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'Belongs in a museum': Greta Thunberg condemns politician against school strike

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Swedish student responds to NSW education minister’s threat to punish students who participate in school climate strike

The Swedish teenager whose lone protest against climate change spurred a global youth movement has told an Australian state education minister his words “belong in a museum” after he warned students against attending an upcoming protest.

The New South Wales education minister, Rob Stokes, appeared on Sky News earlier this week, warning students and teachers against attending rallies planned across Australia for Friday 15 March, as part of the school climate strike movement.

Related: The school climate strike was a new generation's activism – and I'm so proud | Naaman Zhou

Ok. We hear you.
And we don’t care.
Your statement belongs in a museum.#FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike #schoolstrike4climate https://t.co/6iJFkgyX9D

Monday’s Daily Telegraph front page. pic.twitter.com/sPrWPyfvxr

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Thousands march in France against rise in antisemitism – video report

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Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets across France in protest against a rise in antisemitic attacks in the country. Recent incidents have included a Jewish cemetery being desecrated with swastikas and the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut being subjected to a torrent of hate speech on the fringe of a gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protest in Paris

Thousands take to streets of France after antisemitic attacks

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Denver: immigrant teachers threatened with deportation if they join strikes

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Denver public school system sent teachers letters warning if they went went on strike, their visas could be jeopardized

Immigrant educators are being threatened with deportation if they attempt to join the wave of teachers’ strikes hitting the US.

Related: Denver teachers end three-day walkout after deal to raise pay 11%

We’re little snowflakes individually but together we can cause an avalanche

Related: West Virginia teachers to strike again over education bill

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Green MEPs occupy Belgian F-16 runway in anti-nuclear protest

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UK’s Molly Scott Cato among activists participating in direct action over stockpiling of US B61 nuclear bombs

At least three Green MEPs are participating in direct action that has breached a security fence at a military air base in Belgium to protest against its stockpiling of American B61 nuclear bombs.

The activists are attempting to occupy a runway used by fighter jets, following the US withdrawal from the intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) treaty earlier this month.

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Young climate strikers can win their fight. We must all help | George Monbiot

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Courage and conviction may not be enough – that’s something I learned from other movements’ failures

This one has to succeed. It is not just that the youth climate strike, now building worldwide with tremendous speed, is our best (and possibly our last) hope of avoiding catastrophe. It is also that the impacts on the young people themselves, if their mobilisation and hopes collapse so early in their lives, could be devastating.

To help this movement win, we should ask why others lost. We should ask, for instance, why Occupy, despite the energy and sacrifices of so many, came to an end, while the institutions it confronted remain intact. We should wonder why the global justice movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s, despite the numbers involved, their courage and determination, has not changed the world. We should consider why Podemos, the Spanish party that rose so high on the optimism of the indignados movement, now seems to be spiralling into recriminatory collapse.

Much of what I propose here is controversial, and I can't promise I've got it right

Related: I can’t wait for the striking schoolchildren to grab the reins of power | Suzanne Moore

Related: 'It is our future': children call time on climate inaction in UK

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Antisemitism protest marches to take place across France

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Surge in ‘poisonous’ acts includes Jewish cemetery being desecrated with swastikas

Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets in Paris and cities across France on Tuesday night in protest at a recent rise in antisemitic attacks.

The prime minister, Édouard Philippe, will attend the march in the capital along with ministers and lawmakers, while the president, Emmanuel Macron, will hold a moment’s silence at the city’s holocaust memorial.

Related: Macron condemns antisemitic abuse during gilets jaunes Paris protest

Related: How the murders of two elderly Jewish women shook France

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West Virginia teachers to strike again over education bill

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Unions have called for statewide walkout over legislation they feel lacks their input nearly a year after they first went on strike

Nearly a year to the day after West Virginia teachers went on a strike that launched a national movement, they’re doing it again.

Unions have called a statewide walkout Tuesday over complicated education legislation that they view as lacking their input and as retaliation for last year’s strike.

Related: Denver teachers go on strike in latest wave of walkouts

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The British far right is leaderless – and all the more dangerous for it | Joe Mulhall

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There’s a hate-filled sense of grievance, but no single issue. And when one activist falls from grace, a new one fills the gap

• Joe Mulhall is senior researcher at Hope Not Hate

Over the past year there have been a number of far-right demonstrations in London, some of which have attracted as many as 10,000 people. Whether it was the Free Tommy Robinson event in July or the “Brexit betrayal” demonstration in December, the far right descended on the capital in numbers not seen in decades, perhaps not since the interwar period of the 1930s.

The primary focus of this string of demonstrations has ranged from the imprisonment of anti-Muslim activist Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon), to the supposed suppression of free speech (especially in regards to speaking about Muslims), and the perceived betrayal of the Brexit vote by politicians and elites. Similarly, 2019 has kicked off with a number of small “yellow vest” demonstrations, also focusing on Brexit.

Related: Stop the online conspiracy theorists before they break democracy | Julia Ebner

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No country for old men? It’s those with aged mindsets who need to get out of the way | Suzanne Moore

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The UK’s kids protesting climate change were passionate, articulate and unafraid – those with old ideas need to get out of the way

This is a country for old men. So is the United States. Donald Trump is 72, and people are talking about Joe Biden running against him, aged 76; another possible presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, is 77. In the UK, Jeremy Corbyn is 69; John McDonnell is 67; Vince Cable is 75. Jacob Rees-Mogg is 89. Only one of these ages is a lie. I guess you can work it out. Whatever happened to retiring? Why are these men considered to be at their political peak? I speak as a nan myself. Will I be running for office in 15 years’ time?

The blokes who govern the “free” world were brought into sharp relief by last week’s strike against climate change. My God, it was something. Suddenly in my house and on TV screens there were angry, informed teenage girls – and yes, it was mostly girls – talking about how we have just 12 years to do something. They were passionate, articulate and unafraid. Their energy was contagious. The fact they were having a fabulous time at a protest was inspiring and all the daft criticism about bunking off came from the zombie class such as Andrea Leadsom and various dullard rentagobs who don’t even seem to understand what school is: an hour a day of learning followed by hours of crowd control. But then I guess bunking off is as outre as running through fields of wheat for these alien suck-ups.

Related: 'I feel very angry': the 13-year-old on school strike for climate action

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Centrism isn’t the solution to the mess we’re in | Jeff Sparrow

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Without a strong support base, centrist politicians lack the authority to tackle difficult issues such as climate change

Last week, the journal Biological Conservation published an article that, while perhaps methodologically limited, made a credible case that the worldwide disappearance of insects foreshadowed a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”.

But the scariest aspect didn’t receive sufficient attention.

Related: This is literally the biggest news story in the world | First Dog on the Moon

Related: Politicians are complicit in the killing of our insects – we will be next | Molly Scott Cato

Related: With the planet burning, we need to take control ourselves | Jeff Sparrow

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Children’s climate action gives some hope for the future | Letters

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Readers praise the thousands of schoolchildren and young people who walked out of classes to join a UK-wide climate strike

Thank you for the coverage of last Friday’s school strikes (Children take to streets in UK-wide climate strike, 16 February). All I saw and heard of it was inspiring and humbling, and fully justified Jonathan Freedland’s questioning who are the adults now (We failed the young on climate change – now we must listen, 16 February).

These young people were articulate, passionate and clear about why they were there and what they wanted to achieve. Their straight answers to those telling them that they should be at their lessons, or demonstrating only at the weekend, made the criticisms seem lame and out of touch. It was not just what they said but how they said it. They responded neither defensively nor offensively, but clearly stated what they knew and what they believed in. How sadly different this is from the level of communication we see between our elected MPs in parliament.

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Swedish student fined for anti-deportation protest that went viral

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Elin Ersson received a £250 fine for refusing to take her seat on a plane in Sweden last year

A Swedish student who livestreamed her protest against the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker last year has been found guilty of violating Sweden’s aviation laws and fined £250.

Elin Ersson, 22, avoided a prison sentence at the Gothenburg district court, where she was sentenced to a fine of 3,000 Swedish krona.

Related: Swedish plane protester Elin Ersson: ‘I knew I couldn't back down – I had to do what I could'

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Protests erupt in Brazil after death of black teenager who was restrained

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Campaigners say Black Lives Matter movement is emerging after action in five major cities

Brazilian activists have taken to the streets in five major cities after the death of a young black man who was restrained by a supermarket security guard.

Campaigners said the protests are feeding a nascent Black Lives Matter movement in Brazil, where nearly three-quarters of all homicide victims are black.

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Climate protesters disrupt London fashion week by blocking roads

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Extinction Rebellion calls for British Fashion Council to declare climate emergency

Protesters from the environmental action group Extinction Rebellion are disrupting London fashion week to urge the British Fashion Council to declare a climate emergency.

A group with a banner saying “rebel for life” blocked the road outside Victoria Beckham’s show at Tate Britain for about half an hour, holding up Mercedes cars provided for the event.

Extinction Rebellion protesters prepare to swarm London Fashion Week! #extinctionrebellion #LFW pic.twitter.com/l4aPf1XVja

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'We proved Amazon wrong': activists celebrate Bezos' retreat from Queens

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Abrupt collapse of company’s plans seen as a milestone victory for leftwing insurgents over Democrats who backed the deal

Amazon picked a tough moment to come to New York.

Progressive groups were in the ascendant and they turned their fire on an obvious target: a plan to lure a company run by the world’s richest man with $3bn in subsidies and tax breaks.

Related: 'Amazon isn't bigger than New York': meet the man who killed the deal

Related: Amazon made an $11.2bn profit in 2018 but paid no federal tax

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Colin Kaepernick reaches settlement with NFL over kneeling protest fallout

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  • Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion grievance with NFL
  • Parties have resolved grievances subject to confidentiality pact

The NFL and attorneys for Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid jointly announced on Friday afternoon they have settled a complaint of collusion by the players, who claimed the league’s owners blackballed them because they had protested by kneeling during the pre-game playing of the national anthem.

Related: Did the NFL manage to silence Colin Kaepernick's protest at the Super Bowl?

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'It is our future': children call time on climate inaction in UK

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Thousands of young people take time out of school to join protests across the country

Some wore school uniform, with ties askew in St Trinian’s fashion, others donned face paint, sparkly jackets and DM boots. The youngest clutched a parent’s hand as people gathered in the sunshine in Parliament Square in London, a few metres from the politicians they say are letting down a generation.

They carried homemade placards, with slogans full of humour, passion and hope that the voices of thousands of children and young people would be heard.

Related: 'The beginning of great change': Greta Thunberg hails school climate strikes

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My generation trashed the planet. So I salute the children striking back | George Monbiot

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Across the country today, children left their classes to protest against climate change. This is my message to them

The Youth Strike 4 Climate gives me more hope than I have felt in 30 years of campaigning. Before this week, I believed it was all over. I thought, given the indifference and hostility of those who govern us, and the passivity of most of my generation, that climate breakdown and ecological collapse were inevitable. Now, for the first time in years, I think we can turn them around.

Related: Schoolchildren take to streets in UK-wide climate strike - live

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