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  • Bill de Blasio’s neighborhood gym routine isn’t earning him political gains
    by Erin Durkin in New York on مايو 19, 2019 at 6:00 صباحًا

    New York’s mayor, and the latest presidential candidate, says he frequents the YMCA to stay connected to the people, but many say he’s out of touchIf you don’t know anything else about New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, you probably know this: almost every day, he gets driven by SUV 11 miles from his mayoral mansion in Manhattan to his favorite Brooklyn gym.The mayor’s quirky gym routine has drawn outsized attention since he launched his campaign for president, but at home, his fervent devotion to the Park Slope YMCA has persisted through years of mockery and questions about the wisdom of his habit. Continue reading… […]

  • ‘Women will die’: how new abortion bans will harm the most vulnerable
    by Erin Durkin in Montgomery, Alabama, and New York on مايو 19, 2019 at 6:00 صباحًا

    Women of color and poor women will be disproportionately affected by new restrictions across the US, opponents sayOn the floor of the Alabama state senate this week, a robotic voice read nine pages of legalese that would define a new reality for women in the state: abortion would be a crime, starting from the moment a woman knows she is pregnant. Doctors who perform the procedure could face up to 99 years in prison.Then senators’ names were called one by one, and they cast their votes. There were 25 yes votes, enough for the bill to pass easily. Every single one was cast by a white man. Continue reading… […]

  • Trump backs abortion in cases of rape or incest, contradicting Alabama law
    by Pádraig Collins on مايو 19, 2019 at 5:23 صباحًا

    President suggests abortion will be election issue, tweeting ‘we must stick together and Win for Life in 2020’Donald Trump, in a series of late night posts on Twitter, has outlined a less restrictive view of abortion than that just passed by Alabama’s Republican state government.Alabama now bans abortion except if there is a “serious health risk” to the mother, with no exceptions for rape and incest, but the president says he favours making an exception of cases of rape and incest. Continue reading… […]

  • ‘A grand experiment’: how ‘shrooms made Denver America’s most drug-friendly city
    by Daniel Hernandez in Denver on مايو 19, 2019 at 5:00 صباحًا

    With the decriminalization of psilocybin, the Colorado city has cemented its pioneering drug-friendly statusM held up the jarful of mushroom caps and stems, most of which showed the “blue bruising” unique to mushrooms that contain the natural hallucinogenic compound psilocybin. He showed me his stash at a Denver coffee shop. M is an IT director, he buys his psychedelic mushrooms on the darknet, and about once a year, he grinds three grams’ worth into powder, which he then puts into capsules.If police had walked in while we were talking, M could theoretically have been cited for possession. But as of this month, that has become unlikely. On 7 May 2019, Denver voters passed Initiative 301, a ballot measure to decriminalize psilocybin and direct local law enforcement to give psychedelic mushrooms the lowest arrest priority for adults 21 and older. Continue reading… […]

  • Digital Civil War review: a stark call to save American democracy
    by Charles Kaiser on مايو 19, 2019 at 5:00 صباحًا

    Peter Daou blames media and the political establishment for failing to combat dishonesty, hypocrisy … and TrumpVoltaire warned that “those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities”. In his new book, Peter Dau offers copious evidence that nothing has ever made that pernicious alchemy easier than the internet. Related: Unfreedom of the Press review: Mark Levin’s Trumpist take on the first amendment Continue reading… […]

  • No holds Barred: Trump and his troops push for imperial presidency
    by David Smith in Washington on مايو 19, 2019 at 5:00 صباحًا

    With his compliant attorney general, the man in the White House is taking aim at the constitutional balance of powersWilliam Barr, the attorney general, came face to face this week with Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, at the Capitol in Washington. Shaking her hand, Barr was said to have joked: “Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?” Related: ‘This is the endgame’: how Trump has helped turn the tide against abortion Continue reading… […]

  • The Brexit party reflects our hollowed-out, tired politics | Kenan Malik
    by Kenan Malik on مايو 19, 2019 at 4:59 صباحًا

    Its success reveals how Labour and the Tories have failed votersWill British politics be upended in the European elections on Thursday? Certainly, the traditional faultlines may be recast, at least for this election.The Brexit party will no doubt emerge triumphant, the Tories crushed, Labour humiliated and the Greens and the Lib Dems will make sufficient gains to claim a modicum of success. Whatever the results, they will leave untouched the fundamental problems that have created the chasm between large sections of the electorate and mainstream parties. Continue reading… […]

  • Curry leads second-half blitz as Warriors move within one game of NBA finals
    by Associated Press on مايو 19, 2019 at 4:12 صباحًا

    Golden State beat Portland 110-99 to go 3-0 up in seriesBlazers led by 13 points at half-time before comebackDraymond Green notches triple-double; Curry scores 36 pointsDraymond Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Saturday night for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.Green had his seventh career postseason triple-double and Stephen Curry scored 36 points for Golden State, who are now one win away from a fifth straight trip to the NBA finals. Game 4 of the series is set for Monday. Continue reading… […]

  • Deontay Wilder defends title with first-round destruction of Dominic Breazeale
    by Bryan Armen Graham at Barclays Center on مايو 19, 2019 at 3:45 صباحًا

    Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) wipes out challenger in 137 secondsAmerican says rematch with Fury, Joshua fight will happenWilder defends title with first-round KO of Breazeale – as it happenedIt was a return to business as usual for Deontay Wilder on Saturday night in Brooklyn. Related: Deontay Wilder defends WBC heavyweight title with first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale – live! Continue reading… […]

  • Michigan’s Justin Amash becomes first Republican to back Trump impeachment
    by Martin Pengelly in New York on مايو 19, 2019 at 3:18 صباحًا

    Congressman says Mueller report ‘identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice’The Michigan congressman Justin Amash has called for Donald Trump to be impeached, adding a first Republican voice to a growing chorus of Democrats demanding Congress move against the president.Amash is a libertarian and independent-minded politician who has flirted with the idea of a run against Trump in 2020, and has in turn been attacked by the White House. Elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010, he was a founder of the House Freedom Caucus, which has become a hard-right mouthpiece for Trump. Continue reading… […]

  • Honduras plane crash: five foreign tourists killed shortly after takeoff
    by Reuters on مايو 19, 2019 at 2:44 صباحًا

    Conflicting accounts say victims travelling on private plane off Roatán island were from US or Canada Five foreign tourists died on Saturday after a private plane they were traveling in crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from the island of Roatán, near the Atlantic coast of Honduras, local authorities said. Related: Australian man one of six dead after midair seaplane collision in Alaska Continue reading… […]

  • ‘It’s not you, Bill, it’s the country’: is this election Australia’s Trump or Brexit moment? | Brigid Delaney
    by Brigid Delaney on مايو 19, 2019 at 2:25 صباحًا

    For those who believed this election was a choice about the future, the result feels alienating and painfulOn Saturday night in an airport hotel in Essendon Fields, is the party from hell.The woman checking my name off the list around 8pm is angry and crying and saying, “I don’t get it, we went in with policies, they went in with nothing.” Continue reading… […]

  • War of Will gets ‘fair shot’ and wins Preakness featuring riderless horse
    by Associated Press on مايو 19, 2019 at 1:22 صباحًا

    War of Will captures Preakness Stakes from the inside No 1 postEverfast finishes a nose ahead of Owendale for second at PimlicoBodexpress keeps running after ejecting jockey John VelazquezMark Casse completed a lifelong quest two weeks after the scare of a lifetime. And he did so in a race featuring a riderless horse that threw his jockey out of the gate and kept running.Since he was a child, Casse wanted to win a Triple Crown race, and the well-respected trainer got that victory when War of Will bounced back from a bumpy ride in the Kentucky Derby to win the Preakness on Saturday. Continue reading… […]

  • Brooks Koepka in command and keeping US PGA rivals in vain pursuit
    by Ewan Murray at Bethpage on مايو 18, 2019 at 11:22 مساءً

    • Koepka has seven-stroke lead after cool third-round 70 • Dustin Johnson one of four players sharing second spotIn ordinary circumstances the missing of an opening hole, 6ft putt by a tournament leader would deliver hope to the field. But these are extraordinary times, where such aberrations by Brooks Koepka make no difference. When Koepka slipped up again, from inside 3ft at the 9th, his lead was a mere seven shots.Koepka will begin the fourth round of the 101st US PGA Championship at 12 under par and holding a seven-stroke advantage. Hope among all others is publicly forlorn and privately non-existent. Barring a delivery of kryptonite to Bethpage, or someone placing explodable balls in his golf bag overnight, Koepka will win his fourth major in eight attempts. Continue reading… […]

  • Trump may pardon US soldiers accused or convicted of war crimes – report
    by Reuters on مايو 18, 2019 at 9:41 مساءً

    New York Times says pardons could come around Memorial DayNavy Seal and Green Beret accused of killing unarmed civiliansDonald Trump has asked for files to be prepared on pardoning several US military members accused of or convicted of war crimes, including one slated to stand trial on charges of shooting unarmed civilians while in Iraq, the New York Times reported. Related: Trump pardons former US soldier convicted of killing Iraqi prisoner Continue reading… […]

  • Labour panics as remain voters switch to Liberal Democrats
    by Michael Savage Observer policy editor on مايو 18, 2019 at 9:07 مساءً

    Polls makes Vince Cable’s party the favourite for remainers and puts it in first place in LondonSenior Labour figures were engaged in a desperate battle to shore up the party’s support on Saturday night, amid warnings that its stance on Brexit was helping to “detoxify the Lib Dems”.With just days left before the European elections at which Nigel Farage’s Brexit party is expected to triumph, shadow cabinet ministers are among those concerned that Labour’s ambiguous position on Brexit has helped revive the Lib Dems. It comes as new polling seen by the Observer suggests Vince Cable’s party is running in first place in London and could even beat Labour overall. Continue reading… […]

  • FA Cup victory shows Manchester City are a team to love, admire and fear | Barney Ronay
    by Barney Ronay at Wembley on مايو 18, 2019 at 8:28 مساءً

    Emphatic win against Watford showcased Pep Guardiola’s men at their well-grooved best, full of invention and good habitsWelcome to the new order. Domestic games: played 51, won 43. Domestic trophies: three out of three. Five-goal hauls: 11. Defeats since Christmas: one.Scan the history books, fan back to the big city clubs of Victorian times, linger on the red-shirted eras of the last 50 years. English domestic football has never seen anything quite like this single-season hit from Manchester City. It turns out we really do all live in a sky blue world now. Continue reading… […]

  • Argh, me back: Arnold Schwarzenegger OK after South Africa flying kick
    by Reuters in Johannesburg on مايو 18, 2019 at 8:13 مساءً

    Film star struck at Arnold Classic Africa bodybuilding eventFormer California governor reassures fans after incidentArnold Schwarzenegger was struck by a flying kick at a sports event in South Africa on Saturday, though the actor and former California governor later reassured fans there was no need to worry.Schwarzenegger, 71, was kicked from behind while chatting with fans at the Arnold Classic Africa, an event showcasing bodybuilding and other sports, in Johannesburg. Continue reading… […]

  • Europe’s far-right leaders unite with a vow to ‘change history’
    by Angela Giuffrida on مايو 18, 2019 at 8:10 مساءً

    Matteo Salvini and Marine Le Pen are joining with allies to create what may be the third-largest bloc in the European parliamentItalian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini led a rally of his European far-right allies in front of Milan’s Gothic cathedral on Saturday. He pledged to change history after this week’s EU elections by making the populist alliance one of the largest groupings in the European parliament.Flanked by France’s Marine Le Pen and leaders from nine other nationalist parties, Salvini began his speech to the packed Piazza del Duomo by quoting the British writer GK Chesterton: “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him but because he loves what is behind him.” He added that his group would remould Europe “not for our sake, but for our children”. Continue reading… […]

  • Family Romance review – Herzog’s ‘fake family’ film is fascinating but fishy
    by Peter Bradshaw on مايو 18, 2019 at 7:45 مساءً

    Werner Herzog has taken a strange reality – the Japanese company which hires out stand-in friends and relatives – and pointlessly subverted it further Werner Herzog has come to Cannes with a stranger-than-fiction piece of work, a lo-fi headscratcher shot on video around tourist locations in Tokyo. Its pure oddness derives from its reality.This is Herzog’s enigmatic drama-documentarised version of a real phenomenon in Japan: a company called Family Romance LLC (that is: Limited Liability Company) which for 11 years has specialised in loaning out actors to be therapeutic-surrogate figures: imitation friends or family members for those who can’t bear the absence of these people in their lives. They are required to go through the motions at parties, weddings, funerals, and even private situations: platonic escorts for the soul. You might compare this to Yorgos Lanthimos’s Alps (2011) which had a comparable idea. Herzog has got the real-life proprietor of this firm, Ishii Yuchii, to play himself in scenarios Herzog has scripted, as the Family Romance LLC chief taking on delicate “substitute” jobs in various contexts: tragic, comic, tragicomic and just bizarre. The most extraordinary is a special assignment in which a divorced woman hires him to impersonate her ex-husband and befriend her troubled 12-year-old daughter (who was only a baby when her parents broke up and so has no idea what the real dad looks like) and pump her for information about her feelings, her attitude to her mum etc.And if that wasn’t creepy enough, this fake dad and real daughter befriend a sad toddler in the park – the poor little thing had been bullied by other kids – and just take her off for a sightseeing trip around Tokyo. Without any mention of her presumably frantic parents.Of course, there are sillier and more surreal jobs undertaken by Ichii. At one stage, he prepares to impersonate a dead body in an open coffin at a funeral, for those mourners who want the catharsis that a closed casket can’t provide, and can be relied upon not to look too closely at the deceased.At another stage, he has to impersonate a railway station employee who will take the blame for letting the train depart at the wrong time, and must now bow with shame before the furious supervisor while the real culprit, who has hired Family Romance, grins at the knowledge he has got away with it. (In real life, Family Romance LLC would surely not attempt such an obviously illegal and easily detectable dodge.) But that fake ex-husband role is the centre of the movie. In a more conventional fictional drama, his imposture would from the outset be shown as sinister, predatory, morally bankrupt. But this is not obviously the case here: Ichii is not signposted as the bad guy by any means. Perhaps this is how he was induced to take part.It could well be that Herzog is fascinated by the Family Romance LLC phenomenon because it is a symptom of our atomised, lonely society. Or perhaps because it offers us an insight into an uncomfortable truth: the institution of family has always been a matter of role-playing and fakery.Either way: did Ichii Yuchii quite realise that his persona would be so questionable? There is incidentally another possibility: that Family Romance LLC always has had a touch of fiction about it, that its proprietor mischievously exaggerated the size of his firm – and the size of the social issue – for publicity, and that this film is another great bit of PR for him.A strange, faintly frustrating but diverting film. Continue reading… […]

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