Permanent Record by Edward Snowden review the whistleblowers memoir

The call of duty and a patriotic pedigree are given priority in Snowdens account of his motivations and he warns of dangers ahead Towards the end of Edward Snowdens memoir, he hands the narrative to his partner, Lindsay Mills, in the form of the diary she was keeping at the time he was American and British spy agencies. Ed, what have you done? she wrote. How can you come back from this? Permanent Record is Snowdens attempt to answer these questions by doing something he finds discomforting and antithetical: breaching his own privacy, opening up what he calls the empty zone that lies beyond the reach of the state. This is the space he has guarded for six years, but …

Mick Jagger slams Trump over environmental policy

(CNN)Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger took on President Donald Trump’s environmental policies and slammed him for leaving the Paris climate agreement at the Venice Film Festival this weekend. In a sharp departure from former President Barack Obama, the Trump administration has attempted to remove many of the prior guardrails that were installed to limit greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to declaring its intention to leave the Paris agreement, the Trump administration has weakened fuel economy standards, replaced the Clean Power Plan and opened public lands and waters offshore to oil and gas drilling. Earlier on Saturday, hundreds of activists staged a sit-in at the Venice Film Festival’s red carpet to demand a ban on large cruise ships in Venice and …

Former Trump campaign staffer drops lawsuit but stands by claims he forcibly kissed her

Washington (CNN)A former Trump campaign staffer who accused Donald Trump of forcibly kissing her without her consent in 2016 has dropped her lawsuit against the President, saying it’s difficult to pursue “justice against a person with unlimited resources.” Trump’s attorney, Charles Harder, said in a statement Thursday that Johnson, by “giving up the case, represents total victory for President Trump, and fully vindicates him of Johnson’s false accusations.” According to Harder, Johnson signed a nondisclosure agreement with the Trump campaign in 2016 and her statements in court and outside of court regarding Trump and his campaign constitute “numerous breaches” of the agreement. “The President and Campaign are weighing their legal options against Ms. Johnson at this time, and have demanded …

Baby Trump Balloon Flies Over Copenhagen Despite Canceled Visit

Phtoographer: Morten Skovgaard A giant Trump Baby balloon hovered above Copenhagen’s tourist hotspot on Monday as part of a series of demonstrations planned for the U.S. president’s now canceled visit to Denmark. Thousands of people said on social media they planned to attend a Stop Trump rally at the U.S. embassy planned for later in the day. A pro-Trump parade organized by a group calling itself Danes for Donald Trump attracted less interest on Facebook. Trump famous worldwide after it featured in Trump’s July 2018 visit to London. Asked about expected numbers, Skovgaard said: “Judging from the media attention and all the traction on Facebook we expect a massive turnout. Trump would call it huge.” A Danish computer games entrepreneur, …

Boris Johnson Adopts Cute PuppyDog in Crucial Brexit Week

Boris Johnson welcomed his newly adopted Jack Russell puppy to his London home as the U.K. prime minister called an emergency meeting of his Cabinet, prompting fresh speculation there will be a general election. Just weeks ago the 15-week-old dog, named Dilyn according to a post on Twitter by Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds, faced death after being abandoned by a south Wales puppy farmer as his misaligned jaw meant he would be difficult to sell. He was saved by a volunteer-run rescue charity in south Wales. Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, was encouraged to get a dog to increase her appeal to voters, but refused because she was concerned about who would look after it. Published on Updated on Original Article …

Pound Off Lows But Still Under Pressure as Brexit Showdown Looms

Photographer: Miles Willis/Bloomberg wouldn’t delay the country’s exit from the European Union, and left the The pound may not have much room to recover for now, according to Valentin Marinov, head of G-10 currency strategy at Credit Agricole CIB, who says Johnson is laying the groundwork for a confrontation with the House on Tuesday. “Risks of an early vote are still on the table,” Marinov wrote in an email, noting that the prime minister’s speech hadn’t sustained the pound’s rally. Sterling remains 0.78% lower on the day versus the dollar, and around 90.92 pence versus the euro. The currency may drop as low as $1.10 if a mandate is secured for a no-deal departure from the EU, according to Lee …

Dorian Winds Weaken but Storm Remains `Extremely Dangerous’

Hurricane Dorian is continuing to bash the Bahamas but its winds are weakening as the storm widens out, and forecasters are looking for signs it’s ready to turn north on a run up the U.S. East Coast rather than slamming head on into Florida. Dorian is continuing to move forward at just 1 mile per hour, according to a 2 p.m. advisory by the U.S. inflicting colossal damage to property and infrastructure in the Bahamas. Located about 25 miles (56 kilometers) from Freeport, Dorian has Dorian will cause In a briefing, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Florida utilities have assembled 17,000 personnel to help restore power quickly as needed. He said 72 nursing homes and assisted living centers along the …

Gay gene theories belong in the past now we know sexuality is far more fluid | Owen Jones

Gender norms imprison us all and that extends to who we sleep or fall in love with, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones It turns out that genetics is almost as complicated as love and sex. New research has shown that the long fabled gay gene Abortion hope after gay genes findings. In the age of supposed designer babies, what if the hatefully inclined chose to make sure their unborn child wasnt gay or bisexual? Then theres the old homophobic trope that people choose to be gay, and that falling in love with someone of the same gender is a lifestyle choice a perverse myth long used to punish LGBTQ people and fuel the horror of so-called gay conversion therapy. It …

US sails warship near contested islands in South China Sea amid tensions with China

(CNN)The US Navy sailed a warship within 12 nautical miles of two contested islands in the South China Sea Wednesday, part of what it calls a “freedom of navigation operation” (FONOP) A US defense official told CNN that a Chinese military vessel followed the US warship during the operation, adding that all interactions were safe and professional. US Navy freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea occur regularly. In late May, two US warships performed an operation near a Chinese-controlled island in the Paracels group in the northern part of the South China Sea. China normally responds to similar US Navy operations with a government statement calling on Washington to “immediately stop such provocative actions that encroach upon …

Biden gets ‘personal’ in new TV ad in Iowa focused on health care

Washington (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden is airing a new TV ad in Iowa that highlights his continued support for the Affordable Care Act, at a time when other progressive Democratic candidates are pushing for a “Medicare for All” approach. “We got to build on what we did because every American deserves affordable health care,” Biden says in his ad. The new health care ad is part of a six-figure television and digital ad purchase in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. Biden’s campaign aired its first TV ad in Iowa last week entitled “Bones,” which highlighted his work alongside Obama and painted President Donald Trump as “an erratic, vicious, bullying president.” Original Article : HERE ;

Trump threatens to raise tariffs on Chinese goods to 30% amid escalating trade war

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Friday counterpunched against retaliatory tariffs announced by Beijing earlier in the day, pledging to hike the rates importers must pay on Chinese-made goods even higher. “We’re having a little spat with China and we’ll win it,” Trump told reporters Friday night before departing for the annual G7 summit in Paris. “We put a lot of tariffs on China today, as you know. They put some on us, we put a lot on them.” “We’re up to about $550 billion — they’ve been hitting us for many, many years for over $500 billion a year, taking out of our country much more than 500 billion a year,” he added. “So we want that stopped.” It was …

Trump’s China trade war spirals as 2020 looms

Washington (CNN)The dangerous new twist in the tariff war between the United States and China will heap ominous pressure on the global economy at a moment when it is already struggling in the undertow of their trade superpower showdown. “This has become a process without a clear objective and without a clear strategy and without a clear endpoint,” said Craig Allen, president of the US-China Business Council. “And it’s being played out in much worsening global economic circumstances. It is more uncertainty heaped upon already existing uncertainty.” The President’s remark that trade wars are “good and easy to win” in 2018 is now looking even more ill-advised and leaves Trump looking as though he engineered a showdown with a rising …

Venezuelan activist urges Raab to back ICC Maduro torture case

Tamara Suj visits London to seek support for six countries pressing for investigation The UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has been urged to draw on his experience as a former Foreign Office human rights lawyer to press the legal case that the Venezuelan government of Nicols Maduro has systematically tortured its people. The call was led by the prominent Venezuela human rights defender Tamara Suj who visited London to persuade the UK to join six non-European countries in pressuring the international criminal court (ICC) to pursue a case against the Venezuelan leadership. Raab worked as a lawyer for the FCO, including at the ICC in The Hague, from 2000 to 2006. In theory the case could end with Maduro arraigned …

Does the NRA still have power? The pro-gun group is in uncharted territory after latest mass shootings

Washington (CNN)The pressure is on the National Rifle Association from typically friendly corners — President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress — after last week’s deadly mass shootings in Ohio and Texas. But now, the NRA’s tight-knit circle is broken. Its top lobbyist, Christopher Cox, has departed. Oliver North, its well-known president and public face, has been pushed out. The NRA’s chief ad man, Angus McQueen, died last month. LaPierre, the NRA’s combative CEO, has just emerged from an attempted coup and finds himself mired in legal battles with Ackerman. This leaves LaPierre and the NRA in uncharted territory. El Paso and Dayton present them with a crucial test, and many observers — in Congress, among the NRA’s membership and …

Exclusive: White House rebuffed attempts by DHS to make combating domestic terrorism a higher priority

Washington (CNN)White House officials rebuffed efforts by their colleagues at the Department of Homeland Security for more than a year to make combating domestic terror threats, such as those from white supremacists, a greater priority as specifically spelled out in the National Counterterrorism Strategy, current and former senior administration officials as well as other sources close to the Trump administration tell CNN. The document mentions that domestic terrorism is on the rise, but the subject is only briefly addressed, all the more stark given that FBI Director Christopher Wray’s July testimony that there have been almost as many domestic terror arrests in the first three quarters of the fiscal year — about 100 — as there have been arrests connected …

‘Something needs to be done’: A conversation about guns and race in America

(CNN)On Tuesday afternoon, Liliana Bustos, a 27-year-old waitress in El Paso, Texas, brought her 2-year-old son to see the growing memorial outside the Walmart commemorating the 22 people killed in the mass shooting there on Saturday. Andre Ortiz and his fiancée Caysee Brown frequent Dayton’s Oregon entertainment district where the shooting took place. Ortiz, 34, and Brown, 36, knew one of the victims, Lola Oglesby. “It feels a little different to even leave the house these days,” said Brown. “It just doesn’t feel like you can go anywhere. Can’t go to Walmart. Can’t go to church. Can’t go to a movie theater without the fear of something happening or something going wrong.” Ortiz said he’s had to talk with the …