Extinction Rebellion is taking to the City. It’s high time the financial district was disrupted.

Support us and go ad-free Extinction Rebellion (XR) is currently protesting across London as it aims to “target the root cause of the climate and ecological crisis – the political economy”. The “Impossible Rebellion” began in Covent Garden on 23 August, and is scheduled to continue for the next two weeks. One of its targets …
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Coronavirus bereaved families group vows to get answers as Scottish inquiry launched

Support us and go ad-free People who have lost loved ones from coronavirus (Covid-19) have pledged to deliver for others in the same situation, as a public inquiry was announced in Scotland. Inquiry Speaking at a press conference after the decision was made public on Tuesday 24 August, Alan Wightman – who leads the Scottish …
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Two hunters appear in court accused of ‘charade’ to flout fox hunting ban

Support us and go ad-free A huntsman and a whipper-in actively encouraged hounds to look for a fox after a trail hunt was set up as a charade, a court has heard. Prosecutors allege that huntsman John Oliver Finnegan and  whipper-in Rhys Matcham breached the 2004 Hunting Act in Leicestershire on 4 February 2020. Both …
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Paddy McGuinness calls to change ‘postcode lottery’ of autism family support

Support us and go ad-free Comedian Paddy McGuinness has said the “postcode lottery” of support for autistic families needs to change. Paddy McGuinness The TV presenter, who has three autistic children, also spoke of the importance of educating people on the condition, as he backed the launch of the UK’s largest study into autism. The …
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Scientists warn of the climate crisis’s role in July’s deadly European flooding

Support us and go ad-free Climate change has made the kind of heavy rainstorms that drove deadly flooding in Europe last month more likely, scientists have warned. Increasing risk Researchers found that extreme rainfall events similar to those which led to severe flooding in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg are between 1.2 and nine …
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The mainstream media’s depiction of van life is racist, classist and sexist

Support us and go ad-free “We haven’t done this because we have no other options. We’ve done it because it’s a better way of life,” 33-year-old Ailsa Gardner told the Mirror. After paying stupid amounts of rent on penthouse apartments, Gardner and her partner now live in a converted school bus. Their alternative way of living …
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‘Harrowing’ rise in child harm drives pleas for more funding

Support us and go ad-free Council-reported incidents of child harm increased by nearly a fifth over the last year, prompting calls for more funding for children’s services. The Local Government Association (LGA) found there were 536 notifications of child-related serious incidents during 2020/2021. This is a 19% increase from 2019/2020 Child death related notices also …
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Home Office is accused of bypassing parliament to rollout facial recognition cameras

Support us and go ad-free A group of civil society bodies has called on the government to ban facial recognition cameras, while accusing police and the Home Office of bypassing parliament over guidance for the use of the technology. Thirty-one organisations including Big Brother Watch, Statewatch and Privacy International have posted an open letter alleging …
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Extinction Rebellion is taking two weeks of action targeting the City of London

Support us and go ad-free Environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion is gearing up for another two full weeks of climate protests, which are due to take place across London. The group says thousands of people are expected to take part in their “Impossible Rebellion”, which plans to “target the root cause of the climate and …
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Pretending to be outraged by Afghan human rights ignores the havoc wreaked by imperialism

Support us and go ad-free When it became clear the Taliban would take Kabul, mainstream western journalists quickly pointed out the dangers this posed for the rights and safety of the Afghan people. One particular focus was the rights and safety of Afghan women. And, according to reports from sources in Afghanistan, those dangers are …
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