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One man’s quest to meld Adam Smith and Marx – by creating an Uber for jobs

Wingham Rowan wants to harness technology to make zero-hours culture less exploitative. Will his project improve our lives – or is it part of the problem?<p>Not far from the Ritz hotel, beyond the cigar stores and shooting shops of Piccadilly, lies the secluded splendour of Lancaster House. A …

Yanis Varoufakis: How I became an erratic Marxist

Before he entered politics, Yanis Varoufakis, the iconoclastic Greek finance minister at the centre of the latest eurozone standoff, wrote this searing account of European capitalism and and how the left can learn from Marx’s mistakes<p>In 2008, capitalism had its second global spasm. The financial …

Economics

Drone warfare: life on the new frontline | Chris Woods

Safely ensconced behind flickering computer screens, military personnel are waging war in lands thousands of miles away. But is there a hidden human cost to remote-controlled combat?<p>Just a three-hour drive from Washington DC on the scenic Virginia coast, Langley Air Force Base is home to one of the …

Military

Stop calling for a Muslim Enlightenment

A party of school-age swimmers takes to the waters of a municipal pool in north London. Among her peers, one Muslim girl stands out – nine or 10 years of age, brown face and eyes under a yellow cap, sliding gingerly into the water in a cotton salwar kameez that prevents the male attendants, the …

Religion

Can Phil Taylor, the greatest darts player of all time, step away from the game that made him? | Ed Caesar

Some say Phil Taylor is Britain’s greatest living sportsman. At 54, he has nothing left to prove, but will not quit. Does he need the game more than it needs him?<p>Phil Taylor does not remember how much his father made working at Platt’s tile factory in Stoke-on-Trent in the early 1960s, but he knows …

Inside the Kremlin’s hall of mirrors

The thing that Margo Gontar found easiest to deal with were the dead children. They were all over her computer screens – on news sites and social media – next to headlines that blamed the deaths on Ukrainian fascist gangs trained by Nato. It was early 2014, Crimea had just been taken over by …

Russia