• Assange’s extradition, escalation of the US 'war on terror' (2)

    Assange’s extradition, escalation of the US 'war on terror' (2)

    Mar 26, 2020 08:47

    WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange has been charged under the Espionage Act for publishing classified documents which exposed US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. This indictment is recognized by free speech groups as an unprecedented attack on the First Amendment. In February, the first week of the UK hearing of the US request for Assange’s extradition revealed a scale of this "war" that goes well beyond press freedom.

  • Assange’s extradition, escalation of the US 'war on terror' (1)

    Assange’s extradition, escalation of the US 'war on terror' (1)

    Mar 25, 2020 14:43

    WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange has been charged under the Espionage Act for publishing classified documents which exposed US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. This indictment is recognized by free speech groups as an unprecedented attack on the First Amendment. In February, the first week of the UK hearing of the US request for Assange’s extradition revealed a scale of this "war" that goes well beyond press freedom.

  • Will planting millions of trees really save the planet?

    Will planting millions of trees really save the planet?

    Mar 16, 2020 16:16

    Tree planting is a popular idea because forests are not only beautiful but also useful: They support wildlife, help with holding back floodwater and provide timber. And trees absorb carbon dioxide — the main gas heating the planet — so planting more of them is seen by many as a climate change solution. At the moment, the UK’s forests pull in about 10 million tons of carbon dioxide a year but the hope is to more than double that.

  • Global stock markets post biggest falls since 2008 financial crisis

    Global stock markets post biggest falls since 2008 financial crisis

    Mar 11, 2020 11:25

    Global stock markets posted their steepest falls since the 2008 financial crisis after a crash in the oil price amplified concerns about the escalating economic cost of the coronavirus outbreak. Almost £125 billion was wiped off the value of the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) 100 in the fifth-worst day in history for the index of leading UK company shares, as it plummeted by 7.7 percent to finish the day below 6,000 points, its lowest level since straight after the Brexit vote in 2016.

  • Judge orders Assange held in glass box during extradition trial

    Judge orders Assange held in glass box during extradition trial

    Mar 04, 2020 14:33

    Rebecca Vincent, the U.K. Bureau Director for Reporters Without Borders, indicated the organization was “concerned by the UK court's decision to reject WikiLeaks Founder, Julian Assange’s request to leave the secure dock that he’s being held in at the back of this courtroom and to sit with his lawyers in the well of the court.”

  • Britain’s economy dangerously exposed as coronavirus fear grips global markets

    Britain’s economy dangerously exposed as coronavirus fear grips global markets

    Mar 02, 2020 16:38

    The economic consultancy Oxford Economics said the UK, while on the periphery of the virus outbreak so far, was always going to suffer from the negative impact on tourism and disruption to imports from East Asia. But the slump in share prices had opened up “a new channel through which the coronavirus outbreak could weigh on the UK economy”.

  • Central banks may mount a coronavirus rescue

    Central banks may mount a coronavirus rescue

    Mar 02, 2020 16:03

    US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell issued a statement in which he said that the coronavirus ‘posed an evolving risk’ and the Fed stood ready to take action if needed. Cornerstone Macro economist Roberto Perli said in a note “The Fed has bungled its message on the virus, has confused markets, and has painted itself into an untenable corner,” adding, “Unless the virus is contained quickly, rate cuts in March and beyond are a base case, regardless of recent comments by various officials.”

  • Scientists warn UK flood defense plans inadequate

    Scientists warn UK flood defense plans inadequate

    Feb 27, 2020 14:30

    Scientists have warned more investment in flood defenses and improved planning for UK’s future disasters are urgently needed. They predict that the number of extreme wet days — which have already increased this century — will continue to rise in the coming decades and will bring even greater devastation than that experienced this month after Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis swept across the Britain.

  • Anti-immigrant nationalism is poisoning the streets of London

    Anti-immigrant nationalism is poisoning the streets of London

    Feb 26, 2020 11:04

    Sasha Abramsky, freelance journalist and a part-time lecturer at the University of California at Davis says "The anti-immigrant sentiments stoked by pro-Brexit forces are becoming increasingly palpable on the streets of London. They have led to a documented rise in racist violence throughout the UK."

  • UK’s Johnson talks tough on trade as EU demands fishing rights

    UK’s Johnson talks tough on trade as EU demands fishing rights

    Feb 07, 2020 17:48

    In their divorce agreement, Britain and the EU agreed to strike an “ambitious, broad, deep and flexible partnership,” including a free trade deal and agreements for security and other areas. They gave themselves 11 months to do it. A post-Brexit “transition period,” in which relations stay essentially unchanged, runs until the end of 2020. For the rest of this year the UK will continue to follow EU rules, although it will no longer have a say in EU decision-making.