British Airways cancels virtually all flights on day one of pilot strike

More walkouts planned over pay dispute, with no resolution in sight The start of a 48-hour walkout by British Airways pilots forced the national carrier to cancel virtually all flights on Monday, with no sign of a resolution ahead of more planned strikes. Heathrow Terminal 5, BAs main operating hub, was almost deserted, when it would normally be bustling with passengers. BA carries about 145,000 passengers on an average day. Only five BA flights were expected to operate out of about 800 that would normally be scheduled after its first ever strike, called by the union Balpa in a long-running pay dispute. Two of the flights were leases, where the plane and crew are hired under another operator, and the …

Trump and Putin have killed off a vital nuclear treaty. Here’s how we fight back | Rebecca Johnson

In the spirit of Greenham Common, collective, creative action is now required, says anti-nuclear campaigner Rebecca Johnson When the killed off by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, putting the world at heightened risk of pre-emptive nuclear weapon use and war. When it was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the INF treaty also freed me up to leave the womens peace camp and get on with the rest of my life. Id arrived on 9 August 1982 the anniversary of now a museum to remember the cold war and civil society. With local Cruisewatch groups, we disrupted the base and painted the massive transporter-erector-launchers that were driven along British roads in nuclear war games. The treaty required those launchers …

Naomi Wolf admits blunder over Victorians and sodomy executions

Death sentences in 1800s were hardly ever carried out, despite claim in authors book Outrages It was only published this week, but already the writer Naomi Wolf has admitted an error at the heart of her latest book. Instead of being actually executed for sodomy in 1859, as the writer claims in Outrages, Thomas Silver was apparently paroled two years after being convicted. Silver, who was 14 when he was convicted, is just one of several cases cited in the book but, according to the writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet, the error stems from a simple misreading of a historical record and raises wider questions about the argument Wolf puts forward. In Outrages, which was published by Virago, Wolf examines …