João Freitas

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Blair's 'psychological dominance' key in UK entering Iraq war, says Chilcot

Author of devastating report on war tells MPs that cabinet did not dare to challenge PM in run-up to 2003 invasion<p>Tony Blair’s “sheer psychological dominance” played a key role in the run-up to the Iraq war, and meant that flawed evidence justifying the 2003 invasion was never challenged, Sir John …

Why are so many SEN pupils excluded from school? Because we are failing them

Children with special needs are grossly over-represented in exclusion figures – we need a system that meets their needs<p>Each July, the Department for Education publishes its annual statistics on fixed-term and permanent exclusions in English schools. I always find them fascinating and depressing. …

Education

China is struggling to keep control over its version of the past

THE Chinese Communist Party likes to describe threats to its grip on power in barely comprehensible terms. Over the past three decades, it has …

The threat from Russia

FOUR years ago Mitt Romney, then a Republican candidate, said that Russia was America’s “number-one geopolitical foe”. Barack Obama, among others, …

Geopolitics

Possessions they may carry: but the soul of the refugee is left behind | Nelofer Pazira

My father carried a suit from Kabul to Canada, but found that it was more difficult to transport the man he used to be<p>The upheaval in Syria unfolded fast. It left Abd al-Rahman’s entire family dead. He abandoned his home in Damascus, which had become a slaughterhouse, and fled across the north …