Google employees sign letter against censored search engine for China

Do no evil… except for a profit?


  • Project Dragonfly would allow Beijing to monitor users’ activity
  • Open letter is latest sign of worker unrest at tech company

A group of Google employees published an open letter on Tuesday calling on their employer to cancel its plans to build a censored search engine for China, the latest expression of worker unrest at a company that earlier this month saw thousands stage walkouts over its handling of sexual misconduct cases.

Related: Ex-staffer pressures Google over China project ahead of Senate hearing

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Pharma giant sold mesh implant despite pain warnings

Greed fouls all morals!


Exclusive: staff at Johnson & Johnson had concerns it could harden in body, emails show

Revealed: how faulty implants harm patients worldwide
Why we’re examining the implants industry

A vaginal mesh implant made by one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical firms was launched despite the company being warned it could shrink and harden inside the body, company documents reveal.

Internal emails between executives, shared with the Guardian, show staff at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) were concerned that the plastic material the mesh was made from had the potential to turn “hard as a rock” and roll up like a “folded potato chip” inside patients.

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Fresh row looms as No 10 refuses to publish full Brexit legal advice

What could they possibly be hiding?


Refusal – despite unanimous resolution by Commons – is unacceptable, says Labour

Downing Street has refused to commit to publishing the full legal advice given on the Brexit deal despite a unanimous resolution by the House of Commons, in a move likely to spark a major new process row with Labour and Tory Brexiters.

Related: Labour accuses government of defying will of Commons by not releasing full Brexit legal advice – Politics live

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White House prevents Gina Haspel from briefing Senate on Khashoggi murder

Afraid she might tell the truth?


Mike Pompeo and James Mattis are due to give a briefing on US relations with Saudi Arabia to Senate on Wednesday

The White House is preventing the CIA director, Gina Haspel, or any other intelligence official from briefing the Senate on the murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi.

The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and the defence secretary, James Mattis, are due to give a briefing on US relations with Saudi Arabia to the entire Senate behind closed doors on Wednesday, ahead of a vote that could cut off US support for Riyadh’s military campaign in Yemen.

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Donald Trump warns China he won’t back down on trade tariffs

Talk big and carry an ever smaller stick?


US president says he expects to move ahead on plans to raise tariffs to 25% from 1 January

Donald Trump has raised the stakes in the escalating global trade dispute between the US, China and some of America’s traditional allies ahead of a major gathering of world leaders this week.

Ahead of the G20 meeting in Argentina, which begins on Friday, the US president used a newspaper interview to warn China that he expects to move ahead on the imposition of higher import tariffs on Chinese goods.

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There is an impression that the Russians deliberately provoke us to “an occasion for war”

Oleksiy Haran, the Research Director at the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, commented to Glavkom on why Petro Poroshenko initiated the introduction of the martial law right now. The Parliament has a very large number of politicians who demand more resolute actions against Russia, which has already committed a direct and open aggression and now the […]

Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian embassy


Exclusive: Trump ally met WikiLeaks founder months before emails hacked by Russia were published

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trump’s campaign, the Guardian has been told.

Sources have said Manafort went to see Assange in 2013, 2015 and in spring 2016 – during the period when he was made a key figure in Trump’s push for the White House.

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