Opinion (UK)

I thought getting into Oxford was a dream come true – I couldn't have been more wrong

When I got into Oxford, I envisaged debating with like-minded people, joining the Oxford Union, dining in the grand halls and learning to row. The …

University Rankings

Should I do a PhD? You asked Google – here's the answer | Rachel Hall

There are lots of good reasons for deciding to do a PhD. Deepening your knowledge of a subject you love is an excellent one. Wondering what to do with the next three years of your life and finding out your university will pay you to stay isn’t so bad either. But seeing it as a fast track to a cushy …

College & University

The origins of genocide lie in permissive bias and discrimination | Alex Ryvchin

Anning fails to comprehend what it is that makes our country great and what it is that is truly worth protecting.<p>There is much to find objectionable in Senator Fraser Anning’s first speech to the Australian Senate. The baffling, deplorable invocation of Nazi genocide by referring to immigration as …

Public Administration

The secret history of Mossad, Israel’s feared and respected intelligence agency

Israeli intelligence from the outset occupied a shadow realm, separate from the country’s democratic institutions. A deep state.<p>Mahmoud al-Mabhouh …

Israel

The British must decide if they are lions or lambs

Four years ago, while on holiday in Yorkshire, my wife and I met a farmer who admitted that he relied heavily on EU subsidies but said that he would …

Brexit

The Italian government’s foolish reaction to the Genoa bridge collapse only compounds a nation’s tragedy

Shameless even by their own low standards, the gang of populists currently trying to govern Italy have attempted to exploit the tragic collapse of …

Europe

Steve Bell on Chris Grayling, rail fare hikes and staff pay – cartoon

Chris Grayling

Humanist weddings are the antidote to out-of-touch marriage ceremonies | Vonny Leclerc

“Good morning/afternoon and welcome to [venue’s name]. My name is [blank], and I have been authorised by the registrar general for Scotland to conduct civil marriage ceremonies in the district of [blank].”<p>Planning our civil ceremony was as special as filling in a tax return. There was little magic …

Religion

Dubai is so wildly contradictory that I’m not shocked to hear of yet another arrested Westerner

The row over the dentist arrested in Dubai for drinking a glass of wine on an Emirates flight didn’t shock me. Not one bit. But before I get on to …

Reality TV

Israel-Palestine is not an equal conflict – for that reason we can’t let people like Corbyn be tarnished as terrorist sympathisers

As the wreath scandal rolls into a fourth day of rolling news coverage, one would be forgiven for thinking that the prime antagonism in the …

Israel

Will a second referendum be just another Brexit fantasy? | Martin Kettle

A significant shift from leave to remain since 2016 among voters in 100 Labour seats could be a game-changer<p>The consequences could be as complex and difficult as the consequences of the first vote have proved to be<p>At every turn, the politics of the Brexit process have been riddled with disastrous …

Elections

Why you should sink your teeth into the 1974 novel Jaws

Overshadowed by the 1975 film, this time-passing beach read is late-summer perfection on the radio.<p>“You can’t tell me that thing’s a fish. It’s more …

Great Britain

When Amir Khan's wife has to apologise for referring to herself as the P-word on Instagram, all nuance goes out the window

When I heard about the reaction to Amir Khan’s wife’s Instagram post, I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. Faryal Makhdoom, a woman of …

Amir Khan

Spike Lee’s grotesque comic thriller BlacKkKlansman is unique and electrifying

BlacKkKlansman is inspired by actual events – or, as the opening titles put it, “Dis joint is based on some fo’ real, fo’ real shit.”<p>Spike Lee’s …

BlacKkKlansman

The government is ratcheting up its surveillance powers. But we can stop this | Scott Ludlam

The political template can change: it’s not written in stone that it has to keep being this way<p>The good news is, the war on maths is postponed, because maths won. The government appears to have given up on its ambition of undermining the global encryption standards that underpin secure …

Surveillance

A no-deal Brexit will be a disaster for the UK’s young people | Franz Fischler

The catastrophic economic consequences of a hard Brexit for the UK and damage to the rest of the EU understandably dominate the headlines. It must be a concern for everyone, regardless of how they voted in the referendum, that after a two-year wait for a government plan the main customs proposals …

Great Britain

The alt-right's long march

In the last year the movement has splintered and its organisatioinal capacity dwindled, but the Overton window is still shifting.<p>There was great …

Rights & Freedoms

Islamist terrorism is not some medieval cult, it is a hyper-modern threat

Terror has many faces. As Gerry Adams once remarked of the IRA’s strategy, it intermittently takes the form of “something spectacular”.<p>Forty-six …

Extremism

Now cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are in 'panic mode', we might finally see the end of the bullish crypto bro

Towards the end of last year, when bitcoin was surging close to $20,000, the buzz around the cryptocurrency became deafening.<p>Crypto bros were …

Cryptocurrency

The Guardian view on the press and Donald Trump: at work, not at war | Editorial

Press freedom was not invented in the United States, but there are few nations in which the importance of an independent press has been so closely woven into its long history. This great American tradition of civic respect for truth and truth-telling is now under threat. Donald Trump is not the …

Donald Trump

Why the “gender data gap” means doctors don’t take women’s pain seriously enough

For many years, the preclinical pain research was done almost exclusively on male cells and animals.<p>“I always suspected my diagnosis was wrong,” …

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The Guardian view on social housing: warm words are not enough | Editorial

Since 2010, responsibility for housing has changed hands at a rate of roughly one new minister per year. The incumbent secretary of state, James Brokenshire, has been in his job since April. The minister of state for housing, Kit Malthouse, was shuffled into that brief in July. Meanwhile, the prime …

Housing

The Reader: New rough sleeping strategy has to be a long-term policy

As representatives of homelessness services and supported housing organisations across the country, we welcome Monday’s rough sleeping strategy. It …

Homelessness

The Genoa bridge collapse is Italy’s Grenfell – and the government is too busy scapegoating migrants to get to the bottom of why it happened

The Genoa bridge disaster which has so far taken 39 lives is a tragedy that could have been avoided. However, while politicians and contractors rush …

Transportation

From Sixties hippies to anarchist drag queens, I discovered one cultural treasure after another

From Joshua Gamson’s The Fabulous Sylvester, I learnt of the birth of the San Francisco gay scene and the counterculture of the late 1960s.<p>I love how …

Drag Queens

Orphans: how we continue to fail children who lose their parents

All would agree that when children lose their parents it is tragic, yet orphans have so often been neglected and abused.<p>After love, the emotion I …

Lake District

Resignation syndrome: a true story | First Dog on the Moon

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Opinion (UK)

The best advice for bringing up baby? Ignore all the advice

Since my wife and I became parents three weeks ago we have both been rather dazed by the avalanche of childcare advice. All of it is well-meaning, of …

James Bond

Varlam Shalamov’s Gulag stories

Varlam Shalamov turned 15 years in the Gulag into fiction of extraordinary daring. His stories are timely reminders of the human cost of communism.<p>A …

Literature

Evening Standard comment: Protecting young people from a deadly disease

The warning today — following the death of 18-year-old London woman Lauren Sandell from meningitis W — about the flaws in the system for ensuring …

Public Health