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Kanye or Uncle Tom?

Last week rapper Kanye West met President Trump at the White House in what must be one of the most bizarre meetings in Oval Office history. Wearing his infamous, Chinese-made, Make America Great Again baseball cap, West regaled an unusually silent Donald Trump with his thoughts on masculinity, hydrogen-powered planes and the Democratic party.

NADIFA MOHAMED, Oct 17 2018

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Growth and misery

The late Prof Mick Moran, who taught politics and government at Manchester University for most of his professional life, had, according to his colleagues, once had “a certain residual respect for our governing elites”.

LYNSEY HANLEY, Oct 17 2018

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Don’t turn a blind eye to Saudi Arabia

For the dozens of women and other activists arrested in Saudi Arabia this past year alone, Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance last week at the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul will not have come as a surprise.

RODNEY DIXON, Oct 17 2018

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Nikki Haley’s departure

Another one bites the dust. That’s the story of Donald Trump’s foreign policy team. In his 22nd month in office, the president is on his third national security adviser and second secretary of state. Now, Trump has to fill yet another national security position: a new US ambassador to the United Nations.

MICHAEL H FUCHS, Oct 17 2018

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Books to get to grips

In the digital age, time is precious. Many technological innovations, from faster broadband to instant messaging, promise to make our lives easier and more efficient, saving time for the good stuff. Yet many of us feel more harried than ever. We vacillate between blaming technology for our time pressure and turning to it for the solution.

JUDY WAJCMAN, Oct 10 2018

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A spark to create a better world

One great taboo in the climate change debate is how much has improved over the past three decades: in public perception; in transnational consensus and determination; in scientific understanding and discovery. To stress these things seems to ignore the urgency of the situation, minimise the scale of the potential disaster, and let the air out of tyres that really need to be at their most pneumatic.

ZOE WILLIAMS, Oct 10 2018

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I reported harassment and was silenced

How many of us have contemplated the cost of speaking out against bad behaviour and thought, “no, it’s not worth it”? And how often as a result do perpetrators—great and small—get away with it?

ATHENE DONALD, Oct 10 2018

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Understanding modern Europe

How was Europe formed? This history begins around 100 million years ago, at the moment of Europe’s conception—the moment when the first distinctively European organisms evolved. Earth’s crust is composed of tectonic plates that move imperceptibly slowly across the globe, and upon which the continents ride.

TIM FLANNERY, Oct 10 2018

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Conway proves patriarchy has no gender

She is a woman who profits from internalised misogyny

SUZANNE MOORE, Oct 03 2018

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Matilda, stay young

Quentin Blake’s new illustrations for the covers of Matilda, celebrating 30 years of the book, provoke a mixture of emotions, simultaneously empowering and bittersweet.

Cressida Cowell, Oct 03 2018

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The political power of women

The Senate judiciary committee hearing on Thursday was a bizarre set of contradictions. On the one hand, the Republican senators were superficially respectful to Christine Blasey Ford: they repeatedly asked her what she needed, hired a female prosecutor to question her, and largely refrained from the kind of denigrating slurs that allowed the media to label Anita Hill “a little nutty and a little slutty” 27 years ago.

MEGHAN O’ROURKE, Oct 03 2018

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Octopuses on MDMA

One continued a tradition of surprises from the octopus—and generated headlines around the world. Scientists Eric Edsinger and Gül Dölen gave octopuses the “party drug” MDMA, or ecstasy, and found that on the drug they were more inclined to approach other octopuses, and also interacted less cautiously, initiating more body contact.

PETER GODFREY-SMITH, Sep 26 2018

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Angry women are the solution. Not a problem

I’m aware of the consequences for women who go off-script. When I published a book earlier this year—six personal essays about all the things we’re not meant to say—I was fearful of the public response, afraid of being labelled disruptive. And I have been—but mostly in a good way. Every day I get emails from readers thanking me for talking about alcoholism, infertility and sexual violence.

EMILIE PINE, Sep 26 2018

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What do personality tests really tell you?

Personality tests are all the rage. Yet, we don’t really do them to find out the truth

ARWA MAHDAWI, Sep 26 2018

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