The silenced: meet the climate whistleblowers muzzled by Trump

Six whistleblowers and ex-government scientists describe how the Trump administration made them bury climate science and why they wont stay quiet From weakening vehicle emissions to blocking warnings about how coastal parks could flood or the impact on the Arctic, the

Socialism used to be a dirty word. Is America now ready to embrace it?

Voters feelings on socialism have shifted with half of those under 40 saying they would prefer to live in a socialist country In his 1998 film, Bulworth, Warren Beatty played a Democratic senator who goes rogue, embarking on a truth-telling binge in which he spouts radical truths no Democrat serious about election would ever utter. At one stage, Bulworth even mentions socialism. In America thats like saying cocksucker, Beatty once told me with a chuckle over dinner at his home in Los Angeles shortly series embed When I suggested to him he sounded like a socialist he swatted the term away. Im interested in a government that looks out for people who need to be looked out for, Beatty said. …

The Epstein scandal at MIT shows the moral bankruptcy of techno-elites

The MIT-Epstein debacle shows the prostitution of intellectual activity. Time for a radical agenda: close the Media Lab, disband Ted Talks and refuse tech billionaires money As the world wakes up to the power of big tech, we get to hear belatedly of all the damage wrought by the digital giants. Most of these debates, alas, dont veer too far from the policy-oriented realms of economics or law. Now that the big technocracy wants to quash big tech, expect more such wonkery. What, however, about the ideas that feed big tech? For one, we are no longer in 2009: Mark Zuckerbergs sophomoric musings on transparency or the global village impress very few. And yet, for all the growing skepticism about …

Kevin Hart suffers ‘major back injury’ in Malibu vintage car crash

Actor and comedian was a passenger in 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, California highway patrol says The actor and comedian Kevin Hart has been injured in the crash of a vintage car in the hills above Malibu. A California highway patrol collision report said the 40-year-old Hart was a passenger in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that went off Mulholland Highway and rolled down an embankment around 12.45am on Sunday. The report said Hart and the driver, 28-year-old Jared Black, suffered major back injuries and were taken to hospitals. Another passenger, 31-year-old Rebecca Broxterman, only complained of pain. The highway patrol report said the car went out of control as it turned from a canyon road on to the highway. The report said …

Mattis details differences with Trump over Nato allies and torture in new book

Ex-defense secretary avoids direct criticism of the president in his memoir, Call Sign Chaos, but notes the pair disagreed over Nato James Mattis, who Call Sign Chaos, will be published next week. The Guardian obtained a copy. In it, Mattis avoids direct criticism of his former boss but offers some pointed comments that will probably be seized on by opponents of the president. The retired US marine corps general recalls being surprised in November 2016 when he was called by the then vice-president-elect, Mike Pence, and asked to meet Trump to discuss the job of defense secretary. Mattis describes being driven to the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and having an amiable meeting. But, he notes: I …

Immigration panic: how the west fell for manufactured rage

The long read: From Trump to Orbn, politicians are winning votes by stoking age-old hatreds. Where does this fear of migrants come from? The west is being destroyed, not by migrants, but by the fear of migrants. In country after country, the ghosts of the fascists have rematerialised and are sitting in parliaments in Germany, in Austria, in Italy. They have successfully convinced their populations that the greatest threat to their nations isnt government tyranny or inequality or climate change, but immigration. And that, to stop this wave of migrants, everyones civil liberties must be curtailed. Surveillance cameras must be installed everywhere. Passports must be produced for the most routine of tasks, like buying a mobile phone. Take a look …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a hero to women. A future without her is a chilling prospect | Moira Donegan

The 86-year-old justice cant live forever, and it increasingly looks like womens freedoms wont either You can find her face on enamel pins, tote bags, posters, and greetings cards. She stares at you from T-shirts, from stickers, from stationery, from inside embroidery hoops, her face rendered in tiny squares of thread. She is shown stern faced, eyes impenetrable behind her oversize glasses; or with the tiny smile of someone who knows a secret. Sometimes she is shown with a toy crown on her small head, cocked slightly askew in reference to a famous photo of the Brooklyn rapper Biggie Smalls. Underneath, the word Notorious. These tributes have come under ridicule and rebuke, often by men, as an argument arises on …

‘Tip of the iceberg’: what a Nazi salute video says about Orange county

In the past year, several high schools in the California county have been engulfed in scandal over the racist behavior of some white students Students have arranged red plastic cups in the shape of a swastika. Theyve held up We love White signs. Theyve chanted a Nazi marching song. Several high schools in Orange county, California, have been racist behavior by some of their white students. This week, videos surfaced showing a group of boys from marching with German and Confederate flags. The latest controversy has reignited anger and anxiety among Jewish communities and students of color, with many questioning why this keeps happening. To some, the answer is obvious: white supremacy has a long history in Orange county, and …

Al Sharpton on Donald Trump: ‘He’s a white nationalist’

The civil rights activist, who recently found himself at the sharp end of the presidents tweets, discusses his history with Trump and the recent mass gun violence Among the many framed mementoes that clutter the white vinyl walls of the Rev Al Sharptons midtown Manhattan office, there is one he treasures just a little more than the others. Its an official program for the state memorial service held for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg back in 2013. Sharpton, the American civil rights stalwart, had been unable to travel to the event in person, and received a copy in the mail signed by a close friend. Across the programs gold lettering, a short message is scrawled in thin black marker: To Rev …

Guess who said it: Tucker Carlson or a far-right shooter | Nathan Robinson

The Fox New hosts nightly diatribes are making the US an ever more terrifying place for immigrants and people of color Its not surprising Tucker Carlson doesnt think white supremacy is a threat to the United States. Its easy not to notice a problem when the problem is you. Speaking on his show, Carlson encouraged viewers not to think about racism, saying that every minute youre angry about race is a minute youre not thinking about class, which is of course the real divide in this country. If I were Tucker Carlson, I wouldnt want people to think about racism either. If they did, they might start to notice that Carlsons rhetoric about non-white people has long been virtually identical …

Trump wanted gamers to support him. Now hes blaming them for gun massacres | Van Badham

With increasing numbers of people bleeding to death in US streets, the president has to find someone something anything! to blame Scientific studies gun massacre deaths of another not Toledo) Ohio. Why scapegoat video games and demonise the people who play them? My dudes, why not? Its established that science, expertise, evidence and the truth are walk in and buy one at Walmart, a local store, a gun show or from a friend or neighbour. You can petty felon or an extremist who dreams of a Just before the 2016 election, he dared those second-amendment people remember? to act against Hillary Clinton if she attempted legislative gun control. The New York Times reported: Mr Trump and his campaign did not …

Toni Morrison: farewell to America’s greatest writer we all owe her so much | Chigozie Obioma

Booker nominated author Chigozie Obioma reflects on losing a literary mother and her encouragement for generations of black and African writers to come It was with a heavy heart that I woke up, like many, to the news of the passing of the great African American writer Toni Morrison. As I have mourned and digested the news, my reaction has slowly gone from shock to dismay, then to a sense of inchoate peace. If we judge being old as a more feeble state, or characterised by a gradual withdrawal from work, then Morrison, like most great writers, had not become old. At the age of 88, she had continued to give us her stories and thoughts. The Source of Self-Regard …

Ads for ultra-violent satire The Hunt pulled in wake of US mass shootings

Promotion for movie, in which humans are hunted for sport, is stalled after El Paso and Dayton killings and studio reported to be rethinking strategy TV ads for The Hunt, an ultraviolent political satire in which elites stalk and kill deplorables, have been pulled in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings. A poster for the The Hunt. Photograph: Universal Pictures Original Article : HERE ;

Whole Foods workers say conditions declined after Amazon takeover

Employees described increasing pressure to push Amazon Prime deals and memberships, understaffing and increased workloads Since being bought by Amazon two years ago, employees at Whole Foods say their working conditions have declined markedly amid pressure to push Amazon Prime deals and memberships, plus widespread understaffing, increased workloads and buy Whole Foods. In interviews with 24 Whole Foods employees across the US, workers described an increasingly pressured environment and the erosion of Whole Foods corporate culture. Workers interviewed were reluctant to speak on the record for fear of retaliation. Amazon has mass email sent to Whole Foods employees by over a dozen current and former workers with Whole Worker on 21 June, the group characterized Whole Foods relationship with Amazon …

1MDB: Wolf of Wall Street producer charged with embezzling millions

Riza Aziz, stepson of former Malaysian PM Najib Razak, accused of receiving $248m into Swiss bank accounts The Wolf of Wall Street producer Riza Aziz, who is the stepson of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, has been charged with embezzling millions of dollars from the Malaysian government. Riza, who ran a Hollywood production company 1MDB, which was controlled by Najib. Each charge carries a five-year jail sentence. Riza is now the third member of the former first family of Malaysia to face multiple charges linked to misappropriated 1MDB funds. Najib, who was toppled from power in May 2018, is facing 42 corruption charges and his first trial of at least three is ongoing. Najibs wife and Rizas mother, Rosmah …

‘May God bless you’: evangelical pastors’ hidden role in human smuggling’s boom

As trusted individuals in a Guatemalan culture rooted in religion, pastors and priests play a role in the booming business behind immigration Early in the morning, Antonio knelt before an altar with white candles and a small statue of the Virgin Mary and prayed for a miracle. It was still dark when he piled into a blue van with his six-year-old son, Gaspar, and a group of other farmers and their family members hoping to reach the United States. They set out from their home town in the highlands of Guatemala and rode for hours before pulling down a narrow dirt road which ended in a clearing near the Mexican border. The migrants bowed their head as their guide an …