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The Guardian view on immigration detention: don’t look away | Editorial 11 Oct 1:32pm The Guardian view on immigration detention: don’t look away | Editorial
The UK is the only country in Europe to detain people indefinitely before deporting them. This shameful treatment must endThe UK system of immigration detention is shaming. The extent to which it is hidden, by design, from public view is among its most pernicious characteristics. There are 2,000-3,000 people in detention awaiting deportation at any one time; around 27,000 in total last year. This summer there were
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The Guardian view on Saudi Arabia: will it pay for Jamal Khashoggi’s fate? | Editorial 11 Oct 1:30pm The Guardian view on Saudi Arabia: will it pay for Jamal Khashoggi’s fate? | Editorial
The suspected murder of the journalist has led to unprecedented pressure on Riyadh. The west should not be tempted to return to business as usualSaudi Arabia faces unprecedented pressure over the fate of
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Brexit finally brings a chance for land reform | Letters 11 Oct 12:57pm Brexit finally brings a chance for land reform | Letters
Readers discuss the opportunities available as the UK leaves the EU’s common agricultural policyGeorge Monbiot makes a compelling case for land reform to address the inequities of the common agricultural policy (CAP) and other scandals where land is privately owned to the detriment of the public good, such as the enormous cost of land restricting the building of affordable housing (
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Medication isn’t always the right answer for children with ADHD | Letters 11 Oct 12:56pm Medication isn’t always the right answer for children with ADHD | Letters
We should be careful about making assumptions, say
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Looking forward to palindromic issues | Brief letters 11 Oct 12:44pm Looking forward to palindromic issues | Brief letters
Palindromic issues | Climate change in hair salons | Forgetting names | May might | Adjuvanted flu jabChris Baker’s question about the next palindromic Guardian issue number (
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Britain’s treatment of migrants is shameful. These detentions must end | Bella Sankey 11 Oct 12:44pm Britain’s treatment of migrants is shameful. These detentions must end | Bella Sankey
The open-ended incarceration of thousands of people should be the defining civil rights struggle of our time If you were to walk into an immigration detention centre, one of the first things you’d notice would be the broad regional accents. Mancunian, cockney and other unmistakable British vernacular: the common cultural cues of those who have been here since early childhood, or for 10, 20, 30 years. The
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London remains a safe haven for the world’s dirty cash | Simon Jenkins 11 Oct 12:32pm London remains a safe haven for the world’s dirty cash | Simon Jenkins
The government’s new unexplained wealth orders are a hopelessly weak weapon against money launderingBritain’s denial that it launders money is like Russia’s
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It is dishonest to use the Irish border as an excuse to avoid a fair Brexit deal | Owen Paterson 11 Oct 11:10am It is dishonest to use the Irish border as an excuse to avoid a fair Brexit deal | Owen Paterson
Theresa May knows that modern checkpoints are not manned by customs officers lowering striped poles to stop stagecoachesThe prime minister may not have mentioned the Chequers agreement by name
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The Tommy Robinson photos show how far right the British army is | Joe Glenton 11 Oct 10:26am The Tommy Robinson photos show how far right the British army is | Joe Glenton
There are good reasons why soldiers seemed so excited to see – and be seen with – Britain’s most notorious bigotThe truth about the relationship between some smiling young infantrymen – one of whom it is
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Shaun Bailey’s offensive comments make him unfit to be London mayor | Kimberly McIntosh 11 Oct 9:52am Shaun Bailey’s offensive comments make him unfit to be London mayor | Kimberly McIntosh
The Tory candidate’s dangerously divisive remarks suggest he should not be in charge of such a diverse cityUnsavoury comments made by
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The Natural History Museum must cancel tonight’s shameful Saudi party | Owen Jones 11 Oct 9:12am The Natural History Museum must cancel tonight’s shameful Saudi party | Owen Jones
The museum’s reputation is at stake over its disgraceful decision to play host to an abhorrent dictatorshipSaudi Arabia is ruled by one of the most abhorrent dictatorships on Earth. Its totalitarian, theocratic regime deprives millions of its citizens, especially women, of the most fundamental rights. It beheads dissidents and people who are gay. It is currently pummelling Yemen with
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The DUP has its ‘blood-red’ line. Does Theresa May dare cross it? | Polly Toynbee 11 Oct 8:34am The DUP has its ‘blood-red’ line. Does Theresa May dare cross it? | Polly Toynbee
Arlene Foster is threatening to withdraw her support and plunge the government into further disarrayAs the Brexit war cabinet meets this evening, it may ruefully regard its £1bn bribe to the DUP as
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My grandfather Nelson Mandela fought apartheid. I see the parallels with Israel | Nkosi Zwelivelile 11 Oct 7:36am My grandfather Nelson Mandela fought apartheid. I see the parallels with Israel | Nkosi Zwelivelile
It took an international effort to end institutionalised racism in my country – now it must happen again, for Palestinian peopleMy grandfather, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, would have turned 100 this year. The world is marking the
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Travelling solo is sheer joy – do it while you still can | Bidisha 11 Oct 5:00am Travelling solo is sheer joy – do it while you still can | Bidisha
The solo travel boom may be humanity’s last hurrah before Brexit or the cold war curtail our freedoms There’s an early artwork by Tracey Emin that I’ve always loved. It’s a battered, lovingly embellished suitcase with the words “Mystery Woman” embroidered on one side. It’s the valise of a female character who dreams of a glammer, more fancy-free life filled with dynamism and independence, art and culture. Well, I am that woman, a gloriously child-free 40-year-old celibate spinster with a passport, no expenses (I still live with my mother in my childhood home) and a slight underemployment issue, and the times have finally caught up with me. The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) has released research showing a spike in bookings for
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My humanity was crushed in a detention centre | Kweku Adoboli 11 Oct 4:08am My humanity was crushed in a detention centre | Kweku Adoboli
I was held at Harmondsworth. These facilities offer no sense of purpose or timeframe for release – they must be abolished
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What’s wrong with young people today? They don’t get drunk any more | Richard Godwin 11 Oct 4:00am What’s wrong with young people today? They don’t get drunk any more | Richard Godwin
There are plenty of theories to explain falling alcohol use among millennials. But maybe we’re missing the pointYou don’t need to spend much time adrift in the 21st-century mediascape to conclude that there is something seriously wrong with young people today. Millennials are more
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Dead dogs are treated better than dead homeless people. It’s a disgrace | Tamsen Courtenay 11 Oct 2:00am Dead dogs are treated better than dead homeless people. It’s a disgrace | Tamsen Courtenay
Some 440 people died homeless in the UK in the last 12 months – but the government doesn’t even bother to count themThe Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a book I wished I’d had to hand as I scrolled through the names of the homeless dead in Monday’s paper. The book gives words for emotions that have yet to be defined and I needed a word that reflected my pain, disbelief and anger. No word that existed was strong enough. Whenever I read about a homeless person’s body being found in some sad and loveless place (an underground car park, a rubbish tip, a bus stop) I wonder if it is one of the delicate and fragile people that I met while I was writing my book
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How dare they call my lost baby a ‘product of conception’ | Katy Lindemann 11 Oct 1:00am How dare they call my lost baby a ‘product of conception’ | Katy Lindemann
The grief of losing a pregnancy can be compounded by language. More openness and sensitivity is needed “There’s your baby’s heartbeat,” said the sonographer, pointing to the screen as we listened to the thump-thump-thump that was the most magical sound I had ever heard. A week later, the next scan showed that this beautiful twinkling heartbeat had gone, and our baby had died. I couldn’t face having to wait to pass the pregnancy sac, so I opted for surgery: a procedure called an ERPC: “evacuation of retained products of conception”. I remember thinking that “evacuation” sounded like something you’d have done to your bowels. “Products of conception” might be the correct clinical term,  but to us, as a grieving couple, that was our dead baby: our much longed-for baby, who was already loved and anticipated as a unique human being, not simply an object to be discarded.
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