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Not Everyone in the U.K. Is Overjoyed About May’s Meeting with Trump

The U.K. government’s eagerness to seal a lucrative post-Brexit trade deal with the U.S. may obscure an unpleasant truth for President Donald Trump: many people in the nation of his mother’s birth despise him and everything he stands for. Prime Minister Theresa May will be the first world leader to meet Trump as president on Friday. May and her allies are pragmatists, who view the building of a relationship with the President to be in Britain’s overall interests. Closer economic ties with the U.S. could be essential for when the U.K. leaves the European Union and membership of its single market, which is worth about 4% to its economy. But, back at home, there is anger — particularly among the left — at what some view as the government cosying up to a figure who has, in their view, legitimized racism and sexism ever since running for office. They do not believe, as May said yesterday, that “opposites attract” in the world of politics. That anger could be seen on the streets of London on Jan. 21, as 100,000 marched as part of the global ‘Women’s March’ movement, supported by such diverse groups as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Greenpeace, Oxfam GB, Solidarity with Refugees, and Black Pride. As in the U.S. marches, many held anti-Trump signs and effigies of the President. “There’s a huge amount of anger in the U.K. at the reality of what is now a President Trump,” says Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the U.K’s Green Party. “He’s already starting to tear up climate change agreements. The women’s march was anti-Trump and anti his values – British people, for example, wanted to stand up for the Mexicans on the other side of his wall.” “The British population are horrified by Trump for his aggressive loose cannon tendencies and their view of him as a dictator in American caricature form,” says Dr Mike Galsworthy, co-founder of Scientists for E.U., which also backed the marches. The Women’s March was primarily about the effect Trump’s policies could have on women, of course, and many at the London march were focused on access to healthcare for women. Although the campaign to defund Planned Parenthood is being driven by the Republican-led Congress, one of Trump’s first acts was an aggressive expansion of the global gag rule on abortions, to apply to every health organization that receives U.S. government funding. If abortion is even mentioned by, for example, an organization that treats HIV/Aids in Africa, they risk losing all their U.S. state funding. “He threatens the essential freedoms of women,” Sophie Walker, leader of the Women’s Equality Party, tells TIME. “He wants to curtail reproductive health, which denies women’s rights over their bodies – a fundamental human right.” The ascent of a President widely accused of sexism and misogyny ensures women will remain second class citizens, Walker adds. “He’s normalising misogyny … at a time in Britain where a similar right-wing populism could be emboldened by Trump’s actions. Theresa May needs to raise all this with Donald Trump when she goes and talks to him. There’s no point being a woman in a powerful position if it doesn’t produce opportunities for other women.” Activists and labor unions fear a Trump presidency will turn up the volume on the kinds of xenophobic and anti-immigration rhetoric that flourished during the campaign to leave the E.U. Malia Bouattia, president of the National Union of Students and a black Muslim, says: “Trump’s policies threaten every aspect of my identity, and the identity of thousands of students across the U.K. Since Brexit we’ve seen hate crime rise in the U.K, and the election of Trump gives further validation to a culture of hate across the world.” Others simply fear a deal with Trump’s White House will not work out well for Britain. Len McCluskey, general secretary of the U.K.’s biggest labor union, Unite, says “bi-lateral [trade agreements] negotiated with an ‘America First’ president” will not be in the country’s best interests. “It is hard to see what the U.K. can secure from Donald Trump without paying a heavy price in our safety standards, living standards, and, I fear, our National Health Service which has long been a target of the voracious U.S. private healthcare providers. The Prime Minister must proceed with extreme caution.” May does receive some surprise sympathy from an old political foe: Alastair Campbell, who was press secretary to Labour Party Prime Minister Tony Blair, says the Prime Minister is stuck between a rock and a hard place on Trump. “It’s a difficult position to be in. Trump’s a president that most people find appalling,” he tells TIME. “But a Prime Minister has a responsibility to have good relations with the U.S. My worry is that she’ll be so desperate to do a deal that she won’t have the ability to stand up for our values.” […]

Mexicans Launch Boycotts of U.S. Companies in Fury at Donald Trump

The digital image shows a clenched fist bathed in the red, white and green of Mexico’s flag and decorated with the nation’s emblematic eagle. “Consumers, to the Shout of War,” it says in Spanish above the fist. “Consume products made in country…Use your buying power to punish the companies that favor the politics of the new U.S. government.” #Opinión “¡Consumidores al grito de guerra!”, escribe Alejandro Calvillo de @elpoderdelc https://t.co/ozG6mcNP76 pic.twitter.com/ys0lWX9JZz — Sin Embargo (@SinEmbargoMX) January 25, 2017 Created by a Mexican food-activist group, the image is part of a slew of messages, memes and videos that have been spreading in Mexico in recent days as President Donald Trump pushes for a border wall, deportations and punishing new trade rules. Others messages call for specific boycotts of U.S. companies in Mexico, including McDonalds, Walmart and Coca-Cola. One of the most heavily trending hashtags is #AdiosStarbucks, or “Goodbye Starbucks,” referring to the Seattle company which has opened hundreds of coffee houses here. The boycotts illustrate the defiant mood brewing in Mexico in reaction to Trump’s tumultuous first week in the White House. President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a bilateral meeting in Washington on Thursday after Trump insisted Mexico should pay for the border wall. The Mexican government and leading business lobbies have said the country should pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, rather than accept a bad rewrite. And opposition leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has called for a lawsuit in the United Nations against the planned border wall. If a trade war is brewing, it will not be fought on a level playing ground. Mexico has an economy that is only the tenth of the size of its northern neighbor and U.S. import tariffs and the deportation of millions of migrants could push it into recession. But however daunting the Trump White House is, Mexico looks like it won’t go down without a fight. “We need to stand up to Trump’s threats and his economic war,” says Enzzo Omar Sosa, part of a collective called Mexicanos Al Grito de Guerra, or “Mexicans to the Shout of War.” The group has social media accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers, in which it has been heralding the cries to boycott U.S. companies. “We need to support Mexican companies, which provide jobs and maintain our macro economy,” he said. Hitting U.S. companies could also make them pressure President Trump over his aggressive positions against Mexico, he said. It is as yet uncertain how much boycotts will affect the bottom line of U.S. businesses here, but they have gained prominence since Trump signed the executive order for the border wall on Wednesday. A shift manager at a Starbucks in the middle-class Roma neighborhood of Mexico City said Thursday he had already seen a slump of about 10 percent in customers at that particular outlet. “It’s bad because this is a franchise and it affects the jobs of Mexican workers,” said the manager, who asked his name not be used as he was not an authorized spokesman. Starbucks has not voiced any political support for Trump, and was itself the subject of a protest by Trump supporters in December. There have also been several demonstrations against Trump outside the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, where protesters have burned piñatas of the president. Protester Maria Garcia, of the Bi-National Coalition Against Trump, said the insistence that Mexico pays for the wall is the main contention. “They can build what they want in their territory. But pay for it themselves. The demand we pay for it is a weapon to beat us into submission. It is blackmail.” The White House has sent mixed messages on how it will actually get Mexico to foot the bill for a wall that could cost up to $15 billion. Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday floated the idea of a 20% tax on Mexican imports, but then later said that was just “one idea.” During the campaign, Trump discussed a wall tax on the $25 billion in remittances sent home by Mexican migrants working in the United States every year. Either of those would, if enacted, have a catastrophic impact on Mexico’s economy. These positions and others have made Trump a despised figure in Mexico, with a poll in September finding fewer than 3% here had a positive opinion of him. Yet President Enrique Peña Nieto does not fare much better among his own people. A recent Reforma poll found his approval rating had plunged to 12 percent, the lowest among a Mexican president in recent history. Corruption scandals, violent crime and rising prices have all paid their toll on him. Diverting the anger to a foreign figure could provide Peña Nieto with some relief. But politics expert Maria Eugenia Valdez thinks he has failed to capitalize on it. “He has taken all the wrong steps. He should never have planned to meet Trump so early in his presidency. He is not offering a convincing leadership,” she said. Valdez thinks that the Mexico–U.S. relationship is likely headed for disaster, whatever people do. “NAFTA is already dead,” she said. “It is like a marriage is breaking up. But it is not going to be an easy divorce.” […]

Jane Jacobs: The Case For Diversity

Jane Jacobs / The Jane Jacobs Estate “There is no way of overcoming the visual boredom of big plans. It is built right into them because of the fact that big plans are the product of too few minds. If those minds are artful and caring, they can mitigate the visual boredom a bit; but at the best, only a bit. Genuine, rich diversity of the built environment is always the product of many, many different minds, and at its richest is also the product of different periods of time with their different aims and fashions. Diversity is a small scale phenomenon. It requires the collection of little plans” — Jane Jacobs, Can Big Plans Solve the Problem of Urban Renewal?, 1981. In Vital Little Plans, a new collection of the short writings and speeches of Jane Jacobs, one of the most influential thinkers on the built environment, editors Samuel Zipp and Nathan Storring have done readers a great service. They’ve brought together the best of this brilliant autodidact’s compelling arguments for why planners and designers must never forget the importance of small-scale diversity given it results in interesting cities created, first and foremost, for people. In essays and speeches that range from the 1940s — years before she became famous for The Death and Life of Great American Cities in 1961 — to 2004, just two years before her death, we learn how her thinking evolved and grew more ambitious, but was always rooted in what she learned from watching people interacting on the streets. […]

Turkey Bacon and Six Other Foods to Avoid This Week

In our food supply, safety sometimes slips through the cracks. Unfortunately, the U.S. saw quite a few recalls this week, and since not every recall reported to authorities makes headlines, we’ve rounded them up for you. If you purchased a product that’s been recalled, you can often return it from where you bought it for a refund. Turkey bacon Brand: Oscar Mayer Contaminated with: Spoils earlier than indicated. Kraft Heinz Foods Company is recalling about 2,068,467 pounds of turkey bacon products because the products may spoil before their “best when used by” date. The issue was discovered when consumers complained about spoilage problems. The company has received reports of illness. Read the full report here. Breads Brands: Sara Lee, Great Value, Kroger, Bimbo, Nature’s Harvest and L’Oven Fresh Contaminated with: Possible glass fragments Bimbo Bakeries has recalled some of its breads sold under a variety of brands due to the possible presence of glass from a broken light bulb in one of the company’s bakeries. The company was made aware of the problem after three consumers reported small pieces of glass on the outside of the bread. Read the full report here. Duck head and neck Brand: California Qi Li’s Braised Chicken Contaminated with: Undeclared soy sauce California Qi Li’s Braised Chicken is recalling about 6,644 pounds of duck head and duck neck products due to undeclared soy sauce. There have been no reports of illness from the product. Read the full report here. MORE: Why You Shouldn’t Eat Delicious Charred Foods Macadamia nuts Brand: Jansal Valley Contaminated with: Salmonella Food distributor Sid Wainer and Son of New Bedford, MA is recalling Jansal Valley brand Raw Macadamia Nuts after the bacteria Salmonella was found in a one-pound package of the nuts. So far no illnesses have been reported. Read the full report here. Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Granola Bars Brand: Sam Mills Contaminated with: Undeclared dairy Sam Mills is recalling 11,083 cases of 4.4 ounce boxes of Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Granola Bars due to possible contamination with dairy. The product currently claims to be dairy-free even though there is a risk of cross contamination with dairy. This could be problematic for people with dairy sensitivities. Read the full report here. Dark Chocolate covered Honey Grahams with Sea Salt Brand: Trader Joe’s Contaminated with: Undeclared milk Candy retailer Jo’s Candies is recalling Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate covered Honey Grahams with Sea Salt because the product may contain milk which is not listed on the label. That’s problematic for people who have milk-related allergies. So far there have been two reactions to the product reported. Read the full report here. Green beans Brand: Cascadian Farm Contaminated with: Listeria monocytogenes General Mills is recalling packages of its Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans. One package tested positive for the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported. Read the full report here. […]

Facebook to Crack Down on Online Video Piracy

Facebook is finally responding to ongoing complaints that it’s too easy rip other people’s videos and repost them on the social network. In a blog post Thursday, the company announced it was taking several steps to curtail the practice, which is known as “freebooting.” Facebook said it is working on new video matching technology that will let creators identify freebooted versions of their videos across the social network. “Our matching tool will evaluate millions of video uploads quickly and accurately, and when matches are surfaced, publishers will be able to report them to us for removal,” the company wrote. For now the new tool will be available as a beta version to a small group of media companies, multi-channel networks and indivdiaul creators. Facebook plans to roll the tool out to larger audience over time. The company said it is also improving its current procedures to remove copyright-infringing content more efficiently. Freebooting has caused an increasingly loud contingent of YouTube stars to complain that Facebook wasn’t properly addressing the problem. A blog post by Hank Green, a popular vlogger and co-founder of the video conference VidCon, claimed that Facebook’s policies encouraged the theft of creators’ videos. […]

James Wolk: Zoo is TV’s Answer to Jurassic Park

James Wolk has left Mad Men behind in the most definitive way possible. The actor, known for playing a mendacious adman on the recently-concluded drama, has put aside the period outfits and the office politics in favor of saving the world. On CBS’s new drama Zoo, premiering Tuesday night at 9:00pm ET, Wolk’s a safari guide whose expertise comes in handy once animals begin systematically turning on humans. The mystery promises to unfold over the course of the summer, as does Wolk’s newfound stature as an action hero. The actor brings shades of Indiana Jones to his performance, and says he was also inspired by Jurassic Park, another onscreen tale of men battling nature. Wolk talked to TIME about Zoo, Jurassic, Bob Benson’s future, and his dog. TIME: This show depicts fairly outlandish events, but with a straight face. What’s the mood you’re aiming for? James Wolk: As an actor, we’re striving for realism with this show. The subject matter is a heightened realism, but from an acting standpoint, we want to bring as much reality to the situation as we can. And the budget is pretty significant–we’ve had about 60 percent of our scenes filmed with live animals. There’s definitely green-screen, and safety’s a huge concern for the actors and the animals, but as much as we can get away with, we’re doing it. It’s kind of exciting; we’ve worked with lions, leopards, wolves, bears… So are you an animal lover? I’m a dog lover. I had a golden retriever growing up and now I have a shepherd mix. I’m very comfortable around dogs. When it comes to cats, I’m a little less comfortable, and with big predator cats, even less comfortable. We have incredible trainers, we have the Humane Society on set. When I’m four feet from a brown bear, though, there’s still a huge sense of understandable fear as a human—they’re so powerful! There’s a wild factor that’s like nothing else. As an actor, you’re looking for realism. But how would you describe the tone of the show as a viewer? It didn’t seem to fit in, to me, with a lot of what’s currently on the air? It’s its own genre. It’s not a procedural, it’s not a drama. I think this show could be compared to a summer, fun film that would be a blockbuster, but it’s on your TV. It’s a thrilling ride, and it’s kind of its own genre. It has a Jurassic Park feel to it—it’s this fun, thrilling series. Are there real-world concerns at play, here? I just talked with James Patterson a bit—he’s the creator behind all of this, it’s based on his book—and he said something like, It’s obvious that this is not factual, and definitely fictional. And it is fictional—but based on real-life things that are happening, like the concern about global warming. These are questions every human asks. This show takes these questions, and there’s a reality that draws people in. How does your character here, Jackson Oz, differ from the character with whom you’re most identified, Mad Men‘s Bob Benson? The fun for me is in playing all different kinds of characters. Jackson’s a straight shooter and a reluctant hero. He just wants to live his life taking safaris in Africa and having drinks at night. And then things go awry, and he’s forced to save the world. He doesn’t want to be there, but he’s there. If anything, this guy has altruistic motives, not hidden motives. The question of Benson’s motives became the hottest topic among Mad Men fans for quite some time. What do you hope happened to Bob after he left our view? My hope is that Bob found a nice life in Detroit as an executive, put away all of his hidden agendas, and just was able to kind of exist and be who he is. Are there any actors or films you used as reference points for your Zoo role? I think of a lot of films I enjoyed that had heightened elements. To go back to Jurassic Park or World War Z with Brad Pitt. I love Jurassic Park. I felt with both of these films, these heightened, fantastical scenarios, dinosaurs coming back, zombies… In the wrong hands, it wouldn’t be believable, but in the right hands, it was fantastic. I believed them to the point that I was right on the edge of my seat. For me as an actor, the key element was those actors played the realism of what would happen if. How would you behave if. Play the reality, as if. They played it with realism. What would you do if animals overtook the earth? If I was James Wolk, an actor, and the animal apocalypse happened, I’d try to board up the house and hold out. If I were Jackson Oz and I were an animal expert and my father knew this whole thing was going to happen and my skills could help the situation, I would try to help. If you were an animal, which one would you be? I would be a dog. My dog! She gets to sleep all day, she gets fed, she gets pet. She has a pretty good life. […]

Here’s Your First Look at the New X-Files

The X-Files revival premieres in January, but fans can now see an image of Mulder and Scully together again through the show’s Twitter account. Sure, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have been singing and kissing out of character, but here they are, on camera, as their respective agents. There’s not much to the image, but the two sit in what appears to be a car, in front of a green screen. Mulder wears jeans; Scully wears a blazer. EXCLUSIVE: Your first look at Mulder and Scully! #TheXFiles pic.twitter.com/UexSfktTbA — The X-Files (@thexfilesfox) June 10, 2015 The two actors have also been chronicling their time on set on Twitter, Anderson posting a picture of their respective chairs and Duchovny posting a not-very-clear image of a script. And so it begins… pic.twitter.com/FSDI7W0bMK — Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) June 9, 2015 A shot of the two kissing on set has also been circulating. The show, which will also feature Joel McHale, debuts January 24. Duchovny told Entertainment Weekly that he “started crying reading the first page” of the first script. […]