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What if Trump Really Wanted to Make America Great Again? 3 Dec 2018, 6:54pm What if Trump Really Wanted to Make America Great Again?
He’d strengthen labor unions, fortify pensions, raise estate taxes and reduce income equality.
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The Senate and the Saudis 3 Dec 2018, 6:42pm The Senate and the Saudis
Lee-Sanders goes too far but Trump is losing control of his policy.
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The Global Carbon Tax Revolt 3 Dec 2018, 6:41pm The Global Carbon Tax Revolt
The French are the latest to refuse to sacrifice growth for green piety.
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Congress Gets Tough on the Saudis 3 Dec 2018, 6:37pm Congress Gets Tough on the Saudis
U.S. power depends on a system in which the rule of law restrains strongmen’s whims.
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Democrats, Free Trade Is Your Destiny 3 Dec 2018, 6:37pm Democrats, Free Trade Is Your Destiny
Party leaders try to appeal to aggrieved workers in smokestack industries. But the base has changed.
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Vive le Nationalisme! 3 Dec 2018, 6:37pm Vive le Nationalisme!
Macron’s ambitious agenda clashes with Germany’s pursuit of its own self-interest.
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George Bush Led the Biggest Diplomatic Triumph Since Jefferson 3 Dec 2018, 6:37pm George Bush Led the Biggest Diplomatic Triumph Since Jefferson
He skillfully managed the Cold War’s end, the Soviet Union’s collapse and Germany’s reunification.
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Why is belief in God more respected than belief in animal rights? | Zoe Williams 3 Dec 2018, 2:25pm Why is belief in God more respected than belief in animal rights? | Zoe Williams
A vegan is seeking recognition for his beliefs under the law, but there are better ways to ensure equal treatmentVeganism is now at the point that it is only honourable to say where you stand on the spectrum – from scorning vegans to being one – before you comment. This puts it already in the category of “philosophical belief” if, by that, we mean any system of ideas in which there is no objective truth quotient, and we just have to respect that we don’t all feel the same way, and declare our interest. But we won’t know whether or not I’m right until next March, when Jordi Casamitjana will bring a case against his employer, the League Against Cruel Sports, in which
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Our politicians are bickering on the edge of the Brexit abyss | Rafael Behr 3 Dec 2018, 2:10pm Our politicians are bickering on the edge of the Brexit abyss | Rafael Behr
The only question worth asking is should we still do Brexit. The rest is a distraction Let the chronicles of this turbulent time record how the prime minister and the leader of the opposition agreed that Britain should leave the European Union, so they argued instead about
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Fun and games and hiding from MBS at the G20 summit | Hannah Jane Parkinson 3 Dec 2018, 1:58pm Fun and games and hiding from MBS at the G20 summit | Hannah Jane Parkinson
New friends are made, old friends are reunited – and Donald Trump thinks he’s on I’m a Celebrity … Remember last year’s G20 summit, when Angela Merkel started grinding on people when Kraftwerk came on? And Christine Lagarde got trashed and started telling maths-based jokes and nobody knew what she was on about? This year’s was just as much a hoot, rivalling a
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The Guardian view on the gilets jaunes: Macron needs to regain his popular touch | Editorial 3 Dec 2018, 1:45pm The Guardian view on the gilets jaunes: Macron needs to regain his popular touch | Editorial
The French president needs to find a way to tackle both climate change and the anger on the streetsAlmost two decades ago a new fresh-faced leader of the centre-left emerged in Europe and appeared, having won a historic election, on the cusp of changing politics in his country. But as he flew higher, he lost a sense of the public mood and failed to face up early on to a crisis which brought his modern industrial society to a halt. In doing so he revealed an inability to control events or win around public opinion.
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The Guardian view on disability and the arts: time for change | Editorial 3 Dec 2018, 1:45pm The Guardian view on disability and the arts: time for change | Editorial
Britain’s cultural organisations are letting down those with disabilities – as artists, leaders and audience membersFor years, the arts in the UK have made diversity a priority and, gradually, this is paying off. On stage, audiences are used to black actors taking on roles in Shakespeare plays; gender-blind casting is gaining ground; black and minority ethnic leaders are slowly being appointed to major roles – such as, recently, Kwame Kwei-Armah at the Young Vic and Madani Younis at the Southbank Centre, both in London. But there is one area in which change has been all but imperceptible: disability. Britain’s Got Talent – and its last winner, the comedian
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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and climate change – cartoon 3 Dec 2018, 1:41pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and climate change – cartoon
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2018/dec/03/ben-jennings-donald-trump-climate-change-cartoon">Continue reading...
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Hug it out? No thank you. Better go for a handshake 3 Dec 2018, 1:30pm Hug it out? No thank you. Better go for a handshake
On a small scale, this is an issue of consent; a presumption of intimacy. And don’t get me started on kissing‘The policy of hugging” that has caused all sorts of complaints from Ted Baker staff is odd, to say the least. Ray Kelvin, the founder of the fashion chain, has been criticised by a group of former and current staff for a regime of “forced hugs” and alleged harassment at the retailer’s head office. I must say I have inadvertently hugged the wrong people at the wrong time. Partly, I think this is to do with a general social anxiety about greeting people. I have zero desire to touch most people, but I hugged my mate’s teenage son the other day as I had hugged his mum, a very old friend. That was, as my daughter informed me, “socially awks”.
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Guilty pleasures? For women that’s most of our culture 3 Dec 2018, 1:11pm Guilty pleasures? For women that’s most of our culture
From John Martyn and Lars von Trier to Woody Allen and William Burroughs, women must deal with ‘problematic’ artists on a daily basisOne of the things I hate is the idea of “guilty pleasures” – especially about music. It is so blokey and always comes down to some guy liking something that is a vaguely different genre from the one he is associated with. I always remember Slash saying his guilty pleasure was Rihanna. What? Rihanna is a goddess. Also, no one is actually truthful. None of these people are blasting out Gary Glitter singles at a disco. How guilty is their pleasure, really? For women, much of culture is, in some shape or form, always guilty. Surprisingly, I don’t live in a separatist commune and much of what I like has been produced by men of dubious morality, to say the least. Separating the art from the artist is not only a subject of intellectual debate, but a physical reaction. When you hear James Brown, you want to dance. Sure, I would prefer great art to be made by people who adhere to my own personal belief system and who are kind to those around them.
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Is this the best way to curb boardroom pay? | Letters 3 Dec 2018, 12:39pm Is this the best way to curb boardroom pay? | Letters
Readers discuss proposals now being considered by Labour to give customers a say in business leaders’ remunerationLarry Elliott’s article (
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Fortnum’s can lead tea workers’ struggle | Letters 3 Dec 2018, 12:38pm Fortnum’s can lead tea workers’ struggle | Letters
The West End store must tell the estates from which it buys its tea that their workers need a pay rise, writes
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Our leaders set a very bad example | Letters 3 Dec 2018, 12:38pm Our leaders set a very bad example | Letters
We shouldn’t be surprised at racist bullying in schools when politicians behave as they do, writes
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The crown prince and the murderers | Letters 3 Dec 2018, 12:38pm The crown prince and the murderers | Letters
Readers ponder the appearance of Mohammed bin Salman at the G20 summit in Buenos AiresEveryone knows that there are serious allegations about Mohammed bin Salman’s knowledge regarding the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, but it didn’t seem to bother him or his alpha-male buddy Vladimir Putin at the Buenos Aires G20 summit (
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Humanism should trump tribalism | Letter 3 Dec 2018, 12:38pm Humanism should trump tribalism | Letter
The humanist worldview is gaining acceptance, writes
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Let sleeping dogs lie (in the kitchen) | Brief letters 3 Dec 2018, 12:37pm Let sleeping dogs lie (in the kitchen) | Brief letters
Brilliant Guardian journalism | Chief whip | Sleeping dogs | TV shows and female friendship | Monster ChetwyndWell done, Guardian. Last Thursday’s Journal was a cracker, a combination of spot-on articles to raise awareness in us all for the need for constant vigilance.
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How dare these Conservative MPs make festive visits to food-banks? | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett 3 Dec 2018, 11:09am How dare these Conservative MPs make festive visits to food-banks? | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
People are going hungry because of Tory policy – yet these MPs beam at the camera and pretend it has nothing to do with them
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Never before have I seen blind anger like this on the streets of Paris | John Lichfield 3 Dec 2018, 8:53am Never before have I seen blind anger like this on the streets of Paris | John Lichfield
The factors that gave rise to this weekend’s shockingly violent riots will not be easily addressed. A recurrence is likelyFrance is a republic that was founded in popular violence. Politics runs to the street here more rapidly than in any other western democracy. I’ve lived in France for 22 years and have witnessed street protests by workers, farmers, wine producers, truck drivers, railway employees, university students, sixth-formers, teachers, youths in the multiracial suburbs, chefs, lawyers, doctors and police officers. Yes, even police officers. I have never seen the kind of
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We are lurching towards the Brexit cliff edge. Here’s what May must do | Simon Jenkins 3 Dec 2018, 6:57am We are lurching towards the Brexit cliff edge. Here’s what May must do | Simon Jenkins
This deal is the best the UK can expect for now. The prime minister must do everything in her power to get it through For goodness sake, Theresa May, you have nothing to lose. Do whatever the waverers want. Publish the
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When will the film industry realise a scar doesn’t make you a villain? | Lynn Enright 3 Dec 2018, 4:00am When will the film industry realise a scar doesn’t make you a villain? | Lynn Enright
This lazy trope can lead to bullying and stigma, but a charity campaign has got the BFI on board to help change thisI was 19 and in my second year of drama school when I was hit by a car. I was thrown into the air and came smashing down on to the bonnet and windscreen. The car was a write-off; I was seriously injured. It was almost a week before I saw my face. Shampoo suds mixed with dried blood as a nursing assistant washed my matted hair. After she was done, I sat naked on a plastic stool and looked in the mirror. My forehead was sewn up with black stitches: there was a crude, bulging line of them from my hairline to eyebrow – and I knew then that I would never play an ingenue.
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The Wizard of Oz is a grotesque predictor of Trump’s America | Bidisha 3 Dec 2018, 3:00am The Wizard of Oz is a grotesque predictor of Trump’s America | Bidisha
It’s impossible to watch the newly crowned ‘most influential film ever’ without seeing the parallels to the sickly US of todayThe Wizard of Oz is such a classic film that I don’t remember the first time I saw it. It seemed to be on TV every Christmas during my childhood and became a part of my cultural education, a formative film language. A new study claims the film, which went through a staggering run of directors, writers, songwriters and script edits during its production, is the
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Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism – review 3 Dec 2018, 1:59am Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism – review
Kristen R Ghodsee’s study of the links between female sexual pleasure and politics is a joyous readVote for me and have more orgasms! Politicians don’t usually campaign on these terms but in these days of Brexit anaesthesia maybe they should. Sex may feel mostly private and individual but it takes place in a system that changes how we may experience it. So does late capitalism make the earth move more or less? We have lived through a period in which we could actually test that. Before the
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To thrive in Britain, refugees need our leaders to step up | Nesrine Malik 3 Dec 2018, 1:00am To thrive in Britain, refugees need our leaders to step up | Nesrine Malik
As we saw last week, school playgrounds cannot be insulated against a hostile tone set at the very topThe hardest thing to come to terms with, watching the video of
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Why neglected Cornwall needs a literature of its own | Max Liu 3 Dec 2018, 1:00am Why neglected Cornwall needs a literature of its own | Max Liu
Overcoming ‘cultural cringe’ about coming from a deprived and remote place is tricky. Happily, a few writers are doing soI recently met a young author who was writing a book of non-fiction about a Cornish fishing community. It’s a timely subject, as fishermen’s long-felt antipathy towards the European Union was a key driver in Cornwall voting for Brexit, even though the county has received millions of pounds in funding from Brussels since being awarded Objective One status in 1999. It’s a timeless subject, too, exploring a way of life that has endured for centuries. The writer, who grew up in London, spoke thoughtfully about coming to a place as an outsider and trying to put people’s voices on the page in a way that doesn’t amount to appropriation. Based on our conversation, and the extract I’ve read, I think it could be an important book. A book about a Cornish fishing community is good news because the county is an oddly overlooked place and we need writers to tell the truth about it. Everybody knows that Cornwall boasts a dramatic coastline and beautiful beaches. Thanks to the Tate gallery, many people know artists have been drawn to my hometown of St Ives for more than a century. The area has nurtured great poets, too, with
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