Viggo Mortensen: “Vox’s political and media blunder”

You’d have to be pretty ignorant to think that using the character Aragorn from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy to promote the campaign of a xenophobic, far-right party like Vox would be a good idea. Not only is it absurd to link me, the actor who played the role for Peter Jackson, and a person interested in the rich variety of cultures and languages that exist in Spain and the world, to an ultra-nationalist and neo-fascist political party. It is even more ridiculous to use the character Aragorn, a multilingual statesman who advocates for the knowledge and inclusion of the different races, traditions and languages of Middle Earth, to legitimize an anti-immigration, anti-feminist and Islamophobic political party.

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Anger grows over neo-fascist publisher’s presence at Turin book fair


Auschwitz museum latest to boycott event if Matteo Salvini’s publisher, Altaforte, remains

Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum has urged Turin authorities to intervene amid mounting controversy over the participation at the city’s international book fair of a publisher said to have close links with the Italian neo-fascist party CasaPound.

The museum has been participating in the book fair, which gets underway on Thursday, since 2015 but says it will pull out if the Altaforte publishing company remains among the exhibitors.

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Nurse in trousers awarded marathon record after outcry


Guinness World Records admits its rule that nurses wear a dress was outdated

An NHS nurse who was told her marathon world record attempt was void because she wore scrubs rather than a dress has had the decision overturned following a backlash.

Guinness World Records (GWR) has awarded Jessica Anderson the title of fastest female marathon runner wearing a nurse’s uniform after admitting its requirements were outdated.

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Bernie Sanders campaign unveils plan to prevent sexism among staff

It’s not a plan, it’s something you do by leadership – so why was his leadership lacking in his last run? And why isn’t he a member of the Democratic Party?


The Vermont senator’s 2020 campaign has implemented policies that are the ‘gold standard’ after claims its culture in 2016 was ‘too white’ and ‘too male’

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has unveiled sweeping new guidelines to combat sexual misconduct and discrimination among his campaign team. The move comes after months of talks with former staffers who felt mistreated during the senator’s 2016 White House bid.

Related: Bernie Sanders says he was not aware of claims of sexism in 2016 campaign

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Mike Pompeo rejects Canada’s claims to Northwest Passage as ‘illegitimate’

When you point a finger, three are pointing back at you, the true illegitimate one!


Speech to Arctic Council delegates prompted frustration and surprise among experts and government officials

Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, has rejected Canada’s claims to the Northwest Passage as “illegitimate”, in a high-profile foreign policy speech that prompted frustration and surprise among experts and government officials.

Related: US warns Beijing’s Arctic activity risks creating ‘new South China Sea’

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