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May 22 12:19

‘Astounding lack of oversight’: UK foreign aid decried by NGOs, cautioned by watchdog

The UK government has been criticized for the increasingly close relationships it has encouraged between businesses, aid delivery and development following an audit by a development watchdog.

May 22 11:17

Cash for influence? 38 British MPs accepted over £60k in gifts from tobacco firms

Tobacco firms have gifted British MPs with lavish hospitality worth over £60,000 since 2010, an investigation reveals. Almost 50 percent of these MPs voted against plain tobacco packaging in 2015.

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May 22 09:36

?Tory plans to seize illegal workers’ pay will push migrants into slavery - campaigners

Prime Minister David Cameron will give police new powers to seize the wages of illegal workers in a fresh bid to deter migration amid allegations the law will push vulnerable people into “modern slavery.”

May 22 09:29

Israel’s Descent into Barbarism — Norman Finkelstein

“Israeli troops go on a rampage in the West Bank, kill Palestinians, demolish Palestinian homes”

Paul Jay of the Real news Network interviews Norman Finkelstein about his new book: Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza.

May 22 09:28

UK police give rape victim £20,000

A rape victim who was not taken seriously and arrested after complaining to the police has received an apology and a £20,000 payout.

May 22 09:24

Cyber-attack leaves millions of British students without access to online resources

Millions of staff and students at over 150 centers of further education were left without access to their online resources following a cyber-attack on the University of London Computer Centre.

May 22 09:02

US embassy worker in London arrested for 'sextortion'

A State Department employee has been arrested on charges of scamming and blackmailing hundreds of women from his computer at the US Embassy in London.

May 22 08:46

UK Conservatives plan to scrap Human Rights Act

The incoming Conservative government is to replace the 1998 Human Rights Act with a British “Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.” It will curtail the power of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Britain, which has overturned a number of decisions in the British courts, including deportation orders and the refusal to grant some prisoners the right to vote in elections.

May 22 08:31

Tories plan to jail, fine illegal migrant workers amid highest immigration figures since 2011

Prime Minister David Cameron has unveiled new laws to prosecute migrants working illegally in the UK as immigration figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reveal that net immigration reached 318,000 in 2014.

May 22 08:29

Hope – versus Neoliberalism – an Ode to Solidarity

The new apparent Hope – is it what my friend Finian Cunningham says – the first ‘eye blinking’ by Washington facing Russia?

We are so thirsty for hope, hope for another, more just, more equitable world, we see hope in the first ‘blinking of an eye’. Hope is good. Hope is the basis for action. And action must be the consequence of hope – hope that not all is lost. Action to break that impasse of neoliberal all-engulfing greed must be simple. We have become strangers to ourselves. We must return to our roots, recognizing where and why we failed to diagnose the beast. Our awakened, re-kindled sense of consciousness may lead us to what we have lost – our inherent sense of solidarity.

Let’s hope together for that to happen – to happen soon, for the suffering is too great to endure much longer. We, the 99.99 % have it in our power to stop this misery and save our planet.

May 22 08:20

State censorship: Tory minister slams Home Sec’s plan to sanitize UK TV shows

UK Home Secretary Theresa May has been accused of trying to introduce state censorship of TV broadcasters by a senior Conservative minister in a leaked letter.

May 21 13:47

Ex-Lib Dem MP blames poll debacle on ‘Tory fear campaign’

Former business secretary and senior Liberal Democrat MP, Vince Cable, has said that he was the victim of a Tory fear campaign.

May 21 13:30

Justice system still failing UK disability hate-crime victims

Victims of disability hate-crime are still being let down by the authorities, despite earlier recommendations to change the system.

May 21 12:41

Britain’s anti-terror law and the global assault on democratic rights

In the year marking 800 years since England’s Magna Carta, which asserted that kings could not simply impose their will without oversight and freemen could not be punished unless they violated the law of the land, Britain’s new Conservative government is preparing a massive assault on civil liberties.

May 21 09:57

Video: Mass jamming of electric car locks in a British car park

A video posted on Facebook has shown a car park in Manchester full of cars with alarms going off while their owners stand around, confused as to why they can’t lock or unlock their cars.

No one at the Manchester Fort Shopping Park was able to lock their car’s doors on Sunday evening as a result of the attack.

The lady in the video – as well as many others – suspects that someone nearby is using a jamming device that essentially jams the signals used to remotely lock and unlock a car.

May 21 09:56

Britain’s anti-terror law and the global assault on democratic rights

In the year marking 800 years since England’s Magna Carta, which asserted that kings could not simply impose their will without oversight and freemen could not be punished unless they violated the law of the land, Britain’s new Conservative government is preparing a massive assault on civil liberties.

May 21 08:27

Daily Mirror owners to compensate celebrity phone-hacking victims

London’s High Court has ordered Mirror Group Newspapers to pay £1.2m in compensation to eight celebrities who were found victims of phone-hacking.

May 21 07:56

Crisis envelops UK Labour leadership contest

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband resigned last week following the party’s rout in the May 7 general election, but a crisis is already enveloping the contest to find his replacement.

May 20 14:51

Over 1,400 suspects investigated in UK historical sex abuse inquiry

Over 1400 individuals are under investigation by British police as part of an inquiry into a historic VIP sex abuse network believed to include celebrities and politicians.

May 20 14:47

Racist and misandrist "diversity officer" at University of London's Goldsmiths College could lose job after tweeting hashtag 'kill all white men'

The Goldsmiths diversity officer embroiled in a racism row could lose her job after allegedly tweeting with the hashtag "kill all white men".

May 20 14:45

Materialism, market fundamentalism and the global suicide epidemic

Graham Peebles argues that the materialistic values which promote individual success, greed and selfishness, and the market fundamentalism which so ardently promotes these values, lie behind the worldwide epidemic of suicide.

May 20 13:56

UK Professor says that if you read to your kids, you’re "unfairly disadvantaging" others

According to a professor at the University of Warwick in England, parents who read to their kids should be thinking about how they’re “unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children” by doing so.

May 20 12:54

UK nurses to go on strike

Britain’s Conservative government is on a collision course with NHS nurses who are threatening to go on strike if their wages are cut.

The Royal College of Nursing announced on Monday that it will take industrial action if the government goes after its election promise of a “truly seven-day NHS”.

May 20 09:41

NHS letting down dying patients

A health commissioner’s report has detailed systematic failings in end-of-life care provisions that have resulted in dying patients being severely let down and distraught.

Julie Mellor’s report has outlined some of the appalling cases where pain and suffering in a person’s final hours could have been reduced or prevented all together.

May 20 09:17

1400 investigated in child sex abuse inquiry

UK police have investigated more than 14,000 individuals, including politicians and celebrities, over allegations of child abuse in the past.

The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) revealed on Wednesday that the group, which coordinates separate abuse allegations across Britain, is looking into potential links between multiple British investigations into past child sex abuse.

May 20 09:16

Deception, Thy Middle Name is Divert

The New York Times’ Jerusalem bureau slavishly responds to unfolding Israeli stories as though the computers there are set on robotic control to: “Divert, Divert”.

Pope Francis has presented President Abbas with “a bronze medal that represents an angel of peace”, canonized two Palestinian nuns, and recognized Palestine as a state.

That is the big news out of the Vatican.

Not so for the NYTimes. After its initial report on canonization and recognition, the Times turns quickly to the “importance ” of the difference between “may you be” and “you are an angel of peace”...

May 20 09:16

Over 1,400 suspects investigated in UK historical sex abuse inquiry

Over 1400 individuals are under investigation by British police as part of an inquiry into a historic VIP sex abuse network believed to include celebrities and politicians.

Information released by Operation Hydrant, the group of police officers tackling the alleged ring, said that the 1,433 suspected offenders included 76 politicians, 43 musicians, and 135 from film, television and radio.

A further 216 were revealed to have died.

May 20 09:11

Time for FIFA to show Israel the red card

The truth must be told from the outset: I hope Israel is suspended from FIFA.

A soccer ban doesn’t kill anyone. A boycott spills no blood. It is a legitimate weapon to establish justice and apply international law. Israel supported and supports boycotts, and encourages them: against Hamas, against Gaza, and, of course, against Iran. It even joined the boycott against South Africa, albeit in spite of itself. Now its turn has come.

May 20 09:07

Song for Yemen

A short video and song by Finian Cunningham - Inspiration by Bente Petersen, dedicated to the children of Yemen.

Song for Yemen (Lyrics)

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When they’re killing children every day
And the whole world looks away

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When kings and presidents say they’re right
To bomb the poor day and night

And the whole damn world just stays quiet
And the whole damn world bows to might is right

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When they’re killing children every day
And the whole world looks away

And the whole world looks away
And the whole world looks away

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May 20 08:07

Welcome to the Era of Stop-Go Austerity

British Prime Minister David Cameron won a second term this month after the Conservative Party secured a majority in Parliament.

Sometimes good things happen to bad ideas. Actually, it happens all the time.

May 20 08:07

UK kids turn obese at younger ages

British children are becoming obese at younger ages, according to a major study.

The study by University College London (UCL) warned on Wednesday that the average age at which Britons first become obese is decreasing.

May 20 07:46

Abracadabra! Britain’s political elite has fooled us all again

Since the crash, British politics has been one epic act of misdirection. Lay off those bankers who shoved the country into penury! Just focus on stripping disabled people of their benefits. Never mind the millionaire bosses squeezing your pay! Spit instead at the minimum-wage migrant cleaners apparently making us poorer. So ingrained is the ritual that when a minister strides into view urging the need for “a grown-up debate”, we brace ourselves for another round of Blame the Victim. The only question is who gets sacrificed next: some ethnic minority, this family on low pay, that middle-aged dad who can’t get a job.

Here is how political misdirection works in real time.’

May 20 07:44

A second referendum may be the price David Cameron pays for playing England against Scotland during his election campaign

As ye sow, so shall ye reap. In the case of David Cameron and Scotland, the Prime Minister has spent the past few months sowing the seeds of discord between England and Scotland; he is now going to reap a whirlwind of revivified Scottish nationalism. On his visit to Edinburgh, Mr Cameron will glimpse the first straws in the wind. Nicola Sturgeon, as the whole UK has come to see in recent weeks, is more than a match for the Prime Minister and, while the proceedings will be no doubt polite, Mr Cameron will be left in no doubt as to the scale and strength of Scotland’s ambitions.

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May 19 22:02

GCHQ’s Rainbow Lights: Exploiting Social Issues for Militarism and Imperialism

Over the weekend, the British surveillance agency GCHQ — the most extremist and invasive in the West — bathed its futuristic headquarters with rainbow-colored lights “as a symbol of the intelligence agency’s commitment to diversity” and to express solidarity with “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.”

May 19 14:39

UK rail workers vote for national strike

Workers at Network Rail (NR), the UK state-owned track operator, have voted overwhelmingly to strike against a derisory four-year pay deal and the threat of further job losses.

May 19 13:51

UK most unequal country in EU

A new report says that the UK is the most unequal country in the EU.

The report by the Dublin Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions also said the EU’s agency for life at work, found that the UK had the worst Gini coefficient of any EU member state.

May 19 12:09

Hate crimes on rise in UK

An Islamic center in UK has condemned a spike in hate crimes across England and Wales since 2012.

May 19 11:56

Britons protest against Tories’ austerity cuts

Hundreds of Britons have staged anti-austerity protests against the new Conservative government’s planned cuts to public spending.

May 19 11:25

Losing the American Republic

Decades of letting neocons dictate a hawkish foreign policy have put the American Republic in profound danger, just as presidents from George Washington to Dwight Eisenhower predicted, warnings that Americans must finally take to heart...

We may lament our poverty of leadership, but there are ways to make it function. “Princes,” since long before Machiavelli have always used advisers; some even listened to them. Surely the capable people among us — like the “wise men” who whispered in the ears of those earlier leaders — can guide today’s leaders toward more viable policies and away from the chaos that engulfs us.

May 19 11:00

UK government counter-terrorism bill would criminalize speech, political activity

The Conservative government in Britain is preparing to enact new legislation that, under the guise of the “war on terror,” will vastly expand police-state powers and essentially criminalize speech and other political activity.

May 19 10:13

North England people urge integration with Scotland

Tens of thousands of people in North England have signed a petition demanding to break away from England and join Scotland.

May 19 09:24

UK fails to release ‘Butcher of Bahrain’ cable

William Pfaff died on April 30, 2015. His death is nothing less than a serious loss to the shrinking number of American daily newspaper columnists who question and contest American Exceptionalism and its “unnecessary and unwinnable” wars.

May 19 08:42

Scotland threatens London with 2nd independence vote

Scotland has threatened London with a second referendum on independence if Edinburgh’s demands for more powers are ignored by the UK’s new Conservative administration.

May 19 07:46

1,000s of disabled people in UK sexually abused: Charity

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said Monday that data collected from 106 councils showed 4,748 reports of sex abuse against disabled adults in the financial years 2013-14 and 2014-15, up to February 16, 2015.

May 18 15:39

UK cuts to make more brutal police tactics inevitable: Official

More potential budget cuts by the new Tory government in the UK would force British police to adopt “paramilitary” enforcement tactics to maintain their ability to enforce law and order, the head of the police officers’ organization has warned.

May 18 15:36

Trident seaman publishes “The Secret Nuclear Threat"

A member of the UK navy says the country’s Trident nuclear submarine program is a “disaster waiting to happen.”

May 18 13:19

UK drones may combat Mediterranean migrant trade

The British government is expected to provide drones and surveillance equipment to combat human trafficking in the Mediterranean, reports say.

May 18 11:58

UK legal migrants 'too scared to seek medical help'

A charity group says migrants who are in possession of proper documents are still afraid of arrest and thus avoid seeking vital medical care.

May 18 11:52

US Blinks in Face-Off with Russia

After staring Russia in the face for the best part of a year, the poker-faced Americans finally realized they are holding a bunch of worthless cards. And the Americans blinked.

Last week started with US Secretary of State John Kerry coming to Russia to lay a wreath for the millions of Soviet soldiers who gave their lives in the historic defeat of Nazi Germany. Then the week ended with Kerry’s deputy at the State Department, Victoria Nuland, flying to Moscow to meet Russian officials to discuss implementation of the Minsk ceasefire in Ukraine.

That’s what you might call «America blinking first» in its high-stakes and reckless face-off with Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

May 18 10:08

‘Tories may cut 100,000 jobs over next 5 years’

A union representing British civil servants is warning that the new Conservative government may slash up to 100,000 jobs over the next five years.

May 18 10:03

UK government quietly passed new legislation that exempts GCHQ, police, and other intelligence officers from prosecution for hacking into computers and mobile phones

While major or controversial legislative changes usually go through normal parliamentary process (i.e. democratic debate) before being passed into law, in this case an amendment to the Computer Misuse Act was snuck in under the radar as secondary legislation. According to Privacy International, "It appears no regulators, commissioners responsible for overseeing the intelligence agencies, the Information Commissioner's Office, industry, NGOs or the public were notified or consulted about the proposed legislative changes... There was no public debate."

May 18 09:07

How obeying the law will no longer be enough to protect you from the police

Even if you are not suspected of committing any crime, you could be hit by orders preventing you from speaking in public or associating with specific people.

The planned "snooper's charter" will give the police the right to read your private messages, even if you're not suspected of any wrongdoing. Now, it seems that if they see anything they don't like (even if it isn't criminal) they won't be obliged to leave you alone.

We know that the Tory government are also planning to scrap the current Human Rights Act and replace it with one that would introduce a "threshold below which Convention [human] rights will not be engaged" - allowing UK courts to strike out certain cases.

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Needless to say the online poll at the bottom of the article is showing 92% NO about Cameron's policies.

May 18 09:03

PM Cameron reaffirms NHS funding - but can he be trusted?

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to honour his pledge of an extra £8 billion per year to the National Health Service (NHS) by 2020, whilst creating a “seven-day” health service.

May 18 08:19

We're ruled by a cosy elite who all go to the same dinner parties, says former No10 policy guru chief

David Cameron’s former chief strategist has launched a stinging attack on the ‘insular ruling class’ threatening Britain’s democracy.

Steve Hilton said too many of those at the heart of government go to the same dinner parties and send their children to the same schools.

He said the UK’s political system is now in ‘crisis’ because the same type of people stay in charge whatever the outcome of the elections.

In what will be seen as a criticism of the ‘chumocracy’ of his former boss, Mr Hilton warned: ‘Our democracies are increasingly captured by a ruling class that seeks to perpetuate its privileges.

May 18 08:15

Most voters think the government should prioritise fighting inequality over economic growth

A survey by pollsters YouGov found that of the main parties only Conservative supporters were significantly more likely to care about economic growth than inequality.

May 18 08:10

Britain’s Nuclear Armed Trident Submarine: Rigged Safety and Security, Royal Navy Whistleblower

A Royal Navy whistleblower has exposed a shocking catalogue of equipment failures, security breaches, and near-miss accidents on board HMS Vanguard, one of the Navy’s nuclear-armed Trident submarines.

May 18 07:34

Mind the gap: Britain’s richest are 105 times better off than the poorest

The UK’S richest 20 percent have more than one hundred times the wealth of the poorest 20 percent, with the combined household wealth of £9.1 trillion remaining for the most part in the hands of the elite.

May 17 20:04

Re-enactment of murderous assault on Christendom’s holiest site condemned

The pro-Israel lobby claims that a Play depicting the 40-day military siege of the world’s oldest Christian Church “sympathises with Palestinian terrorist groups”, “glorifies extremist ideology” and is “a grotesque white-washing of the Second Intifada”.

May 17 14:57

UK government quietly rewrites hacking laws to give GCHQ immunity

The UK government has quietly passed new legislation that exempts GCHQ, police, and other intelligence officers from prosecution for hacking into computers and mobile phones.

While major or controversial legislative changes usually go through normal parliamentary process (i.e. democratic debate) before being passed into law, in this case an amendment to the Computer Misuse Act was snuck in under the radar as secondary legislation. According to Privacy International, "It appears no regulators, commissioners responsible for overseeing the intelligence agencies, the Information Commissioner's Office, industry, NGOs or the public were notified or consulted about the proposed legislative changes... There was no public debate."

May 17 13:29

Zionist lobby condemns re-enactment of murderous assault on Christendom’s holiest site

As Britain’s Zionist lobby mounts a campaign against the staging of The Siege, a play re-telling Israel’s siege of the Church of the Nativity, Stuart Littlewood recounts the story of one siege survivor.

May 17 11:49

UN Official Breaks Down Over Shelled Gaza School

UN official Chris Gunness could not contain his grief while on camera with Al Jazeera Arabic.

The interviewer appears to thank him for appearing, upon which Gunness breaks down and weeps.

Joe Scarborough had harsh words for Israel’s actions in Gaza, saying the country was engaging in “indiscriminate” killing.

“This is asinine,” said the MSNBC host and former Republican congressman. “This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine.”

May 17 11:42

Is Washington Coming To Its Senses? — Paul Craig Roberts

There is much speculation about US Secretary of State John Kerry’s rush visit to Russia in the wake of Russia’s successful Victory Day celebration on May 9. On May 11, Kerry, who was snubbing Russia on the 9th, was on his way to Russia, and Putin consented to see him on May 12.

As time passes we will find out why Kerry was snubbing Putin on May 9 and 3 days later was criticizing Washington’s puppet regime in Ukraine. For what is known at this time, a possible explanation is that Washington is coming to its senses.

May 17 10:38

Rupert Murdoch gives David Cameron's new Cabinet his stamp of approval

Rupert Murdoch has given David Cameron’s new Cabinet his stamp of approval, opining that the Prime Minister’s picks for his inner circle are “surprisingly good”.

May 17 08:26

Brave German Woman Appears on German TV and Annihilates Official Holocaust Story

Lets hope they don't prosecute her for this! Because as we learned after Charlie Hebdo, European leaders are great supporters of free speech [insert sarcastic face here!]!

May 17 03:25

Will the West unleash a new war in Libya?

In 2011 the air forces of France and Great Britain bombed Libya. Muammar Gaddafi, the leader of the country, was brutally murdered. Now Europe is considering plans to intervene in Libya again. On May 13, the Guardian published an article devoted to a European plan for a military campaign to smash the migrant smuggling networks operating out of Libya. The scenario envisages the use of ground forces.

May 16 22:16

The Palestinian Nakba; A Nucleus of Nationwide Arab Nakba

Each year on May 15th the Palestinians across the world commemorate “Al Nakba Day”. This year it is the 67th commemoration. Al Nakba means the catastrophe, and refers to the Zionist occupation of Palestine, the numerous massacres they perpetrated against Palestinians, the ethnic cleansing, the dispossession, the total destruction of hundreds of Palestinian communities, the forced expulsion, the supplanting of Zionist Jews in place of indigenous Palestinians and the creation of the terrorist entity of Israel that is still spreading havoc, death and destruction in the whole Middle East.

May 16 20:46

Repealing Human Rights Act could jeopardize Northern Irish peace deal – Amnesty

The Conservative Party’s plans to scrap the Human Rights Act could undermine peace in Northern Ireland, Amnesty International has warned.

Amnesty International chiefs have written to Britain and Ireland’s prime ministers, expressing “deep concern” over the Conservative Party’s plans to repeal Britain’s Human Rights Act of 1998 and replace it with a self-styled British Bill of Rights.

May 16 08:49

How to fight western propaganda

First they manufacture monstrous lies, and then they tell us that we should be objective!

I truly believe that there is not much time for “objectivity” in any battle, including those ideological ones, especially when these are battles for the survival of humanity!

I strongly believe no! We are obliged to fight those who are burning our dwellings, to hit with full force those who are attempting to rape our women, and to confront fire with fire when innocent beings are slaughtered.

May 16 08:37

Revealed: Top Tory MP escaped prosecution for child sex abuse after promising not to see victim again

A top Tory politician escaped prosecution for child abuse in the 1970s after promising not see his victim again.

Victor Montagu, a former Conservative MP, was let off with a caution in 1972 for indecently assaulting a boy for nearly two years, files released by the National Archives reveal.

The decision meant Montagu never stood trial and his widespread paedophile abuse were never exposed.

May 16 08:36

SNP prepared to defy Cameron on a second independence referendum

The Scottish National party would be prepared to push ahead with a second independence referendum without David Cameron’s permission if the prime minister refuses any future demand to hold one, a senior party source in Westminster has indicated.

The party would be prepared to try to bypass the prime minister and hold an indicative ballot of the Scottish people if it believes it has a political mandate for a referendum but Westminster refuses to allow one.

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"Look, we stole that last election fair and square and you're just gonna have to accept that!" -- Number 9 3/4

May 16 08:22

Only 22 Countries Have Never Been Invaded By Britain (For Now)

While America may have troops in around 150 countries around the world, it still has not 'officially' invaded as many as Britain managed throughout its history... but there's still time.

May 16 08:01

UK Parl. gives immunity to spies

UK parliament has passed a new legislation giving the intelligence officers and police immunity from prosecution for hacking into computers, laptos and mobile phones.

May 16 07:55

UK Parl. gives immunity to spies

UK parliament has passed a new legislation giving the intelligence officers and police immunity from prosecution for hacking into computers, laptos and mobile phones.

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May 15 09:27

Mind the gap: Britain’s richest are 105 times better off than the poorest

The UK’S richest 20 percent have more than one hundred times the wealth of the poorest 20 percent, with the combined household wealth of £9.1 trillion remaining for the most part in the hands of the elite.

May 15 08:50

The Murder of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Reasons for his murder:
? Opposed using the atomic bomb on Japan
? Opposed establishing Israel
? Intended to dismantle British colonies.

May 15 08:46

'We Will Not Surrender Our Voices': British Teens Lead Thousands-Strong Protest Against Austerity

A spirited protest against austerity reportedly led by teenagers swept Bristol, England on Wednesday, drawing thousands to the streets and garnering widespread media attention just days after the country's electoral lurch to the right.

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The lurch to the right is marked by continuing reports of voting "irregularities."

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