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Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Tony Blair pictured at the Munich Security Conference 2014. (Photo: Marc Müller/cc)
International charity Save the Children is facing uproar, including from internal staff, for granting the "global legacy award" to former UK Prime Minister and Iraq War architect Tony Blair. The award was given to Blair by the U.S. arm of the organization at a gala in New York City last week. Save the Children, which claims "protecting children...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
UK intelligence agents spied on privileged communications between lawyers and clients, including Abdel-Hakim Belhaj, who is suing the government for its role in his rendition and torture. (Photo: Reuters)
U.K. intelligence agencies were forced to release a cache of documents on...
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Study finds that, following decriminalization policies in Portugal, users have faced better "health outcomes," including a reduction in HIV and AIDS cases. (Photo: M.A. Cabrera Luengo/flickr/cc)
There is no "clear correlation" between tough-on-drugs laws and lower drug use...


A supermarket giant in the U.K. has removed metal spikes outside stores to deter rough sleepers and other "anti-social" elements after people protested that the latest in "defensive urban architecture" treats the homeless as pigeons, rats or other unwashed, unwanted, shoo-go-away vermin. Left Unity argues there are 700,000 empty homes in the country, and no good reasons for anyone to be homeless.