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Lenny Henry: 'I Wish Somebody Had Taught Me How To Defend Myself'
The comedian’s childhood was defined by racist abuse and his mother’s violence. As he publishes his autobiography, he talks about how it shaped him as a performer and activist
The Guardian4 min readSociety
Mystery Of Mexico’s Cartel Wars Grows As ‘The Mouse’ Is Rescued
The abortive bid to arrest the son of ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán last week made one thing clear: someone betrayed the government
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Harold Bloom’s Defence Of Western Greats Blinded Him To Other Cultures | Kenan Malik
There are good ways of being old-fashioned and there are bad. One may seek to preserve important practices or ways of thinking in the face of fashion. One may also be blind to the ways in which tradition can work to protect certain forms of power or
The Guardian12 min readPolitics
Led By Donkeys: ‘There Is A Political Power In Laughing At These People’
On billboards, beaches, buildings, and Twitter, four activist friends have wittily exposed the hypocrisies of Brexit politics. As they publish a book about their campaign, they reflect on their rollercoaster year
The Guardian5 min readPolitics
Donald Trump’s Sanity Is Not The Question. The Real Issue Is How He Got Into Office | Gary Younge
To reduce his presidency to a frail mind is to ignore the fact he’s an emblem of free-market, white supremacist nationalism
The Guardian3 min read
Father Of Family Found In Dutch Farmhouse 'Was Trying To Start Cult'
The father of a family that spent nearly a decade living in a secret room in a Dutch farmhouse once belonged to the Rev Sun Myung Moon’s controversial Unification church and was trying to found a cult of his own, Dutch media have reported. The 67-yea
The Guardian3 min read
'The Most Important People Have Been Here': Rome's Oldest Cafe Fears Closure
Caffè Greco has welcomed patrons from Dickens to Diana – but a rent rise has put its future in doubt
The Guardian20 min readSociety
The Wing: How An Exclusive Women's Club Sparked A Thousand Arguments
The Wing is a private members’ space for women that claims to be an ‘accelerator’ for feminist revolution in the US – and now it’s coming to the UK. But how progressive is it really? By Linda Kinstler
The Guardian4 min readSociety
Is Drinking Coffee Safe During Your Pregnancy? Get Ready For Some Nuance | Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz
We live in the real world where pregnant people are people and shouldn’t be locked in a cage of guilt for nine months
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Stop, You Can't Pop: Prosecco Pringles Seized In Italy
The Italian agriculture minister, Teresa Bellanova, has pledged to fight against “identity theft” after hundreds of tubes of prosecco-flavoured Pringles were seized from a supermarket chain in the Veneto region. The supermarket had purchased the cris
The Guardian4 min read
'The Untouchables': Ireland Horrified By Brutal Mafia-style Abduction
Mystery surrounds vicious abduction of manager of former companies of failed businessman Seán Quinn
The Guardian3 min readTech
The Domino’s ‘Pizza Checker’ Is Just The Beginning – Workplace Surveillance Is Coming For You | Arwa Mahdawi
The company, which uses a smart scanner to analyse whether food has been made correctly, is far from the only business to use tech to track workers
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Mayor Of Sardinian Village Blames Google Maps For Lost Tourists
Rescuers in Baunei called out 144 times in past year to save visitors from impassable roads
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The Booker Prize Judges Have Exposed The Doublethink Behind Our Arts Awards | Charlotte Higgins
Naming Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo joint winners has pulled back the curtain on what we’re told is the ‘best’
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Without Encryption We Will Lose All Privacy. This Is Our New Battleground | Edward Snowden
The US, UK and Australia are taking on Facebook in a bid to undermine the only method that protects our personal information • Edward Snowden is a US surveillance whistleblower
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'Everyone Passes The Buck': Despite #MeToo, Fashion Has A Way To Go
Some of the fashion industry’s most feted photographers, including Mario Testino, Bruce Weber and Patrick Demarchelier, have lost huge contracts as a result of #MeToo – despite their denials of sexual exploitation allegations. Yet two years after the
The Guardian4 min readSelf-Improvement
If You Avoid Phone Calls, You're Missing Out. Here's Why | Melanie Tait
Culturally, we’re moving away from phone conversations – but they’re often the best part of my day
The Guardian3 min readSociety
#MeToo Two Years On: Weinstein Allegations 'Tip Of Iceberg', Say Accusers
Exclusive: Zelda Perkins and Rosanna Arquette predict more revelations about high-profile men to come
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Two Years On, The Literature Of #MeToo Is Coming Of Age | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
There has been a flowering of writing on the knotty problems of power and gender relations – but men must read it too
The Guardian4 min readPolitics
Climate Protests Have Roots That Go Deep Into The Rich History Of British Social Change | Lucy Robinson
Extinction Rebellion draws on a radical lineage that brings together a range of beliefs and ages
The Guardian3 min read
The Kurds – A Bitter History Of Betrayal
Donald Trump has given the green light for a Turkish invasion of Kurdish territory. He’s not the first US leader to turn his back on this ethnic group
The Guardian4 min readPolitics
Western Tech Giants Must Stop Kowtowing To China’s Bullying | John Naughton
Market access matters more than Beijing’s abuses as companies outdo each other in their deference
The Guardian5 min read
'You Don't Have To Settle': The Joy Of Living (and Dying) Alone | Keli Goff
Data confirms more women have realized there are far worse things than dying alone, which is bad news for the patriarchy
The Guardian4 min read
I Used To Stockpile For The Nuclear Apocalypse. Where Did My Youthful Terror Go? | Grace Dent
When it comes to tackling the climate crisis, my genre of middle-aged gloomy stoicism is no use at all
The Guardian4 min readTech
Happy 25th Year, Blogging. You’ve Grown Up, But Social Media Is Still Having A Brawl | John Naughton
Last Monday was a significant anniversary in the evolution of the web. It was 25 years to the day since the first serious blog appeared. It was called Scripting News and the url was (and remains) at scripting.com. Its author is a software wizard name
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Peter Handke's Nobel Prize That Dishonours The Victims Of Genocide | Ed Vuilliamy
So, the highest award in literature goes to a writer who denies the existence of concentration camps that it was my accursed honour to find in Bosnia in 1992, who lauded Slobodan Milošević, mastermind of the hurricane of violence of which they were p
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Pompeii Dig Unearths Fighting Fresco In 'Gladiators' Tavern'
A well-preserved fresco depicting fighting gladiators has been unearthed by archaeologists in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. The scene is of the end of a fight between two types of gladiator – a murmillo and a Thracian – where one wins and the ot
The Guardian4 min read
I Was Proud My Literature Award. Then Came The Talk Of ‘Box-ticking’ | Chitra Ramaswamy
It’s clear that the publishing world needs more diversity. Why do some see this as compromising quality?
The Guardian3 min read
What I Learned From My Year Of Reading Outside The Box | Afua Hirsch
As a Booker prize judge, I encountered stories I would never have consciously sought out, and it was wonderful
The Guardian3 min read
'First World War's Pompeii': Burial For British Soldiers Found In Flemish Field
Ceremony marks end of archaeological dig that unearthed web of tunnels and remains of 110 men
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