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One in 10 face extinction

biodiversity

One in 10 UK wildlife species faces extinction, major report shows

2016 Wildlife Report pictures

A bland government response

Damian Carrington - Guardian 14th September 2017

The Mogg

TheMog

Jacob Rees-Mogg's pose is fake. The contempt is real

Polly Toynbee - Guardian 14/08/17


A cold reactionary lies behind the Jacob Rees-Mogg act

Catherine Bennet - Guardian 22/0717

Mogg

Why Jacob Rees-Mogg for Tory leader is
no laughing matter


Michael Segalov - Guardian 20/0717


and

from the Telegraph

TelegraphMogg

The wit and the wisdom of Jacob Rees-Mogg

Francis Blagburn - Telegraph 14/08/17

Historical Nightmares

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Ten years after the crash, there’s barely
suppressed civil war in Britain


Aditya Chakrabortty - Guardian 15/08/17

liberal-values

How the crash discredited the Anglo-US democratic model

Will Hutton - Observer 13/08/17


Cynical Manipulation of Pensioners



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Guardian Long Reads on Ageing and retirement. A series of nine articles

Guardian 29/03/17

Economic Failure

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Populism is the result of global economic failure

Larry Elliot - Guardian

Interesting comments on this article
One in particular

Good article. Sums up the core of the problem perfectly. If you add to that the complete imbalance of economic circumstances between first and third world countries you can see quite clearly why we're in the current mess. Which suits the populists just fine. All they have to do is pander to the instinct most of us have when faced with a crisis: circle the wagons. Insulate ourselves from all those nasty problems. Close the borders, no more immigrants or foreigners to take our jobs or flood our social security systems. Simple solution, really: revert to nationalism.
Except it doesn't work like that as countless examples throughout history have shown. The populists' "solution" is just another one of these panacea Elliot was talking about. Might work in the short run (and even that's doubtful, cf. Brexit or Trumpism) but it will definitely make things worse in the long run because it boosts group-think to levels where conflict, even armed conflict between first world states becomes a real possibility again.
The solution to all that misery is far, far more complex than the populists would have us believe. It lies in the fight to restore economic balance on a national AND an international level. This fight begins at home, that's true, and that's where the article is right (strengthen trade unions, get away from that "boss"-driven, profit oriented society back towards a saner and more just distribution of wealth). But by no means does it end there. If you want to combat social inequalities you have to acknowledge these things don't stop at borders. Multinationals and profiteers can only be tackled on an international level because, as the name implies, they are not hampered by nationality. And it certainly won't help if we turn in on ourselves like the populists want us to do. On the contrary, that will only enhance the "business opportunities" for the 1% who are very adept at playing one nation against the other.


Double Standard Contortions

referendum

Theresa May is dragging the UK under.
This time Scotland must cut the rope.


George Mondiot - Guardian 15/03/17

The make up of an ox

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Why time management is ruining our lives.

All of our efforts to be more productive backfire – and only make us feel even busier and more stressed
Oliver Burkeman - Guardian 22/12/16

Trump's Climate Change

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Trump in the White House: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

CJ Polychroniou - Truthout 14/11/2106

Avoid Blame

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Revealed: Chilcot inquiry was set up ‘to avoid blame’
Secret cabinet documents show Iraq hearings were set up to stop individuals being held accountable

Chris Ames & Jamie Doward - The Observer 20/11/16

Human Rights Cost Cutting

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Equality watchdog’s human rights fight ‘under threat’ after cuts
Union fears Equality Commission will become ‘dog with no bark, no bite and no ability to watch’

Jamie Doward - The Observer 20/11/16

Abortion still Criminal Act

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Victorian abortion law ‘breaches human rights’
Women’s Equality leader calls for decriminalisation as party is set to gather for its first conference

Tracey McVeigh - The Observer 20/11/16

IPA

The IPA

not an IPA

but
the

Investigatory Powers Act


IPA

'Extreme surveillance' becomes UK law with barely a whimper
Investigatory Powers Act legalises range of tools for snooping and hacking by the security services

Ewen MacAskill - Guardian 19/11/16

Political Extremism

extremism

These aren't hard Brexiters. They're political extremists

Zoe Williams - Guardian 16/10/16


The death of neoliberalism


neoliberalism

The death of neoliberalism and the crisis in western politics

Martin Jacques - Guardian 21/08/16

Chilcot

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Chilcot’s judgment is utterly damning – but it’s still not justice

George Monbiot - Guardian 06/07/2016

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