As France Honors Black Artist Josephine Baker, Far-Right Pundit Éric Zemmour Launches Presidential Bid

On the same day France celebrated the induction of American-born singer and civil rights activist Josephine Baker into the Pantheon, far-right xenophobic writer and pundit Éric Zemmour announced he will run for president of France in the upcoming April 2022 election. Many have pointed out the contradiction in these opposing events, even in President Emmanuel …
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Jeremy Corbyn among 24 MPs urging Joe Biden to drop Assange extradition bid

A group of British MPs have written to the US president urging him to drop his administration’s attempt to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. An open letter to Joe Biden, who’s in the UK for the G7 summit, said dropping the prosecution would be a “clarion call for freedom”. Assange is being detained in Belmarsh …
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Nina Turner Launches Bid for Congress, Pledging “No Honeymoon” for Biden Administration

We speak with Nina Turner, one of Bernie Sanders’s top allies, the day after she announced she is running for Congress in Ohio to fill the seat of Congressmember Marcia Fudge, who Biden tapped to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Turner has promised to hold the Biden team accountable and pressure the …
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Bid to extend virtual participation to shielding MPs is blocked on same day Johnson beams into parliament

A government move to allow shielding MPs to participate virtually in Commons debates has been blocked by an MP who said it does not treat them like “grown-ups”. This happened on the same day that Boris Johnson attended Prime Minister’s Questions via video link. Not far enough Labour former minister Chris Bryant said a government …
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Can Trump Pardon Himself? Jane Mayer on Trump’s Desperate Bid to Stay in Power & Avoid Prosecution

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. The number of Americans hospitalized due to COVID-19 has more than a doubled in the past week as infections soar to record numbers across the nation. On Thursday, a …
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Can Trump Pardon Himself? Jane Mayer on Trump's Desperate Bid to Stay in Power & Avoid Prosecution

President Trump has only made one brief public appearance since the election was called for Joe Biden, and his Twitter feed is filled with conspiracy theories about widespread voter fraud, which state elections officials have repeatedly rejected. His refusal to concede has complicated President-elect Biden’s transition, and senior Republicans have mostly aligned behind Trump or …
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Thailand cancels state of emergency in bid to calm pro-democracy protests

Thailand’s government has cancelled a state of emergency it declared last week for Bangkok in a gesture offered by the embattled prime minister to cool massive student-led protests seeking democracy reforms. The decree had banned public gatherings of more than four people and allowed censorship of the media, among other provisions. It was challenged in …
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‘I will stay in this tree’ – HS2 protesters stand firm as eviction bid restarts

Tensions are building between treehouse protesters obstructing HS2 construction in a forest and evictions officials, as a second day of removals got under way. A number of environmental activists remained camped up trees at Jones’ Hill Wood in Buckinghamshire through lashing wind and rain overnight, after HS2 officials with chainsaws and Thames Valley Police ceased …
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Tory rebels continue bid for vote on coronavirus powers despite No 10 offer

Tory backbenchers will continue to push the government to give MPs a chance to debate and vote on coronavirus measures before they come into force. This is despite Downing Street’s attempt to head off a rebellion. Conservative Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, has tabled an amendment to the Coronavirus Act. The amendment …
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