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  • Bannon vows to wage war for Trump by crushing White House opposition
    by Sabrina Siddiqui on August 19, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    President praises the ousted ‘alt-right’ strategist who masterminded his nationalist messageDonald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to praise Steve Bannon, speaking out amid the turmoil that followed his chief strategist’s departure and left the president increasingly isolated within the White House.One day after Bannon became the latest high-profile official to part company with the administration, Trump tweeted: “I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service. He came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton – it was great! Thanks S.” Continue reading... […]

  • What brought Italy’s ‘dying town’ back from the edge of extinction? A tourist toll
    by Angela Giuffrida in Lazio on August 19, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    By charging visitors to enter its crumbling walls, the medieval town of Civita di Bagnoregio has turned the threat of destruction to its advantageAs leaders of some of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations ponder recent anti-tourism protests, they should perhaps take inspiration from the mayor of Civita di Bagnoregio, a hamlet perched on a plateau of volcanic rock surrounded by steep ravines in Italy’s Lazio region.Francesco Bigiotti, who also manages the main town of Bagnoregio, has rushed in where other mayors fear to tread – anyone wanting to cross the footbridge to visit his medieval village must pay. Continue reading... […]

  • Row over teaching Fanny Hill highlights threat to freedom of expression
    by Yvonne Roberts on August 19, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Alleged ban on 1748 erotic novel seen as pandering to the sensibilities of a generation of ‘snowflake’ studentsOn Monday, Vogue’s website, unusually straying into academia, reported: “Eyebrows were raised when the first erotic novel in the English language, Fanny Hill, was dropped from an 18th-century literature course ‘for fear of offending students’.” This followed a headline in the Mail on Sunday: “Erotic novel first banned 270 years ago for describing a young girl’s sexual exploits is censored AGAIN – in case it upsets students.” Both assertions were incorrect, neatly illustrating how freedom of speech so easily slides into the murky realms of Trumpian “post-truth”.John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, popularly known as Fanny Hill (a play on mons veneris – the mount of Venus) was published in 1748. He began it as a young man working in the East India Company in Bombay in response to a challenge to write what became the first English pornographic novel without using coarse language. He completed it in his 30s, in debtor’s prison, writing to pay for his freedom. He returned to jail soon after, convicted on obscenity charges. Continue reading... […]

  • National Trust rebels call vote to ban hunting with hounds from estates
    by Ben Quinn on August 19, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Ranulph Fiennes leads charge against ‘despicable’ trail hunts, as 50 members endorse a motion to revoke all licencesAll hunting with hounds on National Trust land could be banned in an unprecedented vote this autumn.Trail or drag hunting – in which hounds and riders follow a scent that was laid earlier – is still allowed on trust estates but has long been regarded by animal rights campaigners as a means of circumventing the hunting ban. Now 50 trust members, including the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, have endorsed a motion that will be debated at the trust’s AGM in October which would revoke all licences allocated to hunts. Continue reading... […]

  • Women have every right to refuse treatment in childbirth | Letters
    by Guardian Staff on August 19, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    What is safest for mother and baby is not always obviousYour editorial “Safety of mother and child should override ideology during birth” last week took my breath away. First, women have a right to exercise their autonomy in childbirth, opting for and declining treatment as they see fit. Second, what is safest is not always obvious. Short-term risks and benefits sometimes conflict with evidence on optimal health in the longer term and women’s mental wellbeing is important as well as the mother and baby being alive and physically well.As a service user representing women’s views, I was responsible for facilitating a consensus statement on normal birth with the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. This was intended to “make normal labour and birth a reality” in hospitals often designed more for examinations, monitoring and surgical procedures than to offer emotional security, privacy and comfort. Rates of normal birth are declining in the UK; currently less than 40%. There is still a huge amount to be done to provide the kind of care and support women need during labour.  Continue reading... […]

  • Moroccan Isis terrorists ‘pose a threat on Europe’s doorstep’
    by Martin Chulov on August 19, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Hundreds of Islamic State fighters have sneaked back into north Africa – and could use it as a base for further attacksAs the hunt intensifies for members of a Moroccan-led cell thought to be responsible for the terror attacks in Spain, attention has turned to the hundreds of returned jihadists across the Strait of Gibraltar who intelligence officials fear pose a large, residual threat on Europe’s doorstep.Up to 1,000 jihadists are thought to have been smuggled back to Morocco and Tunisia from the battlefields of Islamic State’s now crumbling caliphate. About 300 are thought to have returned to Morocco, from where six of the 12 terrorists who carried out the attacks in Catalonia are believed to have hailed. Continue reading... […]

  • Has the friendly rivalry between New Zealand and Australia been fatally injured?
    by Toby Manhire in Auckland on August 19, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    A row over the dual citizenship of Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s deputy prime minister, has brought simmering tensions to the surfaceWhen Australia and New Zealand fight, rarely does it go beyond the gravity of two siblings scrapping. Conflict between the neighbours, separated by 1,300 miles across the Tasman Sea, typically takes the form of cheap jibes based on cultural stereotypes, or competing claims to the provenance of a racehorse, pop band or meringue-based dessert. Its only violent theatre is sporting clashes, such as yesterday’s first Bledisloe Cup Test. But that, for the most part, is as far is it goes.Over the last week, however, relations took an uncommon turn. The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, denounced a “conspiracy” between his domestic opponents and their New Zealand allies. A tirade from Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop against the New Zealand Labour party prompted one newspaper headline to wonder, “Has Australia’s foreign minister accidentally declared war on New Zealand?” Continue reading... […]

  • Angola on cusp of change after 40-year journey from Marxism to crony capitalism
    by Jason Burke on August 19, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    José Eduardo dos Santos steps down after elections this week. But an oil price crash and high inflation have loosened his MPLA party’s grip on powerIt is a contest that will be familiar to many – not just in Angola but in every country across Africa where anyone remembers the cold war.It pits the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the political party that has ruled the southern African country for more than four decades, against the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita), which has been battling to gain control for more than 50 years. Continue reading... […]

  • Ripoll, the quiet Pyrenean town that is an unlikely cradle of terror
    by Stephen Burgen on August 19, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Local people shocked to discover Barcelona killers lived among themResidents of the small Catalan town of Ripoll are still in a state of shock, after it emerged that it was home to most of the suspected terrorists involved in the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils that left 14 dead and over 100 injured.“There are only about 11,000 of us and only 9% are immigrants,” said Jordi Munell, the town’s mayor, who has appealed for calm. “We practically all know each other.” Continue reading... […]

  • Germany urges Spain not to extradite Erdoğan critic to Turkey
    by Staff and agencies on August 19, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Writer Doğan Akhanlı is being held in Spain on a Turkish warrant, but the charges remain unclearGermany’s foreign minister has urged Spain not to extradite a German writer to Turkey after he was arrested on a Turkish warrant.Sigmar Gabriel called his Spanish counterpart over the arrest of Doğan Akhanlı while in Granada on holiday. Continue reading... […]

  • Farewell to the ECJ? We may end up obeying laws but having no say in them | Catherine Barnard
    by Catherine Barnard European law expert on August 19, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    The UK has punched above its weight in court decisions. Such influence will be surrendered as Brexit becomes a realityWhy exactly is the European court of justice (ECJ) the subject of such unrelenting vilification by the Brexiters? To lawyers familiar with the court’s judgments, this has always been something of a mystery.This is, after all, the court that ruled that the European Central Bank was wrong to insist that euro clearing houses should be based in the eurozone. A triumph for the City of London. Continue reading... […]

  • At least 20 dead after Indian train derails in Uttar Pradesh
    by Reuters in New Delhi and Mumbai on August 19, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    The tragic crash is the fourth major derailment incident on India’s struggling rail network this yearAt least 20 people have been killed and scores more injured after a train came off the tracks in India on Saturday.Rescuers and local people in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh worked into the night searching for survivors in the overturned and mangled carriages. Officials have said they expect the death toll to rise. Continue reading... […]

  • President Maduro strips Venezuela’s parliament of power
    by Emma Graham-Harrison and Virginia López on August 19, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Legislative powers taken fro opposition-led parliament, as country’s fugitive attorney general alleges Maduro corruption linksVenezuela’s political crisis has deepened after a new pro-government “superbody” stripped the opposition-held parliament of its legislative powers and the fugitive attorney general accused President Nicolás Maduro of links to a corruption scandal. Related: Thieves stealing Venezuela zoo animals to eat them, say police Continue reading... […]

  • Alcanar: the coastal idyll where young militants hatched Barcelona plot
    by Giles Tremlett on August 19, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    When a huge blast tore through a country house, police at first thought it was related to illegal drugs. Only later did they link it to the terror attacksThe young men on powerful motorbikes had been coming and going for months, the throbbing sound of Kawasaki engines and the scattering of stones on the track leading to their country house in Alcanar, eastern Spain, announcing their arrival.Neighbours doubted the men, mostly young-looking and all seemingly of north African origin, had rented the house as a holiday home – despite the views out across the sparkling Mediterranean from this ramshackle estate of properties surrounded by scrub, pines and small olive groves. But they knew that Banco Popular had repossessed it and, having lived through a destructive, loan-fuelled property crash, Spaniards tend not to feel much concern when such properties are squatted. Continue reading... […]

  • Barcelona mourns as police step up hunt for driver of van
    by Jonathan Watts, Giles Tremlett and Stephen Burgen on August 19, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Younes Abouyaaqoub, understood to be chief suspect in Las Ramblas attack, is thought to be key member of 12-strong jihadist cellSpanish police have intensified their hunt for a 22-year-old Moroccan man believed to be the driver of the van used in the Barcelona attack that killed at least 13 and injured more than 130 last Thursday. Younes Abouyaaqoub, understood to be the chief suspect in the attack on Las Ramblas, is thought to be a key member of a 12-strong jihadist cell responsible for the attacks in Barcelona and later in nearby Cambrils.Police say a man previously reported as a suspect – 17-year-old Moussa Oukabir – was killed in the Cambrils attack. Oukabir was among five men shot dead as they launched their assault on tourists and locals in the coastal town west of Barcelona. Continue reading... […]

  • Spanish police detain man and search Ripoll addresses in hunt for terror suspects – video
    on August 19, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Police searched two addresses in the town of Ripoll, 60 miles (100km) north of Barcelona, in their hunt for terror suspects involved in Thursday’s attackHunt continues for driver of van in Barcelona attackContinue reading... […]

  • ‘Las Ramblas cries but it is alive’: Barcelona recovers historic defiance
    by Jonathan Watts on August 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Spain’s second city mourns the victims as the shock sinks in that the Catalan capital has joined the list of terrorism targets in EuropeFrom the death, confusion and fear of Thursday’s terrorist attack, the Barcelona boulevard of Las Ramblas has returned to its historic role as a centre of life, reflection and defiance.The paving stones on which the victims died have been cleaned of blood and transformed into a shrine that widens by the hour as mourners bring more tokens of sympathy – flickering candles, bunches of flowers, soft toys and messages of solidarity, love and defiance from around the world. Continue reading... […]

  • The UK is out there first in Sierra Leone | Priti Patel
    by Priti Patel on August 19, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    In this piece by the international development secretary, she says in giving £5m to the flood response, Britain is at the forefront of helping a nation in needSierra Leone is a country once more in need of urgent humanitarian assistance following the devastating floods that have taken hundreds of lives, and destroyed many more. It is unfair to say that the UK government has had little to say on the devastating loss of life, as claimed in the Guardian on Thursday. Related: A visão das favelas: 'Temos que lutar pela vida ao conviver com a violência' | Thaís Cavalcante Continue reading... […]

  • Russian police arrest suspect in Surgut stabbing – video
    by Guardian Staff on August 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    A video has emerged appearing to show Russian police pinning down a man they suspect of wounding eight people in a knife attack in the Siberian city of Surgut.Russian authorities are ‘investigating attempted murder’, according to a spokesperson, but it is not clear whether the incident was terrorism-relatedEight people stabbed in Siberian city of SurgutContinue reading... […]

  • Finland knife attacker 'targeted women'
    by Nicola Slawson and agencies on August 19, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    One Briton injured in incident that killed two Finns and injured several othersAn 18-year-old Moroccan man suspected of carrying out Friday’s deadly knife attack in Finland appeared to have targeted women as his victims, police have said.Officers are treating the attack in Turku, in which two people were killed and eight injured, as a terrorist act. Continue reading... […]

  • Father of Barcelona attack victim Jared Tucker: 'He was the happiest I've seen him' - video
    by Guardian Staff on August 19, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Jared Tucker, from California, was in Barcelona with his wife to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. The couple were on a tour of Europe and had been enjoying drinks on a pavement cafe when the attackers struckSpain attacks: Canadian grandfather named as latest Las Ramblas victimVictims of the Spain terrorist attacks: what we know so farContinue reading... […]

  • Eight people stabbed in Siberian city of Surgut
    by Agencies on August 19, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Attacker who injured passersby, two seriously, was shot dead by policeEight people have been injured in a knife attack in the Siberian city of Surgut, according to Russian news agency reports.“A man was running along the main streets stabbing people,” Tass reported, citing the spokesman for the local office of the Russian law enforcement committee. The suspect was shot dead by police. Continue reading... […]

  • A visão das favelas: 'O legado para Rio deveria ser paz, mas estamos em guerra' | Daiene Mendes
    by Daiene Mendes em Alemão on August 19, 2017 at 8:00 am

    No nosso diario da vida um ano após os Jogos Olímpicos, Daiene Mendes pergunta como os moradores das favelas conseguem manter-se otimistas quando o Brasil não melhorou as suas condições apesar de todas as oportunidades de investimentoRead this in English O Rio de Janeiro sediou, em agosto de 2016, os Jogos Olímpicos. Mas o que isso representa para os moradores das favelas, principalmente para o Complexo do Alemão?Passaram 365 dias desde à realização dos Jogos Olímpicos, destes, apenas 147 dias terminaram sem que os moradores do Complexo do Alemão não ouvissem algum disparo por arma de fogo. Dos 365 dias que passaram desde aquele lindo espetáculo com promessas de legado, esperança e paz, 218 foram acompanhados pela trilha sonora dos tiros, que nos paralisa, altera a nossa rotina e nos provoca medo. Continue reading... […]

  • View from the Rio favelas: ‘We're fighting for life while seeking peace’ | Thaís Cavalcante
    by Thaís Cavalcante in Maré on August 19, 2017 at 8:00 am

    In her diary entry one year on from the Olympics, Thaís Cavalcante says people are still struggling, caught between the economic crisis and everyday violenceLeia este artigo na lingua originalOne year after all eyes were on the “marvellous city”, we are reinventing ourselves amid the crisis in the economy, violence and popular power.The Olympic Games determined what the quality of life in favelas would be. We are already feeling the impact of the huge amounts of money spent on the games. Continue reading... […]

  • View from the Rio favelas: We're often scared to leave the house in case we're hit by a stray bullet | Daiene Mendes
    by Daiene Mendes in Alemão on August 19, 2017 at 8:00 am

    In her diary entry on life in Alemão one year on from the Games in Rio, Daiene Mendes says the sports mega events did not bring security but more repressionLeia este artigo na lingua originalA year has gone by since the Olympic Games. Only 147 of those 365 days ended without the residents of Complexo do Alemão hearing gunshots. After the promises of hope and the Games’ legacy of peace, 218 days were accompanied by a soundtrack of gunfire. On 218 days we were afraid we wouldn’t make it home alive; we were scared to leave the house in case we were hit by a stray bullet; on 218 days we were afraid that the walls of our homes might be hit. To pretend that we were not in a war zone, the military police painted their armoured military tanks – popularly called caveirão, or “big skull” – white. Continue reading... […]

  • View from the Rio favelas: 'We hit rock bottom, financially and socially' | Michel Silva
    by Michel Silva in Rocinha on August 19, 2017 at 8:00 am

    In his diary entry one year on from the Olympics, Michel Silva says that only long-term public policies will improve health, education and security in Rio Leia este artigo na lingua originalWe need to talk about Rio de Janeiro. In my first article for the Guardian in August 2015 , I said we were not ready for another mega event. I had some criticism from friends, who said such words were arrogant. But I think sometimes it hurts to see the sad reality of life in Rio. We hit rock bottom, both financially and socially.Cariocas – natives of Rio – are suffering because of the lack of government planning and the allegations of corruption that plague national politics. The former governor of Rio de Janeiro state, Sérgio Cabral, was arrested three months after the Olympics for commanding a criminal organisation that took 224m reais (£54m) in bribes. He has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison as a result of investigations conducted by the Lava Jato taskforce. Continue reading... […]

  • A visão das favelas: 'Chegamos ao fundo do poço, tanto financeiramente quanto socialmente' | Michel Silva
    by Michel Silva em Rocinha on August 19, 2017 at 8:00 am

    No nosso diario da vida um ano depois das Olímpiadas, Michel Silva diz que são necessárias políticas de longo prazo para melhorar a saúde, a educação e a segurança no Rio e não uma solução a curto prazoRead this in EnglishPrecisamos falar do Rio de Janeiro. No meu primeiro artigo, em agosto de 2015, profetizei: “Não estamos preparados para outro mega evento.”Recebi críticas de amigos dizendo que fui arrogante com as palavras. Mas acho que às vezes dói enxergar a triste realidade em que vivemos no Rio de Janeiro. Chegamos ao fundo do poço, tanto financeiramente quanto socialmente.Os cariocas sofrem com a falta de planejamento do governo e as denúncias de corrupção que assola o cenário político nacional. O ex-governador do Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral, foi preso três meses após a Olimpíada por comandar uma organização criminosa que movimentou mais de R$ 220 milhões. O ex-governador já foi condenado a mais de 14 anos de prisão. Ele é réu em 12 processos relacionados às investigações conduzidas pela força-tarefa da Operação Lava Jato. Continue reading... […]

  • A visão das favelas: 'Temos que lutar pela vida ao conviver com a violência' | Thaís Cavalcante
    by Thaís Cavalcante em Maré on August 19, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Um ano após as Olímpiadas, Thaís Cavalcante explica que entre a crise economica e violencia vivida diariamente as pessoas ainda lutam para sobreviver no dia-a-dia Read this in EnglishUm ano depois de grandes olhares para a “cidade maravilhosa”, estamos nos reinventando em meio a crise econômica, a violência e o poder popular.Os Jogos Olímpicos determinaram como seria a qualidade de vida dos moradores de favelas da cidade. E com todo o gasto durante osJogos, já sentimos o impacto, pelas dificuldades financeiras e pela pouca valorização da cultura da nossa cidade. Continue reading... […]

  • Elisabeth Moss defends Scientology after fan compares it to Gilead
    by Guardian staff on August 19, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Actor, who was raised a Scientologist, denies that the movement is similar to the fictional regime in The Handmaid’s TaleElisabeth Moss has defended Scientology after a fan on her Instagram account drew parallels between the movement and Gilead, the dystopian homeland depicted in The Handmaid’s Tale. Related: Elisabeth Moss on The Handmaid’s Tale: 'It is a feminist story' Continue reading... […]

  • Liu Xia appears for first time since husband Liu Xiaobo's funeral
    by Reuters on August 19, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner says in video that she needs time to grieve but it is not known if she made comments of her own free will The widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has appeared for the first time since her husband’s funeral in an online video in which she said she was recuperating and asked for time to mourn. Liu Xia had been under effective house arrest since her husband, a prominent dissident since the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, won the Nobel prize in 2010. He died on 13 July after being denied permission to leave the country for treatment of late-stage liver cancer. Continue reading... […]

  • Cambridge University Press accused of 'selling its soul' over Chinese censorship
    by Tom Phillips in Beijing on August 19, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Academics and activists decry publisher’s decision to comply with a Chinese request to block more than 300 articles from leading China studies journalThe world’s oldest publishing house, Cambridge University Press, has been accused of being an accomplice to the Communist party’s bid to whitewash Chinese history after it agreed to purge hundreds of politically-sensitive articles from its Chinese website at the behest of Beijing’s censors.The publisher confirmed on Friday that it had complied with a Chinese request to block more than 300 articles from the China Quarterly, a leading China studies journal, in order “to ensure that other academic and educational materials we publish remain available to researchers and educators” in China. Continue reading... […]

  • South Africa grants Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity – report
    by Reuters on August 19, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Wife of Zimbabwean president will be allowed to leave South Africa despite case involving Gabriella Engels, who says Mugabe whipped her with a cableSouth Africa has granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, allowing her to avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model, a security source has said. South African police had put border posts on “red alert” to prevent Mugabe fleeing and indicated she would receive no special treatment in the case involving Gabriella Engels, who says Mugabe whipped her with an electric extension cable. Continue reading... […]

  • Grace Mugabe's rise: grotesque ambition or pure self-preservation?
    by Simon Allison on August 18, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Many view Zimbabwe’s first lady as opportunistic, greedy and selfish. But could her motivation be far more about survival?At the heart of Grace Mugabe’s extraordinary journey from struggling single mother to the most powerful woman in Zimbabwe is a love story. Related: South Africa considering granting immunity to Grace Mugabe Continue reading... […]

  • Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist, removed from role
    by Ben Jacobs in Washington on August 18, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    White House says decision was mutual: ‘We are grateful for his service’Bannon says: ‘I’m leaving and going to war for Trump against his opponents’Steve Bannon has been removed from his post as White House chief strategist, ending his highly contentious career at the center of the Trump administration. A statement from the White House press secretary was sent to journalists on Friday afternoon after multiple outlets reported Bannon was on his way out. Continue reading... […]

  • The race to rescue Cambodian children from orphanages exploiting them for profit
    by Christopher Knaus on August 18, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Despite good intentions, Australians and others from western countries are often propping up Asian orphanages that separate children from families. Now there’s new efforts to tackle some of the consequences of ‘voluntourism’ Much was hidden from the tourists visiting Sinet Chan in her rundown Cambodian orphanage. When they returned to their hotels, cameras full and best intentions sated, they remained oblivious to the reality of what they had just supported. Continue reading... […]

  • Turku stabbing: two dead in Finnish city after market square attack
    by Philip Oltermann on August 18, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Police say it is unclear if incident was related to terrorism as people warned to stay away from cityFinnish police say two people have died and six people have been injured after a stabbing attack in a market square in the south-western city of Turku.It was unclear if the incident was related to terrorism, said police, who shot at and arrested one man after the attack. Contrary to earlier reports, police said they were not looking for other suspects. Continue reading... […]

  • The fall of Steve Bannon is a win for the globalists. But will it last?
    by David Smith in Washington on August 18, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    The loss of Trump’s chief strategist is a triumph for Jared Kushner and the White House’s ‘New York’ faction. But that doesn’t mean the end of BannonismSteve Bannon, chief White House strategist, removed from roleFrom the moment Steve Bannon compared himself to Thomas Cromwell in the court of the Tudors and Darth Vader in the Star Wars saga, his demise was perhaps historically preordained. Cromwell fell out of favour with Henry VIII and was beheaded for treason, while Vader was fatally wounded while saving Luke Skywalker from the Emperor’s lightning bolts.News that the White House’s chief strategist and chief ideologue is the latest to get the chop in what has become a West Wing bloodbath will be cheered by those in America and around the world who saw him as the personification of Donald Trump’s dark and dangerous populism. That came boiling to the surface during last Saturday’s deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and when Trump failed to condemn the neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members who had come to that city to protest the removal of a Confederate monument. Continue reading... […]

  • A year in Trump's orbit: a timeline of Steve Bannon's political career
    by Tom McCarthy in New York on August 18, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    The former chief strategist’s career arc took him from media activist to shadow adviser to campaign executive and then an office in the West WingWith his departure Friday from the White House, former chief strategist Steve Bannon’s career arc completed its steep climb and descent which took him from media activist to shadow adviser to campaign executive and then an office in the West Wing. Related: Before Bannon, a timeline of Trump administration firings and defections Continue reading... […]

  • The week in patriarchy: there's nothing uplifting to say | Jessica Valenti
    by Jessica Valenti on August 18, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    The president has let us all down in his response to Charlottesville. But let’s stop imagining that Trump’s reaction to this horror is an anomaly - it’s notI don’t have anything uplifting or insightful to say on Charlottesville that hasn’t already been said. I do want to point out, though, that as we hear again and again that white supremacist terrorism and Trump’s reaction to it is not how most Americans or Republicans think, these polls prove that wrong. A full 67% of Republicans approve of Trump’s message after Charlottesville, in which he blamed “many sides” for violence and later equated counter-protesters to neo-Nazi and white supremacist terrorists. Another poll showed that six in ten people who approve of the president say there is nothing he could do that would change their level of support. Continue reading... […]

  • Martin Rowson on the Barcelona van attack – cartoon
    by Martin Rowson on August 18, 2017 at 7:11 pm

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  • The turbulent story of Steve Bannon – video profile
    by Phil Maynard and Julia Diniz on August 18, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Steve Bannon has been a naval officer, an investment banker, a film producer and an executive at Breitbart News. He was made Donald Trump’s chief strategist and was arguably the most influential man in the White House, but has now been removed, ending his highly contentious career at the center of the Trump administrationSteve Bannon removed from White House roleSteve Bannon’s work is done. Donald Trump can fire him nowContinue reading... […]

  • We were on Las Ramblas when terror hit. My family are lucky to be alive | Michele Hill
    by Michele Hill on August 18, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    The van narrowly missed us. Although I was left with little more than a bruise, the events in Barcelona reminded me how precious life isI woke up this morning early. I normally don’t wake early. We set our alarm for 6:30 to get to the airport, as we’re flying home from Spain today. Today I don’t need an alarm because I have my own internal alarm: it went off sometime before 5pm yesterday and it’s still ringing. I check my husband and son are beside me: they are safe.I get up to go the bathroom and the bruise on my thigh makes it slightly sore to walk. This is my war wound. A physical reminder of what happened yesterday in Barcelona. It’s about 4in long and 2in wide, bright purple and hard to touch. It’s quite unremarkable and a small price to pay. In some ways it’s a comfort. It reminds me that I am not crazy, that what happened yesterday was real. It is a temporary tattoo and will be gone very soon. I would imagine the emotional bruise will last a little longer. Continue reading... […]

  • Charlottesville mayor opposes Robert E Lee statue: 'A lightning rod' for terrorism
    by Oliver Laughland in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Michael Signer will announce a plan to convince state lawmakers in Virginia to reform laws that restricts the removal of war memorials by city governmentsAs Charlottesville’s mayor Michael Signer sat in the front row of Wednesday’s memorial service for Heather Heyer, the victim of an alleged white supremacist terror attack on Saturday, he said he had a moment of clarity.Signer, who met with the Guardian during the aftermath of the violence that took place in the liberal campus city in Virginia, described the memorial service as “one of the most powerful and profound experiences I’ve ever had in public or private life”. Continue reading... […]

  • Barcelona van attack witnesses: ‘Everyone just ran’ – video
    by Guardian Staff on August 18, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Witnesses to the van attack in central Barcelona describe the events that led to the deaths of 13 people in the popular Las Ramblas area of the city. Scores of people were injured in the incident, 17 critically Continue reading... […]

  • Barcelona crowd breaks into applause and chants after minute's silence – video
    by Guardian Staff on August 18, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    At the end of a minute’s silence a day after the attacks in Catalonia, the crowd in Barcelona’s main square broke into applause and chanted: ‘No tinc por’ (‘I am not afraid’). Among those in attendance were King Felipe, the prime minister Mariano Rajoy, Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont, and Ada Colau, the mayor of Barcelona Continue reading... […]

  • Barcelona and Cambrils attacks: why was Spain targeted by terrorists?
    by Sam Jones and Giles Tremlett in Cambrils on August 18, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Country has been on its second highest alert since 2015, and Catalonia has a reputation as a meeting place for radicalsImages of the aftermath of the attack on Barcelona’s most famous street on Thursday will stir different images in the minds of different people. For those in France and the UK, they will be reminders of the attacks on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice and on Westminster Bridge in London.For many Spaniards, they will bring back memories of 11 March 2004, when 191 people were killed and more than 1,800 others injured in a series of train bombings in Madrid carried out by al-Qaida. Continue reading... […]

  • Moment Spanish police shoot suspected terrorist in Cambrils - video
    by Guardian Staff on August 18, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Amateur footage appears to capture the moment officers shoot at a terror suspect in the coastal town of Cambrils on Thursday night. The man is knocked to the ground but stands up again. He is wearing what looks like an explosive vest, which later turned out to be fake. A total of five suspects were shot dead by police during the incident Continue reading... […]

  • 'I don't like it': India's tattoo girls reject branding ritual – in pictures
    by WaterAid/Alamy on August 18, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Women of the Baiga tribe have traditionally been marked as a sign of identity. But as more girls go to school, they are starting to reject the practice, which they say is ‘painful and embarrassing’ Continue reading... […]

  • How can cities protect their citizens against vehicle attacks?
    by Jason Burke on August 18, 2017 at 11:18 am

    It is impossible to make cities 100% safe from attacks with vehicles, but authorities can still do much to mitigate the threatSpain attacks – live updatesPolice hunt suspect – full storyCan you make a city safe against terrorists using vehicles as weapons? No, is the short answer, no more than you can against terrorists using other everyday items to execute attacks.But authorities can do much to mitigate the threat, at least to some obvious targets. With hindsight, officials will be regretting not moving faster to boost security measures on Las Ramblas boulevard, packed with tourists on a sunny August afternoon, after vehicle attacks elsewhere in Europe since last year. Continue reading... […]

  • Unlearning the myth of American innocence – podcast
    by Written by Suzy Hansen, read by Kelly Burke and produced by Simon Barnard on August 18, 2017 at 11:00 am

    When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul – and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does• Read the text version hereSubscribe via Audioboom, iTunes, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Acast & Sticher and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter Continue reading... […]

  • Spain comes to terms with day of terror in Catalonia – in pictures
    by Matt Fidler on August 18, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Memorials are laid and security forces on high alert across Spain the day after terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils killed at least 13 people and injured more than 100 Continue reading... […]

  • How the Spanish attacks unfolded - video
    by Guardian Staff on August 18, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Hours after a van killed 13 people and injured 100 in Las Ramblas, the seaside town of Cambrils was hit by second vehicle attack, leaving one dead and six woundedBarcelona and Cambrils attacks: live updatesFive dead after gunfire erupts on the streets in the Spanish city Cambrils – videoContinue reading... […]

  • A letter to China: Hong Kong's democrats should be honoured
    on August 18, 2017 at 9:05 am

    An open letter from political figures around the world calls on Beijing to free three jailed pro-democracy activistsThe decision by the courts in Hong Kong to sentence three courageous, principled young men to jail yesterday is an outrageous miscarriage of justice, a death knell for Hong Kong’s rule of law and basic human rights, and a severe blow to the principles of “one country, two systems” on which Hong Kong was returned to China 20 years ago.Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law helped lead the umbrella movement in Hong Kong in 2014 – one of the most peaceful and restrained movements of public protest the world has ever seen. Joshua Wong and Nathan Law have already served the penalties imposed by a court a year ago. Joshua Wong served 80 hours of community service and Nathan Law 120 hours. Alex Chow received a three-week suspended prison sentence a year ago. Yet the Hong Kong government decided to reopen the case and seek tougher punishments. Yesterday the court of appeal jailed Joshua Wong for six months, Alex Chow for seven months and Nathan Law for eight months. Continue reading... […]

  • UK's £2m support for Egypt security projects branded ‘deeply disturbing’
    by Karen McVeigh on August 18, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Transparency campaigners highlight alleged human rights abuses in Egypt as controversial conflict, stability and security fund comes under scrutiny againThe government is facing questions over transparency after almost £2 million in aid and defence funding was given to security projects in Egypt, including support for policing, the criminal justice system and the treatment of juvenile detainees. The news comes with Egypt’s security forces under fire from human rights groups for routine disappearances, the torture of detainees, and the jailing of political opponents and journalists. Continue reading... […]

  • Kuwait's inferno: how will the world's hottest city survive climate change?
    by Ruth Michaelson on August 18, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Malls and office complexes continue to spring up in Kuwait City, built by migrants often working illegally in soaring temperatures. But as oil and water reserves dwindle, the energy-guzzling citystate heads for an existential crisisIt is 9am and the temperature in Kuwait City is 45C and rising, but already people working outside. A row of litter-pickers are already hard at work along a coastal highway, their entire bodies covered to protect them from the sun. Outside one of the city’s many malls, valets hover beside the air-conditioned entrance, while two men in white hats huddle wearily next to their ice cream stands. Other city residents are luckier. They can avoid the outdoors altogether, escaping the inferno by sheltering in malls, cars and office buildings, where temperatures are kept polar-cold. Continue reading... […]

  • Brazilian supreme court upholds land rights of indigenous people
    by Jo Griffin on August 17, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Land rights activists applaud rejection of case brought by Brazilian state that claimed it was due compensation for award of territory to native inhabitantsThe Brazilian supreme court has ruled in favour of two tribes in a case that is being hailed as a significant victory for indigenous land rights. The unanimous decision – which went against the state of Mato Grosso do Sul – settled a dispute over land traditionally occupied by indigenous people and ordered the authorities to respect the demarcation of land. Continue reading... […]

  • These videos show pure traffic chaos – or do they?
    by Naomi Larsson on August 17, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Some urban experts say stripping roads of lights and barriers, and encouraging ‘shared space’, could make them safer for all usersImagine an alternative world without traffic rules, where you approach a junction and there’s no encouraging green light to get you on your way. Instead, all traffic is free, your movements aren’t controlled and all vehicles – regardless of the number of wheels or legs – have to interact with each other by instinct. Utopian madness? Chaos, confusion and traffic-clogged streets? Maybe not. In a timelapse video of an intersection without any traffic signals in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, this apparent chaos has been captured in action. Continue reading... […]

  • Buses in Seoul install 'comfort women' statues to honour former sex slaves
    by Justin McCurry on August 16, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Statues installed on five buses with the support of the Seoul mayor – although use of public space to highlight this wartime atrocity has angered JapanBuses serving several routes in central Seoul have acquired a new and highly controversial passenger: a barefoot “comfort woman”, wearing a traditional hanbok dress with her hands resting on her knees.Appearing on the front seat of buses in the South Korean capital earlier this week, the statues were installed by the Dong-A Transit company as a potent reminder of an unresolved wartime atrocity whose roots lie in Japan’s 1910-1945 occupation of the Korean peninsula. Continue reading... […]