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Why did former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn choose a life on the run? - podcast 13 Jan 10:00pm Why did former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn choose a life on the run? - podcast
The former CEO of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, was once one of Japan’s most respected business people. Now, as the Guardian’s Justin McCurry reports, he’s on the run in Lebanon after fleeing the country to escape corruption charges. Also today: Gary Younge looks back on the opportunities he had as he bows out after 26 years at the Guardian Stories in the business pages don’t often catch the eye of Hollywood scriptwriters. But the case of Carlos Ghosn is an exception. Over Christmas, the former boss of the Japanese car giant Nissan, wearing a disguise, reportedly hid inside a musical instrument case and jumped bail from corruption charges in Japan to Lebanon. The Guardian’s
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Labour’s leadership contest will be a chance to seal electoral reform in Britain | Polly Toynbee 13 Jan 1:33pm Labour’s leadership contest will be a chance to seal electoral reform in Britain | Polly Toynbee
Proportional representation is now mainstream party thinking. Candidates need to realise the value of building alliancesClive Lewis is the only faller at the
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The Guardian view on policing protest: not a job for counter-terrorism | Editorial 13 Jan 1:27pm The Guardian view on policing protest: not a job for counter-terrorism | Editorial
Bracketing Extinction Rebellion with neo-Nazis is grotesque. A review of Prevent must now take placeSurprise will have been many people’s understandable reaction to learning that Extinction Rebellion, the environmentalist network, was
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The Guardian view on two popes: good film, bad idea | Editorial 13 Jan 1:26pm The Guardian view on two popes: good film, bad idea | Editorial
Benedict XVI’s defence of celibacy in the Catholic church has caused problems for Pope Francis. His pope emeritus role is not working outOne of the most engaging films of last year was
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Do women feel guilt after having an abortion? No, mainly relief | Suzanne Moore 13 Jan 1:18pm Do women feel guilt after having an abortion? No, mainly relief | Suzanne Moore
Most women don’t regret their decision to have a termination – and that outlook could help us protect reproductive rights Women know themselves! Shock! Women can make the right decisions about their own bodies. Isn’t that amazing? Though I and most of my friends who have had abortions know this, I guess that’s just anecdata. You can’t trust women when they tell you that the main feeling was relief and that they didn’t really want a load of counselling about adoption or to wait another few weeks. Still,
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The big picture on Bafta nominations and US domination of the UK film industry | Letters 13 Jan 12:42pm The big picture on Bafta nominations and US domination of the UK film industry | Letters
The UK is to Hollywood what China is to Silicon Valley: a beneficial location to outsource production, with the bonus in the UK of substantial tax incentives, says
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Keeping your pecker up the English way | Brief letters 13 Jan 12:40pm Keeping your pecker up the English way | Brief letters
Rail travel in the UK | FirstGroup trains | English usage | Prevent strategy | Royal familyThe Travel section on rail journeys in Europe (11 January) was interesting and informative. However, next time perhaps you could add a supplement on how to get to London by train for those of us who do not live near there, as this is often the most unreliable, time-consuming or expensive part of the journey. It is easier, and often cheaper, to fly from Liverpool to Madrid and start our train journey there; and, yes, we are aware of the environmental cost, but until train journeys in the UK improve radically it will remain the preferred option.
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As Harry and Meghan are finding out, the royals don’t do ‘progressive’ | Simon Jenkins 13 Jan 11:59am As Harry and Meghan are finding out, the royals don’t do ‘progressive’ | Simon Jenkins
If the Sussexes thought they could create a new kind of royalty, the circling of the Windsor wagons should put them rightNo, the monarchy is not
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Letter: Sir Clive Callman obituary 13 Jan 11:48am Letter: Sir Clive Callman obituary
Nervously chairing for the first time a hearing at the General Medical council, I was fortunate in having
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The downing of flight 752 in Iran is a tragedy of complacency | Martin Rivers 13 Jan 10:29am The downing of flight 752 in Iran is a tragedy of complacency | Martin Rivers
Lessons from the 2014 Malaysian Airlines disaster were not heeded. Now 176 more people are deadOn 7 January, one day before Iran shot down a
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Meghan threatened to bring change. So she was hounded out | Owen Jones 13 Jan 9:21am Meghan threatened to bring change. So she was hounded out | Owen Jones
The Duchess of Sussex upset the self-appointed guardians of traditional morality in the media who fear her progressive valuesIf the media onslaught against Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, was a devious plot to transform red-blooded republicans into royal defenders, it would have been ingenious. A savvy royal family would have cultivated their newest princess, acknowledging that the long-term existence of the monarchy depends on continued support from – or at least acquiescence of – the socially progressive younger generation. Yet the first woman of colour –
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Was Mark Darcy based on Keir Starmer? Here’s the definitive answer 13 Jan 8:46am Was Mark Darcy based on Keir Starmer? Here’s the definitive answer
The clean-cut candidate for Labour-leader may suit the part of the Bridget Jones character, but is it a truth universally acknowledged? It is a rumour that has been circulating for some time: Mark Darcy, of Bridget Jones fame, immortalised by Colin Firth, had a real-life prototype. Clean-cut and handsome, the image of self-control, taciturn to the point of humourlessness, but underneath possessed of a dry wit and a passionate humanist heart: plainly, he was based on Keir Starmer. The Sunday Times acknowledged this weekend that it wasn’t the first to float the idea – it has been put to Starmer before and he said he had no idea. Helen Fielding has also been asked about it and demurred to confirm or deny. Surely we can figure this out by a process of elimination: Bridget Jones’s Diary, the novel, was published in 1996, although the character was created by Fielding for a newspaper column a couple of years beforehand. This was around the time of Starmer’s
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Look to Preston for an answer to Labour’s – and Britain’s – woes | Phil Jones 13 Jan 5:00am Look to Preston for an answer to Labour’s – and Britain’s – woes | Phil Jones
Labour’s radical localism in Preston has transformed the city, and given people the political participation they craveSince Labour’s resounding election defeat in December, it has become something of a truism to say the loss of its “heartlands” was
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The attacks on two Delhi universities reveal Modi’s targets: Muslims and their allies | Mukul Kesavan 13 Jan 4:00am The attacks on two Delhi universities reveal Modi’s targets: Muslims and their allies | Mukul Kesavan
The BJP wants to suppress Indian Muslims and secularists who see them as equal citizens. But police violence has backfiredIn the middle of December, Delhi police tried to shut down university protests against the religiously discriminatory Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) by caning Muslim students into submission. Police officers smashed their way into the library at Jamia Millia Islamia university, trashed bookcases and beat the students inside,
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Pictures of the world on fire won’t shock us for much longer | Mark O’Connell 13 Jan 3:00am Pictures of the world on fire won’t shock us for much longer | Mark O’Connell
The Australia bushfire photos are already hardening hearts towards those in the midst of itNot so long ago, one of the reigning cliches around the subject of climate crisis was that it was a “looming catastrophe”. The situation was urgent, yes, and catastrophe was more or less imminent, but when people talked about it they mostly stuck to the future tense. It’s hard to identify the precise moment when the crisis moved from the horizon of popular imagination to the immediate foreground, but the spectacle in recent weeks of a
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Britain’s racism pantomime: now starring Meghan and Harry | Nesrine Malik 13 Jan 1:00am Britain’s racism pantomime: now starring Meghan and Harry | Nesrine Malik
The media are again playing both sides in a debate that is never intended to address injusticeIt’s pantomime season again. Is Britain racist? Oh no it’s not. Oh yes it is! The script is ready – all we need is to find new stars, maybe update the rest of the cast here and there. The last performance, at the end of December,
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After #MeToo, we can hear Christine Keeler’s real story | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett 13 Jan 12:59am After #MeToo, we can hear Christine Keeler’s real story | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
The BBC drama about the Profumo scandal upends the conventional narrative by offering us women’s perspectives In the second episode of the BBC drama
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