If she is lucky - if her husband or children can slip away unnoticed to the riverside, nearer the Chinese phone masts - Chae Un-ee can talk to her family each day. “Talk” is perhaps an exaggeration; her loved ones end the call, made on a smuggled handset and SIM card, almost as soon as it begins. “They have to be very quick because otherwise the phone can be tracked down,” she said. “It’s mainly just to hear their voice and know that they’re okay. If they don’t call me I worry, because the situation is very tense there.” “There” is North Korea. Chae is not a dissident, not even a defector; only a mother working abroad in China to feed her family. Yet the North’s control of its citizens is such that even this work, in the country’s only significant ally, could result in harsh punishment. Six decades after its creation, North Korea remains a totalitarian state, controlling not just the expression and … [Read more...] about North Korea: the new generation losing faith in the regime
Poor forced to use food banks? They've only got themselves to blame for making bad decisions, says Michael GoveEducation Secretary says families are 'unable to manage their finances'More than half a million people have turned to food banks, charities sayLabour condemn minister's remarks as 'insulting and out of touch'By Matt Chorley, MailOnline Political Editor Published: 15:06 GMT, 10 September 2013 | Updated: 23:24 GMT, 19 November 2019 e-mail 655 View Criticism: Education Secretary Michael Gove said some families make the wrong decisions and get into financial troubleFamilies become so poor they are forced to turn to food banks because of their own ‘decisions’, Michael Gove has claimed.The Education Secretary argued that people who find themselves unable to buy essentials, including food and school uniforms have themselves to blame for being unable ‘to manage their finances’.The remarks were condemned by Labour and ‘insulting and out … [Read more...] about Poor forced to use food banks? They’ve only got themselves to blame for making bad decisions, says Michael Gove
The Duchess of Sussex dazzled in diamonds and bespoke designer gowns when she visited Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji with husband Prince Harry last autumn. But Meghan, 38, took a decidedly more low-key approach for her public engagements in Cape Town and Johannesburg on their most recent tour, which came to an end today. Indeed the royal spent just over £4,100 on new wardrobe items for the 10-day visit. While it is an eye-watering amount for any normal person, it is just a fraction of the estimated £118,000 she spent on outfits for her last royal tour - and decidedly modest for a royal by any standard. Part of this is due to the fact that Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan decided not to include any formal evening engagements in their schedule, thus rendering any expensive black tie attire unnecessary. A single Oscar de la Renta gown worn on the last royal tour cost an estimated £10,000, others came in at roughly £1,000. The other driving force … [Read more...] about Revealed: How Meghan Markle spent a modest £4,000 on her royal tour wardrobe – and almost HALF her pieces had been worn before
The Canadian psychology professor and culture warrior Jordan B Peterson could not have hoped for better publicity than his recent encounter with Cathy Newman on Channel 4 News. The more Newman inaccurately paraphrased his beliefs and betrayed her irritation, the better Peterson came across. The whole performance, which has since been viewed more than 6m times on YouTube and was described by excitable Fox News host Tucker Carlson as “one of the great interviews of all time”, bolstered Peterson’s preferred image as the coolly rational man of science facing down the hysteria of political correctness. As he told Newman in his distinctive, constricted voice, which he has compared to that of Kermit the Frog: “I choose my words very, very carefully.” The confrontation has worked wonders for Peterson. His new book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos has become a runaway bestseller in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Germany and France, making him the public … [Read more...] about How dangerous is Jordan B Peterson, the rightwing professor who ‘hit a hornets’ nest’?
The “Unite the Right” torchlight march and rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend descended into violent clashes with counter-protesters, as far-right groups chanted racist slogans and – many kitted out with shields, sticks, helmets and pepper spray – performed the Hitler salute and waved neo-Nazi flags. The events shone a spotlight on a number of disparate groups and individuals who have been emboldened since Donald Trump’s populist rightwing election victory. The Southern Poverty Law Center civil rights organisation has identified the leading rightwing extremist organizations whose members and cheerleaders attended Charlottesville and who could be spotted at a growing number of such events around the US, as they seek to expand their reach, raise their profiles and coalesce around an agenda of militant white glorification. Neo-Nazis Neo-Nazis are principally members of the National Socialist Movement (NSM), which grew out of the original … [Read more...] about Neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and internet trolls: who’s who in the far right