A petition to commute whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s 37-year prison sentence has received over 100,000 signatures, hitting the target needed to prompt a response from the White House. Manning, a former United States Army soldier whose leak of classified files lead to the exposure of human rights abuses by the US Army, including the death of two Reuters reporters, is in her eighth year of incarceration. By surpassing the 100, 000 signature threshold, the petition, created on November 14, could expect a response from the White House within 60 days. Manning, who has spent more time in imprisonment than any whistleblower in US history, tweeted: "We did it! Thank you so much for your love and support. =)”. The petition mentioned that Manning had been incarcerated in "unlawful, unusuall
Outside the British Supreme Court last week, the atmosphere was tense, as pro-Brexit campaigners stood metres away from an anti-Brexit protest. Suddenly, a tussle between two protesters erupted, that had to be broken up by 7 policemen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYN1M2jUe7g Remain and Leave voters fundamentally disagree on almost all issues. A Twitter poll conducted for Westminster World, with 51 participants, showed that 86% of them have argued with someone they know about Brexit. Have you ever argued with anyone you know about #Brexit ? Poll for @WestWorldUK — Blyth Brentnall (@BlythBrentnall) December 7, 2016 “Brexit revealed a number of divides in UK society: between more and less educated people, older and younger people; and to some extent the class divide as well.
The Draft Communications Data Bill, or Snooper’s Charter as it is most commonly referred to, was passed into a law last month, despite calls for it to be repealed from various groups. Proposed by Theresa May in 2012, in the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations, it legitimises the same mass surveillance which Snowden’s leak had shown the UK government was guilty of. In particular, the surveillance had targeted journalists from major media organisations, placing investigative journalists on a “threat” list. The new Bill, by allowing government organisations to snoop on all internet history, cuts off the freedom of journalists to research certain topics freely, especially those not aligned with the government agenda. Snowden’s leaked documents had exposed how under PRISM, the
“We are helpless, we are broken, please let us out! We want to go to our children” The screams from inside Yarl’s Wood detention centre are followed by silence, before shouts of “Shame! Shame on you Serco!” ring out in a deafening roar from 2,000 protesters. A fence separates the protesters from the 410 female inmates held inside the privately run immigration centre in Bedfordshire, one of 13 in the UK. As the drums and chants of “Shut down Yarl’s Wood” resume, a lonely strip of black cloth waves from inside the centre in solidarity: the only visible sign of life from the where women refugees and asylum seekers held there indefinitely. Set up in 2001, the Yarl’s Wood detention centre, run by Serco, describes itself as ‘a fully contained residential centre housing adult women and adult f
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will resign today. It follows his defeat in a referendum on reforms he asked for. Renzi said to journalists even before the official announcement of results: "My experience as a Prime Minster ends here.” He added: “I lost and I take full responsibility for that." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9dNw94QvhM&feature=youtu.be Voters were asked to approve amendments to the Italian Constitution to reform the composition and powers of the Parliament of Italy. This would allow a division of powers between the State, the Regions, and administrative entities. Renzi will go today to the presidential palace to hand in his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella who will manage a transitional period in Italy. Mr. Mattarella can call
London Fire Brigade is working to pump water out of basements and restore normalcy to the area Hundreds of London residents were displaced when a 36-inch water pipe in Islington burst today at 4am, causing severe floods. London Fire Brigade, who has been working with Thames Water for the past 12 hours, and has finally stopped the flow, causing northbound roads in the area to re-open. Islington, one of the wealthiest boroughs in London, was under six feet of water since morning. Residents were carried out by fire fighters and relocated to nearby pub,the Steam Passage Tavern. The property damage from the flooding is estimated to be over millions of pounds, as gallons of water filled basements, rooms, and destroyed gardens and fences. Among those owning property in Islington is the Foreig...
Following the year-long ‘oath integration’ report led by Dame Louise Casey, Dr Bridget Bryne, a senior lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester, criticized Britain’s full citizenship test for not fostering fundamental “British values”. Currently, immigrants do not have to pledge an oath to obtain full nationality into the UK. Instead, immigrants are required to complete a ‘Life in the UK’ test to illustrate their knowledge of Britain. Dr Bridget Bryne, the author of recent research into the test said that the test is an important part to immigration policy, but its “fails to test immigrants about British society”. On her blog, Testing Times, she argued that “Very little attention is given to those who are required to actually take the test. “In my research, I c
Olympic fans poured into Trafalgar Square on Tuesday to celebrate the return of British athletes from the Olympic Games in Rio. A crowd of over 1000 filled the square to see the Olympic champions. Sadiq Khan, who also attended, congratulated the athletes and said they had made Britain “a sporting superpower.” Sadiq Khan told the Olympians, “You may not realise this but when you were in Rio there were millions of us staying up all night, watching these guys and going to work the next day, sleep deprived and knackered but with a smile on our faces and a spring in our steps.” The celebrations in London come after a victory procession in Manchester on Monday, where 150,000 people paraded the streets in triumph. Fans waved union Jack flags and giant foam hands above their heads, creat
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