catastrophic' IT failure
Alex Cruz ‘profusely apologetic’ for glitch that caused havoc at Heathrow and Gatwick airports over bank holiday weekend
British Airways’ chief executive says he will not resign despite a “catastrophic” IT system failure that grounded scores of flights and led to cancellations and delays for 75,000 passengers over the bank holiday weekend.
Alex Cruz said on Monday he was “profusely apologetic” for the computing glitch, which caused havoc at Heathrow and Gatwick airports, stranding passengers including many families on half-term breaks.Continue reading...Crossrail 2 hits buffers as uncertainties over Brexit and election take hold
Fears over City firms leaving and wariness about appearing too London-centric are undermining consensus on £32bn project
A year ago, the progress of Crossrail 2 seemed assured. A political consensus was forming that a second mass-transit line across London should be built from north to south, its urgency underpinned by the verdict of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) that this was the most important single project for Britain and work needed to start now. The then chancellor George Osborne duly doled out £80m to get the ball rolling, expecting a hybrid bill in the same parliament.
Now, with its champions having gone after the EU referendum, the project’s prospects look bleak. While City firms discuss relocating offices and sta...Cambridgeshire zookeeper dies after incident involving tiger
Hamerton Zoo Park says investigation under way and stresses that at no point did any animals escape their enclosures
A zookeeper has died after a tiger entered the enclosure she was working in, police have said.
Officers said they attended a serious incident at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire on Monday morning and that the female zookeeper died at the scene.Continue reading...
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Jab to stop damage after a heart attackThe jab contains a protein, called insulin-like growth factor 1, that has been found to halt the damage and stimulate the growth of healthy new heart muscle.The men left in agony by a swollen limb conditionWhen told the bright red rash on his leg might be sepsis or even a flesh-eating bug, Matt Hazledine, from Paddock Wood, Kent, was shocked.Theresa May dons sari to star in Hindi music videoKissing babies and posing for selfies, politicians leave no opportunistic stone unturned on the campaign trail. Which may explain why Theresa May stars in this new Hindi music video (above).Thousands missing luggage after computer meltdown at BAThe IT meltdown that grounded hundreds of British Airways flights has become a lost luggage crisis. as thousands who checked in bags before flights were cancelled are still trying to find them.Bursts of cold water are better for the immune systemScientists are finding more and more health benefits to having a quick blast of cold water, including boosting your immune system and easing low mood.What those diesel fumes are REALLY doing to your healthAir pollution has become a major health problem in Britain, claiming more lives here than in most Western European countries, an alarming UN report revealed last week.ROBERT HARDMAN: Pretend to be French to get your bag backFor the thousands of marooned British travellers going mad as they endure day after day of that British Airways theme tune on a loop, I have a piece of advice: pretend not to be British.Roman bathhouse discovered at Cumbria cricket siteNow, around 1,600 years later, this relic of a bygone era has been unearthed by work to build a new pavilion for Carlisle Cricket Club and has been hailed of 'national significance'.