In the last five years, members of Grizzly Bear have – among other things –campaigned to defeat Trump, retreated to the wilderness and interned at the world’s best restaurant. But it turns out he’s not the only Grizzly Bear member who has been on a curious sabbatical since they finished touring 2012’s Shields. Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear performs on stage during Falls Festival in Lorne, Australia. It’s not exactly a warm environment.”Still, Rossen says time spent there ultimately helped kickstart the process of making another Grizzly Bear album. Grizzly Bear work as a democracy, with everybody bringing songwriting ideas and multi-instrumental flair to proceedings, but this also takes time and brings its own tensions.
August 18, 2017 07:52 UTC
Grandfather says Julian Cadman became separated from his mother, who is in a serious condition in hospital after being caught up in deadly attackA seven-year-old boy who became separated from his mother is missing after the Barcelona terror attack, his Australian family say. Sydney man Tony Cadman has posted on Facebook that his grandson Julian Cadman is missing and the boy’s mum Jom is in a serious but stable condition in hospital. His father Andrew Cadman said he had spoken to his son only hours before he went missing. The foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, has said one Australian is missing and four others have been injured in the attack. Barcelona victims: citizens from at least 24 countries among dead and injured Read moreTwo New South Wales women are in hospital.
August 18, 2017 07:45 UTC
The rise of Donald Trump has popularised the term “alt-right”, which sounds more indie and cool than “far right”. “What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at the, as you say, the ‘alt-right’?” Trump asked, Solomonically, after the clashes in Charlottesville. “Do they have any semblance of guilt?”Some of the people who actually protest against alt-right protesters in the US are from a group called “Antifa”, short for anti-fascist. If Coulter agrees to call her opponents “Antifa”, does it logically follow that she is happy to identify as a fascist? The angry white men who congregated in Charlottesville were widely described as “Nazis”, a usage for which there are arguments both for and against.
August 18, 2017 07:02 UTC
British American Tobacco (BAT) has promoted sales of its cigarettes in some of the most fragile, war-torn and unstable countries of Africa and the Middle East, documents seen by the Guardian show. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Paul Hopkins and hired gunmen protecting BAT management and local staff in Mogadishu, Somalia. Photograph: Paul HopkinsA second slide shows pictures of cartons of BAT brands Sportsman and Royals, packed into unidentifiable gunny bags (hessian sacks) and delivered for sale. “As cigarette sales decline around the world, British American Tobacco sees fragile states as one of the few remaining growth markets for its deadly products. Specifically, in DRC, excise on tobacco products is prepaid to the government at the time of ordering excise/tax stamps.
August 18, 2017 06:56 UTC
Malls and office complexes continue to spring up in Kuwait City, built by migrants often working illegally in soaring temperatures. Facebook Twitter Pinterest The sun sets over a highway in Kuwait City. Kuwait City subsequently underwent a radical transformation, switching to a grid system where cars – powered by cheap petrol – were required to navigate the maze of highways for almost all everyday tasks. “We need to change the way we live, and the way we move around the city,” adds Alsager. “Of course, when I see labourers working after midday in this heat, it’s horrible.
Shane Perkins’ switch to Russia has been rubber-stamped after president Vladimir Putin signed an executive order to grant the Australia-born Olympic bronze medallist and dual world champion Russian citizenship. Perkins, who represented Australia and won individual sprint bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games, applied for citizenship in February after informing Cycling Australia of his intention to switch allegiances last year. Despite an impressive palmarès, which includes world titles in the keirin and the team sprint and commonwealth gold, Perkins’ career came to a juddering halt following the 2015 world championships. Cycling Australia did not stand in his way. “I have a clean slate to prove myself to Russia,” Perkins told the Guardian in April.
Newspapers condemn the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils as ‘evil’ perpetrated by ‘bastards’Newspapers in Spain and around the world have reacted in horror to events in Barcelona and elsewhere in Catalonia, where 13 civilians and five suspected terrorists were killed in separate incidents, and more than 100 were injured. Many national broadsheets and tabloids focused on the attack in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas area, where a white van veered into pedestrians in the crowded tourist street just after 5pm on Thursday, killing 13 people. (@Cofritan) Portada La Razón. Quizás, la más coherente. 0 imágenes morbosas.
August 18, 2017 05:49 UTC
Citizens from more than 30 countries have been injured or killed in the van attack in Las Ramblas, Barcelona, and the coastal town of Cambrils, according to Catalan authorities. Barcelona attack: five suspects killed in Cambrils in second terrorist attack – latest updates Read moreBy Friday morning, 14 people were dead and more than 100 injured. The death toll rose to 14 on Friday, after a woman injured in the Cambrils attack died of her injuries, Catalonia’s civil protection agency confirmed. So far, the British foreign office has received no confirmed reports of British citizens injured or killed. China said two people from Taiwan were being treated for severe injuries sustained in the Barcelona attack.
August 18, 2017 05:32 UTC
In an interview with The American Prospect published on Wednesday, Bannon said of North Korea’s nuclear threats: “There is no military solution, forget it. “I think we have been quite clear as to what the policy and the posture towards North Korea is,” Tillerson told reporters. Military analysts warn that a US pre-emptive strike against the North would be met with immediate retaliation against South Korea. The top US military officer said the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian drills, involving about 75,000 American and South Korean troops, would begin as planned on Monday. “As long as the threat in North Korea exists, we need to maintain a high state of readiness to respond to that threat.”The US has dismissed a “dual suspension” proposal by China that would involve cancelling the drills in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programmes.
Last summer, researchers at the International Monetary Fund settled a long and bitter debate over “neoliberalism”: they admitted it exists. Three senior economists at the IMF, an organisation not known for its incaution, published a paper questioning the benefits of neoliberalism. Hayek built into neoliberalism the assumption that the market provides all necessary protection against the one real political danger: totalitarianism. He replied: “She’s so beautiful.”Hayek’s Big Idea isn’t much of an idea – until you supersize it. But the application of Hayek’s Big Idea to every aspect of our lives negates what is most distinctive about us.
Ex-criminals tell Co-op Insurance most thieves are opportunists who tend to avoid difficult break-insBurglars are most likely to be put off breaking into homes by CCTV cameras and barking dogs, according to a panel of former criminals. Nearly half of the 12 former burglars consulted by Co-op Insurance said most thieves were opportunists wandering the streets who would avoid difficult break-ins that were likely to attract attention. The most effective deterrents for home burglaries and car theft were CCTV cameras, the panel said. Co-op Insurance also surveyed 2,000 people in the UK about their home and car security. The panel pointed out that motion-activated security lights were a key deterrent for home thieves, but just 24% of respondents had installed such devices.
The cover pages of the New Yorker and Economist have criticised President Donald Trump’s defence of a white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. In an editorial, the Economist said Trump is “politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office”. David Plunkert (@plunkert) Unpublished Trump cover sketch art from 2016 pic.twitter.com/qrBFzAhq4p“A picture does a better job showing my thoughts than words do; it can have a light touch on a subject that’s extremely scary,” said the artist. The president took two days to condemn the KKK and neo-Nazi protesters, eventually saying hate groups were “repugnant”. “You had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists, and the press has treated them absolutely unfairly,” Trump said.
August 18, 2017 04:29 UTC
21st Century Fox boss breaks with father, major Trump ally Rupert Murdoch, to tell staff that president’s reaction ‘concerns all of us as Americans and free people’James Murdoch – chief executive of 21st Century Fox and son of Donald Trump ally Rupert Murdoch – has become one of the most prominent voices yet to condemn the US president’s response to neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville. Rupert Murdoch is known to speak regularly to the US president and 21st Century Fox is the parent company of Fox News, which is a regular cheerleader for Trump. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Murdoch is hosted by Trump at his Aberdeen golf course in June 2016. The relationship between Trump, 71, and 86-year-old Rupert Murdoch, the current chairman and acting CEO of Fox News, goes back decades. Fox News has remained loyal to Trump through scandal after scandal, although even some of its hosts have spoken out over the Charlottesville fallout.
August 18, 2017 03:04 UTC