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The Guardian view on Hong Kong: on the brink | Editorial 13 Aug 1:42pm The Guardian view on Hong Kong: on the brink | Editorial
The city is seeing new levels of violence. The authorities created this mess – how can it be ended?The memories of the bloody crackdown on Tiananmen Square’s pro-democracy protests 30 years ago are sharpening.
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The Guardian view on surveillance: Big Brother is not the only watcher now | Editorial 13 Aug 1:41pm The Guardian view on surveillance: Big Brother is not the only watcher now | Editorial
The problem is not that computers can recognise faces. It’s that they can’t forget themArguments about surveillance and privacy are usually framed around Big Brother – the overweening state. But the widespread use of facial recognition in private hands suggests a more urgent danger: that not just Big Brother but anyone in the family can watch, and profit from, our faces. The private landlords of the King’s Cross development in London are using facial recognition now in their CCTV surveillance. It is not clear
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After the Brexit storm, a new political alliance could emerge | Rafael Behr 13 Aug 1:31pm After the Brexit storm, a new political alliance could emerge | Rafael Behr
For those remainers repulsed by both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, there is at last real hopeWhen boxers go into a clinch it looks more like a tender embrace than a fight. The same is true of the clash between Labour and the Tories. There is no affection between England’s heavyweight parties, but there is a kind of intimacy about the way they lean into their antagonism for tactical comfort. Boris Johnson is glad to have Jeremy Corbyn to campaign against, and the feeling is mutual. Fear of installing a radical socialist in Downing Street imposes discipline on Tory ranks, while the Conservative leader presents Labour with a caricature of its arch enemy – careless, heartless and posh.
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Fear of Brexit disorder fuels Tories’ tough talking on crime | Letters 13 Aug 1:30pm Fear of Brexit disorder fuels Tories’ tough talking on crime | Letters
Readers respond to the news that Boris Johnson’s government plans a law and order policy blitzThe idea that yet another prison-building programme, and tougher sentencing, will reduce victimisation and increase public protection is a fallacy (
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Meat, dairy and nurturing the soil | Letters 13 Aug 1:30pm Meat, dairy and nurturing the soil | Letters
Dr Phillip Williamson
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Alan Turing inquest verdict is questionable | Letters 13 Aug 1:29pm Alan Turing inquest verdict is questionable | Letters
Co-authors of The Turing Guide say that recent scholarly publications have highlighted the possibility Turing’s death was the result of a fatal accident rather than suicideAs your report on the announcement that Alan Turing will be featured on the new £50 note says (
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UK must help the ‘half-widows’ of Jammu and Kashmir | Letters 13 Aug 1:29pm UK must help the ‘half-widows’ of Jammu and Kashmir | Letters
British government must put pressure on Narendra Modi to ease the plight of women whose husbands have been disappeared in the Indian state, writes
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What astrology tells us about humans | Brief letters 13 Aug 1:26pm What astrology tells us about humans | Brief letters
Astrology | Quick crossword | Old Folks Boogy | Cafe question | New 50p coins | Edinburgh festival jokesHoroscope writer Marissa Malik is quoted as saying: “Astrology reminds us there’s something bigger than humans” (
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Pulling out of EU meetings is a reckless PR stunt that will backfire on Britain | Chris Davies 13 Aug 12:19pm Pulling out of EU meetings is a reckless PR stunt that will backfire on Britain | Chris Davies
If we are to have any influence over issues such as the climate crisis, we must reach out to Brussels – not turn our backsNews that the British government is planning to
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John Bolton doesn’t want a trade deal with the UK – he wants to colonise us | Simon Tisdall 13 Aug 11:20am John Bolton doesn’t want a trade deal with the UK – he wants to colonise us | Simon Tisdall
Trump’s national security adviser wants the UK to be beholden to the US for its daily bread, making the country a timid American outpostJohn Bolton doesn’t do free trade. He does regime change in countries such as
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My father called for reform in Saudi Arabia. Now he faces death | Abdullah Alaoudh 13 Aug 10:43am My father called for reform in Saudi Arabia. Now he faces death | Abdullah Alaoudh
A tweet resulted in Salman al-Odah’s arrest. If he is executed it will be state-sanctioned murderIn September 2017, my father, the prominent Saudi reformist Muslim scholar Salman al-Odah, tweeted an innocuous message to his 14 million followers encouraging the government to end its
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How do you know whether you can trust poll results? Here’s what to watch out for | Rob Vance 13 Aug 10:13am How do you know whether you can trust poll results? Here’s what to watch out for | Rob Vance
The industry adage is that if it looks to good to be true it’s probably wrong. But the data reveals what’s really going on With the science of opinion polling under greater scrutiny
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Why canteens should stop serving beef – and probably milk too 13 Aug 9:02am Why canteens should stop serving beef – and probably milk too
Goldsmiths, University of London has put down a challenge to everyone with its canteen beef ban. It is one the rest of us should take up for the sake of the planet Goldsmiths, the university that brought us Britpop and YBAs,
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A new slavery museum will have no impact on racism in Britain | Kehinde Andrews 13 Aug 8:25am A new slavery museum will have no impact on racism in Britain | Kehinde Andrews
While people need to know the truth about the British slave trade, a museum won’t make racial inequality melt awaySadiq Khan has
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Of course the US supports a no deal – it makes a minnow out of Britain | Gaby Hinsliff 13 Aug 8:14am Of course the US supports a no deal – it makes a minnow out of Britain | Gaby Hinsliff
After Trump security adviser John Bolton’s visit it’s clear the price of US backing will be paid both in trade and foreign policyIf you thought it was bad enough when Donald Trump
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If Caroline Lucas truly wants to stop a no-deal Brexit, she must work with Corbyn | Phil McDuff 13 Aug 6:25am Updated If Caroline Lucas truly wants to stop a no-deal Brexit, she must work with Corbyn | Phil McDuff
As a Green party member I find this intransigence embarrassing. Remainers need Labour’s helpI’m old enough to remember when “Caroline Lucas should lead a national unity government” was just another fringe idea found in the hinterlands of Twitter. Alas, a week is such a long time in politics that Caroline Lucas has managed to
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How the climate emergency could lead to a mental health crisis | Anouchka Grose 13 Aug 5:23am How the climate emergency could lead to a mental health crisis | Anouchka Grose
‘Ecological grief’ is making Greenlanders depressed. They might not be alone for longThe Greenlandic Perspective Survey tells us that 90% of Greenlanders accept that climate change is happening. More than that,
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Chaos excites the men who run our country – as A-level day will prove | Suzanne Moore 13 Aug 2:00am Chaos excites the men who run our country – as A-level day will prove | Suzanne Moore
The destruction of our schools accelerated under Michael Gove’s ‘Long March to reform’. Now his former adviser Dominic Cummings is pulling the strings at No 10 A-level results week. Kill me now. One of mine is getting hers and I say: “Don’t worry, none of it matters.” But then
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Brexit has turned our government into an Orwellian Ministry of Truth | Polly Toynbee 13 Aug 1:00am Brexit has turned our government into an Orwellian Ministry of Truth | Polly Toynbee
While businesses struggle with the red tape of no-deal planning, ministers are busy with commemorative coins Britain is battle-ready for no-deal Brexit, that’s the message. Downing Street gave every department 72 hours last week to present watertight crash-out plans and woe betide any whose ideas blow up later, Dominic Cummings menaced. “Task and finish units” will stress-test each one: tremble at the military-style management speak. In case anyone dares express a doubt that the nation is 100% ready, a rapid rebuttal unit was launched yesterday by Michael Gove to kill off any “media myths and half-truths”,
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Nationalism in England is not just a rightwing nostalgia trip | John Denham 13 Aug 1:00am Nationalism in England is not just a rightwing nostalgia trip | John Denham
Campaigners for ‘remain and reform’ need to offer a new democratic settlement to win over hearts and minds Over the past three years the spectre of a rampant English nationalism has gripped the imagination of the liberal left. The rise of a racist, backward-looking, imperialistic and xenophobic political force has been conjured up by politicians and commentators alike, serving as a convenient whipping boy for Brexit chaos and other travails. English discontent certainly does lie at the root of much recent turmoil. In 2015 fears that the SNP would dominate a weak minority Labour government helped give David Cameron his surprise majority (John McDonnell’s
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