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Ed Miliband demands EU referendum details from David Cameron

Labour leader writes to prime minister saying ‘broad hints’ must become clear agenda in general election campaign<p>Ed Miliband has written to David Cameron demanding more details about his proposed reforms of Britain’s relationship with the European Union.<p>The Labour leader demanded that Cameron gives …

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Should London embrace the vision of Create Streets?

A research institute which believes replacing council tower blocks with conventional terraces makes both social and economic sense is gaining influence, and not just among Conservatives<p>Before we get acquainted with Nicholas Boys Smith, here’s an excerpt from Lynsey Hanley’s fine and famous book …

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GOP’s middle class charade: Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh and the real threat of the Christian right

Republicans desperately want you to believe they care about income inequality. The party’s history says otherwise<p>Woe to the American president who says anything sensible on the subject of religion. President Obama forgot that unwritten rule recently at the National Prayer Breakfast when he pointed …

America’s out-of-control war machine: Why the new authorization is so problematic

Neocons and the administration may claim the new AUMF is modest. But its scope and vagueness should scare us all<p>Imagine if President Obama had just asked Congress to declare war on Libya (again).<p>He hasn't. Instead, he has asked Congress to pass a new Authorization to Use Military Force targeting …

Why Samsung Design Stinks

Blame Steve Jobs Syndrome.<p>Kevin Lee calls it “Steve Jobs Syndrome.” As the former head of product strategy and user experience design at Samsung Design America, Lee watched as the $100 billion Korean tech giant wrote check after check to countless Western design firms to develop future products for …

Lavish resorts, wasted public funds, worker abuse: The explosive report that could land Benjamin Netanyahu in court

With just weeks before national elections, government auditors release troubling report on PM’s expenses<p>One month before voters head to the polls for Israel's national elections, Israeli State Comptroller Yosef Shapira released the long-anticipated findings of an inquiry into Prime Minister …

Noam Chomsky: “The world that we’re creating for our grandchildren is grim”

The intellectual sat down with Jacobin to discuss ISIS, Israel and climate change<p>Renowned linguist and well-respected political commentator, Noam Chomsky, was interviewed by journalist David Barsamian for Jacobin. In the fascinating and thought-provoking conversation the two touch on the origins of …

We are not a Christian nation: Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and the eternal lie of the “city upon a hill”

John Winthrop’s “city upon a hill” dominates presidential rhetoric and our self-understanding. Here’s the problem<p>When Barack Obama delivered his first inaugural address six years ago last week, on January 20, 2009, it was the first time a newly elected president used the occasion to give voice to …

We can stop the neo-cons: Here’s what a truly progressive foreign policy would look like

Progressives need not cower before a militaristic right. Let’s define a smart, patriotic agenda to match our values<p>America is moving left, or at least to positions Republicans have spent a lifetime opposing. Notice the GOP's awkward silence on what were so recently signature issues: immigration, …

Welcome to the new Cold War: Keystone XL and GOP’s dystopian vision for 2016

A toxic combination of fossil fuel optimization and “North Americanism” threatens to bring the world to its knees<p>It’s a ritual long familiar to observers of American politics: presidential hopefuls with limited international experience travel to foreign lands and deliver speeches designed to …

Germany: Damned if it leads, damned if it doesn't | Ukraine

She is the European Union's longest serving head of government - since 2005 - and now she is emerging as the uncontested leader of the continent, defending her vision of a peaceful and stable Europe through a diplomatic solution.<p>Angela Merkel's high profile and pivotal role in the diplomatic frenzy …

Geopolitics

UK voters are being sold a lie. There is no need to cut public services

Redesigning the public sector to work more like Amazon, Spotify and Uber could save billions with no frontline cuts. And only bureaucracy would lose out<p>Tax increases and cuts to our frontline public services form the electoral battlegrounds for 2015. Against the background of an ageing population, …

Radiation Therapy

The right’s sinister plot to destroy Social Security, revealed

Following a Reagan-era blueprint, Republicans in Congress are busy manufacturing a crisis. Here’s what’s at stake<p>In one of its first actions, the Republican House of Representatives of the 114th Congress, changed its rules to manufacture a Social Security crisis.<p>GOP Representatives Tom Reed and Sam …

The Many Causes of America’s Decline in Crime

A new report finds that locking up more offenders isn't making people any safer—and may even be counterproductive.<p>The dramatic rise of incarceration and the precipitous fall in crime have shaped the landscape of American criminal justice over the last two decades. Both have been unprecedented. Many …