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The Resistance Now: Season of the Bitch

An all-female politics podcast aims to give women a bigger voice in the grassroots progressive movement Wanna be startin somethin Women were at the vanguard of the grassroots progressive movement in 2016 and kicked off the resistance to Donald Trump with the womens march in January. But some feel that women arent getting the same airtime as men in the movement. Thats about to change with the launch of Season of the Bitch an all-female progressive podcast. It came about when Amber Taylor, a member of the Democratic Socialists of…

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Charlottesville: far-right crowd with torches encircles counter-protest group

People gathering to oppose Unite the Right demonstration say they were hit with pepper spray and lighter fluid in clash on University of Virginia campus Hundreds of far-right demonstrators wielded torches as they marched on to the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Friday night and reportedly attacked a much smaller group of counter-protesters who had linked arms around a statue of Thomas Jefferson. Starting at a municipal park less than a mile away, alt-right protesters who have gathered for the weekend Unite the Right rally marched in a…

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Chelsea Manning appears in Vogue magazine’s September issue

Former US army analyst turned whistleblower appears in red one-piece swimsuit, tweeting: guess this is what freedom looks like Chelsea Manning, the former US Army analyst turned whistleblower, has graced the pages of Vogue magazines September issue. Manning was photographed in a red swimsuit on a beach by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz for the video known as Collateral Murder that showed US military killing dozens of unarmed Iraqi citizens. Manning came out as transgender the day after she was sentenced. Lawyers successfully advocated for her to undergo hormone therapy while…

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Life at ‘the tip of the spear’: defiant Guam refuses to cower to Kim

Idyllic Pacific island relies on tourism and the US military to sustain it. When it comes to North Korea, islanders hope that peace wins over war White sand beaches, crystal clear water, sunny blue skies and palm trees. All the hallmarks of an island getaway perfect for ignoring the problems of the world unless that island is Guam. This far-flung sliver of coral and greenery, which sits 9,700km from the US mainland, is in the crosshairs of North Korea. It has been singled out by Kim Jong-un for a Show…

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Chinese media warn Trump’s war of words with North Korea could spiral out of control

Communist party outlets cite a disaster in the making though some claim America has far more to lose than Kim Jong-un in a conflict An accidental spark could ignite a catastrophic conflagration in north-east Asia, Chinese state media has warned, after Donald Trump threatened to unleash fire and fury on North Korea. In one newspaper likening the situation to a train racing down an increasingly dark tunnel. Hu Xijin, the outspoken editor of the Global Times, a nationalist Communist party-controlled tabloid, claimed the US would come off worse from any…

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Hope, pride, fear: how North Koreans feel about their homeland

The little evidence seeping out of the repressed nation suggests its people are growing weary of their masters but still harbour a burning hatred for the US Though North Korea consumes an extraordinary amount of international attention for such a small and impoverished country, the Hermit Kingdom remains remarkably closed. We still know very little about what its people think. We know what they say when they meet visitors; but those who get to meet foreigners are at the top of society, and they speak under constant scrutiny and threat…

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US airbase in Guam threatened by North Korea as Trump promises ‘fire and fury’

Pyongyang claims missile strike could hit US Pacific territory, warning any American military action would provoke all-out war North Korea has said it is considering a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam, just hours after Donald Trump warned the regime that any threat to the United States Show Hide In response to comments by US president Donald Trump that North Korea would face “fire and the fury like the world has never seen” if it continued nuclear threats, Pyongyang said it was carefully examining a plan for…

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The conservatives turning against Donald Trump

After 200 days of Trumps presidency, his awkward marriage of convenience with Republicans has increasingly come under severe stress More Republicans will turn against Republicans have flexed their muscles of late over threats from the White House against Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Trump and Russia, and Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, and passing fresh sanctions against Moscow that Trump was reluctantly obliged to sign. In addition, high-profile Republicans at various levels of government have been accused of mounting shadow campaigns for 2020 including Mike Pence, the vice-president, who…

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Philippines president says US, Australia have ‘toned down’ human rights criticism

Rodrigo Duterte claims issue of thousands of drug war deaths was mentioned only in passing in meetings with Rex Tillerson and Julie Bishop The US and Australia have considerably toned down criticism of a drug war in the Philippines in which thousands have been killed, according to the countrys president, Rodrigo Duterte. During meetings at the presidential palace in Manila, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson and Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop raised the issue of human rights only in passing, Duterte said. Mostly they have considerably toned down in…

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Secret supervised drug injection facility has been operating at US site for years

Lives have been saved at site run by a social service agency in an undisclosed city, according to newly released data, in an effort to battle the overdose epidemic For nearly three years, in an undisclosed US city, a social service agency has quietly been inviting people to inject illegal drugs at a clandestine site, without the governments approval. More than 100 people have injected drugs at the site, according to data released Tuesday about the 2,754 injections. This data provides the first glimpse of what it would look like…

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Unlearning the myth of American innocence

The long read: When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does My mother recently found piles of my notebooks from when I was a small child that were filled with plans for my future. I was very ambitious. I wrote out what I would do at every age: when I would get married and when I would have kids and when I would open…

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American arrested while ‘hunting Osama bin Laden’

Pakistani police detain US man Gary Brooks Faulkner who was found with loaded pistol and sword near Afghan border An American carrying a sword and pistol who told police he was on a mission to kill Osama bin Laden has been arrested in a remote mountain forest in northern Pakistan. Police said they detained Gary Brooks Faulkner, a construction worker from California, as he attempted to cross the border with Afghanistan in Chitral district. “He told the investigating officer he was going to Afghanistan to get Osama. At first we…

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Oxford college worker and US professor arrested in California over Chicago murder

Andrew Warren and Wyndham Lathem detained on the US west coast over fatal stabbing of 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau An Oxford University employee suspected in a murder has been arrested alongside his alleged accomplice, a US professor, Chicago police have said. Andrew Warren, a senior treasury assistant at Somerville College, and Professor Wyndham Lathem of Northwestern University were detained separately in California, more than 3,200km (2,000 miles) from the crime scene, a spokesman said on Friday. Warren was in San Francisco while Lathem was in Oakland, US Marshals inspector Ed Farrel…

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