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Like many women before her, Theresa May was set up to fail

While men like Chris Grayling manage to keep their jobs, the prime minister’s failure will confirm to macho Westminster that women just can’t cut it Stefan Stern You can have sympathy for the person even while you are reading out a lengthy charge sheet. This is not a plea in mitigation for the departing prime minister. Theresa May was handed ...

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Shocked by the rise of the right? Then you weren’t paying attention

The seeds of Trump, Brexit and Modi’s success were sown by endemic racism and unfairness. Tackling that is the answer Gary Younge The morning after both Donald Trump’s victory and the Brexitreferendum, when a mood of paralysing shock and grief overcame progressives and liberals on both sides of the Atlantic, the two most common refrains I heard were: “I don’t recognise ...

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White teachers like me should not be policing black pupils’ hair

New research confirms what I’ve seen as a teacher – many children with afro-textured hair face prejudice in UK schools Holly Rigby Last year, a 12-year-old student was forced to take legal action after he was threatened with suspension by his London school for wearing his hair in dreadlocks. More recently, a six-year-old was sent home from school for having a “skin fade”, a ...

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Five more years of Narendra Modi will take India to a dark place

If the Indian prime minister is returned to office, his sectarian politics will make bigotry the defining ideal of the republic Kapil Komireddi Indian elections are a marvel to behold. The rules stipulate that no citizen should have to travel more than 2km to vote. So the state goes to the voters. Carrying oxygen tanks, election officials scaled the Himalayas ...

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China wants us to forget the horrors of Tiananmen as it rewrites its history

The state is enforcing a collective amnesia about not only recent political events but those that happened thousands of years ago Louisa Lim and Ilaria Maria Sala Remembering the deaths of 4 June 1989 is no neutral task. It is a civic duty, a burden and an act of resistance in countering a state-level lie that risks spreading far beyond China’s borders. On that day the Communist party ...

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Shadow of Bengal polls to linger over republic

Ever since the Trinamul Congress stormed to power in West Bengal in 2011, Mamata Banerjee faces her sternest test. Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay The Bharatiya Janata Party had hoped this time that West Bengal would turn out to be its Uttar Pradesh of 2014. In the 2019 edition of the polls, the party dreamt that even if its strike rate did not ...

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The political landscapes of Brexit Britain and Weimar Germany are scarily similar

A new exhibition in Berlin highlights how quickly a loss of respect for democracy can end in catastrophe Martin Kettle Enter the disturbing special exhibition that has recently opened in Berlin’s German Historical Museum and you are immediately confronted with a series of bleak statements: “Liberal democracy cannot be taken for granted any longer … Authoritarian parties are even gaining strength in ...

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