Can America’s worship of guns ever be changed? | Christopher Morrissey

The US constitution, the political power of the National Rifle Association and our gun culture are not enough to explain guns in the United States. You also need to understand that guns are sacred in America, and sacred things are not easily constrained or changed. The bedrock of the sacred anchors our political and cultural …

Money talks: Hollywood’s new obsession with the Getty empire

In the last few months, fascination with the twisted tales of the billionaire oil baron J Paul Getty, and his grandson Paul’s maybe-staged kidnapping, has reached a fever pitch thanks to two high-profile dramas. First, Ridley Scott’s Oscar-nominated film All the Money in the World and, now, the 10-part series Trust, the first three episodes …

Catalan parties propose third potential leader in race against courts

Catalan pro-independence parties are launching a third bid to elect a regional president hours before their latest candidate appears before a judge over his part in the push for secession. MPs will meet at 5pm on Thursday for a hastily convened investiture debate that could result in the election of Jordi Turull, former chief of …

Trees older than America: a primeval Alaskan forest is at risk in the Trump era

At south-east Alaska’s last industrial-scale sawmill, wheel loaders stack debarked logs two storeys high on the frozen ground. A bumper sticker on a battered Ford in the parking lot reads “Cut Kill Dig Drill”, a mantra that many in the 49th state appreciate repeating. Viking Lumber Company employs 34 people and sustains itself primarily on …

Undocumented workers find new ally as unions act to halt deportations

As the Trump administration takes its fight against undocumented workers to the workplace, some US unions are stepping in to protect their members and creating a new battlefront between the Republican party and organized labor. Last May Hugo Mejía Murguía, an undocumented worker from northern California, got a call to report to work. It was …

Sheffield tree protester arrested for playing plastic trumpet

A tree protester in Sheffield has been arrested for blowing a plastic trumpet and setting off a rape alarm after accusing council contractors of “raping the trees”. The 57-year-old woman was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of causing intentional harm or distress following a complaint from a member of the public, and she received a …