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Climate change: obsession with plastic pollution distracts attention from bigger environmental challenges
Blogs
Now is not the time to be distracted by the convenient truth of plastic...
Venezuela crisis explained: a tale of two presidents
Blogs
Daniel Hellinger • Why did both presidents try so hard to justify...
Razor burned: Why Gillette's campaign against toxic masculinity missed the mark
Blogs
Alan Abitbol • Who knew a razor blade company could become so...
Iceland Christmas ad: barred, but it will help 2018 go down as the year of 'corporate caring'
Christmas
Cathrine Jansson-Boyd • A cynical person might say Iceland is simply...
Brexit political declaration: what it means for the future UK-EU relationship
Blogs
Paul James Cardwell • Nothing in the document legally requires either...
Brexit deal agreed by British cabinet, but parliament's approval remains unlikely
Blogs
Robin Pettitt • While May has managed to get her cabinet to support...
US midterm results: six issues on the country’s uncertain future
Blogs
Scott Lucas | The most important person in America will be Robert Mueller....
Individual action won’t achieve 1.5ºC warming – social change is needed, as history shows
Blogs
“What can we do about climate change” is a tangible taboo...
Behind the Brexit vote, Labour remains dangerously divided
Blogs
Eurosceptics may comprise a small part of the Labour Party, but events have...
Sweden election: yes, the far right made gains, but we're not falling apart
Blogs
Anamaria Dutceac Segesten | Like IKEA, Swedish politics will probably remain...
Genoa bridge collapse: maintaining these structures is a constant battle against traffic and decay
Blogs
Marios Chryssanthopoulos • In the shadow of this terrible loss of life, it...
Madonna: pop's superlative shapeshifter turns 60 with style
Music
Madonna still has the edge, simply because what she’s doing now cannot be...
The term ‘fake news’ is doing great harm | Joshua Habgood-Coote
Blogs
In the mouths of right-wing demagogues, the accusation is a command not to...
The ‘Mohamed Salah’ effect
Blogs
In a country with growing unemployment and political unrest, Salah is an icon...
What does GDPR mean for me? An explainer
Tech & Gaming
Following years of data breaches and hacks and scandals about government and...
For Gaza’s peaceful protesters, power is all about perception | Leonie Fleischmann
Blogs
Despite the protests’ non-violent origins and goals, events unfolded...
Donald Trump backs out of Iran nuclear deal: now what?
Blogs
This isn’t about whether or not Iran has leeway to build a nuclear...
Why it’s so hard to #DeleteFacebook | S. Shyam Sundar
Blogs
As in all abusive relationships, users have a psychological dependence that...
Don’t quit Facebook, but don’t trust it, either
Blogs
Prof. Denise Anthony and Luke Stark • Facebook has grown from its origins...
Pope Francis won’t support women priests – Here’s what he could do
Blogs
Although Pope Francis is unlikely to allow women into the priesthood, it is...