From The Guardian

  • The East review – war is hell … for the bloodthirsty imperialists

    Jim Taihuttu’s story of Dutch soldiers in Indonesia is as short-sighted as the old-fashioned colonialists it is trying to criticise

    The canonisation of Apocalypse Now has resulted in a cinematic template for the psychological war epic where the battlefields on which indigenous people are brutalised are essentially a backdrop for white soldiers’ internal crisis. Covering the Indonesian war of independence through the viewpoint of the occupier, The East is yet another pale addition to the format,...


  • Earthquake strikes Crete, killing man and damaging buildings

    Residents sent fleeing into the streets and schools evacuated from quake on Greek island

    The Greek island of Crete has been hit by an earthquake, killing one man and injuring 20, while damaging homes and churches and causing rock slides near the country’s fourth-largest city.

    The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of at least 5.8, sent people fleeing into the streets in the city of Heraklion, and schools were evacuated. Repeated aftershocks described by witnesses as feeling like small...


  • ‘She went her own way’: the tragic and unusual life of folk singer Karen Dalton

    In a new documentary, the underrated singer’s life of depression, addiction and poverty is told while her incredible talents are celebrated

    The outlines of the life led by singer Karen Dalton tell a heartbreaking tale. It was one scarred by consistent poverty, intermittent homelessness, bouts of depression, escalating alcohol and drug addiction, culminating in her death from Aids at 55. Yet, to Robert Yapkowitz, who co-directed a new documentary with Richard Peete titled Karen Dalton: In My Own...


  • Germany: SPD intends to form coalition with Greens and liberals

    Centre-left contender to replace Angela Merkel announces plan for ‘social-ecological-liberal’ alliance

    The centre-left contender to fill Angela Merkel’s shoes has announced his intention to forge a “social-ecological-liberal coalition” following Sunday’s knife-edge German national vote, as momentum slips from the outgoing chancellor’s own designated successor.

    “The voters have made themselves very clear,” Olaf Scholz of the Social Democratic party (SPD) said at a press conference on Monday...


  • Democrats in Congress work to pass major spending bills – US politics live

    House aims to pass $1tn bipartisan infrastructure billDemocrats aim to avoid shutdown and expand safety netSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 3.51pm BST

    To put some context to why this week’s negotiations among Democrats are so important, let’s take a look at Joe Biden’s most recent approval ratings.

    Last week, Gallup reported Biden’s lowest approval rating of his presidency, dropping to 43%, with 53% now disapproving of the president, according to a survey...


  • Environment secretary George Eustice joins call against fuel panic-buying; petrol prices rise – business live

    Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as the UK government says people should buy petrol normally after days of panic buying.RAC: Petrol prices rose over weekend


  • Screen time: are Harry and Meghan right to limit it to just 20 minutes?

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are advising visitors to their Archewell website to take regular screen breaks. How does this approach line up with the evidence?

    Name: Screen time.

    Age: It’s less about how old, more about how long. Continue reading


  • Marvel sues to retain control of Avengers characters

    The comics giant has issued lawsuits in a bid to hold on to the copyright of heroes including Spider-Man and Iron Man

    Marvel has filed a series of lawsuits in a bid to retain full control of characters including Spider-Man and Iron Man.

    The complaints, which were obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, came after the estate of the late comic book artist Steve Ditko filed a notice of termination with the US Copyright Office for the copyright of Spider-Man and Dr Strange. Both are currently held by...


  • Facebook pauses work on Instagram Kids after teen mental health concerns

    Move follows WSJ revelations that Facebook-commissioned research showed Instagram could affect girls’ mental health

    Facebook has halted work on its Instagram Kids project after revelations about the photo-sharing app’s impact on teen mental health.

    Instagram said it was “pausing” work to address concerns raised by parents, experts and regulators. The move follows revelations in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that Facebook had commissioned research showing Instagram could affect girls’ mental...


  • Arsenal’s derby delight and Guardiola outsmarts Tuchel – Football Weekly

    Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Jacob Steinberg and Jordan Jarrett-Bryan react to Arsenal’s convincing win in the north London derby and the rest of the Premier League action

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    We start with the north London derby, as Arsenal’s incredible first-half display sank a woeful Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates. Were we too quick to judge Mikel Arteta’s...


  • French police face action over failures in case of woman burned to death by husband

    Chahinez Boutaa killed months after telling police her estranged husband had ambushed and beaten her

    French police officers are facing disciplinary action over the death of a woman who was shot and burned alive in the street by her estranged husband, weeks after she told police she feared for her life.

    Mounir Boutaa allegedly shot his wife, Chahinez, at least twice in the legs yards from her home on the outskirts of Bordeaux in broad daylight in May, before soaking her with petrol and setting...


  • Climate activists block M25 for sixth time in fortnight over insulation

    Met arrest 53 protesters, some of whom had glued themselves to tarmac at junction 14 near Heathrow

    Dozens of activists from Insulate Britain have defied a high court injunction by staging their sixth roadblock on or near the M25 since 13 September and warned of “wave after wave of protests” to come.

    Some of the 53 protesters glued themselves to the tarmac and barriers on a slip road to the M25 at junction 14 near Heathrow at the height of the Monday morning rush-hour. Continue reading