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Brexit is just one front in Europe’s battle for its soul

Whether it’s taking on Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, Germany’s AfD or Italy’s Matteo Salvini, this is one and the same struggle Timothy Garton Ash John Bull has been having a breakdown, and he’s getting worse, so now his housemates gather in the kitchen to decide what to do about him. Feisty Emmanuel from France thinks John is messing up all ...

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Across Asia, populism & democracy is on test

Modi’s ministers poured scorn over the Congress manifesto, without rendering their account of the promises made five years ago. K C SINGH Many Western liberal democracies have been swept up by an anti-globalisation and xenophobic mood, leading to the rise of rabble-rousing populists, reaching a zenith with US President Donald Trump’s election in 2016. In Asia, the contagion is much ...

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Bulldozing mosques: the latest tactic in China’s war against Uighur culture

The levelling of ancient sites in Xinjiang, alongside mass detention, is part of an attempt to destroy an entire society Rachel Harris Ten years ago, I started researching Islam among the Uighurs. I spent my summers travelling around the Xinjiang region in western China. I took long bus journeys through the desert to Kashgar, Yarkand and Kucha, slept on brick beds in ...

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Is climate change fuelling political conflicts globally?

There is increasing academic evidence that climate change is leading to conflicts but national governments are yet to come up with policy prescriptions KumKum Dasgupta Last week, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nation’s weather agency, released its annual report, State of the Global Climate in 2018. It is alarming. The earth, the report said, is nearly 1 degree Celsius ...

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Chernobyl’s disastrous cover-up is a warning for the next nuclear age

Before expanding nuclear power to combat climate change, we need answers to the global health effects of radioactivity Kate Brown In 1986, the Soviet minister of hydrometeorology, Yuri Izrael, had a regrettable decision to make. It was his job to track radioactivity blowing from the smoking Chernobyl reactor in the hours after the 26 April explosion and deal with it. ...

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The Election Commission must come clean on the deletion of voters

The case – Srinivas Kodali vs Election Commission of India – is important because it does not simply call for remedying the deletion of voters from the rolls, but raises a far deeper issue pertaining to accountability in the electoral process: that of “algorithmic transparency”. Gautam Bhatia In December last year, there were strong protests in Telangana during the assembly ...

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This is no time for a compromise with Brexiters: there is no middle way

A customs union is no better than a hard Brexit, and it’s a delusion that peace will break out if MPs are lured into the trap Polly Toynbee “Believe in Britain”, say leavers’ posters outside parliament. What sort of belief, as things fall apart? While Brexit voting consumed Westminster last Friday, another austerity tragedy slipped by unnoticed. In Hastings the ...

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