Richard Sealy

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The wind in my hair: one woman’s struggle against the hijab

I’ve got too much hair, too much voice and I’m too much of a woman for them<p>The revolution took our bodies hostage, and it is taking them hostage still<p>We’re like the suffragettes, we’re risking breaking the law for something we absolutely know is right<p>Masih Alinejad unties her hair, and a sea of …

Cherry Blossom

Kaliningrad: the Russian exclave with a taste for Europe

When relations between Moscow and the west plummeted in 2014 over Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Crimea, pro-Kremlin media went into overdrive. They portrayed European countries as morally depraved, harbouring a visceral hatred of Russians. The foreign ministry warned travellers abroad against the …

Russia

Wearing glasses may really mean you're smarter, major study finds

If you wear glasses I’ve got some good news: you may well be smarter than the average person. A new study published in the journal Nature Communications has found that needing to wear glasses is associated with higher levels of intelligence. But you probably knew that already.<p>In the study, the …

Nature Communications

My cousin Frances, who’s 93, loves Donald Trump. Close friends despite our differences, we drove 2,000 miles across the US to Washington to try to meet the man.

Black Lives Matter

Chinese restaurant syndrome: has MSG been unfairly demonised?

I am in a restaurant in Glasgow where chopsticks stand ready in an eye-catching blue and yellow tin labelled Ve-Tsin Gourmet Powder. Produced by the Shanghai Guanshengyuan Tianchu Seasoning Company, the powder in question is monosodium glutamate (MSG). Apparently: “A sprinkling of Ve-Tsin will …

Processed Food

Say it ain't so, Joe! How 1919 informs America's entire worldview on gambling

America’s century-long distrust of sports betting can be traced to the night of 21 September 1919. That’s when several members of baseball’s Chicago White Sox met with gambling boss Arnold Rothstein in a New York hotel room to throw the following month’s World Series.<p>The scandal that unraveled …

New Jersey

At last, tyranny has ended in Malaysia. Now let’s build an open society

My father was kidnapped from by security forces and beaten unconscious on the night of his arrest<p>Last Wednesday, people power in Malaysia led to the destruction of the Barisan Nasional’s (National Front) 61-year hold on power and a peaceful democratic transition. Standing on the threshold of …

Asia

Daylight robbery: grey squirrels stealing millions of pounds of bird seed a year

Daylight robbery worth millions of pounds is taking place in gardens across the country with grey squirrels raiding bird feeders on a huge scale, new research has revealed.<p>The crimes were caught on video camera by scientists, who said grey squirrels are also known to raid birds’ nests for eggs and …

Birds

Eurovision 2018: the songs to look out for, from gay couples to toy camels

<b>The token metal entrant</b><p>Eurovision, maybe due to an obscure EU directive, has to have a token metal act each year – and if they’re theatrical enough, as with Lordi in 2006, they can win. This year it’s Hungary’s AWS with Goodbye Summer, a song inspired by the death of the lead singer’s father (“I’m …

Justin Timberlake

Trump just manufactured a national security crisis for no reason

Imagine the president of the United States of America sitting in the White House Situation Room with his top national security advisers and deciding that there are not enough threats to US national security. There are not enough wars and humanitarian crises around the world. The United States is …

South Asia

Staff say they have suffered a campaign of disinformation and hate from Polish nationalists<p>Officials at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and museum have described how they were subjected to a wave of “hate, fake news and manipulations” as a result of the controversy surrounding a contentious …

Europe

In Brexit stronghold of Havering, immigration is less of an issue now

Last summer a row erupted over Havering council’s plan to split from the rest of London. The motion, tabled by a Ukip councillor and dubbed “Hexit”, was an attempt to solve the east London borough’s so-called “identity crisis”.<p>“It was laughed out of the chamber,” says Fay Hough, the 30-year-old …

Great Britain

Ostracised and fetishised: The perils of travelling as a young black woman

<b>Ashley Butterfield, 31, has been around the world - but a visit to India brought home the particular challenges of being a lone black female tourist.</b><p>"Are blacks better in bed because of genetics or diet?" the middle-aged Indian restaurant owner asked me earnestly as I finished the dinner he had …

Women of Color

The postwar generation, now retiring in luxury, stands accused of a wilful failure to safeguard young people’s interests<p>T he late 1940s were about bombsites, rationing, loss and mourning, but amid the gloom a new generation was emerging. In the grim, grey aftermath of war, children were born on an …

Housing

In a rare interview since agreeing to join the European champions for £39m, the 17-year-old Flamengo striker talks about pressure, his hopes for the future and violence in Rio<p>All over the world teenagers dream about playing for Real Madrid and the Flamengo striker Vinícius Júnior is no different. …

Soccer

Windrush is only the latest UK immigration scandal: just ask the Chagossians

I am the Windrush generation. I didn’t travel from Jamaica holding my mother or father’s hand – but I travelled as a seed on those ships. So, when we talk about the Windrush generation we are talking about my contemporaries, my relatives, my school friends. I feel their pain. And I know that I …

Foreign Policy

Dutch rewilding experiment sparks backlash as thousands of animals starve

It is known as the Dutch Serengeti, a bold project to rewild a vast tract of land east of Amsterdam. But a unique nature reserve where red deer, horses and cattle roam free on low-lying marsh reclaimed from the sea has been savaged by an official report after thousands of animals starved.<p>In a blow …

National Trust

There are 13,000 business schools on Earth. That’s 13,000 too many. And I should know – I’ve taught in them for 20 years. By Martin Parker<p>Visit the average university campus and it is likely that the newest and most ostentatious building will be occupied by the business school. The business school …

Philosophy Of Education

Arsène Wenger changed the face of English football. It was all him

I will always remember the day before I retired, before the last game of the season in 2002, I went to Arsène’s office and knocked on his door. I had not actually had the face-to-face chat with him about retiring. It had been joked about around the dressing room – “Oh, Dicko is packing in” – and my …

Soccer

Amber Rudd boasted of harsher immigration strategy, leak reveals

Amber Rudd privately boasted to the prime minister that she would give immigration officials more “teeth” to hunt down and deport thousands more illegal migrants and accelerate the UK’s deportation programme, a leaked private letter has revealed.<p>In a robust private memo to Theresa May just months …

Great Britain

Windrush generation tell of holidays that led to exile and heartbreak

When Leighton Joseph Robinson, 58, went to Jamaica for his 50th birthday, it was the first time he had been back to the Caribbean since arriving in Britain aged six. But what was supposed to be a once in a lifetime holiday turned into a nightmare when, on his way home, he was stopped at the airport …

Amber Rudd

Trump of the tropics: the 'dangerous' candidate leading Brazil's presidential race

Jair Bolsonaro has openly cheered dictatorship and publicly insulted women. Now he’s deploying Trump-like tactics in his race for the presidency<p>Jair Bolsonaro’s disciples had packed the arrivals hall of this far-flung Amazonian airport, united by their contempt for the left and an unbreakable …

Brazil

May's immigration policy seen as 'almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany'

The hostile immigration environment Theresa May set out to create when she was at the Home Office was regarded by some ministers as “almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany” in the way it is working, the former head of the civil service, Lord Kerslake, has said.<p><b>Who are the Windrush generation?</b><p>They are …

Immigration

Home Office destroyed Windrush landing cards, says ex-staffer

The Home Office destroyed thousands of landing card slips recording Windrush immigrants’ arrival dates in the UK, despite staff warnings that the move would make it harder to check the records of older Caribbean-born residents experiencing residency difficulties.<p>A former Home Office employee said …

Great Britain

How Mark Zuckerberg's testimony lurched from easy ride to headache

As Mark Zuckerberg left Congress on Tuesday after testifying to the Senate, he may have felt relieved. The four-hour Q&A session had been largely dominated by mundane questions of fact about how Facebook works, requests for apologies and updates he had already given and was happy to repeat, and …

Social Media

Stephen Lawrence 25 years on: 'It was the moment we lost trust in the system'

The 1993 murder confronted Britain with its own racism. As a new documentary about the case is released, producer Asif Kapadia and Lawrence’s friend Duwayne Brooks ask what has changed<p>Had Duwayne Brooks been aware of the date that was looming? “Do you know what my name is?” he asks. “Whenever the …

Imran Khan

Sixty years ago, Belgium set up a live display of people from Congo for the 1958 world fair. Now the country is rethinking that legacy<p>Sixty years ago on Tuesday, Belgium staged the opening of the 1958 world fair, a glittering 200-day celebration of postwar social, cultural and technological …

Africa

Is it time to put Have I Got News for You out of its misery?

Have I got news for women? Not really. We already know men make the best clowns | Catherine Bennett<p>Read more<p>“You’re a patronising git, aren’t you?” said Steph McGovern on last week’s Have I Got News For You (6 April, BBC1, 9.30pm), serving Jeremy Paxman his arse on a plate. As guest host, Paxman …

Gender

Tracing his conversion from pool refusnik to aquatic evangelist, <b>Benjamin Law</b> asks: is swimming the Australian version of baptism?<p>In Australia, you’re expected to just <i>know</i> how to swim. It makes sense: more than four in five Australians live within easy walking or driving distance of the sea. As …

Australia

What is so far lacking is a critical mass of MPs prepared to take the large risks involved in making it happen<p>It is easy to set up a political party. You just have to register with the Electoral Commission and raise some cash to fund the deposits of your candidates. Then you are at the races. In …

Conservative Party