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Is John Bolton trying to drive Trump to war with Iran? – podcast 21 May 10:00pm Is John Bolton trying to drive Trump to war with Iran? – podcast
Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, was a key architect of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Now he is stoking tensions with Iran. Julian Borger describes how the standoff could get out of control. Also today: Katharine Viner on how the Guardian is updating its language when reporting on the climate crisis John Bolton, who has been called “
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Ben Jennings on Nigel Farage and his expenses – cartoon 21 May 3:00pm Ben Jennings on Nigel Farage and his expenses – cartoon
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Theresa May proves herself the woman who has nothing for everyone 21 May 2:54pm Theresa May proves herself the woman who has nothing for everyone
The PM seemed determined to inflict yet more humiliation on her self during her latest Brexit speech It came billed as the prime minister’s “big and bold” offer. What we got was more of a hostage video. Theresa May’s previous major Brexit speeches had taken place in Lancaster House and a Florentine palazzo. Now she was squeezed into the atrium of PWC’s offices in Charing Cross, in front of just a handful of pre-selected journalists. Behind the lectern was a map of the world with the words ‘Seeking common ground in parliament’ written in tiny letters across eastern Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Presumably because there’s a better chance of that there than in the UK. Shortly after 4pm, May made her way hesitantly in front of the cameras, frequently raising her head towards some bemused accountants on the upper floors – the closest she was going to going to get a friendly face all afternoon. If only the
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Who are the villains of the British Steel crisis? | Nils Pratley 21 May 2:45pm Who are the villains of the British Steel crisis? | Nils Pratley
The government has been dithering for years, Brexit remains uncertain, and its owners a worry Choose your villain in
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This Milkshake Spring isn’t political violence – it’s political theatre | Aditya Chakrabortty 21 May 2:24pm This Milkshake Spring isn’t political violence – it’s political theatre | Aditya Chakrabortty
From Nigel Farage to Tommy Robinson and Carl Benjamin, dangerous figures on the right are being reduced to ridiculeWhat a lot of crying over a spilt milkshake. Since broadcaster and sometime politician Nigel Farage got
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The Guardian view on Greens in Europe: hopeful signs | Editorial 21 May 2:05pm The Guardian view on Greens in Europe: hopeful signs | Editorial
An enlarged Green group in the European parliament would drive climate policy forward, and prove that the activism of recent months has been effectiveIt is an ill wind that blows no one any good. Even the buffeting by the gale of rightwing nationalist parties in the European elections has a bracing message: that the environment is back on the political agenda. Recent months have seen a dramatic rise in the profile of green issues, following last year’s warning from the UN that the window of opportunity for action on emissions
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The Guardian view on May’s Brexit concessions: too late to save her deal | Editorial 21 May 2:03pm The Guardian view on May’s Brexit concessions: too late to save her deal | Editorial
Mrs May has shifted, but not enough to win over critics who prefer to take their chances on the alternative outcomes of a no deal, no Brexit or no Tory government There was a whiff of desperation about Theresa May’s last ditch
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Brexit is a sham but Theresa May just won’t admit it | Rafael Behr 21 May 12:55pm Brexit is a sham but Theresa May just won’t admit it | Rafael Behr
‘No deal is better than a bad deal’ was never true. Even as May’s power drains away, she can’t bring herself to come cleanHans Christian Andersen did not write a sequel to the Emperor’s New Clothes depicting the aftermath of the potentate’s humiliating naked parade through town. There is no record of the failed parliamentary votes to validate imaginary robes, nor of the talks on patterns and texture with the leader of the opposition. We can only imagine how the swindling tailors carried on peddling their wares, capturing a growing share of the clothing trade with their nonexistent fabric. And so Nigel Farage’s magical glad-rags roadshow is forecast to
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Crunch time in the European elections | Letters 21 May 12:51pm Crunch time in the European elections | Letters
Guardian readers discuss the parties running in the European elections, and who they will vote forWhile Labour should be concerned about the gaping 20% gap (
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Judge dismissed Kenyans’ claims | Letter 21 May 12:50pm Judge dismissed Kenyans’ claims | Letter
Sir Peter Stewart concluded that the passage of time since the alleged ill-treatment was so great that it was impossible for the crown to mount a meaningful defence, writes
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How Subbuteo’s inventor bent it round the wall | Brief letters 21 May 12:49pm How Subbuteo’s inventor bent it round the wall | Brief letters
Real names | The Guardian | Subbuteo | Banana bread | Packet browniesSorry Nigel Healey (
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Facial recognition tech is creeping into our lives – I’m going to court to stop it | Ed Bridges 21 May 11:52am Facial recognition tech is creeping into our lives – I’m going to court to stop it | Ed Bridges
I had no idea South Wales police were scanning my face in a public place. This creeping abuse of power must stopA few days before Christmas 2017, I stepped out of my office on to Cardiff high street to grab some lunch. Among the crowd of flustered last-minute shoppers, I was captured. Without my consent or knowledge, the police had
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The lost Louvre of Uzbekistan: the museum that rescued banned masterpieces 21 May 9:59am The lost Louvre of Uzbekistan: the museum that rescued banned masterpieces
This crumbling museum in a bleak town by a dried-out sea has one of the world’s greatest collections of avant-garde art, rescued from Stalin’s clutches. But without urgently needed help, it will die I am sitting at a huge table at the Ministry of Culture in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as officials explain what sounds like a wonderful opportunity. There’s currently an international call-out to find someone to run a gallery in the country, one housing the world’s second-largest collection of Russian avant garde art. What an amazing job, I think – raising the profile of a museum that could turn out to be the Louvre of central Asia. But the dream job may not be quite so dreamy. The next day, at a godawful hour, I get up to fly to Nukus in northern Uzbekistan, where this “museum of forbidden art” is located. En route, I blearily note that even the guidebooks can find little to say about this “unappealing city”. It seems the only other reason people venture there is for a spot of “disaster tourism”.
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‘Clean Brexit’ sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Trouble is, it doesn’t exist | Catherine Barnard and Anand Menon 21 May 9:36am ‘Clean Brexit’ sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Trouble is, it doesn’t exist | Catherine Barnard and Anand Menon
The Brexit party has a new name for no deal. But the case for it still relies on dubious assumptions and flawed analysisNo deal is back in vogue – to the extent that it ever fell out of fashion. As Theresa May nears the end, the chancellor
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Oxford University must become more diverse. But we’re already on the right path | Alan Rusbridger 21 May 7:05am Oxford University must become more diverse. But we’re already on the right path | Alan Rusbridger
The university’s new initiatives to widen access to under-represented students are a welcome sign of progressVaraidzo Kativhu is a second-year Oxford University undergraduate with a
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Want to stop Boris? More Tories should follow Heseltine and join the resistance | Gaby Hinsliff 21 May 7:00am Want to stop Boris? More Tories should follow Heseltine and join the resistance | Gaby Hinsliff
Moderate Tories appalled by the no-deal Brexit mania gripping their party must find the courage to put country first
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Why is everyone suddenly using the C-word? | Stan Carey 21 May 5:17am Why is everyone suddenly using the C-word? | Stan Carey
From viral videos about Tommy Robinson to Game of Thrones, there are signs the taboo is lessening – for someA journalist from Canada recently shared a video on Twitter in which
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Born lippy: how I helped Underworld write a socialist banger 21 May 5:00am Born lippy: how I helped Underworld write a socialist banger
When Aditya Chakrabortty received an email from a PR for the techno group, he fired off a reply and forgot about it. Then it ended up as the chorus to their latest track Three weeks before last Christmas, a shaggy jumble of an email flopped into my inbox. “Odd request,” it began. “Feel free to ignore if it makes no sense/is a load of old cobblers.” It came from a publicist for Underworld. The electronic-music duo were “collating lists of things/people/places and then taking them into the studio to create music”, he wrote. Having seen
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Why Bella Hadid and Lil Miquela’s kiss is a terrifying glimpse of the future 21 May 3:00am Why Bella Hadid and Lil Miquela’s kiss is a terrifying glimpse of the future
An advert featuring the human and virtual models is late-capitalist hell, ‘queerbait’ and digisexuality all at onceBella Hadid, a human supermodel, has been accused of “queerbaiting” after making out with Lil Miquela, a computer-generated influencer, in order to sell designer underwear. I know, I know, there’s a lot going on in that sentence. Please take a deep breath: we will unpack this late-capitalist hell together. Miquela Sousa, also known as Lil Miquela, is a fictional character created by a Los Angeles startup called Brud. Miquela has 1.5m followers on Instagram, where she shares pictures of her imaginary life and proclaims her support for LGBT rights and Black Lives Matter. In the past few years, the virtual model has become a veritable celebrity: starring in Ugg ads, interviewing artists at Coachella and collaborating with Prada. In her latest project, a video for Calvin Klein, she kisses a half-naked (and heterosexual) Hadid as a voiceover proclaims some marketing nonsense about dreams and doors.
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Why remainers should keep the faith and vote Labour on Thursday | Zoe Williams 21 May 1:00am Why remainers should keep the faith and vote Labour on Thursday | Zoe Williams
Corbyn’s equivocation on Brexit is maddening. But a vote for his party on Thursday is still the best optionLegend has it that a group of Liberal Democrats on the Isle of Wight once exercised their democratic right by putting the CND logo on their ballot papers rather than a cross. It was meant as a protest vote – though confusingly, one that was unrelated to nuclear disarmament.
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To defuse this crisis the US must start talking to Iran | Peter Westmacott 21 May 1:00am To defuse this crisis the US must start talking to Iran | Peter Westmacott
As Washington raises the stakes, the risk of a misunderstanding is high – and it could lead to a new conflict in the Middle East, Once again Iran is the focus of attention for Washington’s foreign policy hawks – and by extension for the rest of us. Donald Trump says he doesn’t want a war with Iran, but his
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Five more years of Narendra Modi will take India to a dark place | Kapil Komireddi 21 May 12:00am Five more years of Narendra Modi will take India to a dark place | Kapil Komireddi
If the Indian prime minister is returned to office, his sectarian politics will make bigotry the defining ideal of the republic Indian elections are a marvel to behold. The rules stipulate that no citizen should have to travel more than 2km to vote. So the state goes to the voters. Carrying oxygen tanks, election officials scaled the Himalayas to erect a voting booth in a village in Ladakh, 4,500 metres above sea level. In western India, a polling station was set up for the lone human inhabitant of a wildlife sanctuary. In eastern India, officials trekked for an entire day to reach the sole registered voter, an elderly woman, in a remote village. By the time voting closed on Sunday, some 600 million people had cast their ballots, 10 million of them for the first time. The refrain from Hindu voters has been identical: Modi has failed us, yes, but he's at least put Muslims in their place
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