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19m Ex-poacher turned fierce wildlife defender
The Independent
Curse from tribe elders finally turned Kapuna Lepale away from killing elephants
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2h Ivan Rogers’ Brexit bombshell, digested | Martha Gill
The Guardian
The lecture by the former UK ambassador to the EU was full of home truths about the failure of our political classWhen Britain’s ambassador to the EU quit in 2017, he urged staff to fight “
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3h I voted for Brexit but now I've looked into the details of a no-deal scenario, I'm terrified
The Independent
The only way leaving the EU without a deal could work is by shredding workers' right, lowering taxes and turning the country into a Thatcherite haven. The British people simply won't accept it
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3h Campaigning to halt Big Lottery funding for trans support charity Mermaids isn't noble – it'll directly harm children
The Independent
The trans community has been subjected to a campaign of misinformation which has had far-reaching effects on our safety. And trans kids tend to bear the brunt of it all
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3h It’s not too late to admit a managed no-deal Brexit is a dangerous fiction | Gaby Hinsliff
The Guardian
Businesses are being told to prepare for something ministers see as only a negotiating tactic. This moral blackmail could spiral out of controlIt’s getting so predictable, you could almost set your watch by it. Whenever this government has run out of other ideas on Brexit, it summons the hoary old ghost of no deal to frighten the children. And so once again this morning,
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4h Theresa May's Brexit deal poses a threat to human rights – we aren't talking about this enough
The Independent
The rise of authoritarian populism in many parts of Europe means that standards of justice are in danger of decreasing under current Brexit extradition arrangements
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5h Don’t hide your grief from children – it can help bring you closer | Helen Calcutt
The Guardian
Children can have more emotional understanding than we give them credit for, as I discovered when my brother diedThe morning I discovered my brother Matthew had died, there was no hiding it. The shock sent me into a volatile state. I threw the phone against the wall, shattering it, then hurled myself into the front room of the house, banging the doors and walls and weeping, while my daughter sat listening at the top of the stairs. Hours later we were at my parents’ house, where everyone in the family had gathered, and over the next 48 hours, she experienced all the sights and sounds of our collective and profound loss.
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5h Don't listen to the establishment – Jeremy Corbyn's Brexit parliamentary tactics are spot on
The Independent
A mistimed vote of no confidence in the government could strengthen Tory resolve and end Labour's hopes for a general election. His chance to land the knock-out blow will come after May's Brexit deal is voted down
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7h Rough sleepers will die this winter. The Tories should embrace Labour’s solution | John Healey
The Guardian
Thanks to austerity, there is yet another preventable winter crisis. It’s quite simple: nobody should be homeless in Britain
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9h How can children discover the magic of Christmas? By writing cards | Helen Cullen
The Guardian
Don’t let this wonderful tradition die out – sending and receiving cards remind us of the true spirit of the seasonChristmas poses challenges for many of us: how can we recreate the magic we felt as children? And where do we find the true spirit of the season? What can we do to stop the festivities becoming a predominantly commercial enterprise focused on gift-giving, social engagements and the endless shopping associated with both? My answer is a simple one – the humble but mighty Christmas card, which people in Britain have been
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9h Theresa May is not as safe as she thinks | Vernon Bogdanor
The Guardian
The prime minister survived a Conservative party mutiny but could find her position untenable if her withdrawal deal is rejectedTheresa May last week won a
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19h Martin Rowson on the political circus of Brexit – cartoon
The Guardian
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2018/dec/17/martin-rowson-on-the-political-circus-of-brexit-cartoon">Continue reading...
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19h A rightwing cult is driving Brexit Britain towards the cliff-edge | Polly Toynbee
The Guardian
The looming economic slump is of no concern to Brexiteers fighting for the survival of their fantasy projectHappy Brexit Christmas, everyone. This is not taking back control; this is no one in control, as bad economic news batters in day after day. Storm warnings of a global Trump trade war threaten, but the Brexit limbo is causing our own made-in-Britain slump. We are not yet at the cliff edge, just slipping down a mudslide of decline.
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20h The Guardian view on the May deal: sinking not waving | Editorial
The Guardian
If the ‘safety valve’ of a parliamentary vote on the PM’s Brexit deal is not opened then Britain’s political system will reach an unmanageable level of polarisationTheresa May has three objectives. The first is to remain prime minister. The second is to get a parliamentary majority for her withdrawal agreement made with the European Union. The third is to fulfil the first two objectives without
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20h The Guardian view on this year’s charity appeal: join the fight against immigration injustice | Editorial
The Guardian
The hostile environment did not end with the Windrush scandal. Our five chosen charities offer desperately needed supportCallers to the charities we are supporting with this year’s Guardian and Observer
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21h Brexit and breaking faith with the people | Letters
The Guardian
Readers take issue with Theresa May’s statement that MPs should ‘not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum’Yet another dose of dewy-eyed, quasi-mystical piety around the Brexit vote (
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21h Are you Waddle in disguise? | Letters
The Guardian
England at the 1986 World Cup | Hanoverian wars | Gordon Bennett | Priest-free Xmas | Moscow, CumbriaYour report of Chris Waddle’s nihilistic tweet, “Well done Theresa May. Now let’s leave with no deal” (
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21h Theresa May stood up in parliament and said she had to 'honour her duty' to Brexit. She couldn't have been more wrong
The Independent
She has carried out the instructions given to her by the British people with all the skill of a cowboy builder. At this point, she should have just turned around and pointed her finger at her own MPs
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21h Facial recognition may be in its infancy but soon enough it will raise difficult questions for us all
The Independent
We need a more robust framework for an emerging technology with much potential for harm and error
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22h Rain Man made autistic people visible. But it also entrenched a myth | Karl Knights
The Guardian
Thirty years on, the ‘autistic savant’ portrayed by Dustin Hoffman still represents most people’s idea of autismAfter
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22h All hail Miss Universe, where cis and trans women can be degraded in bikinis on the world stage equally
The Independent
This year's event even went to the extreme feminist lengths of assigning an all-female judging panel for this year's finale so that, instead of a bunch of middle-aged men ogling women as they paraded across the stage like cattle at a country fete, other women could judge them instead
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23h Did Saudi Arabia help to fund Trump's inauguration? The answer could be the key to dethroning the president
The Independent
Until now, his backing for the present leadership in Riyadh had been set in the context of the Trump administration's broader (anti-Iranian) view of Middle East affairs. But these allegations put his support for the Saudis in a different light
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23h No form of Brexit commands a majority in parliament – only a Final Say referendum will break the deadlock
The Independent
According to one ambassador, when Theresa May was asked by Angela Merkel what she wanted from Europe, our PM 'literally could not answer the question'
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23h At Good Morning Britain today, I started feeling sorry for Thomas Markle. Then I stopped myself
The Independent
We don't owe people blind loyalty in the face of extreme provocation simply because they assisted in our conception. And cutting family members out doesn't make you 'difficult' – sometimes it's just an act of self-preservation
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24h Blair v May – the ringside seat absolutely none of us asked for | Hannah Jane Parkinson
The Guardian
Former prime minister Tony Blair has been accused by the PM of attempting to ‘subvert’ Brexit. Is there no respite? In the latest instalment of
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24h Eight years after the Arab Spring, Tunisia is still holding firm
The Independent
As large swathes of Europe and America fall for the lures of the far right and the cheap tricks of pound shop populism, Tunisia continues to provide hope
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24h Donald Trump's efforts to rehabilitate Bashar al-Assad are another losing battle in the Middle East
The Independent
It must be the US president who sent the Sudanese leader to Damascus. When will the West understand that sharing a bed with a monster will give you nightmares?
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25h Like the general election, Theresa May will speak out against a second referendum right until she calls it
The Independent
Our PM has been driven to this point by a stubborness which borderlines on performance art. And politics, it should be made clear, is not supposed to be like this
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25h Britain does not need a second referendum – it needs a preferendum | David Van Reybrouck
The Guardian
Offering a list of 30 proposals, rather than another yes/no vote, would grant citizens a more meaningful say on BrexitOf course, there is much to be said for a
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25h Geoffrey Rush's sexual harassment defence shows why #MeToo's work is not done yet
The Independent
Many believe women made huge gains through the #MeToo movement, but Rush's non-apology to Yael Stone shows how men are weaponising the movement to their advantage
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26h Can Britain 'come together' on Brexit? No, it can't
The Independent
Please send your letters to letters@independent.co.uk
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27h Why the NHS should think twice about doubling its volunteers | Mary Dejevsky
The Guardian
Unpaid helpers offer invaluable support to patients, but they are no substitute for well-trained staffPart of the government’s new long-term plan for the NHS – now
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27h Allow six-year-olds to vote? No, but it’s not as crazy as it sounds | Zoe Williams
The Guardian
Children tend to be more progressive and idealistic than their parentsThe age of adulthood is by definition arbitrary. If everyone matured at the same, fixed rate, it wouldn’t be a human process. Indeed, maturation happens at varying speeds across different categories within the same individual, so I’d say I was easily old enough to vote at 16, but nobody should have given me a credit card until I was 32, and I’ve got the county court judgment to prove it.
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28h Kiev's children of the revolution: teens, drugs and HIV
The Independent
The 2014 EuroMaidan revolution gave Ukraine a new lease of life. But for many of its children, the upheaval came at a cost, introducing them to a dangerous world of drugs and even sex services
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28h 1 week until Christmas and still on the hunt for presents? I've got some top panic buy ideas this year
The Independent
As we all suffer from jaw-clenching political anxiety, I reckon I've got a couple of unconventional, but effective, solutions to relieve some much needed tension
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29h The yellow vest protesters revolting against centrism mean well – but their left wing populism won't change French politics
The Independent
The demands of the protesters aren't possible to implement within the current capitalist system – and they aren't ambitious enough to provoke a change to a more egalitarian, ecologically sustainable system either
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29h Brexit’s coming home – now Lineker, Waddle and Shilton have got involved | Simon Hattenstone
The Guardian
The stars of England’s 1990 World Cup team are playing a game of remain v leave, with Jacob Rees-Mogg as referee It was inevitable that Brexit would divide the country. But who would have thought it would also do for that supreme symbol of English pride, togetherness, bulldog spirit, hope and almost-glory –
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30h Things are so bad Theresa May makes John Major look like Caesar | Emily Thornberry
The Guardian
It’s 24 years since Major faced annihilation, but with a courage and democratic responsibility that May lacks
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31h The music business I knew was a sexist hell. But things are changing | Penny Anderson
The Guardian
I witnessed appalling behaviour in the 90s. Yet overhearing a band’s conversation recently tells me progress has been madeRecently, while travelling, I stopped for coffee and overheard a conversation that restored my faith in humanity. It was an interaction that fired my memory about the old days when I worked in the music business. It involved an unknown, new group, who were sacking a band member. In the tumultuous birth of emerging artists, this is nothing unusual, but what struck me here was the reason for his dismissal. He was being chucked out for sexual harassment.
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33h Workers’ rights? Bosses don’t care – soon they’ll only need robots | John Harris
The Guardian
Tech companies like Amazon make massive profits yet seem to treat their staff appallingly. As we click, we should consider the dystopia to comeAs anyone with a TV will know, Amazon’s
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33h Why are the Tories still seen as strong on the economy? | Nesrine Malik
The Guardian
Despite Brexit chaos and the failures of austerity, Theresa May still says Britain’s greatest threat is a Corbyn government It usually takes time for established preconceptions to catch up with reality. For political parties, conventional wisdom about their characteristic strengths and opponents’ weaknesses is their bread and butter. It underpins David Cameron’s now famously
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