Venezuelan activist urges Raab to back ICC Maduro torture case

Tamara Suj visits London to seek support for six countries pressing for investigation The UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has been urged to draw on his experience as a former Foreign Office human rights lawyer to press the legal case that the Venezuelan government of Nicols Maduro has systematically tortured its people. The call was led by the prominent Venezuela human rights defender Tamara Suj who visited London to persuade the UK to join six non-European countries in pressuring the …

Ocasio-Cortez confronts McConnell over photo of men choking cutout of her

Online picture showed seven young men in Team Mitch shirts groping and choking cardboard cutout Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell after a picture on social media showed seven men in Team Mitch shirts appearing to grope and choke a cardboard cutout of the Democratic congresswoman, with the caption: Break me off a piece of that. In a message to McConnell on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez wrote: These young men look like they work for you. Just wanted to clarify: are you paying …

By punishing Iran, Trump risks a full-scale war between our two countries | Mohammad Khatami

The US president should resist the pressure from advisers and de-escalate explosive tensions in the Persian Gulf, says Mohammad Khatami, former president of Iran Twenty-one years ago, on my recommendation, the UN general assembly named 2001 the year of Syria and Iraq, and the depredations and war crimes still unfolding in nuclear programme became a test of the dialogue on peace. In order to build trust with the international community my administration sought dialogue, and after years of difficult and …

Greta Thunberg: They see us as a threat because were having an impact

The climate activist answers questions from famous supporters and Observer readers, with an introduction by Ali Smith Greta Thunberg. This time last year she was unimaginable. Then, pretty much from nowhere, there she was: small and slight, a girl just turned 16, the way-too-young odd person out on a panel of adults sitting in front of the worlds economic powers at Davos last January. the greatest threat to the fossil fuel industry. Thunberg This is a communal voice and Thunberg …

Pete Buttigieg: white supremacy could be the end of America

South Bend mayor says this is the only issue that almost ended this country amid controversy over Trumps racist remarks White supremacy could be the lurking issue that ends this country, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has said. He added: The entire American experiment is at stake. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana made the stark comments racist remarks about four Democratic congresswomen. That is the only issue that almost ended this country, Buttigieg said. Weve had a lot challenges …

Iran claims to have arrested 17 CIA spies

Tehran says some of the Iranians allegedly spying for US have been sentenced to death Seventeen Iranian nationals allegedly recruited by the CIA to spy on Irans nuclear and military sites have been arrested, Tehran said on Monday, adding that some of them had already been sentenced to death. The arrests took place over the past months and those taken into custody worked on sensitive sites in the countrys military and nuclear facilities, an Iranian intelligence official told a press …

I accused Donald Trump of sexual assault. Now I sleep with a loaded gun

Advice columnist E Jean Carroll on what happened after she told her story Miss Bingley greets you in the driveway to the house in upstate New York, surrounded by a tangle of knotted woodland. The Toyota Prius, named after the spiteful Caroline Bingley in Jane Austens Pride And Prejudice, is an appropriate place to start because without the car there would have been no road trip and without the road trip there would have been no reckoning with a list …

Punk hellraiser Lydia Lunch: ‘I’m chronically misunderstood but I get off on it’

The runaway, singer and counter-culture icon is hitting 60 and is as incendiary as ever, touring and raging against polluters and politicians in a rip-roaring book Lydia Lunch turned 60 this year, but age has done little to dim this counterculture icons lust for life. Decades after her start as the nihilist 16-year-old frontwoman of 1970s no-wave band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, the New York-born apocalyptician is a revered veteran of the US underground: a writer, spoken-word performer, musician, …

‘They’re well-cared for’: Pence criticizes Democrats on visit to crowded migrant facility

The vice-president and eight Republican lawmakers toured two detention facilities in Texas Friday A visit by the US vice-president, Mike Pence, to migrant detention stations along the countrys southern border highlighted the sharp disconnect between Democrats and Republicans on immigration and the Trump administrations efforts to spin on conditions in camps deplored by human rights experts and the Original Article : HERE ;

Trump hits back over UK ambassador’s leaked memos

US president criticises Kim Darroch, saying he has not served Britain well Donald Trump has said Britains ambassador to the US has not served the UK well as he hit back following the leak of confidential internal memos that presented an unflattering portrait of the president and his administration. Earlier, the Foreign Office ordered an inquiry into the leaking of the cables, written by the ambassador, Kim Darroch, in which Trumps White House is described as uniquely dysfunctional and inept. …