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Source: The Guradian

Break up Facebook (and while we're at it, Google, Apple and Amazon)

Today 04:14 GMT

Last week, the New York Times revealed that Facebook executives withheld evidence of Russian activity on their platform far longer than previously disclosed.

In the second Gilded Age as in the first, giant firms at the center of the American economy are distorting the market and our politics.

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Source: BBC

The remote UK community living off-grid

Monday 15:25 GMT

Earlier this year, photographer Ed Gold lived alongside the community, documenting people's lives and exploring what drove them to move to this remote location.

"I used to preach about environmental stuff and then go home and put my 48in flat-screen TV on - but here, you can really live it."

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Source: DW

Berlin's economic power creates 'new fear of Germany' across EU

Tuesday 14:31 GMT

Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. "I’m not so much afraid of German power; its German inactivity I’m starting to fear," said Radoslaw Sikorski, then Poland’s foreign minister, while speaking in Berlin in 2011.

"At the same time, Germany is confronted by the dilemma that this will revive old fears that Germany wants to assert its supremacy in Europe."

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Source: Global News

What started the Camp Fire California power lines come under scrutiny

Tuesday 14:31 GMT

Northern California’s energy utility, PG&E, is facing mounting scrutiny from wildfire survivors over its potential role in sparking the Camp Fire that has devastated communities, killed dozens of people and scorched hundreds of square kilometres of land since Nov. 8.

Rain expected to help clear air but complicate search after California wildfires. PG&E has reported two power-line outages in the area around where the Camp Fire started early Nov. 8.

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Source: DW

West clashes with Russia, China over OPCW chemical arms watchdog

Tuesday 17:15 GMT

The US and the UK have accused Moscow and Beijing of trying to stall the OPCW's new ability to attribute blame for chemical attacks.

The two-week OPCW meeting is the first since four Russians were accused by Dutch authorities in October of trying to hack into the watchdog's computer system, at a time when it was probing both the attack on Skripal and a major chemical attack in Syria. The new powers given to it in June means it will be able to apportion blame for future chemical attacks anywhere in the world provided that it is called upon to do so by the country in which the respective attack occurred.

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Source: The Guradian

Don’t blame the Irish: the Brexit chaos is all about England

Tuesday 17:15 GMT

Asked in the recent Future of England survey whether “the unravelling of the peace process in Northern Ireland” was a “price worth paying” for Brexit that allows them to “take back control”, fully 83% of leave voters and 73% of Conservative voters in England agreed that it was.

In part because of the quirk of fate that gave the balance of power at Westminster to a minority Northern Irish party, the DUP, Brexit has been shaped around a sentimental story of rallying behind what Theresa May calls the “precious, precious union”.

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Source: The Guradian

Dead fish to power cruise ships

Tuesday 14:31 GMT

The leftovers of fish processed for food and mixed with other organic waste will be used to generate biogas, which will then be liquefied and used in place of fossil fuels by the expedition cruise line Hurtigruten.

Hurtigruten is currently building three new hybrid-powered cruise ships in Norway, to be delivered in the next three years. Daniel Skjeldam, the chief executive of Hurtigruten, said: “Norway is a large shipping nation, but fishery and forestry are also large sectors.

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Source: CBS News

Power company under pressure to explain actions before California wildfire

Tuesday 13:36 GMT

Some victims of California's worst-ever wildfire are asking why the state's largest utility didn't shut off power in areas that were at high risk.

California Gov. Jerry Brown said President Trump assured him he will not cut federal funding to California to deal with the state's deadly wildfires in what the governor called a "big, big win." On Saturday, Brown and the president toured damage from the Camp Fire that killed dozens of people, with nearly 1,300 more still unaccounted for.

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Source: DW

'Seats of Power' exhibition shows chairs as a status symbol

Tuesday 08:04 GMT

Through some 20 selected objects from the museum's collection, the exhibition shows how political, social and economic power are still expressed in chairs today.

The Vitra Design Museum in southern Germany's Weil am Rhein is dedicating its current exhibition "Seats of Power" to the relationship between the powerful of this world and their seating. Through some 20 selected objects from the museum's collection, the exhibition shows how political, social and economic power are still expressed in chairs today.

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Source: The Week

Wealth cannot save you from climate change

Tuesday 10:49 GMT

If there were a very severe climate crisis that seriously disrupted the U.S. economy and government, Bezos' whole business could easily go bankrupt, and his wealth — which is mostly Amazon stock — would disappear.

In some cases, they can even protect you from individual climate change-fueled natural disasters like the fires ravaging California. The Woolsey Fire in Southern California, for instance, burned down much of the wealthy city of Malibu — but not the home of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, who hired private firefighters to save their $60 million home, and also those of everyone on their street.

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Source: The Guradian

Bernie Sanders targets Walmart and takes aim at low wages and CEO

Sunday 08:04 GMT

Bernie Sanders and California congressman Ro Khanna launched the Stop Walmart Act on Thursday – a campaign that would force Walmart and other large corporations to raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour.

He believes there is hope for those who don’t want the planet to wither and die – 14 states are now controlled by Democrats, who can wield that power to curb emissions and mandate renewable energy measures.

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Source: DW

Power vacuum in Gabon: End of the Bongo dynasty?

Monday 12:40 GMT

"The people won't accept it, either,” says Kemayou. "I think there's a good chance that the Bongo dynasty's leadership of Gabon will end with Ali Bongo."

He had called on the Constitutional Court to intervene to address the current power vacuum, referring to Articles 13 and 16 of the constitution. He wanted the court to determine who should chair the Council of Ministers so it could deal with urgent matters in the "temporary absence" of the president.

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Source: Common Domain

Meet Lamborghini’s one-off, 760bhp ‘SC18’ Aventador

Monday 11:45 GMT

You’re not looking at a Lamborghini Aventador with vents and splitters and power, you’re looking at history: this is the first ever one-off model built by Lamborghini’s racing division, Squadra Corse.

It runs the same spec as the nutty Aventador SVJ, with 760bhp and 531lb ft of torque from Lambo’s trusty 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated motor.

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Source: The Guradian

Jair Bolsonaro's rise to power casts shadow over UN environment conference

Monday 12:40 GMT

Jair Bolsonaro’s rise to power in Brazil has cast a shadow over the first global environment conference since the ultra-nationalist was elected to lead the most biodiverse nation on Earth.

Araújo believes that international efforts to solve global problems are part of a cultural Marxist plot to curb growth in western economies and promote the rise of China.

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Source: CBS News

Transcript: Rep. Elijah Cummings on "Face the Nation," Nov. 18, 2018

Monday 16:20 GMT

The following is a transcript of the interview with Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland that aired Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, on "Face the Nation."

CUMMINGS: I would love to see it become public because basically in this last election what the public has said is that they want accountability and they want transparency and they have paid for a- an investigation by one of our greatest public servants, Mr. Mueller- Special Counsel Mueller.


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte