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Social media addiction should be seen as a disease, MPs say

Report suggests sites such as Facebook and Instagram could be harming mental healthSocial media addiction should be considered a disease, MPs have said, in a sign of the pressures facing technology companies and the growing concern over the impact social networks are having on users’ mental health.The politicians called for further research on the effects of social media but said a report suggested there was good reason to believe sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – which are constan...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Digital Media, Young People, Facebook Instagram


Brexit fears dampen spring property revival as asking prices fall

UK’s average asking price 0.8% lower than a year ago, says RightmoveBrexit anxiety has all but killed the traditional spring property revival, pushing down asking prices across the UK by 0.8% in the year to March, according to property website Rightmove.Inner London saw the sharpest falls, followed by boroughs across the rest of the capital and surrounding counties, as separate reports showed that Brexit uncertainty was also damaging UK exports and the broader economy. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Real Estate, Politics, UK, London, House Prices, European Union, UK News, World news, Housing Market, Foreign Policy, Rightmove, Brexit


De Blasio calls Obama’s early days in office ‘a lost window’

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday criticized former President Barack Obama during a small gathering as he mulls a run for president, saying that Obama’s early days in office were “a lost window.” Minutes later, in front of a larger audience, de Blasio praised the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s […]
Tags: New York, News, Obama, Barack Obama, Nation, Bill De Blasio, De Blasio, Concord, N H AP


Donald Trump 'ready to leave nearly 1,000 troops in Syria'

The US is preparing to leave nearly 1,000 troops in Syria, it was reported last night. Mr Trump announced a complete withdrawal in December, ending the US involvement in Syria, a country he described as little more than “sand and death”. It was an announcement which triggered the resignation of James Mattis, the Defence Secretary. Within weeks Mr Trump backtracked, amid pleas from both Republican and Democrats in Washington, who feared that pulling out all US forces could allow the defeated Isla...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Islamic State, US, Syria, Defence, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Trump, James Mattis


‘Playing the victim’ is politically vital and morally serious

Those who speak out against bad treatment are often dismissed as 'playing the victim', accused of dwelling on imagined slights or indulging in an exaggerated sense of grievance. In the face of ridicule or, worse, the threat of violence, it would be easier to keep quiet. And yet, victims of injustice often do speak up: far from any desire for glory, they are often morally motivated, and act from a sense of duty.Someone who is subjected to demeaning treatment might owe it to herself to protest and...
Tags: Gender, Politics, US, Feminism, Innovation, Protests, Philosophy, Morality, Gender Equality, Iris Marion Young, Ashwini VasanthakumarThis


A new study has investigated who watched the ISIS beheading videos, why, and what effect it had on them

In the summer of 2014, two videos were released that shocked the world. They showed the beheadings, by ISIS, of two American journalists – first, James Foley and then Steven Sotloff. Though the videos were widely discussed on TV, print and online news, most outlets did not show the full footage. However, it was not difficult to find links to the videos online. At the time, Sarah Redmond at the University of California, Irvine and her colleagues were already a year into a longitudinal study to as...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Isis, Media, Religion, US, Brain, Middle East, Islam, Innovation, Boston Marathon Bombing, James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Mind, BPS Research Digest, Redmond


White House chief of staff: Trump 'is not a white supremacist'

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney defended President Donald Trump after critics denounced Trump's rhetoric after Friday's mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand.
Tags: News, White House, Stories, Donald Trump, Trump, Mick Mulvaney, Acting White House


Melania Trump to convene interagency group on youth programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is hosting a White House meeting this week to review youth programs at various government departments and agencies. The first lady’s office says she will lead Monday’s discussion at a meeting of the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs. The goal is to build upon and improve youth programs that […]
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Ap, Nation, Melania Trump, Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs


May in make-or-break bid to gain DUP support for her Brexit deal

Third meaningful vote unlikely this week unless PM believes she has enough support to winTheresa May will embark on a final desperate scramble to win the Democratic Unionist party’s backing for her Brexit deal on Monday, in the hope that it could unlock parliament’s support at the third time of asking.With several prominent Brexiters, including the former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey, now willing to switch their vote and support the deal, government sources said they hoped DUP backin...
Tags: Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Philip Hammond, Article 50, Brexit, DUP, Democratic Unionist, Esther McVey, Democratic Unionist party (DUP


New Zealand mosque shooter 'acted alone'; sent manifesto to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Police in New Zealand said on Sunday that the right-wing terrorist behind a massacre at two mosques in Christchurch was acting alone, as it emerged the killer's manifesto had been sent to the country's prime minister minutes before the tragedy unfolded. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, sent a racist, rambling manifesto to prime minister Jacinda Ardern in which he denied being linked to any organisations and said he was acting on his own. The document, which praised President Donald Trump ...
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What socialism is — according to Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington was a public intellectual who strove to help the poor and inspired a generation of socialists. He was the first chairman of the Democratic Socialists of America, and nearly ran for president in 1980. While he is far from the only influential thinker on the American left, his ideas have had an outsized influence over the last sixty years. The United States is seeing a renewed interest in left-wing ideas. Chicago might have five socialists on its city council by April, a democra...
Tags: Politics, Sweden, Activism, Democracy, Germany, America, Economics, Poverty, Chicago, United States, Capitalism, Innovation, Ussr, Karl Marx, Cuba, Bernie Sanders


Republicans resurface Beto O’Rourke DUI mugshot in St Patrick's Day attack

GOP tweeted presidential candidate’s mugshot emblazoned with a green leprechaun’s hat and the words ‘please drink responsibly’In an attempt to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and attack a political rival, the Republican party tweeted a mugshot of the Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke emblazoned with a green leprechaun’s hat and the words “please drink responsibly”.O’Rourke, 46, is a former US representative from Texas who narrowly lost a US Senate race against the Republican Ted Cruz la...
Tags: Texas, Republicans, White House, US, US news, Gop, US politics, Ted Cruz, US Senate, Republican Party, St Patrick's Day, O'Rourke, Beto O'Rourke, US elections 2020


Mosque attacks and the narrative of exclusion | Letters

Guardian readers respond to the Christchurch shootingsJonathan Freedland (We must confront the right’s hate preachers, 16 March) is right to castigate Viktor Orbán, Matteo Salvini and Donald Trump for their anti-Islamic rhetoric. But we must not omit the part played by British politicians in deliberately adopting language that promotes hatred of religious and racial groups. Boris Johnson’s “letterboxes”, David Cameron’s “swarm” of migrants, Theresa May’s “Go home” posters, Sajid Javid’s “asylum ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, US, David Cameron, World news, US news, Australian immigration and asylum, Immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Theresa May, Islam, New Zealand, Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, Donald Trump, Christchurch


Pete Buttigieg to Fox: 'Ideological spectrum has never been less relevant'

If successful, Democrat would be first openly gay presidentShortest Way Home: Pete Buttigieg as president in waitingPete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is exploring a White House run, gave an interview to Fox News Sunday, a potentially ideologically incongruous step for a 37-year-old Democrat who likes to joke he appeals to “white Episcopalian gay veteran” voters. Related: Too much, too young? Mayor could become the first millennial president Continue reading...
Tags: White House, World news, US news, Fox, Democrats, US politics, Fox News, South Bend Indiana, Buttigieg, Pete Buttigieg, US elections 2020


For the Second Day in a Row, President Trump Attacks Late Sen. John McCain

The tweets started when Ken Starr spoke about McCain on 'Fox & Friends'
Tags: News, White House, Uncategorized, John Mccain, McCain, Ken Starr, Onetime


Dutch PM compares Theresa May to Monty Python limbless knight

Mark Rutte says he admires her resilience and blames political posturing for Brexit impasseTheresa May is like the knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail who loses his arms and legs in a duel and calls it a draw, the Dutch prime minister has said.Mark Rutte, who appeared visibly irritated last week at the failure of MPs to pass the Brexit deal, admitted feeling “angry” at the impasse in Westminster. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Netherlands, Monty Python, Article 50, Brexit, Mark Rutte


Reductio Ad Absurdum

Here’s an opinion piece by the two NYU students who accosted Chelsea Clinton at that Christchurch massacre vigil and denounced her as part of the hate that had spurred the attack. This is because she tweeted criticism of Ilhan Omar during the original “benjamins” controversy more than a month ago. (Here’s what I wrote in response to that original flare-up. A month later I wrote this.) Many Jews who are not supporters of the Israel right or the occupation or AIPAC thought that Omar’s remarks us...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, White House, Israel, US, Barack Obama, Iran, Gop, United States, Middle East, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Christchurch, Chelsea Clinton


Trump stance on Muslims, Fox host in spotlight after mosque shootings

The violence against Muslims in New Zealand on Friday put a spotlight on Trump's rhetoric about Islam and revived criticism of his handling of white supremacist violence. "Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro," Trump wrote in Twitter posts in which he blamed Democrats for trying to "silence a majority of our Country" and advocated supporters to "stop working soooo hard on being politically correct." At the same time, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney appeared on Sunday television news ...
Tags: News, White House, New Zealand, Trump, Mick Mulvaney, Muslims Fox, Pirro Trump


Stacey Abrams considers 2020 presidential campaign on race and voter suppression as Democratic field grows

Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost her bid to become governor of Georgia last autumn, has a series of decisions to make. Losing campaigns are not the normal launching pad for a run for the White House. Ms Abrams, who was the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, sat down last week with Steven Ginsberg, The Washington Post's national editor, and talked about the choices, the timetable and what kind of presidential campaign she would run.
Tags: News, Washington Post, White House, Georgia, Abrams, Steven Ginsberg, Georgia House of Representatives, Stacey Abrams


Pete Buttigieg to Fox News: 'Ideological spectrum has never been less relevant'

If successful, Democrat would be first openly gay presidentShortest Way Home: Pete Buttigieg as president in waitingPete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is exploring a White House run, gave an interview on Sunday to Fox News, a potentially ideologically incongruous step for a 37-year-old Democrat who likes to joke he appeals to “white Episcopalian gay veteran” voters. Related: Too much, too young? Mayor could become the first millennial president Continue reading...
Tags: White House, US news, Democrats, US politics, Fox News, South Bend Indiana, Buttigieg, Pete Buttigieg, US elections 2020


Trump slammed for 'silence' on white supremacist threat

Democrats led by an Arab-American lawmaker attacked President Donald Trump's "silence" on the rise of white supremacy Sunday as reaction to the New Zealand mosque massacre spilled into a heated US debate over religious and racial bigotry. With controversy swirling over Trump's tepid response to the massacre, White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was forced to deny any affinity between the president's anti-immigration rhetoric and the accused Christchurch shooter's extremist views. "The pres...
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White House dismisses praise of Trump by New Zealand shooter

"The president is not a white supremacist. I'm not sure how many times we have to say that," White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said.
Tags: News, White House, New Zealand, Trump, Mick Mulvaney


Joe Biden announces White House run - then says he didn't mean it

Joe Biden, one of the favourites to win the 2020 Democratic nomination, appeared to announce his presidential candidacy over the weekend – before retracting his remarks. Addressing 1,000 Democrats in Delaware, his home state, the 76-year-old former Vice President told his audience that his record was the most progressive "of anyone running for the United ...". He corrected himself quickly, saying "anybody who would run." But it was too late: his audience burst into applause in response to what t...
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White House Aide: It’s Unfair to Call New Zealand Mosque Shooting Suspect a President Trump Supporter

The suspect made a reference to Trump in a manifesto he shared before the attack
Tags: News, White House, Uncategorized, New Zealand, Trump, Onetime


White House aide says unfair to tie mosque shooter to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House official says it’s unfair to cast the alleged New Zealand mosque shooter as a supporter of President Donald Trump based on one reference to Trump in a manifesto the suspect released before the attack. Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney tells “Fox News Sunday” that the shooter was […]
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Joe Biden Accidentally Announces He’s ‘Running’

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Did Joe Biden accidentally reveal his plans to run for the White House? Or was it just another slip of the tongue by the former vice president with a reputation for veering off script? In a keynote speech at a dinner for the Delaware Democratic Party, Biden boasted Saturday that he has “the most progressive record of anybody running.” The only problem is that Biden hasn’t announced whether he will launch a third run for the White House, despite repeatedly teasing the possib...
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‘The President Is Not A White Supremacist’: Mulvaney Defends Christchurch Response

The man acting as White House chief of staff protested Sunday that “the President is not a white supremacist” and asserted President Donald Trump had done enough to combat violent Islamophobia, despite Trump’s claim that “Islam hates us” and his minimization of the white nationalist movement. In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney rejected the notion that the man detained after murdering 50 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand was a fan of the President...
Tags: News, White House, America, New Zealand, Fox News, Donald Trump, Charlottesville, Christchurch, Trump, Wallace, Chris Wallace, Mick Mulvaney, Christchurch New Zealand, Mulvaney, Matt Shuham, Fox News Sunday White House


White House dismisses Trump mention in Christchurch shooter manifesto

Chief of staff: ‘The president is not a white supremacist’Trump told press white nationalism not a rising threatThe White House pushed back on Sunday against any attempt to link Donald Trump to the accused gunman who killed 50 people in two New Zealand mosques, saying the act of a disturbed individual cannot be blamed on any one politician. Related: Christchurch: how quiet city became target for terror Continue reading...
Tags: White House, World news, US news, New Zealand, Donald Trump, Christchurch, Trump, Christchurch shooting


Joe Biden lets slip that he will run for president – or does he?

Former vice-president tells Delaware crowd he has ‘the most progressive record of anybody running’ – then corrects himselfJoe Biden has appeared to confirm he will mount another campaign for the White House, telling guests at a Delaware Democratic party dinner he has “the most progressive record of anybody running”. Biden indicated the remark was a slip of the tongue but many in the crowd stood to cheer regardless. Related: Joe Biden: can a veteran centrist win in the polarised age of Trump? ...
Tags: White House, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, Biden, Delaware, Trump, US elections 2020


'A waste of money': Dublin port reluctantly prepares for Brexit

Docks’ boss laments need for new infrastructure but says it can cope even under no dealDublin port is putting the finishing touches to new customs booths and freight inspection points in preparation for Brexit, but there will not be any ribbon-cutting ceremony when – or if – they open.“Bloody border posts. It’s a waste of money, a waste of time and a waste of space,” said the port company’s chief executive, Eamonn O’Reilly, as he toured the docks recently. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Ireland, Dublin, Article 50, Brexit, Eamonn O'Reilly



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