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Donald Trump's actions in the Middle East will damage his position far more than the Russia probe ever could1h 8m Donald Trump's actions in the Middle East will damage his position far more than the Russia probe ever could
The Independent
His close alliance with Saudi Arabia and escalating confrontation with Iran is the most radical new departure in Trump's foreign policy
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1h 30m Don’t let my friend Jamal Khashoggi’s death be for nothing | Wadah Khanfar
The Guardian
The courageous Saudi journalist believed in democracy. Let this be a tipping point in how the world deals with despots“Say your word and move on.” This is what
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As pressure on Saudi Arabia grows, Jamal Khashoggi has achieved his life’s mission | Jonathan Freedland1h 37m As pressure on Saudi Arabia grows, Jamal Khashoggi has achieved his life’s mission | Jonathan Freedland
The Guardian
This single death has captured more attention than the killing of thousands by the regime. At last, it may be held to accountIn death he is achieving his life’s work.
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The Guardian view on Theresa May’s Brexit: march to stop the madness | Editorial2h The Guardian view on Theresa May’s Brexit: march to stop the madness | Editorial
The Guardian
In Brussels this week, Brexit fantasy again collided with Brexit reality. This weekend’s march is an opportunity to pull Britain back from the no-deal brinkIf ever there was a reason for the people of Britain to take to the streets to protest about the reckless hazarding of our country’s interests, the Conservative government’s Brexit failure during the past two years provides one. If ever there was a moment to insist, through a peaceful display of outrage, that Britain can do so much better by following a different course, this is it. And if ever there was a chance for the voices that Theresa May’s government has consistently snubbed and ignored to shift the agenda of the Brexit debate away from the fantasies of the fanatical few towards the practical priorities of the ordinary many, then Saturday’s
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March with us tomorrow, however old you are and whichever party you support, for the democracy you deserve2h March with us tomorrow, however old you are and whichever party you support, for the democracy you deserve
The Independent
We write this as two very different people: one, a 75-year-old leader of a political party; and the other, a founder of a movement that brings together young people to fight Brexit. Together, we are uniquely placed to say this: the older generation has forsaken the younger generation
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2h The Guardian view on vanishing insects: a silent threat | Editorial
The Guardian
The astonishing global collapse in their numbers is a danger to almost every other speciesOne of the classic moments in the Simpsons comes when the venal TV anchorman Kent Brockman sees on his screen an ant crawling across a lens and assumes at once that this is not a negligible terrestrial arthropod but a giant alien descending from space that will become one of “our new insect overlords”, a species to which he instantly and publicly pledges allegiance. The joke hinges on the idea that in real life ants are inconsequential compared with human beings. The world, we feel, could get on perfectly well without them, and still better without mosquitoes or any number of other creepy crawlies. This confidence is quite as mistaken as Kent Brockman’s grovellings. Insects form the greatest part of animal life on Earth, and almost every other kind of animal depends on them – directly or indirectly. They pollinate plants and nourish animals, especially birds. In turn, everything that relies on these plants or animals depends on the insects. And the whole intricate web of interdependent exploitation is collapsing, and has been for decades. We ourselves are part of this web, in the long run quite as much dependent as exploitative.
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Loneliness is a touchy and complicated subject | Letters2h Loneliness is a touchy and complicated subject | Letters
The Guardian
Warm hugs can stave off the effects of social isolation, argues professional cuddle therapist
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Black soldiers’ role in the first world war | Letters2h Black soldiers’ role in the first world war | Letters
The Guardian
While it is true that on the western front British West Indies troops were used mainly as labour units, they were certainly armed, writes
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Female architects lose in surname game | Letters2h Female architects lose in surname game | Letters
The Guardian
Missing architectural female partners seem restricted to those who did not take their husband’s surname, says
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Youth held back by zero-hours system | Letters2h Youth held back by zero-hours system | Letters
The Guardian
Young people are unlikely to access secure employment unless employers can be persuaded to look beyond the bottom line, says
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Guitarist list omitted rock’n’roll originator Sister Rosetta Tharpe | Brief letters2h Guitarist list omitted rock’n’roll originator Sister Rosetta Tharpe | Brief letters
The Guardian
Flu jabs | Legalising cannabis | Anthea Bell’s Asterix names | Female guitaristsOn Thursday I went to my GP to have a flu jab (Letters,
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Marching for a Final Say on Brexit tomorrow is the right thing to do, no matter how you voted3h Marching for a Final Say on Brexit tomorrow is the right thing to do, no matter how you voted
The Independent
We have reached a double impasse, in Brussels and in Westminster. The best way to break it is to go back to the people
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I’m joining Facebook to build bridges between politics and tech | Nick Clegg3h I’m joining Facebook to build bridges between politics and tech | Nick Clegg
The Guardian
It’s time we harnessed big tech to the cause of progress and optimism. I believe that Facebook can lead the wayNext week it will be
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3h Mad cow disease's return is the ultimate reminder that our callous meat industry is bad for humans as well as animals
The Independent
It no longer matters whether you think factory farms are cruel, or inhumane, or whether you think it's OK to slaughter animals. Meat-eating is destroying the health of human beings and it's destroying the entire planet
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Back the Gender Recognition Act reform. It’s the feminist thing to do | Ellie Mae O’Hagan3h Back the Gender Recognition Act reform. It’s the feminist thing to do | Ellie Mae O’Hagan
The Guardian
Introducing self-identification has not led to problems in other countries. On this final day of consultation I urge feminists to support this progressive stepToday is the final day that anyone can fill in the consultation for the Gender Recognition Act. So let’s start with what the Gender Recognition Act actually is. If you want to change your gender in the UK, you need a gender recognition certificate. To obtain one, you need to have lived in your preferred gender for two years and get a diagnosis of gender dysphoria (ie be classified as mentally ill) from two different doctors. Trans people and a growing number of experts have long argued that this process is needlessly distressing and longwinded. In fact, Amnesty International UK responded to the GRA consultation by pointing out that the process constitutes a violation of human rights. In June 2018 the World Health Organisation declassified gender dysphoria as a mental illness.
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As a trans ally, here's why I've decided to speak out in support of reforming the Gender Recognition Act4h As a trans ally, here's why I've decided to speak out in support of reforming the Gender Recognition Act
The Independent
If I was suffering in my own skin, I'd want to be able to make the change now, today, this minute. I would want the law to recognise me as the person I know I am
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A ‘precious union’? The Brexiters don’t care about Northern Ireland | Fintan O’Toole4h A ‘precious union’? The Brexiters don’t care about Northern Ireland | Fintan O’Toole
The Guardian
Leavers ignore the issue of the hard border. They just use the supposedly sacred integrity of the UK as an excuse for no dealTo know what a thing is you have to know where it begins and ends, and where its edges are. And the awkward fact is that the United Kingdom begins and ends in the blurry, meandering, impossibly ambiguous border that snakes its weary way around the six north-eastern counties of Ireland. This is a fact, not just of Irish history, but of British history. If you listen to some of the more anguished Brexiters, you might get the impression that the Irish border is a devious plot against the people of the neighbouring island, a snare invented by the Irish to trap Britain in European
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4h After hearing how France wants to treat us after Brexit, I think it might be the end of my love affair with the country
The Independent
I voted Remain, but this snotty treatment from the country on the other side of the Channel has got my blood boiling. Enough is enough!
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Yes, I ‘cheat’ at video games – it’s half the fun | Stephanie Munro5h Yes, I ‘cheat’ at video games – it’s half the fun | Stephanie Munro
The Guardian
Gaming is hardly the Olympics. If you can find small ways to enhance your performance (and your enjoyment) I’m all for itIf you’ve ever thrown your console controller across the room, you’ll understand when I say that some games are worth a bit of cheating. Like
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I won’t be marching for a people’s vote. There has already been one | Suzanne Moore5h I won’t be marching for a people’s vote. There has already been one | Suzanne Moore
The Guardian
Saturday’s march in London shows that progressives still refuse to listen to those who pressed the Brexit buttonSome of my best friends will be
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Mea Culpa: A famous example of how not to use 'famously'6h Mea Culpa: A famous example of how not to use 'famously'
The Independent
Questions of style and usage in this week's Independent
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6h MPs must not bow to Theresa May's pressure on this Brexit proposal for fear of no deal – there are other options
The Independent
If May's deal were shot down, I believe the Commons would find a way to halt a cliff-edge departure – whether by calling for more negotiations, an extension of the Article 50 process beyond next March or a Final Say referendum
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The benefits ‘freeze’ is robbing our poorest families. Where’s the outrage? | James Ball7h The benefits ‘freeze’ is robbing our poorest families. Where’s the outrage? | James Ball
The Guardian
The worst-off families in the UK face further hardship – yet no one in politics or the media has their cornerNext year, more than 10.4m UK households – more than one in three – will be left
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The way to stop extremists like Anjem Choudary is through reintegration, not lifelong imprisonment7h The way to stop extremists like Anjem Choudary is through reintegration, not lifelong imprisonment
The Independent
There have been successful examples of individuals completely reshaping their attitude to violence, as well as their ideology and spiritual relationship to their community and society, rejecting not just violent actions but also extremist beliefs
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What GBK's burger advert can teach us about colonialism and cultural appropriation8h What GBK's burger advert can teach us about colonialism and cultural appropriation
The Independent
The advert shows GBK harassing customers entering local curry houses and claiming their burger is 'a real Indian'. It's so offensive and tone deaf that it could function as an inadvertent public awareness campaign
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Manchester police couldn’t stop the bike muggers. So we stepped in | Helen Pidd9h Manchester police couldn’t stop the bike muggers. So we stepped in | Helen Pidd
The Guardian
Across the UK, others like us are taking action where a depleted police force cannot. Is this really how we want Britain to be?If I am being perfectly honest, the austerity cuts haven’t affected my life much over the past eight years. I’ve written about them so I know about the
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If you think Brexit will leave us weaker and poorer, march for a people’s vote | Timothy Garton Ash13h If you think Brexit will leave us weaker and poorer, march for a people’s vote | Timothy Garton Ash
The Guardian
Rather than walking the country off a gangplank and into thin air, parliament should go back to the electorate Enough! Let us put an end to this national humiliation. Around the world, Britain is increasingly viewed with pity or contempt. Brexit, were it to happen, would be the most consequential and gratuitous act of national self-harm in our recent history. It is now crystal clear that there is no available deal with the rest of the European Union that can realise even a fraction of Brexit’s stated objectives. The only good way forward is for parliament to put the question back to the people, and for the people to decide that Britain should stay in the EU. To achieve that, everyone who possibly can needs to turn out in London tomorrow to
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13h Homework for three-year-olds? They’re too young to enter the rat race | Emma Brockes
The Guardian
I was an obedient child, and think kids should be stretched. But the amount of schoolwork my children get is unacceptable Between the hours of 6.30 and 7.15pm nightly, we sit down in my house to do homework. This has been a surprising addition to the schedule, given that my children aren’t yet four years old. More surprising has been my enormous hostility towards it; while my daughters happily apply themselves to reading and writing practice, I pace in the background, indignant that the tiny amount of time we have in the evening has been annexed by the New York City Department of Education. What’s particularly weird about this is that I never had any objection to doing homework myself. I’m a fairly obedient person. If as a child I’d gone to a progressive school, I doubt I would have liked it, and I sometimes thank God no one thought of
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Progress against wildlife crime under threat if attention fades, Africa's leaders warn21h Progress against wildlife crime under threat if attention fades, Africa's leaders warn
The Independent
Increase international cooperation to beat the illegal wildlife trade, but help boost conservation's benefits to people, key conference told
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Botswana's President Masisi joins the Giants Club 21h Botswana's President Masisi joins the Giants Club
The Independent
The new Head of State joins the initiative to protect elephants
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Steve Bell on the chance of extending the Brexit transition – cartoon23h Steve Bell on the chance of extending the Brexit transition – cartoon
The Guardian
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2018/oct/18/steve-bell-chance-of-extending-brexit-transition-cartoon">Continue reading...
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Extending the Brexit transition will cost billions and achieve nothing | Priti Patel24h Extending the Brexit transition will cost billions and achieve nothing | Priti Patel
The Guardian
Of course it’s important we leave the EU in an orderly fashion, but the process must be time-limitedBack in 2016, 17.4 million people voted to leave the EU. And if today’s rumours about the government wanting to
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The Guardian view on Theresa May’s Brexit strategy: failing on two fronts | Editorial24h The Guardian view on Theresa May’s Brexit strategy: failing on two fronts | Editorial
The Guardian
The prime minister’s refusal to engage with moderate MPs has led her into the impasse that now makes it so hard to strike a deal in BrusselsTheresa May’s failure to make progress
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The Guardian view on welfare shambles: ministers must be accountable | Editorial24h The Guardian view on welfare shambles: ministers must be accountable | Editorial
The Guardian
Tory politicians have become adept at using alternative facts to evade responsibility for the gigantic mess in welfare policy. Unless errors are recognised, they cannot be learned fromThe Conservative overhaul of welfare is a chronicle of a tragedy foretold. It was never plausible that
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In the white heat of the excuse furnace, Theresa May is forging a whole new language 24h In the white heat of the excuse furnace, Theresa May is forging a whole new language
The Independent
Theresa May has invited a vegan and a teetotaller round for dinner, and having hidden in the kitchen for two years, finally she must serve her coq au vin
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24h Transgender rights are not a threat to feminism | Letters
The Guardian
Readers respond to the Guardian’s editorial, a recent letter, and other media coverage of the debate surrounding the consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition ActYour
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25h Trump is crude over Saudi Arabia, but he’s simply continuing US policy | Gary Younge
The Guardian
US presidents have been appeasing brutal dictatorships for years. Trump merely does it with appalling and brazen clarityIn 1989 five teenagers – four black and one Hispanic – were arrested for the brutal rape and assault of
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Who's to say it wasn't the Belgians who are responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance? Let's not jump to conclusions25h Who's to say it wasn't the Belgians who are responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance? Let's not jump to conclusions
The Independent
Trump has stayed as friendly as ever with the Saudi prince, and if he was shown film of the Saudis executing Khashoggi, he'd probably say, 'Well, let's not jump to conclusions. We haven't seen what he did to irritate them'
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The Ohio policeman may not have shot those two black boys, but they were just lucky. That is the ugly truth of racism today26h The Ohio policeman may not have shot those two black boys, but they were just lucky. That is the ugly truth of racism today
The Independent
As a boy of colour once myself, I played with all kinds of toy guns. But times have changed and not just in America
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Uncertainty surrounding our medicines after Brexit provides another good reason to march26h Uncertainty surrounding our medicines after Brexit provides another good reason to march
The Independent
Sick Britons who need to take drugs for depression and prostate cancer, for example, may well need to wait longer than they otherwise would due to Brexit
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My release from prison for protesting fracking does not equate to justice | Simon Roscoe Blevins28h My release from prison for protesting fracking does not equate to justice | Simon Roscoe Blevins
The Guardian
The injustice of my time in jail is dwarfed by the profound inequities that inspired my protest in the first placeThis morning I woke up outside of prison for the first time since 26 September. I was
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We interrupted Penny Mordaunt to demand aid sector abuses end now | Shaista Aziz28h We interrupted Penny Mordaunt to demand aid sector abuses end now | Shaista Aziz
The Guardian
If the sector really wants to put its house in order, it must stop protecting those preying on the world’s most vulnerable peopleEight months on from the
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28h Brexit and Trump have proved that lies are more attractive than facts
The Independent
Any hunch or opinion can be bolstered by information found online – you just have to look hard enough
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Populism is not the whole story – European politics is rewiring itself | Cas Mudde28h Populism is not the whole story – European politics is rewiring itself | Cas Mudde
The Guardian
Don’t be distracted by ‘earthquakes’ in recent elections. Swings to the far right or left are only one part of the bigger pictureAfter months of speculation about a
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29h Rees-Mogg promises cheap food after Brexit but workers will pay the price | Kerry McCarthy
The Guardian
The government and supermarkets must tighten up supply chains to prevent human rights abuses As we mark both
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30h There is a record number of disabled entrepreneurs in the UK. This isn't progress – it's out of necessity
The Independent
The difference in employment rates between disabled and non-disabled workers stands at about 30 percentage points. This has barely changed in ten years and it is a stain on the conscience of the nation
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Regime change in Iran is Trump’s real motive for siding with the Saudis | Simon Tisdall31h Regime change in Iran is Trump’s real motive for siding with the Saudis | Simon Tisdall
The Guardian
The US president needs support to take down Tehran – and he doesn’t appear to be fussy about where it may come fromIt would be comforting to think Donald Trump sent his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, hotfooting it to Saudi Arabia this week to solve the mystery of what happened to the missing journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. It would be nice to believe
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31h Donald Trump's foreign policy is all Humpty Dumpty, smoke and mirrors – as his response to the Saudis shows
The Independent
He is sat up there on his great big 'beautiful' wall, chopping logic, twisting facts and butchering words on whim after whim – and all with that smug grin slapped across his face
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When council leaders petition No 10 to end austerity, things are bad | Polly Toynbee32h When council leaders petition No 10 to end austerity, things are bad | Polly Toynbee
The Guardian
Labour councils have had enough. As another round of devastating cuts looms, the leader of Newcastle council has gone to the sourceWith the budget barely more than a week away, the queue of desperate petitioners would stretch down Whitehall far out of sight. If
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Cannabis may be legal in Canada – but this is why it's still not safe to buy it online32h Cannabis may be legal in Canada – but this is why it's still not safe to buy it online
The Independent
It is disappointing that Ontarians who wish to legally partake are limited to one slow and potentially risky method
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If we're worried about global birth rates, we must address the fact that women across the world do not have full reproductive freedoms33h If we're worried about global birth rates, we must address the fact that women across the world do not have full reproductive freedoms
The Independent
Economic factors, such as the high cost of child care, or the high opportunity cost of leaving a career to start or expand a family, lead to women being unable to exercise their rights in wealthier countries
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Mohammed bin Salman never was a reformer. This has proved it | Dilip Hiro37h Mohammed bin Salman never was a reformer. This has proved it | Dilip Hiro
The Guardian
The Saudi crown prince allowed women to drive, but the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi reveals his true natureIn June, when the
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37h As the fracking protesters show, a people’s rebellion is the only way to fight climate change | George Monbiot
The Guardian
Our politicians, under the influence of big business, have failed us. As they take the planet to the brink, it’s time for disruptive, nonviolent disobedienceIt is hard to believe today, but the prevailing ethos among the educated elite was once public service. As the historian Tony Judt documented in
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