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The Empire Haunts Britain

LONDON — In August 1947, a Ministry of Works carpenter unscrewed the plaque by the door on King Charles Street in London that read “India Office” and replaced it with one that said “Commonwealth Relations Office.” The jewel in Britain’s imperial crown had become independent India and Pakistan. The …

European Union

Crossing Divides: The benefits of having friends who aren't 'just like us'

<b>Having a strong network of friends has many advantages, from offering support when we are down, to a group we can share our thoughts with. But could we be missing out if we only mix with people "just like us"?</b><p>For most of us, the people we see on a regular basis - our social network - are a defining …

Psychology

Five ways China's past has shaped its present

<b>To understand today's headlines about China's approach to issues such as trade, foreign policy or internet censorship, turn to its past.</b><p>The country is perhaps more aware of its own history than any other major society on earth. That remembering is certainly partial - events like Mao's Cultural …

China

What the Starbucks incident tells us about implicit bias

<b>(CNN) —</b> Could implicit bias training prevent an incident like the one at a Philadelphia Starbucks in which two black men were arrested after asking to use the restroom?<p>The word "implicit bias" or some variation of it has been used by Starbuck's CEO, the city's police commissioner, its mayor, NAACP …

Justice

Leslie Cheung: Asia's gay icon lives on 15 years after his death

<b>For the past 15 years fans of tormented superstar Leslie Cheung, one of the first celebrities to come out as gay in Asia, have gathered at Hong Kong's Mandarin Oriental Hotel to mourn the day he took his own life.</b><p>It's a poignant sign of why the daring and troubled star is still important today.<p>One …

Hong Kong

About the boys: Tim Winton on how toxic masculinity is shackling men to misogyny

In an excerpt from a speech about his new book The Shepherd’s Hut, the author says it is men who need to step up and liberate boys from the race, the game, the fight • Winton on writing ‘with my heart in my mouth’ – podcast<p>I don’t have any grand theory about masculinity. But I know a bit about …

Feminism

What is the gender pay gap?

<b>UK companies with 250 or more employees must publish their gender pay gap data by April 2018.</b><p>About 9,000 firms will have to calculate their gender pay gap and publish it on a government website by 4 April 2018, or 30 March for the public sector.<p>With big companies revealing their figures, including …

Gender

Hijab ban attempt is 'racism dressed up as liberalism', teachers' conference told

Union votes to challenge Ofsted chief’s linking of hijab to sexualisation of young girls<p>Efforts to bar girls from wearing the hijab at primary schools were “naked racism dressed up as liberalism”, a teachers’ union conference heard as it unanimously backed a motion attacking official support for …

Religion

Walmart shelves 'hyper-sexualised' Cosmopolitan

<b>Cosmopolitan, one of the world's largest magazines, is being removed from view at thousands of checkouts by the US supermarket giant Walmart.</b><p>The move has been celebrated as a victory by a conservative non-profit group that has lobbied against the magazine's "hyper-sexualised" content for years.<p>The …

Miley Cyrus

I didn’t understand male privilege until I became a stay-at-home dad

When my wife returned to work after parental leave, I took my first trip to the grocery with two kids, not knowing I would return home feeling like a hero. On a Monday morning, I pushed the green cart with flame decals through the second set of sliding doors and toward the deli. My 3-year-old son …

Parenting

How Winston Churchill stole from India for Britain’s war

“I am glad to learn from the Minister of War Transport that a strict line is being taken in dealing with requests for cereals from the Indian Ocean area. A concession to one country at once encourages demands from all the others,” the prime minister commented in a memo on 10 March 1943. “They must …

India

The story of one man’s pregnancy: ‘It felt joyous, amazing and brilliant’

Pregnancy is increasingly common among trans men. For Jason Barker, who has made a film about the experience, it changed his life<p>It’s hard to perform a somersault at 36 weeks pregnant. Towards the end of his debut feature film, Jason Barker is swimming in the London Fields lido in east London, a …

Pregnancy

Trump's Tariff Can't Start A Trade War Because It Started Years Ago

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would place tariffs on steel and aluminum imports has economists cringing. Conservative Republicans are dusting off the principles they learned in Econ 101, liberal Nobel laureate Paul Krugman is warning that Trump will start an economically destructive …

How the West got China wrong

LAST weekend China stepped from autocracy into dictatorship. That was when Xi Jinping, already the world’s most powerful man, let it be known that he …

The country training people to leave

<b>The Philippines has one of the fastest growing economies in Asia - but there aren't enough jobs to go around. So every year the government teaches thousands of people the skills they need to get jobs abroad.</b><p>When I arrive at the state-run Housemaids Academy in Manila morning exercises are well under …

Asia

The refugee crisis isn’t about refugees. It’s about us

I was a child refugee, writes the Chinese artist and activist. I know how it feels to live in a camp, robbed of my humanity. Refugees must be seen to be an essential part of our shared humanity<p>I was born in 1957, the same year China purged more than 300,000 intellectuals, including writers, …

Human Rights

Thanks, L’Oréal, but I’m growing weary of this hijab fetish

Amena Khan’s role in a new ad campaign, though short-lived, shows how the industry struggles to represent Muslim women<p>This month Amena Khan became the first hijabi model to star in a global mainstream hair campaign. L’Oréal, which featured her in its advert, apparently wanted to promote an …

Muslim Women

Why Taipei should be your next Asia holiday

When it comes to Asian cities, the likes of Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur take all the glory.<p>Taipei is often ignored as a must-see travel destination – …

This Sprawling Bookstore in a Former Church Will Have You Planning a Trip to Scotland

Leakey's is home to nearly 100,000 books.<p>Located in a former Gaelic church in Scotland and piled with nearly 100,00 books, Leakey's secondhand …

The fatal flaw of neoliberalism: it's bad economics

Neoliberalism and its usual prescriptions – always more markets, always less government – are in fact a perversion of mainstream economics. By Dani Rodrik<p>As even its harshest critics concede, neoliberalism is hard to pin down. In broad terms, it denotes a preference for markets over government, …

Economics

Black people have had a presence in our history for centuries. Get over it

It has been ugly. Two weeks of full-on, culture-wars inspired, anti-intellectualism; a fortnight of alternative-facts, dog-whistle racism and shameless misogyny. Yet this – one of the nastiest Twitter rows to date – was sparked by, of all things, the emergence of a children’s cartoon set in ancient …

British History

The eagle, the lion and the dragon: Singapore's future in the age of Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Caught between an ascendent China and an increasingly unreliable United States, Singapore's diplomatic future is at the heart of a debate on who really calls the shots in Asia.<p>The Lion City has historically had strong relations with both countries, an ally in Asia for Washington during the …

China

You Can Take One of America's Most Breathtaking Train Rides for Only $97

You can travel from Seattle to Los Angeles all for less than $100.<p>If you’ve ever wanted to see the West Coast without the hassle of driving, then we …

Trains

Capitalism's excesses belong in the dustbin of history. What's next is up to us

It’s time to dethrone capitalism’s single-minded directive and replace it with a more balanced logic, laying the foundations for a better, more equitable world<p>Back in February, a college sophomore called Trevor Hill stood up during a televised town hall meeting in New York and put a simple question …

Globalization

Does Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk ignore the role of the Indian army?

<b>Christopher Nolan's epic World War Two film, Dunkirk, which tells the story of the mass evacuation of Allied troops from the northern coast of France in 1940, has been getting glowing reviews in India.</b><p>But many are glowering over Nolan turning a blind eye to the role of Indian soldiers in the …

Indian Army

The Hard-Right Sticks With Trump No Matter What

In normal times ― that is, any time before the arrival of the Trump administration ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions would have handed in his resignation to the White House by now.<p>After all, President Donald Trump just expressed regret that he had nominated him, and made it clear that he might get …

Donald Trump

Trump is ushering in a dark new conservatism

In his committed mendacity, his nostalgia for the 1930s, and his acceptance of support from a foreign enemy of the United States, a Republican president has closed the door on conservatism and opened the way to a darker form of politics: a new right to replace an old one.<p>Conservatives were …

Political Science

Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world

It’s not just a populist backlash – many economists who once swore by free trade have changed their minds, too. How had they got it so wrong? By Nikil Saval<p>The annual January gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos is usually a placid affair: a place for well-heeled participants to exchange …

Globalization

Heritage hangouts: 8 of Hong Kong's colonial-era restaurants and bars

<b>(CNN) —</b> On the night of June 30, 1997, Hong Kong was preparing to enter a new historic chapter.<p>Thousands of Chinese troops arrived in Hong Kong, as the British lowered its flag. The occasion? A day later, the United Kingdom returned the territory to Chinese sovereignty after more than 150 years of …

Hong Kong