Elizabeth Warren hits back at Biden ‘angry’ criticism: ‘I am angry and I own it’

Warren retorts in fundraising email after Biden had criticized an angry unyielding viewpoint that has crept into our politics Hitting back at criticism from Joe Biden that many people said was sexist, Elizabeth Warren told supporters: I am angry and I own it. Warren also sought to put the Biden controversy to good use: her response came in a fundraising email she sent to supporters on Friday. Over and over, Iowa and a national lead. But he insisted his attack on the Massachusetts senator was not sexist. His initial remarks came in working out the former vice-presidents target and on Friday, detailed a $20.5tn Medicare for All proposal, saying it would not require tax rises on middle class Americans. The …

‘The time to be afraid is over’: the quest for justice and healing in Liberia

Pressure is increasing in the west African country yet to recover from 14 years of civil conflict for a war-crimes tribunal to bring closure As a child in Liberias first civil war, Rustonlyn Dennis remembers seeing dead bodies in the street. In 1991, her immediate family managed to get out of the shattered capital, Monrovia, and survived, but a dozen relatives starved to death. Civilians were attacked, child soldiers recruited and ethnic groups were targeted in that war, never been implemented, and former rebels and their associates have held some of the writing to parliament in September to ask for advice on implementing the TRC recommendations including setting up the war crimes court that activists have long demanded, and telling …

Chaos in Hong Kong chamber over violent attack on activist

Carrie Lam abandons chamber again after lawmakers decry assault on protest leader The Hong Kong leader, Carrie Lam, has again been forced from the legislative chamber because of protests by opposition members after a violent attack on a leader of the nearly five-month-old protest movement. Pro-democracy lawmakers shouted and waved placards depicting Lam with bloodied hands, prompting their removal by guards and the suspension of proceedings. A day earlier, Lam scuffle in parliament during a row over the law. 30 May 2019 Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, introduces concessions to the extradition bill, including limiting the scope of extraditable offences, but critics say they are not enough. 12 June 2019 The scale of protests continues to increase as more than …

Pelosi hits back over letter and warns Trump: ‘You will be held accountable’

House speaker says Democrats will push ahead with inquiry and efforts to stall investigation will be regarded as further evidence of obstruction The leader of congressional opposition to warning the US president: You are not above the law. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, said Democrats intend to move full speed ahead with their investigation despite the White House declaring it illegitimate, pushing the US towards a constitutional crisis. White House counsel signalling a new strategy to counter the impeachment threat by openly defying Congresss right to investigate the president for high crimes and misdemeanours. The House Republican leader, Kevin McCarthy, said: President Trump is right to call out this rushed process because Democrats refuse to protect …

Enid Blyton had racist views. But I still read her | Sian Cain

Criticising past authors for their views doesnt mean we must consign their books to the scrapheap, says Guardian books editor Sian Cain In 1965 the eminent American science-fiction writer John W Campbell wrote an essay titled The Barbarians Within. In it, he recommended that the barbarian and it was clear he meant African Americans be injected with cocaine and heroin in order to be kept under control. It was a plan that, he said, has the advantage of killing him both psychologically and physiologically, without arousing any protest on his part. He also claimed that slavery was a useful educational system, supported segregation, and argued that the Negro race had failed to produce super-high geniuses. Black sci-fi writers were unable …

Moscow police arrest hundreds of protesters ahead of election

Demonstrators are demanding opposition candidates be allowed to run for city council Russian authorities detained more than 1,000 protesters in Moscow on Saturday, in an attempt to quash a Kremlin. Police also arrived at the homes of multiple opposition figures with search and arrest warrants, and called the editor-in-chief of the countrys leading independent television station in for questioning. Opposition politicians called Saturdays protest in response to a decision not to allow a number of independent candidates to stand in a September election to Moscows municipal parliament. Last weekend, the Russian capital saw the largest anti-government demonstration for years over the issue. Taken by surprise, authorities responded over the past week by launching a series of legal procedures against various …

At least 50 people dead and 1 million affected by floods in south Asia

Areas of India, Nepal and Bangladesh submerged by monsoon rain in recent days Dozens of people have died in Nepal and a million have been affected in north-east India following heavy rains that triggered landslides and flooding across parts of south Asia. More than 50 people have been confirmed dead and 30 more remain missing in Nepal, where rescue efforts have been hampered by continued bad weather, which has blocked key highways and destroyed phone lines. Heavy monsoon rains also caused devastation in north-east India. In Assam state, officials said at least 14 people were killed and more than a million people had been affected by rising flood waters. Hundreds of villages in Assam have been affected, with some low-lying …

Sudanese protesters demand justice following mass killings

Crowds gather in Khartoum and other cities after deaths of over 120 peaceful demonstrators Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of towns and cities across Sudan on Saturday calling for justice for pro-democracy protesters killed by security forces in weeks of unrest. Crowds filled major squares and thoroughfares waving the national flag, lighting candles and chanting: The mother of a martyr is my mother, the blood of a martyr is my blood. The political crisis in Sudan began last year and has lasted through the removal of the countrys long-term president in April, a brutal killing on 3 June by heavily armed paramilitary forces of at least 128 protesters who were staging a peaceful sit-in, as well …

Which is the most hayfever-prone city and is ‘botanical sexism’ to blame?

Allergy sufferers from Tokyo to London are struggling as pollen levels surge in cities, possibly due to a preference for male trees In 2016, Melbourne experienced a rare and extreme case of thunderstorm asthma that led to ten deaths and 8,500 people being abundant allergenic pollen. Some are dioecious plants, which have their own distinct sex, and some are monoecious plants (those with male and female flowers on the same plant) that have been cloned to be male. The last few times I was in London, for example, almost every single willow tree I saw was now a male clone; almost all of the bay trees being sold and planted were males; virtually all of the many species of poplar …

Trump in North Korea: history as farce first time round | Michael H Fuchs

The president stepped over the DMZ to meet his favourite dictator. He came back with a mere promise of new talks Donald Trump had to publicly thinks Kim is his friend and a great leader. He even claims he defending Kims human rights abuses. He even wished the American people would treat him more like the North Korean people are forced, at gunpoint, to treat Kim. Trump has given away US leverage for nothing. His rush into a first summit was ill advised but tested a theory of top-down engagement. A second summit squandered an opportunity because Trump again rushed in without having a deal squared away in advance. This third meeting has proven just how easily Kim can extract …

Don’t give up! How to stay healthy, happy and combative in impossible political times

Walk the dog, let go with a cry, head to the gym or have sex. Leading campaigners on how to look after yourself before heading back into the fray Every week it seems there is something new to protest about. If we are now in environmentalist and authorTry to spend a little time outdoors, whether it is in a city park or out in the woods or mountains. One of the things we are fighting for is a world where nature still has some place and so its good to get out and remind ourselves of that. I try to get outside every day, just for a few minutes. If I can just see the sky, thats good; sometimes I …

US must spend $4.5bn to prevent more child migrant deaths at border, warns CBP

CBPs acting commissioner blames rising number of deaths of child migrants in US detention on a lack of federal funding More children may die in the detention of the US government unless Congress passes a $4.6bn emergency fund for immigration services at the At least seven migrant children have died in US custody since late 2018, as a combination of policies spearheaded by Donald Trump as part of his much-vaunted Outcry erupted this week after a migrant teen was found to be nursing her premature baby in a Texas border patrol facility without proper neonatal care. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas criticized Trump for showing disregard for families with children, saying no human being should be held …

Climate crisis: aviation industry hears clamour for electric planes

Shift from fossil fuels top of agenda for Paris air show, industry having lagged behind other sectors Faced with growing calls for action on the climate crisis, aerospace companies gathering for the Paris air show next week are turning their thoughts to a future run on electricity rather than fossil fuels. The scale of the challenge is considerable. The target for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and emissions laggard compared with the car industry or power generation, but improvements in the German startup Lilium and US firm Bell Helicopter small hybrid-electric commuter aircraft to market in the early 2020s, and Aurora Flight Sciences, which is also targeting air taxis. Yet for …

This all-male council in Texas just voted to ban abortion

Council in Waskom, Texas, made up only of white men, votes to make town a sanctuary city for the unborn The entirely white male council of Waskom in Texas has voted to make the small town a sanctuary city for the unborn. The five men on the towns council voted this week to pass legislation known as an ordinance, which declared Roe v Wade, the landmark supreme court decision which legalized abortion, unconstitutional. The move, which is itself unconstitutional, comes after a raft of abortion bans have passed in states from Missouri to Ohio. Restrictions on abortion disproportionately affect poor women, who are more likely to seek abortions and less likely to have the resources to obtain one out-of-state. Despite …

‘Sacred day’: Chinese remember Tiananmen killings by fasting

Thirty years after crackdown, fasting is gaining traction to mark 4 June amid increasing censorship For the past 29 years, Chen Wei has marked the anniversary of the bloody 4 June Tiananmen Square crackdown by fasting for 24 hours, consuming only water and thinking of the students who perished. Chen, a former student organiser, started the tradition when she was in prison, soon after the protests ended, while serving 20 months in an 8 sq metre cell. It was a small, silent act of resistance. The guards did not pay attention to whether she ate or not. Chen is one of many former protesters and activists who will be fasting on Tuesday, the 30th anniversary of the censorship, more people …