United States of War: How AUKUS Nuclear Submarine Deal Could Inflame Tension, Provoke War with China

This year Democracy Now! is celebrating our 25th anniversary—that's 25 years of bringing you fearless, independent reporting. Since our very first broadcast in 1996, Democracy Now! has refused to take government or corporate funding, because nothing is more important to us than our editorial independence. But that means we rely on you, our audience, for support. If everyone who tunes into Democracy Now! signed up for a monthly donation of just $10, we could cover our operating costs for the entire year. Please do your part today. Right now, a generous donor will even DOUBLE your first monthly gift, which means it’ll go twice as far! This is…

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“Humane”: Yale Historian Samuel Moyn on “How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War”

In his new book, Yale historian Samuel Moyn explores whether the push to make U.S. wars more “humane” by banning torture and limiting civilian casualties has helped fuel more military interventions around the world. He looks in detail at the role of President Obama in expanding the use of drones even as he received the Nobel Peace Prize. “What happened after 2001 is that, in the midst of an extremely brutal war on terror, a new kind of war emerged. … It was important to Americans to see their wars fought more humanely,” says Moyn. “Even though this represents a kind of progress, it also helped Americans sustain…

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“The United States of America Has Gone Mad”: John le Carré on Iraq War, Israel & U.S. Militarism

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: In this special broadcast, we spend the hour remembering the world-renowned British novelist John le Carré. He died on December 12th at the age of 89. Le Carré was a master writer of spy novels, in a career that spanned more than half a century. He worked in the British Secret Service from the late 1950s until the early '60s, at the height of the Cold War, which was the topic of his early novels. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, became an international best-seller. Le Carré's gritty depiction…

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United Kingdom drug situation: Focal Point annual report

Published 1 March 2017 Last updated 2 December 2020 + show all updates 2 December 2020Corrected the age range to 16 to 64 for England and Wales in table 1.1 of the 2019 data tables. 10 August 2020Added a user survey on the 2019 annual report. 31 July 2020Added the 2019 annual report, summary and data tables. 9 April 2018Updated to publish the 2017 Focal Point annual report and data tables. 1 March 2017First published. Source link

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Devolved leaders stand united to call for new welfare strategy from the DWP

Ministers from the UK’s three devolved administrations have united to call for a new welfare strategy to ensure help is reaching those most in need.New normal neededAdministrations in Scotland, Wales, and the north of Ireland have written to the work and pensions secretary calling for a UK-wide benefit take-up plan. They also say the £20 increase to Universal Credit, announced in response to the pandemic, should be made permanent. It is due to end in April next year.The letter to Therese Coffey cites steps taken by the devolved administrations (Aaron Chown/PA) The joint letter to Therese Coffey cites the north of Ireland’s “excellent” benefit take-up strategy, known as…

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