London updates

Jun 05, 2017

The story continues to unfold in the wake of the terror attack in London over the weekend, where a van mowed down pedestrians on the London Bridge and attackers stabbed a police officer and others around Borough Market. The latest reports are that one Canadian and one French citizen were among the seven killed, and French, Spanish, Greek, Australian and New Zealand nationals are among the 48 people injured. Jon Sharman reports today in The Independent that One of the terrorists was carrying an Irish identity card when he was shot dead.

#Not reeling

However, “This will put a smile on your face this Monday morning,” says Angus MacKinnon, referring to the piece by Martin Belam at The Guardian, London Bridge attack brings out defiant British humour (13,000+ shares), which collects some of the best tweets about what really does make the British reel, the real no-go zones in London and, of course, the man fleeing the London Bridge terror scene with pint still in hand. Tweets Belam, “I just bloody love British social media sometimes.”

The easy way vs. the right way

In The Independent, Jon Stone reports Theresa May says the internet must now be regulated following London Bridge terror attack (29,000+ shares). Says Samrat Chowdhery, “Curbing freedoms is the easy way, protecting freedoms is the right way.” ‘Blame the internet’ is just not a good enough response, Theresa May, writes Charles Arthur in The Guardian. “When in doubt, blame the internet,” notes Wolfgang Blau. And for an “Interesting article on the challenges of regulating cyberspace,” as George Alagiah puts it, read the piece by Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing, Theresa May wants to ban crypto: here's what that would cost, and here's why it won't work anyway.

Take the phone away from king 45

So, how has the U.S. responded? World leaders call for unity after London attack. Trump tweets the complete opposite (21,000+ shares), writes Avi Selk for the Washington Post, and in The New York Times, Peter Baker says Trump’s Off-the-Cuff Tweets Strain Foreign Ties (28,000+ shares). B.L. Ochman’s recommendation: “Someone really needs to take the phone away from king 45.”

Of Jennifer Rubin's piece for the Washington Post, With his London tweets, Trump embarrasses himself - and America - once again (48,000+ shares), Steve Burgess says, “It's been said & will be said again but Jennifer Rubin says it very well here.” Tweets Andrew Mueller, “Great, by @JRubinBlogger. Even by Trump's formidable standards, his was a terrifically stupid, mendacious response.” And at CNN, Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann write, Tweeting and Fuming, Trump Spirals Further Into Crisis. Says Murray, “It isn't every day when Ariana Grande displays more compassion/resolve/inspiration than POTUS, but here we are.”

Meanwhile, Katie Sanders of Politifact notes that Donald Trump's tweet misleads about London mayor's reaction to bridge, stabbing attacks, and here’s “The Associated Press on the President of the United States,” as Bradd Jaffy tweets, referring to AP FACT CHECK: Attack draws visceral Trump tweets, not facts, by Calvin Woodward and Jim Drinkard. “Wow this lead,” says Matt Leising: “President Donald Trump can’t be counted on to give accurate information to Americans when violent acts are unfolding abroad.” Bright side? “A journalism job you can rely on for a while, at least: factchecking Trump’s tweets. (They’re all nonsense.)” notes Charles Arthur.

And now, “Breitbart has finally offended Breitbart,” tweets Harry McCracken, referring to the piece by Oliver Darcy in CNNMoney, Breitbart employees infuriated by colleagues' 'appalling' comments after London terror attack. Tweets Darcy: “I spoke to some Breitbart employees. They are NOT happy with their colleagues' comments after London terror attack.”

Terrifying backstory

Pamela Kruger calls the scoop from Susan Glasser at POLITICO a “Must read.” In Trump National Security Team Blindsided by NATO Speech, Glasser reveals that McMaster, Mattis and Tillerson expected the speech to include language reaffirming the Article 5 provision, noting they “had worked in the weeks leading up to the trip to make sure it was included in the speech, according to five sources familiar with the episode. They thought it was, and a White House aide even told The New York Times the day before the line was definitely included.” Says Doug Saunders, “Backstory behind NATO speech as terrifying as climate. ‘Adults in the room’ aren't in room.”

Gulf rift deepens

Breaking news out of the Middle East, as Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have severed ties with Qatar and closed all borders with the country, reports AP’s Jon Gambrell in 4 nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar as Gulf rift deepens. Writes Gambrell, “Qatar, which will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and is home to some 10,000 American troops, criticized the move as a ‘violation of its sovereignty.’” At The New York Times, Gardiner Harris and Michael Gordon report on the developments in 4 Arab States Break Ties With Qatar, Complicating U.S. Coalition-Building, and Alaa Shahine has the story for Bloomberg, Saudi-led Alliance Cuts Qatar Ties as Gulf Crisis Escalates. Also at BloombergGrant Clark’s explainer, Why Tiny Qatar Angers Saudi Arabia and Its Allies: QuickTake Q&A, reveals “It’s mostly, but not all, about Iran.”

Wonder women

At The Hollywood Reporter, Pamela McClintock reports that Patty Jenkins’ 'Wonder Woman' Opens to Historic $100.5M (25,000+ shares), the biggest opening ever for a female director. Meanwhile, another boundary-breaking woman, Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89. As Steve Lohr writes in The New York Times, “The programming language Ms. Sammet helped bring to life is now more than a half-century old, but billions of lines of COBOL code still run on the mainframe computers that underpin the work of corporations and government agencies around the world.” Tweets Patrick Campbell, “Learned from Jean through college work. Find serendipity in Wonder Woman release so close to her death.”

It’s the drugs

“The overdose epidemic is worse than you think - and more Americans use prescription pain killers than tobacco,” tweets Brent Staples, referring to the new interactive piece by Josh Katz in The New York Times, Drug Deaths in America. Tweets Austin Frakt, “It's the drugs. Amazing data journalism work plus a methods section.” And at Vox, Sarah Kliff reports, The opioid crisis changed how doctors think about pain. Says Dylan Scott, “Just a fantastic piece by @sarahkliff on the opioid crisis and The Problem of Pain.”

The best kind of article to read on a Monday

Seems like a good time to direct you here: A Times Tradition: Meet the Bureau Cats, by Stephen Andrew Hiltner of The New York Times. As Josephine Yurcaba says, “This is the best kind of article to read on a Monday.” And Gene Park tweets, “It's like @nytimes made this to remind me to renew my subscription.”

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