Daily Archive: February 3, 2018

Feb
03

Illinois GOP Rep. Under Fire For Ad Mocking Transgender Community, Feminists

Illinois GOP Rep. Under Fire For Ad Mocking Transgender Community, FeministsThe Republican primary challenger in Illinois’ gubernatorial race is in hot water for a campaign ad that mocks the transgender community, Women’s March activists and immigration activists.


Feb
03

Speedy delivery

Spurred on by Amazon, the big supermarkets are racing to deliver our shopping the same day we order it.

Feb
03

From the Observer archive: this week in 1947

The partition of Palestine suffers a shaky start

Delay often worsens dilemmas; it has done so, disastrously, in Palestine. In these columns we have always argued that, as voluntary agreement between Jew and Arab was unobtainable, sooner or later a plan would have to be imposed. Although the talks with both parties are proceeding in London, there is still no sign that their standpoints are approaching reconciliation; and in the meantime conditions in Palestine are going from bad to worse, with the prospect of martial law having to be applied to protect British lives and to prevent Civil war from breaking out.

So long as the British Government fails to table a plan, Arabs and Jews will both hesitate to set a limit to their claims. Each side will hope that by further demands it will succeed in modifying the final settlement in its own favour. The Arabs, particularly, have no sharp motive for haste; they consider that the more trouble there is in Palestine, and the more outrages are committed by the Jewish terrorists, the stronger their own case will look in the eyes of the world.

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Feb
03

Marx bicentenary to be marked by exhibitions, books – and pub crawls

Renewed interest in philosopher fires celebrations of 200 years since his birth on 5 May 1818

A spectre is haunting Europe in 2018 – to borrow from one of his catchier one-liners – the spectre of Karl Marx himself.

Two hundred years after the philosopher’s birth, a small industry is gathering pace, from plans for major events in Trier, the city on the Moselle where he was born, to a new tour of the Manchester streets that he and Friedrich Engels walked as they discussed the condition of the city’s emerging working class. The bicentenary on 5 May will be marked with exhibitions, lectures, conferences, histories and novels.

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Feb
03

Syrian rebels down Russian plane, kill pilot

Syrian rebels down Russian plane, kill pilotBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Polina Devitt AMMAN/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syrian rebels shot down a Russian warplane on Saturday and killed its pilot on the ground after he ejected from the plane, Russia’s defense ministry and Syrian rebels said. The SU-25 came down in an area of northern Idlib province that has seen heavy air strikes and fighting on the ground between Syria’s government forces backed by Russia and Iran, and rebel groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad. Syrians opposed to Assad see Russia as an invading force they blame for the deaths of thousands of civilians since Moscow joined the war on the side of the government in 2015.


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