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Europe must stand by the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine | Letter 14 Apr 7:01pm Europe must stand by the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine | Letter
High-ranking former European politicians urge the EU to reject any US Middle East peace plan unless it is fair to PalestiniansWe are reaching out at a critical point in time in the Middle East, as well as in Europe. The EU is heavily invested in the multilateral, rules-based international order. International law has brought us the longest period of peace, prosperity and stability our continent has ever enjoyed. For decades, we have worked to see our Israeli and Palestinian neighbours enjoy the peace dividends that we Europeans have through our commitment to that order. In partnership with previous US administrations, Europe has promoted a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the context of a two-state solution. To this date, despite subsequent setbacks, the Oslo agreement is still a milestone of transatlantic foreign policy cooperation.
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Ben Jennings on recent defections from the Tory party – cartoon 14 Apr 1:56pm Ben Jennings on recent defections from the Tory party – cartoon
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The Guardian view on MPs and Brexit: this is no time to disengage | Editorial 14 Apr 1:35pm The Guardian view on MPs and Brexit: this is no time to disengage | Editorial
Britain must decide within five weeks whether to hold EU elections. There are big decisions to face before then, even though parliament is in recessIt is a reasonable bet that a fair proportion of readers don’t want to think about Brexit at all right now. It would be very understandable if that’s the case. Brexit politics has meant relentlessly hard pounding ever since the new year. Now there’s a brief hiatus. Parliament is
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The Guardian view on Extinction Rebellion: one small step | Editorial 14 Apr 1:34pm The Guardian view on Extinction Rebellion: one small step | Editorial
Disrupting traffic is not enough – we must disrupt our progress towards climate catastropheThe planned choking of traffic in central London on Monday by climate activists of
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Barriers to tackling mental health issues | Letters 14 Apr 1:12pm Barriers to tackling mental health issues | Letters
Sharing your experiences with colleagues can be freeing or detrimental, warns one anonymous writer. Headteacher
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Assange has been collared. His cat knows the feeling | Brief letters 14 Apr 1:08pm Assange has been collared. His cat knows the feeling | Brief letters
Easter rail travel | Annunziata Rees-Mogg | Julian Assange’s cat | Good news | Kids’ puzzlesFollowing the warning about rail travel over the Easter weekend (
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Beware those who, like Ukip’s leader, excuse lies and rape threats as ‘satire’ | Matthew d’Ancona 14 Apr 12:47pm Beware those who, like Ukip’s leader, excuse lies and rape threats as ‘satire’ | Matthew d’Ancona
As the political temperature soars, those who seek to govern Britain have a responsibility to speak with careIn what moral universe is the statement “I wouldn’t even rape you” categorised as “satire”? For this is how – in an interview on Sunday with the BBC’s Andrew Marr – Gerard Batten, Ukip’s leader, described a tweet sent to the Labour MP Jess Phillips in 2016 by Carl Benjamin, now one of his party’s
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The Good Friday agreement is under threat – but it’s key to resolving Brexit | Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern 14 Apr 11:34am The Good Friday agreement is under threat – but it’s key to resolving Brexit | Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern
We achieved peace in 1998 by involving people on all sides. May and Corbyn must see why a confirmatory vote is so essentialTwenty-one years ago, on Good Friday 1998,
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Gun owners have the taxpayer over a barrel | David Mitchell 14 Apr 4:59am Gun owners have the taxpayer over a barrel | David Mitchell
More people are applying for gun licences these days, and guess who’s picking up the bill?
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Julian Assange’s case makes it clear women’s rights are still secondary to political games | Jess Phillips 14 Apr 4:00am Julian Assange’s case makes it clear women’s rights are still secondary to political games | Jess Phillips
It was shocking that neither main party pointed out he’d evaded facing sexual chargesWomen’s issues are always the political side salad, never the main event. We are always told we have to wait until everything else is perfect and then we can focus on the fact that women are being sexually abused in their workplaces, beaten in their homes and sexually assaulted in their personal lives. For example, in recent months I and others have been pushing the government to make it a legal duty on all employers to protect their staff from sexual abuse and harassment at work, just as they have to make sure their employees’ fingers don’t get chopped off or that staff aren’t doused in bleach.
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Talks with Labour on resolving the Brexit impasse have a good chance of success | David Lidington 14 Apr 4:00am Talks with Labour on resolving the Brexit impasse have a good chance of success | David Lidington
There is agreement on workers’ rights and environmental protections; only trade policy poses a stumbling block Over the last two weeks,
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As nationalists grip the Tories, I now support Change UK | Stephen Dorrell 14 Apr 4:00am As nationalists grip the Tories, I now support Change UK | Stephen Dorrell
The European election could give UK voters the voice Westminster has denied themStrange to say, but the 2019 European parliament election could turn into one of the turning points of British political history. You might think it is obvious, in a modern democracy, that voters should be engaged in shaping the most profound change in our country’s international relationships for more than 50 years. And that a single vote nearly three years ago does not provide a basis on which party politicians, most of whom voted against the policy anyway, can claim the right to exclude the voters from the process.
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How our capacity for wonder was challenged by the black hole image | Tim Adams 14 Apr 3:00am How our capacity for wonder was challenged by the black hole image | Tim Adams
We marvelled at the first image of an event horizon 55m light years away, but struggled to grasp its majesty and dimensionsA few years ago, during a period of insomnia, I briefly got into the habit of contributing to the online project
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How (gravy) train operators make millions while failing to pay their way 14 Apr 2:00am How (gravy) train operators make millions while failing to pay their way
As Virgin gets shunted into the sidelines, it is high time we looked again at the rail franchise systemIn 2012, when
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Of course the Tories dread Euro elections. They will be marmalised | Andrew Rawnsley 14 Apr 2:00am Of course the Tories dread Euro elections. They will be marmalised | Andrew Rawnsley
The contest is a chance for both Leavers and Remainers to reward parties whose stance on Brexit is clear Chancellors ought to be able to count, so I was a bit concerned to hear Philip Hammond say: “No one wants to fight the European elections. It feels like a pointless exercise.” That’s two inaccuracies in two sentences. There are plenty of people who are mustard-keen to fight the European elections. They include
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The Observer view on extraditing Julian Assange | Observer editorial 14 Apr 1:20am The Observer view on extraditing Julian Assange | Observer editorial
Sending the WikiLeaks founder to face charges in the US would be a disaster for press freedom It’s not difficult to despise Julian Assange. For seven years, he has attempted to evade rape and sexual assault charges in Sweden by seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He has dismissed the charges as
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Who polices the cultural appropriation gatekeepers? | Kenan Malik 14 Apr 1:10am Who polices the cultural appropriation gatekeepers? | Kenan Malik
Indigenous musicians in Canada are at one another’s throats over the Cree artist Cikwes’s use of a traditional Inuit singing technique Another week, another row over cultural appropriation. But this one is different. It’s not a white artist being accused of appropriating the cultural forms of a minority community but an Indigenous Canadian artist being condemned for using the musical style of another Indigenous community.
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Growing up in public, warts and all, deserves our respect, not scorn | Martha Gill 14 Apr 1:05am Growing up in public, warts and all, deserves our respect, not scorn | Martha Gill
Some might write off generation Z as narcissists, but they are more open and honest than the rest of us There’s a theme running through the cultural hits of recent years, those stories we went particularly mad for.
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As Ebola kills in Africa, in the west lies over vaccines beguile the complacent | Mark Honigsbaum 14 Apr 1:00am As Ebola kills in Africa, in the west lies over vaccines beguile the complacent | Mark Honigsbaum
The epidemic in the DRC has been impossible to contain because of the spread of anti-vax mythsWith the possible exception of quinine,
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A points-based system doesn’t end naked prejudice against migrants | Kenan Malik 14 Apr 1:00am A points-based system doesn’t end naked prejudice against migrants | Kenan Malik
Australia’s approach to immigration, seen as a model for future UK policy, is fatally flawed ‘How long have you been living in Australia?” I asked the cabbie in Melbourne. Three years, he said. He’d come from India. “Do you like it here?” I asked. No, he said. Why not? “Would you want to spend your life driving a cab?” He had trained in IT. He had submitted dozens of job applications after arriving in Australia, the proud possessor of a permanent resident visa. Soon, though, he discovered that the only job many Australians thought he was fit for was driving a cab.
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The Observer view on giving voters their say on Brexit | Observer editorial 14 Apr 1:00am The Observer view on giving voters their say on Brexit | Observer editorial
Politicians cannot be trusted to agree on anything within the next six months. They should leave it to the voters‘Please do not waste this time,”
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Safety shortcuts are causing Boeing’s crashes | letters 14 Apr 1:00am Safety shortcuts are causing Boeing’s crashes | letters
Pressures to reduce weight and costs are pushing airlines to override sound engineering measuresI spent many years working on the functional safety of avionics systems so I have some sympathy with Will Hutton’s comments on deregulation (
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May I have a word about ... the confusion caused by City terminology 14 Apr 12:59am May I have a word about ... the confusion caused by City terminology
Explanations by those in the know in the Square Mile do little to clarify what they are trying to say The ways of the City are often beguiling, but more often bewildering. What, for example, does “random location omnibus” mean? This was in a newspaper report on the Bank of England’s inflation attitudes survey on whether interest rates will go up or down this year. The Office for National Statistics offers
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