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Catalans are not alone. Across the world, people yearn to govern themselves | Neal Ascherson11h Catalans are not alone. Across the world, people yearn to govern themselves | Neal Ascherson
The Guardian
Globalisation was supposed to bring widespread uniformity and benefit. But it hasn’t addressed old grievancesIt could end really badly in Catalonia. Running out of their own ideas, the Spanish government in Madrid seems to be begging advice from ancestral Castilian spirits. And the ancestors say: “On with your breastplates, sharpen your halberds, show these upstarts who is master in our Kingdom.” Unless it can be stopped, what’s developing day by day leads to what
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The shadows dancing on the walls at Labour’s Brighton celebration | Andrew Rawnsley11h The shadows dancing on the walls at Labour’s Brighton celebration | Andrew Rawnsley
The Guardian
A record number of delegates are on the south coast to cheer Jeremy Corbyn but party unity remains brittleNothing can seem so long ago as the very recent past. It is just two years since Jeremy Corbyn made his debut appearance as leader at his party’s conference. After a career spent on the margins, he was thrust centre stage. Where once his personal conference highlight would be addressing a fringe meeting of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, he was enthroned in the leader’s seat and still looking a bit bewildered to find himself there. When his friend John McDonnell made his first conference speech as shadow chancellor, also his first as a platform speaker, Mr Corbyn did something I found rather endearing. He took out his phone and started taking photos, as if he would later need evidence that the pair of them hadn’t been dreaming. Many were the predictions then that it couldn’t possibly last, some of those forecasts coming from people who called themselves Mr Corbyn’s friends. Either Labour MPs would get rid of him or he would come to his own conclusion that he wasn’t up to the job. A few of us thought the latter unlikely, but that feeling of contingency persisted.
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Glasgow is in denial over monument to Great Famine | Kevin McKenna11h Glasgow is in denial over monument to Great Famine | Kevin McKenna
The Guardian
Why is the city dithering over a suitable memorial to the events that brought in the first Irish immigrants? More than 150 years after starving Irish people first sought sanctuary in Glasgow, it seems the city’s acceptance of them remains a qualified one. The bulk of those who settled here had fled the horrors of the Great Famine (An Gorta Mór) in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. During this period, a million of Ireland’s poorest people starved to death and a million more were forced to flee to other countries to ensure that their families survived. The potato blight at its heart had also occurred throughout north-west Europe but no other people suffered anywhere near as much as the Irish. In 19th-century Ireland, repression of the indigenous Catholic population and the cruelty of English absentee landlords exacerbated the effects of the famine.
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Are you a dotard or a Centrist Dad? Oh do keep up|Alex Clark11h Are you a dotard or a Centrist Dad? Oh do keep up|Alex Clark
The Guardian
The lexicon of abuse evolves with alarming speed but old favourites can still make a comeback Life is hard if you’re a pedant. When
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Don’t pillory Benedict Cumberbatch – at least he cares | Barbara Ellen11h Don’t pillory Benedict Cumberbatch – at least he cares | Barbara Ellen
The Guardian
Celebrities can generate headlines and raise awareness; they don’t have to take in a refugee to prove they’re sincere Is it time to stop boorishly calling out the supposed liberal hypocritical elite (what one might term the hypocrati)? Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken about when he was playing
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The root causes of Leave voters’ anger must be addressed | Observer letters11h The root causes of Leave voters’ anger must be addressed | Observer letters
The Guardian
They were misled by Boris Johnson and co – many of our failures have nothing to do with the EUYour editorial was a sound start but insufficient (“
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The Moody's downgrading of the UK credit rating suggests that Brexit is going to make us suffer 18h The Moody's downgrading of the UK credit rating suggests that Brexit is going to make us suffer
The Independent
The Government need to start taking the economic risk to the UK seriously and planning accordingly for it, as they have been warned to
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Postponing the Brexit cliff edge for two years is better than rushing over it18h Postponing the Brexit cliff edge for two years is better than rushing over it
The Independent
The Prime Minister's plan to stay in the single market until 2021 makes it more likely that damage to the British economy can be minimised or avoided
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19h This is what I witnessed from the frontline of the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh
The Independent
At least 1,267 children have been separated from their families and are at particular risk of human trafficking, sexual abuse, child labour and child marriage
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Staunch Corbynites are going to be sorely disappointed at this year's Labour Party conference20h Staunch Corbynites are going to be sorely disappointed at this year's Labour Party conference
The Independent
On Thursday this week the outgoing Conference Arrangements Committee showed its power by reversing Corbyn's decision to deny Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, a platform to address the conference
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Labour is traditionally the party of the oppressed. So it's about time Corbyn sorted their issue with antisemitism20h Labour is traditionally the party of the oppressed. So it's about time Corbyn sorted their issue with antisemitism
The Independent
Until Corbyn is seen to be on our side against the antisemites, British left-wing Jews won't be able to contribute to the party
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This is why the West should support the Kurds in their quest for independence 22h This is why the West should support the Kurds in their quest for independence
The Independent
The autonomous, quasi-sovereign Kurdish region north of Iraq is the most peaceful in the region. In a region where the West is only now starting to learn the bloody lessons of the past, maintaining a strong, liberal presence is paramount to stability
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Why is anyone shocked that Paralympians have been accused of cheating?22h Why is anyone shocked that Paralympians have been accused of cheating?
The Independent
Para sport is either about inspiration porn, and giving 'special people' a little something to do in between putting us all back in a box. Or it's about what all other sport is about: winning
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24h Labour gained seats in the election because of pro-EU tactical voting – so it's time they respected their voters and opposed Brexit
The Independent
As the Labour Party conference begins, Jeremy Corbyn and his party need to step up and insist that all options, including no Brexit, are kept on the table
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You think Donald Trump is bad? You ain't seen nothing yet24h You think Donald Trump is bad? You ain't seen nothing yet
The Independent
If Roy Moore wins Tuesday's primary in Alabama it will mark the first major repudiation of Trump. But it won't have come from the 'resistance' of the liberal left – it will be from the far right
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The Top 10: Bands Named After Other Bands' Lyrics 25h The Top 10: Bands Named After Other Bands' Lyrics
The Independent
From the Rolling Stones to Wooden Shjips, groups that took their names from the words of other people's songs
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Illegal immigration? Banks don’t even tackle slavery and trafficking | Prem Sikka26h Illegal immigration? Banks don’t even tackle slavery and trafficking | Prem Sikka
The Guardian
From the crash to the Panama Papers, banking has an appalling record. Letting it loose on 70m accounts is an invitation to racial profiling and privacy abuseAn established Conservative party strategy is to play the immigration card whenever it is in trouble. Today is no different. This time
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How weird does a celebrity have to be before we stop watching their films?26h How weird does a celebrity have to be before we stop watching their films?
The Guardian
All celebrities are a bit weird, so when one is known for being Weird Even For A Celebrity, you know they are probably crossing over to ‘actually quite scary’ Of the many deeply uncool things I am obsessed with – The Golden Girls, the oeuvre of Roxette, Princess Anne’s hair – the uncoolest is also the one that has been with me the longest. Tom Cruise has been a part of my mental landscape ever since I was old enough to read in a magazine that I was supposed to fancy him. I was alive in the 80s and, as strange as this is now to think about, what with his deeply unsexy obsession since with thetans, back then he was very much pitched as Mr Sexxxxxy. Which is even stranger when you think that Cruise didn’t even grow into his face for another decade: back in Risky Business and The Outsiders, he looked vague and doughy next to his co-stars, particularly the Adonis that was the
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I’m glad it’s all over for Uber in London – and I work for them | anonymous28h I’m glad it’s all over for Uber in London – and I work for them | anonymous
The Guardian
As a driver, I enjoyed the early years. Then the company slashed fares in an attempt to crush its rivals, forcing us all to work longer hours for less payI’ve been an Uber driver for five years, so you’d expect me to be furious that Transport for London
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I was relaxed about Britain’s drug culture revolution – but not any more | John Harris29h I was relaxed about Britain’s drug culture revolution – but not any more | John Harris
The Guardian
With deaths at record levels, calls for legalisation feel simplistic. But we must do more to make drugs such as ecstasy safeThirty years ago this November, a DJ called
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I’m lucky. I can afford private mental health treatment. What about those who can’t? | Deborah Orr29h I’m lucky. I can afford private mental health treatment. What about those who can’t? | Deborah Orr
The Guardian
Experts know how to help me, and thousands of others. But the NHS just doesn’t have the moneyAlmost one in 10 14-year-old boys have symptoms of anxiety and depression. Which is awful. But almost a
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