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 …

It may feel like the world’s ending but America has reason to hope

Inequality, the climate crisis, and Trump in the White House may cause despair. But the country is poised to bounce back If stagnant wages, near-record inequality, climate change, nuclear buildups, assault weapons, mass killings, trade wars, opioid deaths, Russian intrusions into American elections, kids locked in cages at our border, and Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few and Original Article : HERE ;

Taliban warns of more US dead after Trump says he cancelled peace talks

President tweets that he called off planned Camp David meeting after Kabul attack killed US soldier Afghanistan scheduled for Sunday that would have brought him face to face with Taliban leaders at Camp David, the presidential retreat in the hills of Maryland state with the Islamist militant group warning on Sunday that the snub meant more American lives would be lost. The US president made the remarkable claim in a series of tweets on Saturday evening declaring he had called off the negotiations after the Taliban claimed responsibility for a blast in Kabul that killed 12 people including a US soldier on Thursday. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? Trump …

Hundreds of young people join Greta Thunberg in climate protest outside UN

Swedish climate activist and young strikers gathered in New York to call on politicians and companies to act on the climate crisis Teen climate activist UNdisembarked from a yacht in New York, following two weeks on rough seas crossing from the UK, young protesters dominated the crowd of up to 1,000 outside the United Nations skyscraper in Manhattan. They came together to demand politicians and older generations take urgent and comprehensive action to reverse the climate crisis. Carrying hand-drawn placards with messages such as United behind the science and Act now or we will, children and young people of all ages surged into a park in front of the flags of the world outside the UN on Friday morning. Thunberg …

‘Going to bed hungry’: the harrowing reality of poor children living in DC

New study shows kids in District of Columbia are the most underprivileged in the country, facing daily threats of homelessness and food insecurity A common refrain in Americas capital city goes something like this: theres Washington, and then theres DC. Washington is where Congress passes bills, tourists visit the White House and Donald Trump stars in a daily political soap opera. But DC the District of Columbia, in which the city sits is where new WalletHub study, children in the district are the most underprivileged in the country. The study which looked at a number of factors, ranging from the share of children in foster care to high school graduation rates found that DC children face worse conditions than children …

Fox News is a dangerous state propaganda outlet. Sarah Sanders’ job confirms that | Nathan Robinson

What hope is there for the truth when the press and the state are one and the same? The only surprising thing about Sarah Sanders joining Fox News was that it took this long. The former Trump press secretary is a perfect fit for the network, a faithful and shameless propagandist for the right. It would have been shocking if shed ended up anywhere other than here she is claiming Trump would never incite or condone violence: I certainly dont think that the president, at any point, has done anything but condemn violence against journalists or anyone else In fact, every single time something like this happens, the president is typically one of the first people to condemn the violence, …

Trump seems to think he’s an emperor but we are not entertained | Lloyd Green

Commodus was mad and, at least the way Russell Crowe told it, it took a heroic gladiator to bring him down. America has the polls Hail the imperial cult: ancient Rome is reborn on the Potomac. This week, Donald Trump ascribed to himself the roles of Chosen One, a first for an American president but definitely not for an emperor. Then, to immediately start looking for an alternative to China. The president cited no authority for his directive, but then again it looks like Trump thinks the law and he are one and the same and that Article II of the constitution is a limitless font of power, Congress and the courts be damned. To quote him: Then I have …

Landmark US case to expose rampant racial bias behind the death penalty

Top capital lawyers head to North Carolina as judges consider the cases of four inmates who faced bleached juries The dark secret of Americas death penalty the blatant and intentional racial bias that infects the system, distorting juries and throwing inordinate numbers of African Americans on to death row will be laid bare next week in North Carolina. Some of the countrys top capital lawyers will gather on Monday at the state supreme court in Raleigh. Over two days, they will present evidence that capital punishment is so deeply flawed and riddled with racial animus that it makes a mockery of basic principles of fairness and equal justice. The courts seven judges will be asked to address a simple question. …

‘Our dad is dead’: the families left behind after police shootings

This week, a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner was fired. For most families of African American men killed by police, even partial closure proves terribly elusive In America, there is a common conversation between black parents and their children, long known as the talk. It is about what to do when approached by a police officer. How to talk. How to act. How, simply, to survive. In recent years, high-profile killings of black men and boys have brought the talk to national attention. It has become part of discussion of the inequalities of race, of the problem of police brutality itself. For most black families, the talk is a choice, a just-in-case, a part of raising …

Warren and Sanders give rivals Bonnie and Clyde treatment during fiery debate

Analysis: pair were dominant at event showcasing Democratic partys split personality, pitting progressives against moderates Bonnie and Clyde. Mulder and Scully. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. On Tuesday night it was Bernie Sanders who, defying predictions that they would turn on each other, instead formed a leftwing tag team against the forces of moderation at the latest Democratic primary debate on Tuesday. Warren and Sanders stood centre stage in the ornate Fox Theatre in Detroit, had the most Barack Obamas signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, and remarkably few criticisms were made of the way the Trump administration has sought to gut it. Instead, the former congressman John Delaney, the best-performing moderate, came out punching with his opening statement: …

UK art dealer jailed in US for defrauding clients of up to $30m

Timothy Sammons used works by Picasso and Chagall as collateral for personal loans A prominent British art dealer who defrauded his clients out of millions by using a scheme that involved masterpieces by artists including Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall has been sentenced for up to 12 years in prison. Timothy Sammons a former Sothebys specialist who had offices in New York and London and who brokered multimillion-pound deals for the likes of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation used art that did not belong to him as collateral to obtain personal loans between 2010 and 2015. Artworks including Chagalls Rverie, Calanque de Canoubier (Pointe de Bamer) by Paul Signac and Picassos Buste de Femme were used to steal between …

Trump lines up loyalist as Coats leaves US intelligence chief post

Dan Coats to go next month after turbulent two years of disagreements with president Dan Coats, one of the most senior national security officials willing to contradict Donald Trump, will leave the post of US director of national intelligence next month, the president has said. Trump said Coats would go on 15 August and that he will nominate John Ratcliffe, a Texas representative and staunch loyalist, to the post. The relationship between Coats and Trump was marked by turbulence. Coats public, and sometimes personal, disagreements with Trump over policy and intelligence included Russian interference in the US election and North Korean nuclear capabilities. Trump had long been skeptical of the nations intelligence agencies, which provoked his ire by concluding that …

Art Neville, New Orleans funk star, dies aged 81

Keyboardist and singer behind the Meters and the Neville Brothers hailed as an icon by Louisiana governor John Edwards Art Neville, one of the most celebrated funk musicians in the US, has died aged 81. His manager, Kent Sorrell, confirmed that the keyboardist and vocalist passed away peacefully this morning at home, with his adoring wife, Lorraine, by his side. No cause of death has been given, but his health had declined in recent years. He had suffered a stroke as well as complications from back surgery in 2001. Born in 1937, Neville grew up in New Orleans. His career began in the mid-50s when he joined the band the Hawketts, which he went on to front. Their song Mardi …

US lawmakers hammer Facebook exec over Libra’s threat to privacy

House members challenge company over its plans to protect data and question its goals in latest clash on Capitol Hill Facebook once again faced intense questioning from US lawmakers over the future launch of its cryptocurrency project Libra, in a combative hearing that highlighted deep skepticism over the tech firms possibly entering the banking world following a slew of privacy scandals. Members of the US House financial services committee grilled the questioned Facebook on Tuesday about similar matters. Though some members praised the company for taking steps to innovate, the tone of the hearing was overwhelmingly hostile, and it was clear Facebook does not yet have a clear path to Libras launch. I dont think you should launch Libra at …

Trump’s far-right Twitter summit: the most bizarre highlights

Here are some of the highlights from the gathering of far-right propagandists, conspiracy theorists and YouTube agitators Donald Trumps so-called social media summit on Thursday was off to an inauspicious start before it even began. Just as a rogues gallery of Trumpist lawmakers, far-right propagandists, conspiracy theorists and YouTube agitators gathered at the White House for a collective airing of grievances, Twitter experienced @whitehouse, @briankarem calling him a “punk.” then someone remarked that gorka could “kick your punk ass.” again, this happened… in the rose garden.vid from pic.twitter.com/F88NX4lWk7 exchanging words, Gorka stormed over to Karem as if a fight was about to break out. Youre not a journalist, youre a punk! he shouted. The Secret Service intervened. Twitters bias Daniel …

105 town halls and 35,000 selfies: how Warren has shaken up the 2020 race

The Massachusetts senator has led the policy agenda and forced rivals to play catch-up, but her grandest plan is to save capitalism from itself To the crowd of voters who gathered in the garden of a New Hampshire home on a serene summers day in June, Democrats hope to make progress toward any of their policy goals, from enacting immigration reform to protecting the planet. Heres the good news, she likes to say. I have the biggest anti-corruption plan since Watergate. Heres the bad news. We need the biggest anti-corruption activist since Watergate. To emphasize her commitment to fighting corruption, Warren swore off private fundraising events with wealthy donors during the primary race. Its a decision that could later put …