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The Brexit traitor trope: how hard-right fantasies put us all at risk | Owen Jones 13 Jun 2:02pm The Brexit traitor trope: how hard-right fantasies put us all at risk | Owen Jones
With extremism on the rise in Britain, the use of toxic language over leaving the EU is dangerous follyOswald Mosley’s Blackshirts were a menace. So were the
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Now we know the outrageous scale of the Trumps’ White House dividend | Jill Abramson 13 Jun 1:59pm Now we know the outrageous scale of the Trumps’ White House dividend | Jill Abramson
Donald, Ivanka and Jared’s money-grubbing during this presidency puts the Clintons in the shade I’m feeling nostalgic for Hillary’s Goldman Sachs speaking fees. Remember when we got our ethical knickers in a twist over Clinton’s $225,000 (£170,000)
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World Cup fever, gay rights abuses and war crimes – it’s an ugly mix 13 Jun 1:50pm World Cup fever, gay rights abuses and war crimes – it’s an ugly mix
I’m in Russia – but I’m not here for the football. Fifa has allowed the sport to legitimise Putin’s abnormal regime – and I’m here to protestI’m in Moscow trying to lie low and evade the Russian security service, the FSB. I’m exhausted from the stress. It’s my sixth time in the country; each time, I’ve visited in order to support LGBT+ campaigners who were attempting to hold a Pride parade and festival. On every occasion these were suppressed by the authorities, sometimes violently. I’ve been arrested twice and once been beaten almost unconscious. This time I’m here for the World Cup – but unlike thousands of fans, I won’t be cheering on this festival of football. LGBT+ people and many other Russians suffer state-sanctioned persecution and far-right violence. These abuses need to be challenged. Russia’s 2013 anti-gay law against “homosexual propaganda” has been used to suppress peaceful LGBT+ protests, sack LGBT+ teachers and suppress welfare organisations that support LGBT+ teenagers.
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From the darkness of Grenfell came solidarity, kindness and hope. They saved us | Seraphima Kennedy 13 Jun 1:39pm From the darkness of Grenfell came solidarity, kindness and hope. They saved us | Seraphima Kennedy
Neighbours came together, providing an extraordinary response when the government’s was so lackingIn the dark times,” wrote Bertolt Brecht, “will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times.” Last Sunday, in a service at St Clement’s church, where many took shelter on the first night after the Grenfell fire, there was indeed singing. We sang the words of June Boyce-Tillman’s stirring hymn: “We shall go out, from strength to strength go on … We’ll make the tunes for those who sing no longer.” Over the past year survivors from Grenfell Tower, bereaved families and the communities around them have faced the very darkest of times. But in them they have also shown us a spirit of solidarity and resilience, of love and hope.
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The Guardian view on the Grenfell anniversary: sorry is not enough | Editorial 13 Jun 1:32pm The Guardian view on the Grenfell anniversary: sorry is not enough | Editorial
Radical changes to housing, including improved safety, would be a fitting legacyZeyad Cred, who lived one minute’s walk from Grenfell Tower, didn’t understand the expression “my heart skipped a beat” until he saw the burning block in the early hours of 14 June last year, he said in a BBC
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The Guardian view on Albert Einstein: free thinking and hidebound attitudes | Editorial 13 Jun 1:21pm The Guardian view on Albert Einstein: free thinking and hidebound attitudes | Editorial
The scientist’s empathy was signally lacking during his travels in Asia, newly published diaries revealAlbert Einstein’s humanitarian reputation almost matches his scientific stature. From the 1930s onwards he vigorously
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How the Kardashians sold their terrifying sex glamazon look to the world 13 Jun 12:57pm How the Kardashians sold their terrifying sex glamazon look to the world
Ten years ago, Kim and co were widely agreed to look ridiculous – now their ludicrous get-up has gone global
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Donald Trump, North Korea and the potential global consequences 13 Jun 12:44pm Donald Trump, North Korea and the potential global consequences
Readers respond to this week’s summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-unEverybody seems to concur that the agreement between the North Korean leader and Trump is going to let the US disengage militarily from the peninsula (
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Class, not national identity, is what’s driving disconnection | Letters 13 Jun 12:44pm Class, not national identity, is what’s driving disconnection | Letters
Readers respond to Martin Kettle’s piece on the left and EnglishnessSurely little surprise that people in England will – when specifically asked – identify as English (
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One year on from the Grenfell fire, and yet so little has changed | Letter 13 Jun 12:44pm One year on from the Grenfell fire, and yet so little has changed | Letter
It is scandalous that politicians are whittling down public housing budgets and failing to take action to keep residents safe, say 57 representatives of housing and tenants’ groups across LondonA year ago we witnessed Britain’s deadliest fire in living memory. The morning after, we learned that warnings about fire safety from residents had been ignored. Later we heard about the safety failures at national and local level, and companies hawking unsafe building materials unchecked. After Grenfell, many argued that the atrocity should signal a turning point in housing policy. We have yet to see this turning point. We hear that cladding like that used at Grenfell will not be banned. Indeed, it took 11 months for Theresa May to commit £400m to remove existing cladding from tower blocks. Even this modest and long overdue announcement was revealed as a sham: the £400m was to be pinched from affordable housing budgets. It is scandalous that a year on from this tragedy, politicians are whittling down public housing budgets and failing to take action to keep residents safe.
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Sticking up for sex workers draws mixed responses | Letters 13 Jun 12:44pm Sticking up for sex workers draws mixed responses | Letters
Neville Southall’s recent comments on sex work draw praise from
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Don’t let bacteria-laden humans contaminate Mars | Letter 13 Jun 12:44pm Don’t let bacteria-laden humans contaminate Mars | Letter
Some terrestrial bacteria can revive after decades in space, so landing a bacteria-laden human on the planet could erase the potential for one of the greatest discoveries in human historyThe discovery of organic material that could be the remains of, or served as food for, ancient life on Mars is extremely exciting, but bitter-sweet (
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Let’s go with the grain of tidal power | Brief letters 13 Jun 12:43pm Let’s go with the grain of tidal power | Brief letters
Fictional Leros | Tidal power in the 18th century | Feast | AA salute | Interpreters v translatorsFurther to
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The high price of New Look’s low-cost strategy | Lucy Siegle 13 Jun 12:28pm The high price of New Look’s low-cost strategy | Lucy Siegle
The barons of fast fashion have grown rich – but the impact on garment workers in Dhaka and elsewhere can be devastatingThe refrain coming from the “fast fashion” retailer
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The blame game is obscuring the real lesson of Grenfell | Zoe Williams 13 Jun 11:58am The blame game is obscuring the real lesson of Grenfell | Zoe Williams
This week, firefighters are being ‘asked tough questions’. But the search for culprits is hiding a basic truth – the only way to keep a building safe is to listen to the people who live in it
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Why are black people desirable as entertainment in clubs but not as clientele? | Kimberly McIntosh 13 Jun 11:12am Why are black people desirable as entertainment in clubs but not as clientele? | Kimberly McIntosh
Claims that Drama, which has previously hosted Rihanna and Drake, charged black women double to get in are being investigatedAnother London nightclub, another race row. A few years ago,
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Letter: Invoking the Rev Colin Morris law of TV debates 13 Jun 11:00am Letter: Invoking the Rev Colin Morris law of TV debates
As controller of BBC Northern Ireland, the
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Students don’t get ‘value for money’. But we shouldn’t expect to | Micha Frazer-Carroll 13 Jun 10:05am Students don’t get ‘value for money’. But we shouldn’t expect to | Micha Frazer-Carroll
We’ve debated refunds for teaching missed during university strikes. But such a marketisation of education is dangerousSo students don’t feel as though they get good value for money at university? The survey
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Britain is complicit in Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen | Andrew Mitchell 13 Jun 9:41am Britain is complicit in Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen | Andrew Mitchell
The government rightly condemned Assad’s attack on Aleppo. Why is it silent on the Saudi assault on Hodeidah?
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The failure of accountancy’s big four has one solution: nationalisation | Ellie Mae O’Hagan 13 Jun 8:28am The failure of accountancy’s big four has one solution: nationalisation | Ellie Mae O’Hagan
PwC, EY, Deloitte and KPMG audit major corporations and banks. But a string of scandals suggest they aren’t fit for purposeSteve Denison, a senior partner at the accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), is facing a
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Capitulation or chaos? Theresa May is forcing the Brexiters to choose | Rafael Behr 13 Jun 7:11am Updated Capitulation or chaos? Theresa May is forcing the Brexiters to choose | Rafael Behr
By exhausting the Tory ultra-Brexiters, the prime minister hopes to land a more moderate deal. But will it backfire?It says a lot about Theresa May’s handling of Brexit that the principle of
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How climate change is wiping out the baobab, Africa’s ‘tree of life’ | Ameenah Gurib-Fakim 13 Jun 6:23am How climate change is wiping out the baobab, Africa’s ‘tree of life’ | Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
The trees are a scientific wonder, once capable of living for thousands of years, but now becoming endangered species
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Gay rights abuses, war crimes and World Cup fever – it’s an ugly mix 13 Jun 4:00am Gay rights abuses, war crimes and World Cup fever – it’s an ugly mix
I’m in Russia – but I’m not here for the football. Fifa has allowed the sport to legitimise Putin’s abnormal regime – and I’m here to protest I’m in Moscow trying to lie low and evade the Russian security service the FSB. I’m exhausted from the stress. It’s my sixth time in the country; each time I’ve visited in order to support LGBT+ campaigners who were attempting to hold a Pride parade and festival. On every occasion, these were suppressed by the authorities, sometimes violently. I’ve been arrested twice and once been beaten almost unconscious. This time I’m here for the World Cup – but unlike thousands of fans I won’t be cheering on this festival of football. There can be no normal sporting relations with an abnormal regime like that of Vladimir Putin. LGBT+ people and many other Russians suffer state-sanctioned persecution and far right violence. These abuses need to be challenged – that is why I am in Moscow.
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Am I too narcissistic? You asked Google – here’s the answer 13 Jun 3:00am Am I too narcissistic? You asked Google – here’s the answer
Every day millions of people ask Google life’s most difficult questions. Our writers answer some of the commonest queriesThe very fact that you’re asking this question suggests it’s more than likely you’re not. Not in the truly scientific sense of the word anyway. This is because one of the traits that tends to characterise those who exhibit excessive narcissism is an inability to engage in self-reflection. Such individuals typically have grandiose ideas about themselves and rarely consider that there might actually be something “wrong” with them, so I doubt you’d be asking this question at all if you were. Then again, another typical trait of narcissism is preoccupation with yourself. So if you find yourself asking questions like this often, and being unusually preoccupied with yourself in general, you could well have some narcissistic traits. When it comes to assessing whether you’re too narcissistic, it’s all a question of degree. You have to consider the situation you’re in and what personality characteristics may be best suited to it. In today’s society, those considered to be too narcissistic typically exhibit higher levels of arrogance than average, excessive grandiosity, a sense of invincibility, and a sense of entitlement or a belief that special treatment is deserved. People who are high in narcissism also typically display a lack of empathy for others and have a tendency to engage in superficial or exploitative relationships.
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Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong | George Monbiot 13 Jun 1:57am Updated Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong | George Monbiot
In arguing for a sunset clause to the Nafta trade agreement, this odious man is exposing the corruption of liberal democracy He gets almost everything wrong. But last weekend Donald Trump got something right. To the horror of the other leaders of the rich world, he defended democracy against its detractors. Perhaps predictably, he has been universally condemned for it.
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The rape threats and racism are vile. But women won’t be trolled into silence | Afua Hirsch 13 Jun 1:00am The rape threats and racism are vile. But women won’t be trolled into silence | Afua Hirsch
That the MP Jess Phillips received hundreds of rape threats in one night is a sickening reminder of the overwhelming consequences of having a voice There is a weird greeting ritual that takes place these days when women who are well known and outspoken meet. It’s a kind of troll-off. “How are your trolls this week?” I often ask those who, like me, have the audacity to be both female and opinionated on Twitter. “You have so many!” I say. “Oh but yours are more racist,” they say. “Yeah but yours are more violent,” I say. And so on.
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Women shun cycling because of safety, not helmet hair | Helen Pidd 13 Jun 1:00am Women shun cycling because of safety, not helmet hair | Helen Pidd
Roads designed by men are killing women – and stop millions from cycling It will come as little surprise to anyone who cycles that twice as many men as women ride their bikes at least once a week,
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