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Al Jazeera shutdown in Israel spells ‘dark day for democracy,’ say media groups

Al Jazeera shutdown in Israel spells ‘dark day for democracy,’ say media groups

washington —  Israel’s decision to shut down Al Jazeera in the country puts audiences at risk of missing out on news and may herald a concerning turn for the future of free expression, analysts say. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that his government had unanimously decided to shut down the Qatari-owned news outlet over national security concerns. The channel went off air in Israel shortly after the announcement, and the outlet’s websites have also been blocked. “The government headed by me unanimously decided: the incitement channel Al Jazeera will be closed in Israel,” Netanyahu said in a Sunday statement on X. Al Jazeera’s main office in west Jerusalem and its office in east Jerusalem were closed and equipment confiscated. According to Reuters, the Israeli satellite service Yes displayed a message that read: “In accordance with the government decision, the Al Jazeera station’s broadcasts have been stopped in Israel.” Al Jazeera Managing Editor Mohamed Moawad described the action as “oppressive.” “This is a way of delegitimizing our coverage,” Moawad told VOA from Doha. “It’s …

Mass deportations, detention camps, troops on the street: Trump spells out migrant plan | Donald Trump

Mass deportations, detention camps, troops on the street: Trump spells out migrant plan | Donald Trump

Donald Trump is planning to unleash the biggest mass deportation of undocumented migrants in US history should he win re-election in November, involving legally questionable deployments of military and police units and the creation of vast detention camps along the southern border. Trump has laid out his vision for a “record-setting deportation operation” in a series of rally speeches, newspaper articles and social media posts. He intends to move swiftly after inauguration day next January to stage mass roundups of immigrants across the country, conducting raids inside big cities where he would face certain Democratic opposition. “On day one, we will begin the largest domestic deportation operation in American history,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Freeland, Michigan, on Wednesday. He told his adoring supporters that immigrants were coming in by the millions from foreign prisons and “insane asylums” leading to the “plunder, rape, slaughter and destruction of the American suburbs, cities and towns”. Immigration experts say that the deportation plans for a Trump White House 2.0 dwarf anything previously seen – both in …

‘Washout winter’ spells price rises for UK shoppers with key crops down by a fifth | Food

‘Washout winter’ spells price rises for UK shoppers with key crops down by a fifth | Food

UK harvests of important crops could be down by nearly a fifth this year due to the unprecedented wet weather farmers have faced, increasing the likelihood that the prices of bread, beer and biscuits will rise. Analysis by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has estimated that the amount of wheat, barley, oats and oilseed rape could drop by 4m tonnes this year, a reduction of 17.5% compared with 2023. The warnings come as farmers have borne the brunt of the heavy rainfall and bad weather experienced over the winter, with the UK experiencing 11 named storms since September. In England, there was 1,695.9mm of rainfall between October 2022 and March 2024, the wettest 18-month period since records began in 1836. This has resulted in planted crops either being flooded or damaged by the wet weather, or farmers not being able to establish crops at all. A flooded field of brussels sprouts at TH Clements and Son Ltd near Boston, Lincolnshire. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Tom Lancaster, a land analyst at ECIU, said: “This washout …

Royal Family LIVE: Harry and Meghan’s glitzy rebrand crushed as one thing ‘spells the end’ | Royal | News

Royal Family LIVE: Harry and Meghan’s glitzy rebrand crushed as one thing ‘spells the end’ | Royal | News

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s plans for an “American Royal Family” rebrand have been torn apart by a royal expert who claimed there is one thing that’s made the Montecito couple cautious of their next moves. Earlier this month the Duchess of Sussex soft launched her latest business venture – a lifestyle brand called American Riviera Orchard, along with a brand new Instagram page for it and a glitzy video to promote it – just hours before Prince William and later Prince Harry appeared in person and digitally, respectively, at the Diana Legacy Awards. But the Princess of Wales’s emotional video last Friday, when she announced her cancer diagnosis and sent shockwaves around the world – just weeks after King Charles’s own cancer diagnosis was announced – could make the Sussexes rethink their strategy in fear of their popularity “plummeting” more. Veteran royal commentator, Richard Fitzwilliams, claimed following the devastating news, Harry and Meghan can no longer “monetise” their royal connection and are left with little to do. He told the Sun: “There isn’t anything …

EU discord over Ukraine free trade spells trouble for Kyiv’s accession hopes – POLITICO

EU discord over Ukraine free trade spells trouble for Kyiv’s accession hopes – POLITICO

Enlargement woes With Kyiv seeking closer ties with Brussels, the question remains as to how much the EU will have to change to accommodate Ukraine within its borders. Importantly, Ukraine would become the biggest beneficiary of the EU’s agricultural subsidies, if current rules apply — and that would only stoke the farmers’ fury further.  What’s happening now, “is more than foretaste. It’s the reality of how difficult it will be for Ukraine to be a member of the single market,” said one European diplomat, granted anonymity due to the sensitivity of the discussions.  EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ELECTION POLL OF POLLS For more polling data from across Europe visit POLITICO Poll of Polls. “[French President Emmanuel] Macron talks about sending boots on the ground, and now he’s afraid of Ukrainian eggs,” they added, referring to the push from the French leader for artillery shells and western boots in the war-torn country at the end of February.  It’s unlikely that things will get any less fraught once Ukraine moves closer to joining the bloc. “This will have an …

Students suspended even for short spells fare worse at GCSEs, study finds | Exclusions

Students suspended even for short spells fare worse at GCSEs, study finds | Exclusions

Children who are suspended from school in England even for short periods see their GCSE results suffer, according to research that highlights the need for early interventions to reduce suspensions. Pupils who had been suspended were found to be lagging a year behind their peers and on average were unable to achieve a standard pass in GCSE maths and English. The research also found a strong overlap between children being suspended and those diagnosed with special needs and mental health issues, while children who were repeatedly absent were also more likely to be suspended. Ben Gadsby, the head of policy and research at Impetus, the youth education charity that commissioned the research, said: “While it is not a surprise that suspended pupils get worse outcomes, this new research puts a number on the ‘suspension grades gap’ for the first time. “While suspensions are sometimes necessary, supporting pupils who are struggling to engage in mainstream education must continue to be a priority for whoever is in government. We should aim for lower exclusion levels not simply …

Global warming may be behind an increase in the frequency and intensity of cold spells

Global warming may be behind an increase in the frequency and intensity of cold spells

Global warming caused by increased concentrations of greenhouse gases is already affecting our lives. Scorching summers, more intense heatwaves, longer drought periods, more extended floods, and wilder wildfires are consequences linked to this warming. One less obvious consequence of global warming is also getting growing attention from scientists: a potential increase in the intensity and frequency of winter cold snaps in the northern hemisphere. Weather phenomena like the Beast from the East in winter 2018, the cold spell of Arctic air that reached as far South as Texas in February 2021, or the storm that left Madrid and Athens unusually covered in snow for days in early 2021 are becoming more common. Some of the mechanisms that lead to their occurrence are strengthened by global warming. Key climate mechanisms, like exchanges of energy and air masses between different altitude ranges in the atmosphere, are evolving in ways expected to cause an increase in both the intensity and duration of cold snaps. These link to the behaviour of a region in the high atmosphere called the …

Nature of England’s third Test defeat surely spells end for Bazball rhetoric | England in India 2024

Nature of England’s third Test defeat surely spells end for Bazball rhetoric | England in India 2024

Yashasvi Jaiswal hits his 12th six into the bleachers in Rajkot on the way to a majestic and punishing double century. “Pah, merely a flesh wound!” Jimmy Anderson, your 41‑year‑old seamer who detests going for boundaries and prides himself on parsimonious economy rates, is smeared for 78 runs in 13 bone‑grinding overs in the afternoon sun. “Tis but a scratch!” India send in Kuldeep Yadav as a nightwatchman at the close of day three and the home side close with a 322-run lead with eight wickets in hand. “Pffff, they look rattled!” Yadav comes out the next morning and drives your inexperienced off-spinner down the ground for a handsome six off the third over of the day, the first time he has cleared the ropes in his international career. “Look at them, they’re obviously panicking now!” The left-arm spinner might have a Charlie Chaplin haircut but is in no mood for larking around. Indeed, he makes 27 runs off 91 balls and spends 93 minutes at the crease, half an hour longer than any of your side will …

reported death of Putin’s most prominent opponent spells the end of politics in Russia

reported death of Putin’s most prominent opponent spells the end of politics in Russia

Reports of the death of Russia’s most famous opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, in an Arctic prison camp are shocking, but not entirely unexpected. It draws a line under Russia’s political development over the past two decades by highlighting that a challenge from within is no longer possible. Navalny was the last public politician to pose a real challenge to the Kremlin, but his attempt to overthrow the regime failed long before what appears to be his untimely death in prison. His unrealistic calculations about the impact of his return to Russia in 2021 led to the dismantling of the remnants of any organised opposition that was not sanctioned – and controlled – by the Russian state. Navalny ended up in prison, his supporters arrested or fled abroad. As a result, when the invasion of Ukraine came, there were very few street protests against it. Active in Russian politics for more than 20 years, Navalny’s main focus was identifying and rooting out state corruption, an issue with almost limitless material in modern Russia. He embraced new …

Prince Harry ‘spells danger for the King’ and the reason is made simple | Royal | News

Prince Harry ‘spells danger for the King’ and the reason is made simple | Royal | News

Prince Harry made a mad dash to the UK last week to see King Charles, which has been deemed troubling by a royal insider. Ingrid Seward spoke to The Telegraph, saying, “I think Harry spells danger for the King,” referring to the impulsive decision. The veteran royal watcher, editor of Majesty Magazine, explains: “The trouble is that whenever Harry’s around, there’s a certain amount of animosity.” She’s not suggesting Charles is the one who is bothered, but the people around the King, saying, “This is someone who has been extremely rude about the current Queen.” “As much as Charles loves Harry, he’s not going to be all over him like a rash.” READ MORE: Prince Harry and Meghan won’t be attending the Super Bowl — and here is why Source link