Headlines for April 15, 2021

Biden Vows to Pull Combat Troops from Afghanistan by 20th Anniversary of 9/11 AttacksMinnesota Police Officer Kimberly Potter Charged with Manslaughter for Shooting Daunte WrightWitness for Derek Chauvin's Defense Claims George Floyd Died of Heart Disease, Drugs and Car FumesExpert Witness for Derek Chauvin's Defense Sued over Black Teen's Death at Hands of Maryland PoliceNew York Police Deploy Advanced Surveillance Robot in Public Housing ComplexBoston Cop Allowed to Stay on the Force for 20+ Years After Child Sexual Abuse ComplaintMaryland State Trooper Shoots Dead 16-Year-Old with Airsoft Pellet GunGun Control Advocates Call for Action as Memorial Unveiled; VA Blocks Measure Limiting Gun PossessionCDC Delays Decision on Resuming J&J…

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Civil servants’ new jobs must be approved after Greensill affair – ex-mandarin

A former Home Office boss has said he was “absolutely amazed” to learn a top civil servant was allowed to work as a part-time adviser at Greensill Capital while still in Whitehall. He called for more scrutiny of civil service hires. Sir David Normington, who led the department for five years until 2011, said it is “essential” for the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba), which scrutinises appointments of top civil servants when they leave Whitehall, to sign-off on new moves. It comes after it emerged that former head of government procurement Bill Crothers began working for Greensill as a part-time adviser to the board in September 2015…

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Tory government’s ridiculous claim that it’s a ‘world leader’ on climate is proven wrong, again

The UK government loves to describe itself as a ‘world leader’ on tackling the climate and biodiversity crises. Its actions, however, rarely live up to its rhetoric. A new report from the Woodland Trust is a case in point, as lays bare the dire state of the UK’s trees and woods. One of the worst in Europe The Woodland Trust’s report is called State of the UK’s Woods and Trees. As the title suggests, it’s a comprehensive assessment of the scale, condition and life-supporting capacity of the country’s woods and trees. It focuses primarily on native woods and trees because those are of the highest value in terms…

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Call to support Kevan Thakrar, held in the ‘most restrictive’ conditions in the UK prison system

Campaigners are calling for action to support a vulnerable prisoner at HMP Full Sutton. Kevan Thakrar has been imprisoned for over 13 years, 11 of which have been spent in the UK’s Close Supervision Centres (CSC), where prisoners face the “most restrictive conditions” seen in the UK prison system. CSCs are prisons within prisons, where people are kept isolated for years with very little human contact. Over a decade of trauma Thakrar was placed in the CSC system after he defended himself against a racist attack by prison guards in 2010. These shocking pictures show Thakrar’s injuries after the 2010 attack: Thakrar was taken to court in 2011…

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What you don’t see with seafood

We need your help ... The coronavirus pandemic is changing our world, fast. And we will do all we can to keep bringing you news and analysis throughout. But we are worried about maintaining enough income to pay our staff and minimal overheads. Now, more than ever, we need a vibrant, independent media that holds the government to account and calls it out when it puts vested economic interests above human lives. We need a media that shows solidarity with the people most affected by the crisis – and one that can help to build a world based on collaboration and compassion. We have been fighting against an…

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Police want Twitter to stop people sharing videos of them

An organisation that represents police officers is kicking off about people sharing videos of arrests and other police interactions on social media. It’s calling for platforms like Twitter and YouTube to do something. But the group’s claim that cops are somehow the victims here doesn’t exactly ring true. Stop sharing cop videos, says cop The Metropolitan Police Federation (MPF) is the Met Police’s “staff association”. It represents more than 30,000 cops. And it’s recently hit back at people sharing videos of its officers’ conduct on social media. The MPF said in a statement that its leader Ken Marsh: has called for the government and force leaders to tackle…

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American Insurrection: Deadly Far-Right Extremism from Charlottesville to Capitol Attack. What Next?

A scathing new report by the Capitol Police’s internal watchdog reveals officials knew Congress was the target of the deadly January 6 insurrection, yet officers were instructed to refrain from deploying more aggressive measures that could have helped “push back the rioters.” Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports domestic terrorism incidents surged to a record high in 2020, fueled by white supremacist, anti-Muslim and anti-government extremists on the far right. The Post found that, since 2015, right-wing extremists have been involved in 267 plots or attacks, leading to 91 deaths. Reporter A.C. Thompson, who explores the threat of far-right extremism in the new PBS “Frontline” documentary “American Insurrection,” says…

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New polling says it’s time for a coup against Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer has been leading the Labour Party for just over a year. And judging by the latest opinion polls, this means that a coup is incoming – well only if you judge him by the standards Labour MPs held Jeremy Corbyn up to – obviously. Starmer: approval shot to pieces As Stats for Lefties tweeted, Starmer is now facing his worst approval rating ever: On whether Starmer is doing well or badly: Well: 26% (-6)Badly: 50% (+5)[Net rating: -24] This is Keir Starmer's worst net approval rating in any opinion poll, ever. In September his net rating was +20. Now it's -24. Via @YouGov, 12 April (+/-…

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Afghanistan: Biden Vows to End Nation’s Longest War by 9/11 After Decades of Bloodshed & Destruction

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: The Biden administration has unveiled plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11th, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Biden will formally outline his plan today during a speech in the Treaty Room at the White House — the same room where President George W. Bush announced the start of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan nearly 20 years ago, beginning what’s become the longest war in U.S. history. The war killed more than 100,000 Afghan civilians and over 2,300 U.S. servicemembers. It also cost the U.S. trillions of dollars. NATO forces…

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Headlines for April 14, 2021

Biden Announces U.S. Will Withdraw Its Troops from Afghanistan by September 11Protests Continue After Police Killing of Daunte Wright as His Family Demands JusticeDerek Chauvin Murder Trial Continues with Defense Calling Its First WitnessesIran Ramps Up Uranium Enrichment Following Natanz Attack and Amid Talks on 2015 Nuclear DealWhite House Moves Forward with $23 Billion Weapons Sale to UAERussian Troops Amass on Eastern Border as U.S. and NATO Pledge Support for UkraineU.S. Sends Unofficial Delegation to Taiwan as China Warns Against Foreign InterventionBurkina Faso to Try Ex-President Blaise Compaoré for Murder of Iconic Leader Thomas SankaraFacebook Allowed Honduran Pres. Juan Orlando Hernández to Use Fake Accounts to Appear More…

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