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Saudi Arabia won’t attack Iran. But it may pay someone else to

The US is being fooled that it needs to rescue its ally in the Middle East. The Saudis always get others to fight for them Nesrine Malik There is a longstanding joke told in the Middle East about Saudi Arabia’s reluctance to fight its own wars. “Saudi Arabia will fight until the last Pakistani,” the punchline goes, in reference to ...

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Even bankers are starting to think Corbyn might be the safe choice now

Faced with the Tories’ no-deal extremism and a glaring crisis in capitalism, the financial establishment is losing its fear of a radical Labour government Andy Beckett Beneath all the noise of Brexit, an unexpected question is being quietly asked in British politics as an election nears. Is a Jeremy Corbyn government actually the safe option? If you’ve been persuaded by ...

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Facial recognition technology threatens to end all individual privacy

Widespread use of this invasive tool must be halted until MPs have the chance to consider its devastating impacts David Davis The pernicious growth of the surveillance state continues with the imminent rollout of live facial recognition cameras across Britain. That is why this week I signed a statement, alongside a cross-party group of MPs, experts and civil liberties campaigners, ...

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The west’s self-proclaimed custodians of democracy failed to notice it rotting away

British and American elites failed to anticipate the triumph of homegrown demagogues – because they imagined the only threats to democracy lurked abroad Pankaj Mishra Anglo-American lamentations about the state of democracy have been especially loud ever since Boris Johnson joined Donald Trump in the leadership of the free world. For a very long time, Britain and the United States styled themselves ...

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For the sake of life on Earth, we must put a limit on wealth

It’s not just the megarich: increased spending power leads us all to inflict environmental damage. It’s time for a radical plan George Monbiot It is not quite true that behind every great fortune lies a great crime. Musicians and novelists, for example, can become extremely rich by giving other people pleasure. But it does appear to be universally true that in ...

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If the world ran on sun, it wouldn’t fight over oil

The climate crisis isn’t the only reason to kick fossil fuels – the prospect of a war to protect Saudi crude reminds us of that Bill McKibben We are sadly accustomed by now to the idea that our reliance on oil and gas causes random but predictable outbreaks of flood, firestorm and drought. The weekend’s news from the Gulf is a grim ...

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The populist rewriting of Polish history is a warning to us all

Thirty years after communism ended, Poland’s past is again being manipulated for political motives, this time at a museum in Gdańs Estera Flieger Populists treat the past like fast food: they go straight for what’s tasty and comforting for them, leaving aside the bits that might be healthier and more nutritious for all. But the honest study of history is ...

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White, male and middle class: why Britain’s political parties must change

Across the board, memberships remain hugely unrepresentative. Parties must do much more to reach out Tim Bale Regardless of the recent endless political convulsions and intrigue, one thing is certain: party conference season is going ahead as usual. Whether that’s a cause for celebration among the MPs and journalists schlepping to events in Bournemouth, Brighton, Manchester, Newport and Aberdeen in quick succession remains to be seen. For ...

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