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7h The Corbyn wreath ‘scandal’ is just an exercise in hypocrisy | Owen Jones
The Guardian
Showing solidarity with Palestinians courts condemnation, while complicity in the Israeli occupation is seen as acceptableIn November 2004, Britain’s foreign secretary Jack Straw laid a wreath at the grave of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. How might this have been framed in the current climate? Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon saw Arafat as a “Jew murderer”. According to the Israeli minister of parliamentary affairs at the time, Danny Naveh, Arafat was “personally involved in the planning and execution of terror attacks”. Given that the
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8h The Guardian view on record employment: Not the whole picture | Editorial
The Guardian
Economic insecurity means that real unemployment is double that which is officially recorded. A new institutional framework to deliver and maintain full employment is neededBritain’s employment problem would on the surface appear to have been
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8h The Guardian view on Brazil’s murder rate: what not to do | Editorial
The Guardian
Homicide rates in Mexico and Brazil are climbing even further. Yet Britain could learn from listening to debates in Latin AmericaBrazil has set a
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The court of appeal was right to reinstate Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba | Cicely Cunningham8h The court of appeal was right to reinstate Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba | Cicely Cunningham
The Guardian
The successful appeal of the doctor struck off after a boy’s death is the first step towards a more just culture in the NHS
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9h Home truths about housing supply and demand | Letters
The Guardian
Readers respond to calls for policies aimed at tackling homelessness and the high cost of housingSuggestions to build more new towns for millennials (
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9h To put antisemitism claims behind him, Jeremy Corbyn needs to state clearly his position on Israel
The Independent
No one is asking Corbyn to change his mind, but more to tell us what his views actually are – and what they might mean for a Corbyn government's foreign policy. That's why it matters
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I used to live in Vienna and I'm not surprised it's been voted the most liveable city in the world – here's what others should learn from it9h I used to live in Vienna and I'm not surprised it's been voted the most liveable city in the world – here's what others should learn from it
The Independent
Second to none infrastructure, a rich cultural history, elegant architecture and a well funded welfare and healthcare system, the Austrian capital beats Melbourne to top the table. Other urban areas could probably learn a thing or two
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10h Netanyahu is a brutal bully – but only blind Corbyn cultists could say he was wrong about the wreath-laying
The Independent
A slavish friend to Corbyn is no friend at all. The last amplification system he needs right now is a Greek chorus parroting him within an echo chamber
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11h No, this Netanyahu row won't destroy Corbyn – it will only make him stronger
The Independent
Still hovering around forty per cent in most polls, the smears against the Labour leader can't change the fact that millions of people clearly want what the party is offering
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The Tories have always feared the issue of social housing – and now their actions speak louder than words12h The Tories have always feared the issue of social housing – and now their actions speak louder than words
The Independent
Kit Malthouse's pathetic projected levels of new supply are essentially a prescription for the sector to wither
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12h I know how hard it is for working-class actors to succeed. We can change that | Eddie Marsan
The Guardian
Money is a huge obstacle for people trying to get into the arts. We need positive policies – even quotas – to improve diversityI’ve been acting professionally for more than 25 years now, but I know what it’s like to have that dream jeopardised by a lack of money. I never received a grant for drama school. My first year’s fees were cobbled together by my late mother and an East End bookmaker. And at the end of my first year, I had to audition for a scholarship to pay for the rest of the course. If I hadn’t won that I would have been out – dream over before I’d even begun. So I welcome what Maureen Beattie, the president of Equity, had to say about
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13h The Turkey-Erdogan crisis is the first geopolitical disaster in a while that isn't actually Trump's fault
The Independent
Erdogan, who made his son-in-law finance minister last month, has steamed through domestic obstacles by having people dismissed or by jailing them in their tens of thousands
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The film Maurice is 30 years old, but its frankness is ahead of its time | Charlotte Higgins14h The film Maurice is 30 years old, but its frankness is ahead of its time | Charlotte Higgins
The Guardian
The rereleased Merchant-Ivory film depicts gay love with a straightforwardness that few films since have matchedIn 1987, Ismail Merchant and James Ivory’s film Maurice was released – their first film after
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14h It turns out we use good deeds to justify our own immoral behaviour
The Independent
Previous (or even future) engagement in moral behaviour provides people with moral 'credits'. One study showed that people who were going to engage in a moral action, such as in a fundraiser or donating blood, were more likely to pick a white candidate over a black candidate as being suitable for a job
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14h Google’s snooping proves big tech will not change – unless governments step in | Arwa Mahdawi
The Guardian
News that the company tracks users even when they forbid it shows that technology giants do not take our privacy seriously. They must be regulated Every move you make, every step you take, Google is watching you. Even, apparently, when you have explicitly told it not to.
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14h The Tories’ housing plans will solve nothing – we need to build more | Martha Gill
The Guardian
Talk of landlord ‘league tables’ is a deliberate distraction. The only thing that will fix this crisis is build more social housing When she first came to power Theresa May promised to address Britain’s “
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Jeremy Corbyn shouldn't be condemned without context15h Jeremy Corbyn shouldn't be condemned without context
The Independent
Send your letters in to letters@independent.co.uk
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15h Government ministers should ban Roundup – not sing its praises
The Guardian
Thérèse Coffey’s ill-judged tweet shows we have still work to do to rid the planet of the glyphosate On a summer Sunday afternoon, Thérèse Coffey, parliamentary-under secretary of state at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), was, it would appear from her Twitter feed, about to do some gardening. Unremarkable, you might think. Parliament is in recess, and parliamentarians are entitled to their leisure like anyone else. But this was political gardening, for before doing so she put out a quite remarkable message: “Getting ready to deploy the amazing Roundup!” it said, with a picture of the bright green bottle of a weedkiller by Monsanto – a multinational company
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18h The government’s rough sleeping strategy is a missed chance to end homelessness | Jon Sparkes
The Guardian
This move is a step forward, but our work at Crisis shows root causes must be tackled in order to help the thousands in needThe government has published its
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The ‘grieving’ orca mother? Projecting emotions on animals is a sad mistake | Jules Howard19h The ‘grieving’ orca mother? Projecting emotions on animals is a sad mistake | Jules Howard
The Guardian
When we interpret animal behaviour as humanlike, we risk simply seeing ourselves – which demeans us and them And so, the killer whale known as J35 is back to her old self. She is no longer carrying the dead body of a calf she held
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19h Updated The country deserves so much more than what it's getting from Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn right now
The Independent
Boris Johnson has repeatedly said public, prejudicial things and his party has repeatedly ignored it. Meanwhile, many of my Labour colleagues are at breaking point after the leader's refusal to tackle the antisemitism issue head on
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The fallout from Turkey’s crisis will cause damage far beyond its borders | Simon Tisdall21h The fallout from Turkey’s crisis will cause damage far beyond its borders | Simon Tisdall
The Guardian
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s hubris has destablised a nation of pivotal regional importanceHubris begets nemesis, as the ancient Greeks opined. It’s a life lesson Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s arrogant leader, appears unable to absorb as his country teeters over an abyss of his making. Erdoğan argued in June’s elections that an all-powerful executive presidency was the best way to govern – and he was the best man for the job.
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Boris Johnson or the burqa? It’s a false choice – both dehumanise Muslim women | Polly Toynbee21h Boris Johnson or the burqa? It’s a false choice – both dehumanise Muslim women | Polly Toynbee
The Guardian
Racism is a virus that can be easily released by politicians who stoop low. But we can’t ignore how religions treat women So, what is the good liberal to do? What is the good humanist to say? Boris Johnson’s anti-Muslim “jokes” were not a dog whistle, but a foghorn beckoning racists to his
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