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I know Elon Musk does good, but he's still a bonehead | Hannah Jane Parkinson

When I was at school, one of the go-to playground insults, I am afraid, was “paedo”. Mostly the teachers were paedos, but the socially awkward kid in sixth form and the janitor who scuppered your escape at lunchtime were also targets. Of course, I realise now that even jokingly accusing someone of …

Tesla

Genetically modifying future children isn’t just wrong. It would harm all of us | Marcy Darnovsky

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has taken what it clearly regards as a brave new step: it has openly endorsed the use of genome editing to engineer the traits of future children and generations. The council’s report, Genome editing and human reproduction: social and ethical issues, asserts that …

Genetics

As a transgender woman working in the gig economy, I'm humiliated daily | Hayley Stanley

On a warm summer day in 1966, when I was a five-year-old boy, I was chatting with two girls in the playground at school. At least five inches shorter than me, they were pretty, fair, had long blond hair, and were wearing colourful dresses. One of the girls said to me: “You’re really tall, and have …

Great Britain

If we are at a Brexit stalemate, we need a new parliament | Gaby Hinsliff

“Decent people, hopeful of a better country, conned by a bunch of chancers, tricksters, charlatans and cowards.”<p>Whatever the outcome of a police investigation into Vote Leave – which was formally accused by the Electoral Commission yesterday of dodging EU referendum spending limits by channelling …

Great Britain

Republicans have decided to follow Trump off a cliff of treachery | Peter Daou

The treasonous and unpatriotic behavior of the Republican party is an ugly stain on the US and a dangerous realignment of the world order<p>Trump has been given free rein to trash the FBI and US intelligence agencies while staunchly defending a dictator who ordered a brazen assault on America’s free …

Donald Trump

After this World Cup victory, can France finally throw off racism? | Myriam François

Liberté, egalité, Mbappé! After France’s World Cup victory on Sunday, the French slogan was rewritten to celebrate a winning goal by a 19-year-old player from the Paris suburbs who is donating his World Cup fee to charity because, he says, it is such an honour to play for his national team.<p>Much has …

University of London

Kylie Jenner has fuelled the myth of early success – but the odds are stacked against the young | Arwa Mahdawi

Insecure jobs, low wages​​ and unaffordable housing mean​ it is increasingly difficult for your hard work to pay off<p>As the world edges ever closer to apocalypse, it is important to take time out from the unrelenting hellscape that is the news to celebrate the occasional feelgood story. So, please …

Kylie Jenner

Andrew Griffiths may be wrong, but not because he likes kinky sex | Franki Cookney

When it comes to sex scandals in the UK, there’s nothing we like better than a Tory MP, some faux moral outrage and a spot of gratuitous spanking. Happily the Sunday Mirror was on hand last weekend to report that the Conservative MP Andrew Griffiths had paid a bartender Imogen Treharne and her …

RPGs

Talk of a second Brexit referendum is merely a distraction | David Henig

Just over a week ago the Chequers declaration led to headlines such as “Theresa May has pulled off a deal with her cabinet – and no one has resigned” and “Theresa May wins agreement for new UK Brexit offer”. Though to be fair the latter headline was followed by the line: “How long it lasts is …

Hard Brexit

How to sell grooming products to men? Plaid designs and pine scents | Krista Burton

I have some bad memories. Things I’ve seen, things I can’t forget. I’m OK during the day, but sometimes, in the silent hours after midnight, I wake up gasping, covered in sweat, clutching my chest. I know I can’t be alone; I know other people have seen these things, too.<p>I’m talking, of course, …

Men's Fashion

I’m a woman about to turn 60: here’s what I’ve learned about life | Suzanne Moore

What do women really want? To be told: “Good on ya for that Nobel prize.” Too often, people seem to think it is, “You’ve lost weight,” or, “You don’t look your age” – which is just a way of saying: “Well done, you, for not being on this planet long and for not taking too much space on it.”<p>There is …

Boris Johnson

Five human rights we should enjoy – while we still can | Van Badham

Fascism is a political philosophy. It exalts the supposed supremacy of a particular national identity or racial group above individual freedoms, social equality and the collective social good.<p>And these ideas seem frightfully trendy right now.<p>I’m not saying that today’s Poland, America, Russia, …

Rights & Freedoms

Bring back the silly season – my brain can’t handle Trump and Putin | Jack Bernhardt

I’ve finally worked out why 2018 is so terrible. It’s a combination of issues, obviously: the rise of far-right nationalism, a spineless political elite standing by as our democracy is subverted, Michael Flatley thinking that it’s acceptable to produce and star in his own gangster movie – these are …

Donald Trump

Trump outdoes Orwell in role as Moscow's Agent Orange | Richard Wolffe

'I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia,' Trump said, talking about the Russian president of the Russian Federation.<p>The best disinformation and psy-ops campaigns are supposed to leave you dazed and confused, unable to discern truth from fiction, friend from foe, right from wrong.<p>So …

Donald Trump

CEOs don't understand how angry workers feel about executive pay | Osmond Chiu

$53,000. That’s how much the median wage in Australia is. In other words, for half the population that’s the most they’ll bring home in a year while trying to feed, clothe and shelter themselves and their families.<p>It took the CEO of Domino’s Pizza just a few hours to earn that much, as he raked in …

Income Inequality

Our phones and gadgets are now endangering the planet | John Harris

It was just another moment in this long, increasingly strange summer. I was on a train home from Paddington station, and the carriage’s air-conditioning was just about fighting off the heat outside. Most people seemed to be staring at their phones – in many cases, they were trying to stream a World …

Washington D.C.

While Brexit dominates, the crisis in social care is deepening | Polly Toynbee

Adam stays ​because he is fond of those he cares for. His kindness is exploited by a system that pays so little<p>The great Brexit calamity blows everything else away. Nothing gets done and serious crises are left mouldering by this absentee government. At least Brexit warfare distracts from the …

Social Work

France squandered the unity of its last World Cup win. This time must be different | Iman Amrani

France’s recent history with football has been tightly linked to the struggle over its identity. For decades, politicians have used the diversity of the national team either as a symbol of integration at work, or as a warning of <i>Le Grand Remplacement</i> (the big replacement) – that “ethnically French” …

Soccer

The Guardian view on the Trump-Putin summit: Russia is the winner | Editorial

Before he left Washington last week for the Nato summit, his UK visit and talks with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump raised eyebrows by suggesting that the meeting in Helsinki on Monday might be the easiest one of the three. In retrospect, it is clear that this was not an off-the-cuff comment. It was …

Russia

Brexit has hit peak confusion. A new vote is the solution | Zoe Williams

People are being asked in polls to choose​​ not between concrete options​ but between a series of postures<p>There are two news stories that, if you read them side by side, would force you to conclude that the majority of British people had thrown caution to the wind: and not just caution, but wisdom, …

Boris Johnson

Trump's Putin summit is a slippery slope to a violent, darker world | Michael H Fuchs

Despite all of Russia’s aggression towards the US and Europe, Trump repeatedly sides with Putin over America’s own interests and allies<p><i>Vladivostok, Russia – Emboldened by re-election, US president Donald Trump landed in Russia today for the first meeting of the newly formed Group of 3 (G3) with</i> …

Russia

The Guardian view on Elon Musk: a billionaire in need of humility | Editorial

Elon Musk is 47 years old and terrified by artificial intelligence. The Silicon Valley billionaire thinks we’re living in a version of The Matrix. Maybe that is why he is building “ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers”. He wants to colonise Mars. Mr Musk …

Elon Musk

Tommy Robinson’s cheerleaders are hypocrites, but his strategy is working | Julia Ebner

Crowds shouting “Make Britain great again”, identitarian flags featuring the lambda symbol waving between #FreeTommy T-shirts. It’s fair to say that tourists trying to catch a glimpse of Westminster Abbey this Saturday did not see London at its best, despite the remarkable weather.<p>Not so long ago …

Society

Harassment is parliament’s dirty cross-party secret. Is it about to change? | Kate Maltby and Ava Etemadzadeh

In Armando Iannucci’s sitcom The Thick of It, government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker brokers a peace with his opposition counterpart. “Nobody talks about fucking dodgy donors, OK? Because it makes everybody look bad.” After taunting each other with what they could both reveal about each other’s …

Great Britain

Why didn’t any ‘World Cup heroes’ stand up for Russia’s LGBTQ+ people? | Lee Hurley

As Dejan Lovren raised his hands to grab a protester sprinting across the pitch during the 2018 World Cup final, teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé raised his to high-five another. It seemed to some like the youngest player to score in a World Cup final since Pelé in 1958 understood something to which …

Soccer

The Nato summit proves Europe doesn't get Trump – or the US | Cas Mudde

Study after study has shown Americans determine their voting behaviour (exclusively) on the basis of domestic issues<p>It was always going to be this way. Whatever Donald Trump ended up actually doing on his trip, Europe was going to go wild. Turns out, he did a lot. He gave incoherent interviews, …

Donald Trump

If the economy is 'roaring', why are so many Americans still struggling? | Bernie Sanders

I’ve been on the verge of eviction for falling so far behind on my rent. I’m getting by on food stamps Walmart worker<p>We’re tired of surviving, we want to live. We can’t even survive off $7.25 McDonald's worker<p>Donald Trump tells us every day the US economy is “strong”, “booming” and “roaring”. Yes. …

Income Inequality

Children who don't learn to cycle miss out on so much – as I know too well | Nazia Parveen

You miss out on the freedom it affords you, the health benefits, the expansion of social horizons<p>I would sit on our front doorstep watching in awe as my brother did wheelies on his BMX, whizzing up and down our cul-de-sac with his friends – with me looking on enviously, but never asking to have a …

Cycling

A second referendum during Brexit negotiations would be absurd | Simon Jenkins

An eerie truth is starting to dawn. Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn agree on Brexit. They are both realists. They know Britain needs a customs union with the EU. Perhaps they should go off to a Welsh mountain together, and do a Trump/Putin? Either way, it is time for parliament to offer united …

Great Britain