“There is no such thing as bad publicity,” as the 19th-century showman and godfather of fake publicity P T Barnum may (or may not) have once said. But some high-ranking politicos caught up in Sacha Baron Cohen’s new television comedy venture, Who is America?, already appear to be regretting the publicity that their participation has generated.The show repeats Baron Cohen’s now-familiar faux naïve presenter shtick – see his Borat or Bruno characters – and already some interviewees, including the former governor of Alaska and reality TV celebrity Sarah Palin and disgraced judge Roy Moore, have publicly expressed their outrage at having been duped by the comedian into saying things that, presumably, they meant at the time.Criticism mainly centres around the actor’s methods in obtaining his material, his adoption of fake personae and, in particular, his use of prosthetics to disguise his “real” identity.A cursory glance at the … [Read more...] about Sacha Baron Cohen: is he wrong to make fools of the unwitting?
PUBLISHED: 11:14 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:36 18 July 2018 James Marston Some of the forms of Employment where there is fears of Modern Day Slavery. This content is subject to copyright. You could have seen or spoken to a slave today. Modern slavery isn’t a problem limited to urban Britain, its here in Suffolk and Norfolk. JAMES MARSTON reports. “Today you could be a couple of feet away from a victim of modern slavery” That’s the powerful message coming from those who gather intelligence and information to help fight organised crime and slavery in Suffolk and Norfolk. Stephen Tunks, modern slavery and organised crime coordinator for Suffolk Constabulary, said the issue is not simply limited to big cities but victims are being found in Norfolk and Suffolk. He added: “Modern slavery isn’t just about people working in the fields but crosses all sorts of cultures and criminal activities. We are asking the public to help us uncover this crime … [Read more...] about Modern Slavery in Suffolk and Norfolk
Trump has created another Charlottesville moment with how he apportions blame — and this time it was on a world stage, writes Eli Lake.NEARLY a year after Donald Trump crippled his presidency by saying there was “blame on both sides” after a scrum between white nationalists and anti-racist protesters in Virginia, he has created another Charlottesville moment. This time it was on the world stage.Trump’s 40-minute press conference on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin was an exercise in nauseating moral equivalency. In Trump’s view, there are good nations on both sides.Start with the most obvious example. When asked whether he would condemn Putin for interfering in the US election, Trump launched into a bizarre rant about the Democratic National Committee’s “missing server”.The president of the United States should know better, particularly after Robert Mueller’s latest indictment, which detailed how a dozen Russian military … [Read more...] about ‘Trump’s press conference with Putin was an nauseating moral equivalency’
Donald Trump has given yet another below-par performance that will annoy everyone who cares about foreign policy, writes Jonathan Bernstein.Donald Trump capped off his disastrous three-stop foreign trip by joining Vladimir Putin for an embarrassing and craven news conference.Pressed on whether Russia had any responsibility for the poor relations with the US, the American president chose to ramble on about Hillary Clinton’s emails and wound up assailing his own FBI.Yes, it’s very tempting to just say that a fiasco-filled foreign trip won’t matter when it comes to domestic politics.And there’s every chance that by next week the European tour will have fallen out of the news. I’m not so sure.For one thing, the trip will further upset and unite Republicans who care about foreign policy, a group that includes Senator John McCain and the pundit Bill Kristol.As Dan Drezner wrote last week, that’s not a large club with major constituency support within the … [Read more...] about Donald Trump has given yet another below-par performance
The US president isn’t a Russian agent. He just can’t countenance any suggestion that he needed the help of Putin’s hackers to beat the Democrats, whom he considers sore losers, says Ramesh Ponnuru.US President Donald Trump’s behaviour in Helsinki was both appalling and perfectly in character.He was, as he has been before, gullible, or worse, about Russian president, Vladimir Putin’s lies. Trump treated the US and Russia, again, as morally equivalent.He was unwilling or unable, once more, to respond to a foreign adversary’s interference in US politics in the manner one would expect from the leader of a self-respecting nation. He refused, yet another time, to credit the unanimous conclusion of our intelligence services.Many Republicans, even ones who have typically been in Trump’s corner, are criticising his performance. Others are trotting out the usual excuses — former US president, Barack Obama, did something similar; Trump’s … [Read more...] about Trump wants to believe that he won election alone