United Kingdom

Lauren McCauley, staff writer
What a deal! The living wage in the United Kingdom is only £7.85.(Photo: Bex Hay/Twitter)
Amid the hubbub of the holiday shopping season, activists in the United Kingdom have been surreptitiously calling on the nation's largest retailers to raise their wages and "stop scrooging" their employees. Activists with the campaign, which launched in early December and will continue through the New Years shopping rush, are replacing the price...
Common Dreams staff
 Rare appearance: Julian Assange with Noam Chomsky on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. (Photo: AP)
Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange appeared on the balcony of the Ecuadorian...
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...


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.