The Guardian

The private takeover of schools

While outside is dark, inside Waltham Abbey town hall are almost 200 people worried about the future of a primary school. This meeting has been pulled together on a shoestring by parents living in a part of Essex where politics is usually about working out which candidate is wearing the blue rosette.

Aditya Chakrabortty, Dec 12 2018

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Funding hate across the pond

Dark money is among the greatest current threats to democracy. It means money spent below the public radar, that seeks to change political outcomes.

George Monbiot, Dec 12 2018

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May’s cowardly blunder saved us

What cowardice. She roused the country to the great climax of Tuesday’s parliamentary vote on her EU withdrawal deal, only to beat a retreat—yet another fateful error in Theresa May’s miserable, blundering leadership.

POLLY TOYNBEE, Dec 12 2018

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Cinema in journalism’s defence?

I asked a few cinephiles to name some popular movies that had raised public awareness about an important issue.

PAUL CHADWICK, Dec 05 2018

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The circle of prejudice

The hardest thing to come to terms with, watching the video of a Syrian boy being bullied in a Huddersfield school that circulated last week, was the sense of inevitability to it.

NESRINE MALIK, Dec 05 2018

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Mental health checks are a boost for new fathers

The news that partners of those new and expectant mothers who suffer from depression or anxiety will be offered mental health checks by the NHS is extremely welcome. It is good for men, but also a breakthrough for women.

Jack O’Sullivan, Dec 05 2018

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Anger on the streets of Paris

France is a republic that was founded in popular violence. Politics runs to the street here more rapidly than in any other western democracy.

John Lichfield, Dec 05 2018

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The gendered pain gap

Recently I’ve started to read the side-effects leaflets accompanying various medicines I’m taking. They make for amusing reading: standout possible side-effects have included feelings of grandiosity, a black and hairy tongue, and death.

Dawn Foster, Nov 28 2018

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Nigeria’s patriarchal tale

As the United Nations launched its 16-day worldwide campaign to combat violence against women on Sunday, I was reminded of how, while it is a global problem, it is one that leaves women in developing countries particularly vulnerable.

Sede Alonge, Nov 28 2018

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Cinema’s last emperor

The legacy and reputation of Bernardo Bertolucci is brilliant and yet complex: he was one of the giants of European cinema, a thrilling anti-fascist combatant of postwar culture, a liberation theologian of the movies who strove to understand the competing demands of radical Catholicism and Marxism on the left.

Peter Bradshaw, Nov 28 2018

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Speak to people’s hearts

In Europe, the United States and Brazil, authoritarian nationalism is sweeping to power through a mixture of negative emotion and elite connivance. But this is no mere re-run of the 1930s.

PAUL MASON, Nov 28 2018

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Don’t shoot the messenger

When the then UN special rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, visited the UK in April 2014, she had strong words of condemnation for the country’s institutional misogyny and sexist popular culture.

NESRINE MALIK, Nov 21 2018

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The rise of the nano-influencer

For his book Mimesis, the German-Jewish literary critic Erich Auerbach undertook a grand survey of western literature from his wartime exile in Istanbul. He wanted to show that literature was becoming ever more democratic in its representation of reality, ever more attentive to the human individual.

Richard Godwin, Nov 21 2018

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