Autumn in Paris

Musab Younis, 25 November 2019

On​ 11 October, Julien Odoul, an official from the Rassemblement National, formerly the Front National, interrupted a French regional council session to ask a woman in the audience either to...

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Diary: ‘A test case for Corbynism’

Ben Walker, 25 November 2019

Derby City Council​’s offices sit on the River Derwent, a stone’s throw from the site of Lombe’s Mill, built in 1721, which claims to be the first fully mechanised factory in...

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Gig Economics

Katrina Forrester, 25 November 2019

The dystopian promise of the gig economy is that it will create an army of precarious workers for whose welfare employers take no responsibility.

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BJ + Brexit or JC + 2 refs?

David Runciman, 25 November 2019

The trouble with ‘Who governs Britain?’ elections is that elections are no way to decide that question.

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Palestinian Rights

Ghada Karmi, 25 November 2019

In Palestine we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country … The Four Great Powers are committed to Zionism. And Zionism,...

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Burma’s Problems

Thant Myint-U, 19 November 2019

On​ 2 May 2008 Cyclone Nargis slammed into the Irrawaddy delta in Burma, killing 140,000 people overnight. Three million more were made homeless. Worse may be around the corner. Rising sea...

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After al-Baghdadi

Patrick Cockburn, 19 November 2019

For a brief, astonishing period, this reborn caliphate governed, in brutal but well-organised fashion, a population of ten million, claiming divine inspiration in its pursuit of true Islamic principles....

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The Party Paradox

Jonathan Parry, 19 November 2019

It​ all seems very familiar. In the aftermath of a global financial shock, politicians found that the way they liked to communicate – expansive, optimistic rhetoric about democratic...

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Short Cuts: Would you whistleblow?

Joanna Biggs, 7 November 2019

How can a girl believe in an institution that asks her to gather blackmail material to make it easier for her country to begin an illegal war? How can a girl believe in a government that asks its people...

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In Dover

Patrick Cockburn, 7 November 2019

Squeezed into a small gap in the White Cliffs is a pair of irreconcilable worlds. On the one hand, a port whose efficiency is a monument to the benefits of a customs union and single market. On the other,...

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Europe inside Africa

Thomas Meaney, 7 November 2019

The Sahara​ is one of the few places on earth no one has been foolish enough to try to conquer. There have, however, been attempts, over the centuries, to govern it. In Ghat, one of the last...

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The NHS Dismantled

John Furse, 7 November 2019

The Americanisation​ of the NHS is not something waiting for us in a post-Brexit future. It is already in full swing. Since 2017 Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) have been taking over the...

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The Dreamings of Dominic Cummings

James Meek, 24 October 2019

I went​ travelling in Remainia. My aim was to write about St Albans in Hertfordshire, a city just north of London where voters and the local MP are out of sync on the wedge issue of the...

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On​ 6 October, Donald Trump made a phone call to Recep Erdoğan signalling the withdrawal of around two hundred US troops who were protecting Kurdish soldiers in northern Syria. Trump...

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Trump’s Death Drive

Judith Butler, 24 October 2019

Donald Trump​ would have us believe that his behaviour, his lawbreaking, is just fine, perfect even, and that the impeachment hearings are a kind of coup. What he has done he would do again....

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Max Beaverbrook’s Mediations

Neal Ascherson, 24 October 2019

‘It’s a​ disgusting case – her face lights up whenever that animated little deformity so much as turns to her.’ This was Diana Manners, writing to her fiancé, Duff...

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The Treatment of Migrant Women

Jacqueline Rose, 10 October 2019

There is a risk in recounting these stories. To describe what is being done to these women may seem to reinforce their status as victims, embedding them further in an unjust world with no –...

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What Struck Cameron

David Runciman, 10 October 2019

Cameron says of his time in government: ‘We proved in an increasingly polarised age that politics wasn’t either/or – you could be pro-defence and pro-aid; pro-family and pro-equality;...

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