Will the UK send more riot gear to a despotic Trump? Of course. It makes a profit

Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas K. Lane UK prime minister Boris Johnson is being urged to ban the sale of riot control equipment to the United States in response to shocking images of police attacking peaceful protesters against the killing of George Floyd. Trump seems to be entirely out of control. He had peaceful protesters tear-gassed so he could take part in a photo shoot in front of a church, clutching a Bible, in what many people (including myself) may describe as a blasphemy. I’m home & still…

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Trump hides in a bunker while US descends into chaos over George Floyd killing

What did Donald Trump think would happen after police killed an unarmed black man? And does anybody else find it ironic that a man who tried to buy a golf course in Scotland has ended up hiding in a bunker? The United States appear to have dissolved into chaos after an unarmed black man, George Floyd, was arrested on a charge of passing a forged $20 note. Three police officers pinned him down on the ground next to their car, with one of them resting a knee on the right…

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De Niro torpedoes Trump: ‘he doesn’t care how many Americans die of coronavirus’

Hollywood acting legend Robert de Niro took to UK TV screens yesterday with a scathing attack on US president Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The multi-Oscar winning movie star, who has a longstanding record of political comment, told BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis that the atmosphere around Trump was “almost Shakespearian”: “It’s like Shakespearean the whole thing” – actor Robert de Niro on how the coronavirus outbreak is being handled in the US#Newsnight pic.twitter.com/k64t3Mhcl9 — BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) May 12, 2020 It would be hard to deny the evidence:…

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People in America are ingesting bleach after Trump suggested it as coronavirus cure

If someone turned up on the telly and told you to ingest bleach to cure the coronavirus, would you do it? Or would you say: “after you”? This Writer would do the latter. Sadly, it seems some people in New York, the US city hardest-hit by the pandemic, haven’t had that presence of mind. We already know that Trump suggested injecting bleach during a White House press briefing: In the 18 hours immediately after, according to New York’s Poison Control Centre, the city handled: Nine cases of possible exposure to Lysol,…

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Tories are incompetent on coronavirus testing – but at least they’re not telling us to inject disinfectant

What a gang of incompetents the Tories are! They launched a website for employers to book key workers in for testing – but failed to make it strong enough to support the huge demand. It has crashed. According to the BBC: The website opened on Friday but appeared to close by mid-morning with some users met by an “applications closed” message. Up to 10 million key workers and their households are eligible to book a test. That’s if they can get access to the government’s website, of course. Matt Hancock…

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Why are we learning about Trident replacement plan from the Pentagon, not Parliament?

When did Parliament approve the plan to buy new nuclear warheads, replacing Trident, from the Pentagon? I don’t remember that vote! And if the UK’s MPs haven’t decided on it, then the decision hasn’t been made, and the United States government has no right to say it has. That wouldn’t stop Boris Johnson telling them it had, though. What do you reckon? That Johnson has done a secret deal – unilaterally – with the US? That he intends to place it before Parliament as a fait accompli – a done deal…

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Trump trade war threat over tax shows the drawbacks of globalisation

This is awkward, with Boris Johnson desperate to get a trade deal between the UK and the USA. Donald Trump is threatening reprisals if Johnson goes ahead with a plan to tax US tech corporations like Google and Facebook on profits they make from UK customers. This Writer understands that it is possible to prevent foreign tech companies from operating in the UK – don’t China and North Korea do this? But if the UK did this, then the US government could impose crippling sanctions on this country. The simple…

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Trump’s ‘prophets of doom’ speech suggests the UK should NOT enter trade deal with him

If the UK enters a trade deal with Donald Trump, won’t it be joining an ‘axis of doom’ with one of the world’s principle climate crisis deniers? That’s the message from his speech at Davos, where the US president made clear that he was not planning to change his country’s high-carbon economy. The man who has absolute power to dominate, transform and control the lives of most people in the world decried climate protesters for demanding “absolute power to dominate, transform and control every aspect of our lives.” That’s a…

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Iran Crisis: Johnson paralysed as Nazanin faces even longer prison term

Back in the day, if a British citizen faced harm abroad, the prime minister would snap into action immediately. Lord Palmerston sent a gunboat and blockaded Athens in the Don Pacifico affair, to quote just one example from 1850. Today, 170 years later, we’re stuck with Boris Johnson. He has already spent the last two years letting down Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, falsely imprisoned in an Iranian jail, and now that Donald Trump has made her situation even more precarious, it seems he’ll continue as he started. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces a possible…

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US kills top Iranian general without telling Boris Johnson. Now, why would they do that?

I think we have to accept that Donald Trump didn’t tell Boris Johnson he was having Qasem Soleimani assassinated in case BoJob blabbed to the wrong people. This Writer is told the killing will result in a fuel price rise – a nice little earner for those of us who run fossil fuel industries, one supposes. The good news is that most UK politicians seem to be singing from the same sheet in response – saying that nobody wants an escalation. We’ll see what happens if Trump insists on armed…

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