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Technology is terrorism’s most effective ally. It delivers a global audience

The suspect’s live broadcast of the New Zealand killings reveals such acts are always as much about instilling fear as inflicting violence WT24 Desk Terrorism is effective because it always seems near. It always seems new. And it always seems personal. Ever since the first wave of terrorist violence broke across the newly industrialised cities of the west in the late 19th ...

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New Zealand felt removed from the global voices of hatred. No longer

The Christchurch mosque attacks have challenged the complacency of the ‘Kiwi way’ Elle Hunt New Zealand has never been the perfect country you might imagine from afar, from the quirky stories about lovelorn gannets and avocado heists, but it is generally safe, and stable, apart from the earthquakes. In these times, that makes it an idyll. It is telling that three ...

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Cox’s verdict on the backstop is the final nail in the coffin for May’s deal

Last night’s Brexit negotiations were a charade and will ensure the prime minister is defeated in tonight’s vote Sonia Sodha “The legal risk remains that … the United Kingdom would have, at least while the fundamental circumstances remained the same, no internationally lawful means of exiting [the backstop].” And with that verdict from attorney general Geoffrey Cox on the modified withdrawal ...

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The European Spring holds the answer to the fragmenting EU’s plight

Rather than trusting unaccountable bureaucrats, such as Macron suggests, our New Deal would empower citizens Yanis Varoufakis and David Adler The European Union is fragmenting at a time when Europeans need it the most. Emmanuel Macron is right to point this out. But he is wrong to push another top-down agenda that lacks credibility, fails to speak to Europeans’ concerns, and entrenches the democratic ...

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Human rights mean nothing unless we defend real, threatened people

These hard-won and fragile privileges can be too easily taken away from us all WT24 Desk ‘The right to have rights.” It’s 70 years since the philosopher Hannah Arendt coined that luminous phrase in an essay in the American socialist journal Modern Review. Two years later, Arendt developed the idea into a chapter in her book The Origins of Totalitarianism. It’s an idea that ...

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The EU’s plan to rein in Facebook and Google will do exactly the opposite

The proposed shake-up to copyright law will only entrench the dominance of tech giants. There are other, better ways Carlos Fernandes The growth of the internet and user-generated content in the past 15 years has been underpinned by speed and ease of use. The foundations for this are commonly referred to as “safe harbour” provisions in copyright law. This means ...

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Feminism without socialism will never cure our unequal society

Gender inequality is a necessary condition of capitalism, so this International Women’s Day join a trade union Ellie Mae O’Hagan The chair of the Institute of Directors, Charlotte Valeur, has used International Women’s Day to criticise FTSE 350 companies for not making enough effort to recruit and promote women and minority-ethnic directors. Scrolling through the list of FTSE 350 companies, one will ...

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