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The Guardian view on 16-year-old soldiers: armies are for adults | Editorial 21 Aug 1:35pm The Guardian view on 16-year-old soldiers: armies are for adults | Editorial
With under-18s making up almost 30% of recent British army recruits, the UK is increasingly out of stepThat the British army has, over the past year, continued its energetic recruitment of 16- and 17-year-olds should surprise no one who is familiar with the ongoing argument about the UK’s
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The Guardian view on Trump and Greenland: no sale | Editorial 21 Aug 1:33pm The Guardian view on Trump and Greenland: no sale | Editorial
The great ice sheets are more valuable to the world than the oil that lies beneath themOne of the classic storylines of science fiction is the emergence of a mutant child, with powers far beyond those of adults and no understanding of their use. The theme is carried to its the extreme in Jerome Bixby’s story
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Britain and Italy are now the terrible twins of Europe | Martin Kettle 21 Aug 1:00pm Britain and Italy are now the terrible twins of Europe | Martin Kettle
Poles apart for decades, the similarities are now uncanny as populist governments produce ever more extreme policiesFor most of the time since 1945, the politics and government of Britain and Italy have seemed like polar opposites. True, both were important European powers. True too, each had a place among the world’s major economies. Even now, Britain and Italy will be among the select group of economically powerful nations whose leaders will gather in the Second Empire splendour of Biarritz’s Hotel du Palais this weekend for the latest
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Life-changing messages for people with dementia | Letters 21 Aug 12:08pm Life-changing messages for people with dementia | Letters
We must challenge the rhetoric that describes those living with dementia as no longer themselves, says
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A glimmer of hope after the cuts that derailed the Welsh economy | Letters 21 Aug 12:07pm A glimmer of hope after the cuts that derailed the Welsh economy | Letters
The Heart of Wales line offers rare hope amid the decline of the railways, argue
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Is Jeremy Corbyn the hero or zero of national unity? | Letters 21 Aug 12:07pm Is Jeremy Corbyn the hero or zero of national unity? | Letters
Views on the Labour leader’s role in any national unity government from
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Let every pupil have a gap year before university | Letters 21 Aug 12:05pm Let every pupil have a gap year before university | Letters
This would solve the problem of predicted A-level grades, and students who choose university after a year’s break are likely to be confident they actually want to be there, writes
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The great British school holidays washout | Brief letters 21 Aug 12:05pm The great British school holidays washout | Brief letters
Changing your name | School summer holidays | Socks | HS2 | No-deal Brexit | Today programmeApropos men who take their wives’ surnames (
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I’m not surprised Olivia Laing is sharing her book prize money – I did the same | Daniel Hahn 21 Aug 9:35am I’m not surprised Olivia Laing is sharing her book prize money – I did the same | Daniel Hahn
The novelist splitting her James Tait Black prize winnings with other writers is a sign of the literary world’s hidden generosityWhen I read this week that Olivia Laing would be
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I wrote a sketch about Muslims at airport security. Guess what happened next | Aatif Nawaz 21 Aug 8:23am I wrote a sketch about Muslims at airport security. Guess what happened next | Aatif Nawaz
Being stopped in airports happens all too often to people like me. Why must we pay the price for widespread prejudice?I know it’s coming – the double-take at my face, the auxiliary taps on the keyboard, the indiscrete scribble on my boarding pass. I find myself thinking a familiar thought: thank God I came early. On what seemed like a packed flight from London to Los Angeles – I was the only person pulled aside for “random additional security screening”.
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Already loving VAR? Wait until the Premier League finds a sponsor for it | Marina Hyde 21 Aug 7:52am Already loving VAR? Wait until the Premier League finds a sponsor for it | Marina Hyde
Despite the Premier League’s problems finding a new chief executive, rest assured the lucrative sponsorship of the new on-screen pregnant pause will be a far easier position to fill How can it be that the Best/Most Exciting/Richest League in the World TM has still to avail itself of a chief executive, a full 14 months after Richard Scudamore announced he was standing down? Perhaps the Premier League’s tireless quest for superlative accolades means it is trying to outstrip Belgium, which famously went for 589 days without a government. It is now certainly the most Chief Executiveless League in the World, and we can only salute Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck – who is handling the process of filling the role – for his courage, his strength, and his indefatigability. Having said that, the Premier League does have an acting chief executive in the form of Richard Masters, a man who has now been acting for so long that he is expected to receive a Bafta fellowship next year. The Premier League tell me that the search for Scudamore’s replacement is “an ongoing process, with no set time frame,” giving it the flavour of my intention to learn Mandarin, or sort out the top kitchen cupboards.
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‘Self-care’: how a radical feminist idea was stripped of politics for the mass market | André Spicer 21 Aug 6:34am Updated ‘Self-care’: how a radical feminist idea was stripped of politics for the mass market | André Spicer
Audre Lorde proposed a series of calming activities as a way to survive adversity. Now it’s just another form of ‘me time’What do professional golfers, radical queer feminists and Instagram lifestyle influences have in common? They are all devotees of “self-care”. While the earlier self-help movement focused on improving yourself, the relatively new self-care movement
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Yes, contemporary capitalism can be compatible with liberal democracy | William Arthur Galston 21 Aug 6:00am Yes, contemporary capitalism can be compatible with liberal democracy | William Arthur Galston
Changes in capitalism’s structure have moved faster than the policies required to domesticate them, and liberal democratic governments are scrambling to catch up Is contemporary capitalism compatible with liberal democracy? The glib answer, though not wrong, is that it had better be. There are no known examples of fully socialized economies with a liberal democratic regime. The more considered answer is that it
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So we’d be happier as empty-nester parents? That’s rubbish | Simon Hattenstone 21 Aug 3:00am So we’d be happier as empty-nester parents? That’s rubbish | Simon Hattenstone
My children are adults, and the house is buzzing with life. Even thinking of them leaving fills me with a sense of lossChristoph Becker and his colleagues at Heidelberg University in Germany have discovered that people with kids are
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Just as in 1914, the Brexit buildup is making calamity feel inevitable | Rafael Behr 21 Aug 1:00am Just as in 1914, the Brexit buildup is making calamity feel inevitable | Rafael Behr
The Damascene moment remainers hoped for shows no sign of coming, and disaster feels all too predictableThe historian
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Ignore the sneering: young people’s rage is an age-old sign of failed politics | Fiona Sturges 21 Aug 1:00am Ignore the sneering: young people’s rage is an age-old sign of failed politics | Fiona Sturges
Like the rockers and ravers before them, this generation treats the choices of their elders with alarm In the documentary Everybody in the Place, the Turner prize-winning artist
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