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24 Oct 2016, 8:53pm Editorial: Turkey Barges Into the Mosul Fight
President Erdogan wants a direct role in the battle, but his real priority seems to be defeating Kurdish separatists.
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24 Oct 2016, 8:50pm Editorial: Promises, Promises From AT&T
Antitrust regulators need to examine whether the AT&T-Time Warner deal would squelch competition or limit consumer choice.
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24 Oct 2016, 7:43pm Tearing Down Tyranny in Budapest
In 1956, Hungarian freedom fighters broadcast the Gettysburg Address.
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24 Oct 2016, 7:21pm Dot Earth Blog: Remembering Gordon Hamilton – An Edge-Pushing Prober of Eroding Ice
The death of a prominent glaciologist in Antarctica illustrates how edge-pushing science sometimes poses existential risks.
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24 Oct 2016, 6:22pm Updated Dot Earth Blog: News Coverage of Coal’s Link to Global Warming, in 1912
A 61-word article in two obscure New Zealand newspapers nailed the connection between coal burning and global warming .
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24 Oct 2016, 5:41pm Fiona the unemployed bettong tries to call Centrelink. Please hold! | First Dog on the Moon
Thanks for holding. Did you know that for every five jobseekers there is only one job? Those numbers are worse if you are young or live in a rural area. To hear these options again ...
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24 Oct 2016, 4:57pm Letters: Election Chatter, With Two Weeks to Go
Readers discuss a list of those Donald Trump has insulted, along with his threats to sue his accusers and not accept the election results.
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24 Oct 2016, 4:53pm Steve Bell on Brexit and state of the union – cartoon
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24 Oct 2016, 3:45pm Letters: At New Jersey Transit, a ‘Culture Change’ Is Called For
A former New Jersey Transit official and another reader discuss problems at that railroad and elsewhere in rail transportation.
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24 Oct 2016, 3:30pm Room for Debate: Silicon Valley Goes to Washington
Tech companies are spending more on lobbying and hiring high-profile government officials, and the revolving door goes both ways.
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24 Oct 2016, 3:22pm Letter: U.S.-Cuba Health Collaboration
Medicc, a nonprofit, writes that the embargo has “stymied mutual work on critical health problems, like Zika.”
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24 Oct 2016, 2:42pm NHS nurses are being cast into a perfect Brexit storm | Polly Toynbee
Cuts and the threat to EU staff add to the growing NHS crisis. The least leavers can do is reassure themHardly anything in Britain is untouched by the Brexit vote. With the country angrily wrenched apart, this has caused the greatest political, social and cultural rift of our life-time. But in few places is the hurt felt more deeply than inside the NHS. More than 55,000 EU nationals work as doctors and nurses in a health service that would collapse without them. In the midst of a severe nursing crisis, what inexplicable stupidity not to give a cast-iron guarantee that all those working in the NHS can stay for ever, welcoming any more who wish to come. What kind of “bargaining card” is the threat to throw out people we absolutely cannot do without?
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24 Oct 2016, 2:28pm The Guardian view on Brexit and the union: consensus not confrontation | Editorial
The first meeting of the leaders of the devolved administrations was not a good start. Mrs May must work for their supportGetting out of the EU without precipitating a constitutional crisis is going to be a severe test of the UK’s politicians and the political arrangements in which they operate. It will require tact, diplomacy, patience, and a willingness to try to reach a consensus. So far, there is little evidence of any of these qualities. Most of the blame for that must fall on the prime minister, since although all the participants – the leaders of the devolved assemblies and the UK parliament – have a role in this unprecedented process, she sets the tone: so far, it has been confrontational. She has little alternative but to accept the result, and to play for time while Whitehall works out what needs doing and in what order. But she has sounded high-handed on a hard Brexit, on engaging with parliament and now on the role of the devolved administrations that could lead, all too easily,
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24 Oct 2016, 2:27pm The Guardian view on free speech: not just the icing on the cake | Editorial
The law should not compel anyone to say things they believe immoral – even when they’re wrong The decision of
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24 Oct 2016, 2:07pm Updated Facebook and Free Speech
They won’t censor Trump but might censor you.
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24 Oct 2016, 1:45pm Letter: Invitation to a Dialogue: Ensuring Voters’ Rights
A reader calls for changes such as automatic voter registration upon turning 18 and weekend voting. Readers are invited to respond.
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24 Oct 2016, 1:10pm Updated John Podesta and the Russians
When did Clinton’s top aide stop doing business with Moscow?
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24 Oct 2016, 1:09pm Updated Only Hillary Clinton Is Prepared for the Nuclear Threat
Donald Trump is an apprentice in the nuclear world. Worse, he has no appetite for learning.
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24 Oct 2016, 1:08pm Updated The Myth of the Racist Cop
Four studies out this year show that if police are biased, it’s in favor of blacks.
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24 Oct 2016, 12:53pm Fin whales sometimes seen in North Sea | Brief letters
Fin whales | Weighing passengers | Traffic | Quakers | Angela CarterIn the report on the stranding of a fin whale on Holkham Beach (
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24 Oct 2016, 12:37pm No shame in Shakespeare sharing the wryhting credits | Letters
Marlowe and Shakespeare were both playwrights (
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24 Oct 2016, 11:54am Why the #NiUnaMenos marchers are demanding a better Argentina for women | Soledad Vallejos
Hundreds of thousands across the country marched against gender violence. It’s not a solution, but it’s a start to tackling the huge and urgent problemWe won’t stop. That is what the images from last Wednesday’s
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24 Oct 2016, 11:36am I compared universities to slave plantations to disturb, not discourage | Kehinde Andrews
Of course universities are racist – they’re part of a regressive system. We have to recognise the role they play in our society if we are to challenge it“Universities like ‘slave plantations’” was the headline
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24 Oct 2016, 11:24am Letter: Wolfgang Suschitzky obituary
The photographer and cinematographer
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24 Oct 2016, 11:12am In Vogue: what’s the difference between a ‘real woman’ and a ‘non-real woman’?
According to the fashion magazine, it’s whether or not she’s a model. This is insulting. Let’s just call all women ‘real’
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24 Oct 2016, 10:52am Hungary’s anti-refugee rhetoric dishonours its history – my grandmother could tell you | Alexander Rogers
During the 1956 revolution my grandmother became one of 200,000 Hungarian refugees. Today, Viktor Orbán has an obligation to offer help, not hatredThe footprints of the displaced and dispossessed have long disturbed the land that connects Hungary to Austria. This border is, after all, the site of many a desperate traveller. Last year, with palpable echoes of the past, thousands of Syrians and other refugees were
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24 Oct 2016, 10:52am Everyone loves Strictly’s underdog Ed Balls. But he’s shimmied over a low bar | Viv Groskop
The former shadow chancellor is feted for his ineptly amusing dance moves. It just shows how little we expect of our politiciansWhat is it that the British viewing public love so much about watching people who can’t dance? Well, we do love a tryer. And no one is trying harder than
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24 Oct 2016, 10:05am Op-Ed Contributor: Venezuelan Democracy in Limbo
The remaining options to remove Maduro from power are as difficult as they are crucial, and Venezuelans are starting to talk about a possible civil war.
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24 Oct 2016, 9:31am Some medical treatments are pointless. But will patients want to know? | Fay Schopen
Senior doctors have published a list of 40 procedures that have little to no effect. In the age of health and lifestyle bloggers, it could shatter our illusion of controlImagine going to a doctor with a broken foot, say, or a bad back, or in a worst-case scenario, cancer, and being told that doing nothing would be the best course of action? Naught, zero, forget about it, go home – it hardly sounds like heartening advice.
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24 Oct 2016, 9:21am Op-Ed Contributor: China’s Digital Soft Power Play
Characters that have long resided in the dusty pages of old manuscripts will come to life in the digital medium.
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24 Oct 2016, 8:53am Can we stop talking about our bush now? Feminists are needed elsewhere | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Donald Trump is running for president. A rape complainant’s sexual history was pored over. Domestic violence shelters are closing. Bikini waxes seem somehow insignificantHow political are your pubes? It’s not a question most of us spend much time worrying about, yet when you’re a woman, how you choose to cultivate your lady garden sprouts up as a topic with tedious regularity. In its latest incarnation, the arbiters at
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24 Oct 2016, 8:29am Op-Ed Columnist: A Podcast You Should Try
“The Axe Files” has become my favorite new podcast over the past year.
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24 Oct 2016, 8:20am Our precious allotments are being destroyed – it’s time to get our hands dirty | Rose George
I back the campaigners trying to save Farm Terrace in Watford: plots such as these provide immeasurable riches, from improving mental health to educating kids. Give peas a chanceIn 2014, there was a
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24 Oct 2016, 7:25am This anglo-centric government is putting the union at risk over Brexit | Archie Bland
Theresa May seems unwilling to make concessions to the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – even if it leads to a British constitutional crisisIt’s not very long ago that advocates for Brexit were making the forceful case that if the European Union were really serious about hanging on to the UK it would be prepared to seriously rethink what our membership would mean. They had a point. If David Cameron had been able to return from his Brussels negotiations with the kind of indisputable headline concessions that would have won over some waverers in parliament and muted the Eurosceptic press – specifically, an
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24 Oct 2016, 5:58am So child mental health services are failing. Why’s that then, Jeremy? | Hannah Jane Parkinson
The health secretary recognises that the inadequacy of Camhs is leading to tragedies – and yet he refuses to fund it properly
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24 Oct 2016, 4:29am Op-Ed Columnist: Clinton’s Specter of Illegitimacy
Why is the election “rigged” at the very moment that a woman is on the verge of victory?
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24 Oct 2016, 4:29am Op-Ed Columnist: It’s Trump’s Party
Don’t let anyone pretend otherwise.
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24 Oct 2016, 4:20am What does the closure of the Calais camp mean for the refugees? Our panel discuss | Yvette Cooper, Clare Moseley, Hassan Akkad, Patrick Kingsley
Demolition is under way, but with no clear plan for those people currently living there, nor those who may follow, what should happen next?
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24 Oct 2016, 3:21am Op-Ed Contributor: My Wife’s Killer Was Not an ‘Illegal Immigrant’
Trump demonizes undocumented immigrants. Though one of them killed Adrienne Shelly, my wife, I refuse to do the same.
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24 Oct 2016, 3:00am The secret life of a physicist: moments of transcendence offset by months of confusion | Anonymous
Having to move position so regularly means there is little stability, but there is something special about uncovering nuggets of universal truth about the cosmosI’d wanted to be a
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24 Oct 2016, 2:30am Why jury service restored my faith in Brexit Britain
We’ve been told over the past year that the UK is a divided country, the population barely able to tolerate each other. But, in the jury room, we all got along famouslySearch for “jury service” online and you will soon stumble across ways to get out of doing jury service.
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24 Oct 2016, 2:00am I’ve been a tourist in benefits land. I know what it does to you | Mike Lambert
Like the hero of Ken Loach’s film, I, Daniel Blake, I faced a box-ticking assessment designed to thwart and frustrate the people it’s supposed to supportMy entry into the benefits system late in life came as a shock. Like the eponymous hero of Ken Loach’s new film,
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24 Oct 2016, 1:00am Europe isn’t just about trade. It’s about humanity too | Zoe Williams
As the Calais refugee crisis makes clear, there’s more at stake in our EU negotiations than access to markets‘It’s embarrassing”,
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