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Green MEPs held after anti-nuclear protest at Belgian military base

Three Green MEPs – including one from the UK – have been arrested after breaking into a Belgian military airbase to protest against its stockpiling of American B61 nuclear bombs. The MEPs – Molly Scott Cato, Michèle Rivasi and Tilly Metz – unfurled a banner on a runway for F-16 fighter jets at the Kleine Brogel base in the east of the country calling for a nuclear-free Europe, before being taken into custody. Another Green MEP, Thomas Waitz, was arrested in a demonstration outside the base, along with 11 other activists from the Belgian peace group Agir pour la Paix (Act for Peace), three of whom also scaled a 3.5-metre fence to get into the base. The direct action protest follows the US withdrawal from the intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) treaty earlier this month. But campaigners fear this number could rapidly rise in any new arms race, and say each B61 has an explosive yield of up to 340 kilotons, 23 times more powerful than the bomb that devastated Hiroshima. She said: “When you’re talking about the potential end of the world, your own personal safety is put into perspective – and we are talking about weapons that could kill millions of people.” “Nuclear weapons offer no solution in this era and no rationale for defending the people in the south-west who I represent, one of whom died this year because of a Russian secret forces attack. How are nuclear weapons supposed to help Dawn Sturgess?” she said, referring to the woman police believe was killed by novichok in Amesbury, Wiltshire last year. MEPs in Brussels enjoy some immunity from prosecution but it is unclear if this would cover state security laws, which carry potential five-year prison sentences. Michèle Rivasi, the vice-chair of the Green party in the European parliamentsaid on Tuesday that: ““We are demanding the withdrawal of nuclear bombs at Kleine Brogel and also from Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. We urge all EU member states to sign and ratify the treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons.

Delaney calls for restoration of American unity at ‘Politics and Eggs’ event

Fresh off the grand opening of his first New Hampshire campaign office, presidential candidate John Delaney addressed students and business leaders at a "Politics & Eggs" event in Bedford. Delaney, making his fourteenth visit to the Granite State since launching his campaign in 2017, called for a restoration of American unity and a renewed sense of national purpose. “I think our current president is the divider-in-chief, but he’s only the punctuation mark on decades of failed politics,” Delaney said. >> Raw video: See Delaney's speech The former Maryland congressman said while he opposes President Donald Trump and seeks to defeat him in 2020, the president is not the central focus of his campaign. “My campaign is about solving problems, focusing on the future, and bringing people together – that makes me more of a moderate,” Delaney said. If he’s elected, Delaney lists education and addressing climate change as top priorities, with a carbon tax and publicly funded “K-14,” adding two years of no-cost community college beyond high school. He’d also spend his first hundred days working to pass legislation that already has broad bipartisan support in Congress. Delaney said he appreciates “the energy” behind the Green New Deal and ‘Medicare for All’ proposals. He said he supports measures he believes are more practical and compatible with the economy – another ‘third way’ solution that aims to find compromise between Washington’s partisan factions. “We can have a different politics,” Delaney said.
Cuomo shares John Dingell's final message for Americans

Cuomo shares John Dingell’s final message for Americans

CNN's Chris Cuomo shares a letter from the late Congressman John Dingell encouraging Americans to put country and people before party. #CNN #News

Americans Relieved to Learn That Trump Spends Sixty Per Cent of Time Not Using...

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A leak of Donald J. Trump’s official White House schedule has left millions of Americans deeply relieved that Trump spends approximately sixty per cent of each day not using his powers as President. In conversations across the country, Americans called the revelation that Trump devotes the majority of his day to “executive time,” a euphemism for watching TV and checking Twitter, the most reassuring news out of the White House in months. “Like most of the people I know, the idea of Donald Trump sitting behind his desk doing things that affect the country has me in a state of mortal terror,” Carol Foyler, a resident of Minneapolis, said. “Just knowing that he’s spending sixty per cent of his time doing basically nothing makes me feel somewhat better.” Harland Dorrinson, who lives in Detroit, agreed that it was “great news that Trump is only President forty per cent of the time” but called on the entertainment industry to create more diverting programming that might distract Trump for a larger portion of his day. “It would be fantastic if we could push the sixty per cent of his day that he does nothing up to seventy or even eighty per cent,” he said. “Maybe someone could come up with a podcast that he could get into.” But Tracy Klugian, a Baltimore resident, said that the leak of Trump’s schedule did little to allay her darkest fears. “Until I find out that he’s spending a hundred per cent of his time not being President, I won’t sleep at night,” she said.

U.S. Charges Huawei and Top Executive With Breaking American Laws

Wang Zhao/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images WASHINGTON — The Justice Department unveiled sweeping charges on Monday against the Chinese telecom firm Huawei and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, outlining a decade-long attempt by the company to steal trade secrets, obstruct a criminal investigation and evade economic sanctions on Iran. The pair of indictments, which were partly unsealed on Monday, come amid a broad and aggressive campaign by the United States to try to thwart China’s biggest telecom equipment maker. They also cite internal memos, obtained from Ms. Meng, that prosecutors said link her to an elaborate bank fraud that helped Huawei profit by evading Iran sanctions. Trump administration officials have insisted that Ms. Meng’s detention will not affect the trade talks, but the timing of the indictment coming so close to in-person discussions is likely to further strain relations between the two countries. The indictment now presents Canada with a politically charged decision: whether to extradite Ms. Meng to face the fraud charges, or make a legal or political determination to send her back to Beijing. No executives involved in the scheme were indicted, though six employees were fired. Mr. Whitaker fueled the speculation about an indictment of Mr. Ren when he told reporters on Monday that the criminal activity “goes all the way to the top of the company.” The Justice Department also accused Huawei of conspiring to steal trade secrets from a competitor, T-Mobile. The legal drama now shifts to Canada, where the government has warned that it will not extradite Ms. Meng if it appears that the request is being made for political reasons. The Trump administration is seeking significant changes to China’s trade practices, including what it says is a pattern of Beijing pressuring American companies to hand over valuable technology and outright theft of intellectual property. On Tuesday, American intelligence officials are expected to cite 5G investments by Chinese telecom companies, including Huawei, as a worldwide threat.

These Truths review: Jill Lepore’s Lincolnian American history

David Blight on Frederick Douglass: 'I call him beautifully human' Read more Harvard professor Jill Lepore chooses to begin her history of the United States with that quotation, and much of the worst of America, from lynching to brutality to Native Americans, is rightly here. Is it possible for the US – or any nation – to be ruled by reason and choice? This is, therefore, a history of political equality which necessarily becomes primarily a political history. The question nearly sundered the colonies from all government. Like so many Americans, Lepore asks that question and another: “By what right are we ruled?” Her aims are ambitious. Finally, “this book aims to be something else, too – an explanation of the nature of the past.” “History isn’t only a subject,” Lepore writes. Lepore offers an unabashedly liberal perspective, but seeks to be scrupulously fair to the modern conservative movement American politics has always been robust, but technology and better methods of analysis have magnified the impact. She offers an unabashedly liberal perspective, but seeks to be scrupulously fair to the modern conservative movement, devoting numerous pages to its intellectual origins as well as to its nativist and conspiratorial elements. This is a history for the 21st century, far more inclusive than the standard histories of the past. Lincoln did not say merely that we “can” save the country, but that we “shall”.

The Weirdness of American Politics

But last Thursday Mrs. Pelosi wrote the president, discouraging him from accepting her Jan. 3 invitation to address the nation from the House chamber next Tuesday. She cited “security concerns” and suggested the Secret Service could not protect the president if he trekked up to Capitol Hill. This kind of thing gives a bad name to pettiness. Then there are the Democrats who’ve jumped into their party’s presidential contest in the past four weeks. None did so with a traditional speech outlining an agenda and governing vision. On Jan. 15, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, 52, described herself as a “young mom” as she broke the news about her presidential exploratory committee on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Not to be outdone, Sen. Kamala Harris joined the race last Monday with a segment on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” bookended by news of Prince Philip’s auto accident and a United airplane stuck on a remote Canadian runway in subzero temperatures. Warren, Harris and Gillibrand got instant coverage of their announcements. Ms. Harris appeared in a video dancing to Cardi B’s “I Like It.” Really? Unfortunately, social media’s propensity for shallow, rapid-fire and often error-riddled commentary could also turn politics into even more of a reality show than it already is. I will cheer them along when they do, regardless of party, and I’m guessing plenty of other Americans will do the same.

John Delaney: Democratic Don Quixote or genuine American dreamer?

Who’s going to be our nominee in 2020 and how do we beat Trump is something every Democrat wants to talk about “I do think our election cycles are very long and I don’t think that’s great,” admits the affable Delaney. They don’t actually think they pick the president. Clinton entered the race a month later, followed in June by Trump’s now infamous descent on a Trump Tower escalator. “That would fundamentally change how the American people think about these issues and think about their leaders and think about common ground,” he says. Asked if Sanders or Warren can win the nomination, he replies carefully: “I think that someone who comes forth and wants to build a big tent party has a better chance of winning. Elizabeth Warren is running – here are 10 others who may seek the Democratic nomination Read more “If we as a Democratic party say we’re going to become the party the American people are looking for, which is a party that’s honest, civil, respectful, focusing on common ground, positive, optimistic and has big ideas about the future and welcomes progressives, centrists and disaffected Republicans, I think we’ll run the table in 2020. I tend to think that the American people in general and the Democratic party voters in particular make a deeper analysis of who they’re looking for. “You could have someone who’s an African American running for president who doesn’t stand for any of the things that the Democratic party stands for. I just don’t think the Democratic party is going to vote for someone because of the colour of their skin. They care about their vision for the future.”
Report: Two Americans fighting for ISIS captured in Syria

Report: Two Americans fighting for ISIS captured in Syria

The Pentagon says they are investigating reports that two men from the U.S. have been detained by Kurdish forces; Jennifer Griffin reports. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as…

Politics, pottery and pickle trays: A history lesson at the Museum of the American...

J. Alfred Prufrock, the title character in T.S. Eliot’s poem about the existential doldrums of a life lived under crushing routine, moans that he has “known the evenings, mornings, afternoons / I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” Consider, perhaps, the possibility of revolution contained in that coffee spoon. The multi-tier ceramic tower had small platforms, usually in the shape of seashells. In the 18th century, porcelain was still largely an exotic, Asian material relatively new to the Western world. Difficult to manufacture on a large scale, colonists who wanted it in their homes had to have it imported. “It’s a mark of independence,” said Erickson. “To own it was showing your empathy for independence and for American being its own free state.” An original Bonnin and Morris pickle stand is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Around the turn of the 19th century, there was a lively social campaign, begun in England, to urge Abolitionists to match their money with their ideals. Similar to modern campaigns to buy free trade coffee, the sugar bowl urged the woman of the house to spend more money on sugar produced in a more humane way. “These things were communicated on the objects,” said Erickson.
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