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On 19 December, a demonstration was held outside the Haifa district court in Israel in support of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition’s demand for the return of the Women’s Boat to Gaza, the Zaytoun

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UK public opinion divided over US president's state visit | Letters

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A few weeks ago, over 50 prominent Labour MPs, peers and trade union leaders joined Muslim and Jewish leaders in signing a statement to “Stand Up to Trump, Stand Up to Racism” and appealing to others to join us. Demonstrations are planned in London and Glasgow and other European capitals on UN Anti-Racism Day (18 March).

This is now more urgent after the killings at a Canadian mosque (Report, 31 January) and the burning down of a mosque in Texas which followed President Trump’s incendiary ban targeting Muslims entering the US

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Donald Trump has treated women like sex holes, trophies or trash. Now we’re fighting back

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It is poetically satisfying that the first judicial and legislative blows to his regime come from a group he so plainly underestimates

As the anti-Trump resistance movement finds its feet after a dizzying first 11 days, it’s hard not to notice how well women are playing offence. I can think of no more perfect distillation of Trump’s presidency than German chancellor Angela Merkel explaining the Geneva convention to him over the phone after he attempted to alpha-male his way past it. Of course, the world’s most extravagantly unqualified man – who was only able to defeat his peerlessly qualified female opponent through a combination of voter suppression, weaponised misogyny, Russian propaganda and a constitutional technicality, and still managed to lose by 3m votes – had to receive on-the-job training, pro bono, from a female world leader.

A statement from Merkel’s spokesman explained, with bone-dry reserve: “The … refugee convention requires the international community to take in war refugees on humanitarian grounds. All signatory states are obligated to do [so]. The German government explained this policy in their call yesterday.” It’s a markedly female kind of jab – as many of my gender have learned by now, it’s sometimes more effective (and safer) to disguise your contempt as a helping hand.

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'Humanity comes before special relationship': UK protesters on US travel ban

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Tens of thousands of people marched this week against Donald Trump. We ask them why they feel it’s important to take part

Thousands of people gathered in cities across the UK on Monday, to protest against Donald Trump’s travel ban on US arrivals from seven Muslim-majority countries and the freeze on refugee admissions.

Demonstrators voiced concern about the UK government’s weak response to Trump’s ban and the apparent prioritising of the UK’s renewed special relationship with the US in the post-Brexit era. A petition calling for the US president’s visit to the UK not to be classed as a state visit has passed 1.6m signatures.

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‘No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!’ – the punk chant that soundtracks the protests

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A 1980s protest against racism in Texas has been brought back to life – and on to the streets – with help from Green Day

There were many chants at the anti-Trump demonstration outside Downing Street on Monday night, but one was particularly satisfying. It has a bracing staccato energy, like a weaponised cheerleader chant, and it has already been heard at protests across the US: “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” Try it. It feels good.

The chant’s popularity took off at the American Music awards last November, 12 days after the US election. Midway through a furious performance of their single Bang Bang, the politically minded band Green Day broke the song down to a tense dirge and frontman Billie Joe Armstrong barked the chant six times. “We didn’t rehearse it,” he said later. “We’re just as much in shock as everybody else is about this.” He also clarified that the chant originated more than 30 years earlier with the band MDC.

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Owen Jones and Piers Morgan clash over anti-Trump protests – video

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Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan clashes with Guardian journalist Owen Jones over recent protests opposing US president Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban. Thousands responded to Jones’s call for a march in London on Monday night

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