Pollution and corruption are choking the life out of Basra | Diaa Jubaili

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Pollution and corruption are choking the life out of Basra, says resident and writer Diaa Jubaili Salty, foul water flows through the pipes of Basra: a city racked by high unemployment, broken healthcare and education systems, drugs smuggled in across the borders and cooked up at home with Iranian raw materials. Millions of landmines from […]


Highlights from the Senate Intelligence hearing with Facebook and Twitter

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Another day, another political grilling for social media platform giants. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s fourth hearing took place this morning, with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey present to take questions as bearded wiseman CEO Jack Dorsey (whose experimental word of the month appears to be “cadence” — as in he frequently said […]


EU acts to protect firms from Donald Trump’s sanctions against Iran

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Companies told to ignore White House demands to drop all business with Iran The EU has launched an attempt to protect European businesses from Donald Trumps sanctions against Iran as the US administration voiced its intent to apply maximum pressure on Tehran by vigorously applying its punitive measures. The sanctions are to enter into force […]


The Observer view on Donald Trumps unfitness for office | Observer editorial

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The incompetence and infighting at the White House dismay Americas allies and encourage its enemies The sense of things falling apart in Washington is palpable and a matter of growing, serious international concern. Donald Trumps latest asinine act of gesture politics, the Observer atom Like some kind of Shakespearean villain-clown, Trump plays not to the […]