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Vladimir Putin’s plan to divide Europe is backfiring | Natalie Nougayrède 9 Oct 2:06pm Vladimir Putin’s plan to divide Europe is backfiring | Natalie Nougayrède
As the truth of the Skripal poisoning unravels, Russia finds itself creating some unlikely allies across EuropeThe former Russian prime minister Viktor Chernomyrdin once famously quipped: “We wanted the best, but it turned out as always.” When Dutch, British and US officials last week issued coordinated denunciations of Russia’s cyber-operations – whose targets ranged from sports anti-doping bodies to the international chemical weapon watchdog – it felt like Chernomyrdin’s saying had been given new meaning. For all the efforts the Kremlin put into staging the World Cup earlier this year as a demonstration of Russia’s openness, news seems to keep pouring in about the blunders of its not-so-secret services. In the latest instalment yesterday, Bellingcat, an investigative website,
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The Guardian view on the killing of journalists: the truth in peril | Editorial 9 Oct 1:39pm The Guardian view on the killing of journalists: the truth in peril | Editorial
The murders of investigative reporters in the EU and fears for a Saudi columnist highlight the growing threat to those in the mediaTwenty-one years ago, the rising toll of attacks on journalists – and the fact that almost all of the crimes went unpunished – led Unesco to pass a
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The Guardian view on Theresa May’s Tories: voters ignored by a party at war | Editorial 9 Oct 1:34pm The Guardian view on Theresa May’s Tories: voters ignored by a party at war | Editorial
Mrs May’s fate rests on getting a Brexit deal, but beyond that the Tories need an agenda that puts the party on the side of ordinary voters. There’s no sign of that happeningMinority governments in the UK are constitutionally familiar but they generally have a
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The time is now for a new global climate pact | Letter 9 Oct 1:25pm The time is now for a new global climate pact | Letter
We are calling for the adoption of a third pact, enshrining a new generation of fundamental commitments, write
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The need to invest in renewables | Letters 9 Oct 1:24pm The need to invest in renewables | Letters
Feed-in tariff subsidies must not be abandoned, writes
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US must play leading role to save planet | Letter 9 Oct 1:22pm US must play leading role to save planet | Letter
Ramp up the noise until the Trump administration hears, writes
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France offers lessons on plastic bags | Brief letters 9 Oct 1:21pm France offers lessons on plastic bags | Brief letters
Ecosystems | Fossil-fuel adverts | Brexit | Fracking | Compostable bagsIt is good to see that an appalling future awaiting the planet is being recognised (
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Are women in science any better off than in Ada Lovelace’s day? | Jess Wade 9 Oct 1:13pm Are women in science any better off than in Ada Lovelace’s day? | Jess Wade
On Ada Lovelace Day, let’s rethink how we ensure scientists from diverse backgrounds can contribute to our understanding of the worldIn recognition of the fact that their obituary pages
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Why Alexander Nix’s racist slur against Barbados’s leaders is so tragic | Katrina Marshall 9 Oct 12:58pm Why Alexander Nix’s racist slur against Barbados’s leaders is so tragic | Katrina Marshall
The former Cambridge Analytica chief was snubbed by two powerful black stateswomen who reject the ugly prejudices of the old boys’ networkThe
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How the Strictly snog scandal went from sequins to being a serious story | Frances Ryan 9 Oct 12:29pm Updated How the Strictly snog scandal went from sequins to being a serious story | Frances Ryan
The fallout from contestant Seann Walsh’s indiscretion shows we should be wary of reducing other people’s lives to entertainment fodderIf historians of the future wish to analyse British culture in 2018, they could do worse than inspect the Strictly Come Dancing kiss scandal. First, front pages were emblazoned with reports that Seann Walsh and professional dance partner Katya Jones had been caught “snogging” outside a club (which makes it sound like Strictly is Britain’s bike shed and the British media are collectively skiving maths). Then, on Tuesday, Walsh’s long-term partner, actor Rebecca Humphries, accused the comedian of “controlling” behaviour,
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Yes a catfish won, but The Circle shows nice people can prosper on TV | Simon Usborne 9 Oct 12:16pm Yes a catfish won, but The Circle shows nice people can prosper on TV | Simon Usborne
There were lies. But these were to challenge social labels, which is what made the show fascinating – and human It was the moment of awkward drama we had been waiting for. After three weeks of isolation in flats rigged with cameras,
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Letter: Dudley Sutton obituary 9 Oct 11:35am Letter: Dudley Sutton obituary
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/sep/16/dudley-sutton-obituary" title="">Dudley Sutton
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To Boris Johnson, the truth really is an alien concept | Bobby McDonagh 9 Oct 8:06am To Boris Johnson, the truth really is an alien concept | Bobby McDonagh
Brexit will have real-world implications for millions of people, yet Johnson can’t even grant them basic honesty and respect
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So when a high-profile civil servant is disabled, the press finds its sympathy | Frances Ryan 9 Oct 7:55am So when a high-profile civil servant is disabled, the press finds its sympathy | Frances Ryan
Andrew McDonald’s case deserves attention of course, but most disabled people get a different reception when the benefits system casts them asideI want to tell you about two very different disabled people, both going through Britain’s benefit system. “Disabled person 1” has Parkinson’s disease and terminal cancer. The effects of the Parkinson’s are so severe, he’s about to undergo brain surgery in attempts to mitigate them. Still, he had his benefits stopped after assessors decided he was no longer ill enough for
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Trump sees only his own victimhood as he apologises to Kavanaugh | Gaby Hinsliff 9 Oct 7:51am Trump sees only his own victimhood as he apologises to Kavanaugh | Gaby Hinsliff
Everyone identifies with someone in this story, provoking a raw anger on both sides. But Trump will fail at the long gameOh, the gall of it. The sheer, unmitigated gall of it. For a moment, as Donald Trump spoke of the “
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We’ve launched a migrant rescue ship to resist the racist right in Italy | Michael Hardt and Sandro Mezzadra 9 Oct 5:05am We’ve launched a migrant rescue ship to resist the racist right in Italy | Michael Hardt and Sandro Mezzadra
This mission is not only about providing humanitarian aid but protesting against the toxic politics of Italy, Europe and the USWe are part of an activist project that launched the
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Helena Kennedy: ‘Brexit is a disaster for women’ 9 Oct 5:00am Helena Kennedy: ‘Brexit is a disaster for women’
The barrister’s fights for equality and justice made her a household name. But, she says, leaving the EU could set everything back decades Helena Kennedy, in her subtly grand Doughty Street chambers, is as warm and vivid as she has always seemed from a distance. We are here to discuss her new book, Eve Was Shamed, a follow-up to her first, explosive criticism of the legal system’s treatment of women, Eve Was Framed, published in 1992. Reading the new book, recalling just how many people the barrister has gone to war with, from ossified old judges to New Labour and its agenda of “doing good by stealth”, I wondered whether she has had to consciously craft this winning manner in order to say the difficult things she has spent her career saying. “I just am who I am,” she says. “I never think I’m being particularly radical. But people make assumptions about you because you fight your corner. When I was in my 30s and raising these issues, I went to dinner with a judge and he said: ‘I’m so surprised to find you as nice as you are; I always thought you must be a harridan.’” She tells the most awful story about justice in the 80s: “I remember representing a young trans woman who was raped. When she reported it, the police laughed; it was horrible, she was torn and she could hear them laughing. It was before you could change your documentation, so they said: ‘You’re not a woman; you’re not covered by anonymity laws.’ So she decided not to proceed and withdrew her allegation. And they prosecuted her for perverting the course of justice. The judge ended up giving a conditional discharge and was quite sympathetic. But it was a disgrace.”
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Are dark kitchens the satanic mills of our era? | John Harris 9 Oct 1:00am Are dark kitchens the satanic mills of our era? | John Harris
Few of us realise how the food we order from the likes of Deliveroo gets to us. It’s time we saw the light about such businessesThey are known as “
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The rich say they fear Labour. It’s Brexit they should be worried about | Polly Toynbee 9 Oct 1:00am The rich say they fear Labour. It’s Brexit they should be worried about | Polly Toynbee
We’re told a Corbyn government would cause the wealthy to flee Britain. We’ve heard these threats before: they’re hollow Is this an augury that Labour is on its way to power? The mega-rich are taking fright and threatening flight. They see the red peril rolling towards their mansion doorsteps as Jeremy Corbyn ushers in an era of Venezuela-on-Thames. Get out now, before the reds take everything!
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