Azmat Khan: Deadly U.S. Air War in Afghanistan Helped Taliban Gain New Recruits Who Wanted Revenge

Investigative journalist Azmat Khan, who has reported extensively in Afghanistan, says President Joe Biden has not yet addressed the chaos unleashed by the collapse of the Afghan government. In remarks on Monday, Biden “really focused on the decision to end the war” and ignored criticism about chaos at the Kabul airport and the abandonment of thousands of Afghans who helped the U.S. over the last 20 years. “None of that was really discussed in any detail,” Khan says. She also discusses why the Afghan military fell so quickly to the Taliban, its overreliance on U.S. air power, how civilian casualties weakened support for the U.S.-backed government, and the…

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MP and climate summit president Alok Sharma criticised for ‘excessive’ air travel and avoiding quarantine

Support us and go ad-freePolitical leaders have accused Cop26 president Alok Sharma of “hypocrisy” after it emerged he has flown to at least 30 countries this year in the run-up to the climate summit. Sharma also attracted criticism for failing to self-isolate after visits to red-list countries, most recently Bolivia and Brazil, by relying on rules exempting ministers from quarantine. “Get-out-of-jail free” card The former secretary of state for business remains in Brazil where he’s meeting with state and business leaders in a bid to get them to commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Liberal Democrat spokesperson Sarah Olney MP accused him of treating flexible rules…

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After two years of hot air, charities demand Boris Johnson honours his care pledge

Support us and go ad-freeCharities say they will continue working to make sure the government doesn’t “forget the commitment it has made”. This is in reference to the prime minister’s promise to fix the social care crisis, made exactly two years ago. An empty promise? Age UK analysed data from NHS Digital. It said local authorities in England have turned down some 1.4 million requests for care from older people since Boris Johnson’s historic pledge. This equates to nearly 14,000 people aged 65 and over a week not getting the vital care and support they believe they need. In 24% of these cases, the local council found they…

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Israel hits family homes as it unleashes more air strikes in Gaza

Israel has unleashed more air strikes across the Gaza Strip, killing at least one Palestinian and wounding several others. The latest strikes came after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushed back against US pressure to wind down this attack on Gaza. Explosions shook Gaza City and air strikes were also reported in the central town of Deir al-Balah and the southern town of Khan Younis. Residents woke to see the rubble from at least five family homes destroyed in Khan Younis. There were also heavy air strikes on al-Saftawi Street, a commercial thoroughfare in Gaza City. Palestinians inspect the damage following an Israeli air strike in the town…

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Israeli air strike on Gaza City kills 10 as unrest spreads to the West Bank

An Israeli air raid in Gaza City has killed at least 10 Palestinians, mostly children, in the deadliest single strike since Israel began its most recent assault on Gaza. There were also widespread Palestinian protests on Friday in the occupied West Bank, where Israeli forces shot and killed 11 people. These attacks by Israel have raised the possibility of a new Palestinian “intifada”, or uprising, at a time when there have been no peace talks in years. .@antonioguterres calls for an immediate end to the fighting in Gaza and Israel, stressing that only a sustainable political solution will lead to lasting peace and reiterating his commitment to supporting…

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Millions of children in England live in areas with illegal air pollution

Millions of children and young people live in areas of England where air pollution law has been breached, according to figures from the Labour Party. More than 19,000 schools, colleges and nurseries are in local authority areas with illegal levels of air pollution, and more than 7.8 million people aged 18 or under live in those parts of the country, according to estimates. The Labour Party is calling for a new Clean Air Act to establish the legal right to clean air, bring World Health Organisation (WHO) targets into UK law with duties on ministers to enforce them, and grant new powers to councils to take urgent action…

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“Cold-Blooded Murder”: Chicago Police Officer Shot 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo with His Hands in the Air

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: A warning to our viewers: The following story contains graphic descriptions and footage of police violence. Protesters took to the streets of Chicago Thursday night to condemn the police killing of Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old Latinx boy. Police bodycam video released by the Chicago police shows Adam had his hands up in the air when a police officer shot him dead March 29th. Adam was a seventh grader at Gary Elementary School. The Chicago police initially described the incident as an “armed confrontation,” but the video shows Adam raised his hands after being ordered…

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Killed over a Car Air Freshener: Outrage Grows over Police Shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show with a warning. A warning to our audience: This segment contains graphic footage and accounts of police violence. Protests are continuing in the Minneapolis area after a white police officer shot and killed a 20-year-old Black man, Daunte Wright, during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. The deadly shooting took place about 10 miles from where former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for murdering George Floyd. On Monday, police fired tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades, as protesters defied a curfew…

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Top Tory repeatedly clusterf*cks live on air over cancelling Christmas

A senior government minister made an absolute shambles of his breakfast media appearances on Wednesday 23 December. He also showed the Tories still don’t appear to know what they’re doing over the coronavirus (Covid-19) “mutant” strain. Moreover, they don’t seem to care about the anxiety and stress they are causing the public. Mutants everywhere Secretary of state for housing, communities and local government Robert Jenrick appeared on various breakfast TV shows. The message he was delivering, and the answers to hosts’ questions, was a clusterfuck, at best. Several hosts asked him about the new coronavirus strain. As The Canary‘s Tom Coburg previously reported, this new strain was first…

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Coroner rules air pollution played a part in the death of a nine-year-old child

Air pollution has been recorded as a medical cause of death of a nine-year-old girl who suffered a fatal asthma attack.Ella Kissi-Debrah is believed to be the first person in the UK to have air pollution listed as the cause of death on their death certificate, following the ruling by a coroner at a second inquest into her death.She died in February 2013, having endured numerous seizures and made almost 30 hospital visits over the previous three years.Assistant coroner Philip Barlow gave his findings at Southwark Coroner’s Court after a two-week inquest. Ella’s mother Rosamund Kissi-Debrah speaking outside London’s High Court when the 2014 inquest ruling was quashed…

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