The Guardian 7 April 2018

Richest 1% on target to own two-thirds of all wealth by 2030

World leaders urged to act as anger over inequality reaches a ‘tipping point’The world’s richest 1% are on course to control as much as two-thirds of the world’s wealth by 2030, according to a shocking analysis that has lead to a cross-party call for action.World leaders are being warned that the continued accumulation of wealth at the top will fuel growing distrust and anger over the coming decade unless action is taken to restore the balance. Continue reading...

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Russian embassy seeks meeting with Johnson over Skripal attack

Foreign Office yet to respond to request for ambassador to discuss Salisbury poisoning caseThe Russian embassy in London has requested a meeting with the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, to discuss the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the Foreign Office has confirmed.“We have received a request,” an FCO spokeswoman said. “We will be responding in due course.” Continue reading...

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Canada: 14 dead after Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus crash

Driver and 13 passengers with Humboldt Broncos team killed as 14 more taken to hospitalA crash between a transport truck and a bus carrying a junior hockey team in western Canada has left 14 people dead and others seriously injured, Canadian police said.The bus was carrying the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan junior hockey league to the town of Nipawin for a playoff game. Continue reading...

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Death toll mounts as Palestinians protest at Gaza border

Renewed violence comes despite call by UN secretary general urging Israeli forces to use ‘extreme caution’At least nine Palestinian men have been killed and scores more injured by Israeli gunfire on the Gaza border, a week after 18 Palestinians were killed at similar demonstrations. The renewed violence came despite a call by the UN secretary general, António Guterres for Israel to exercise “extreme caution”. His appeal was echoed by the UN human rights spokeswoman Elizabeth Throssell who said unjustified recourse to live fire could amount to wilful killing of civilians – a breach of the fourth Geneva convention. Continue reading...

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Molly Ringwald says The Breakfast Club is troubling in #MeToo era

Actor who starred in popular 1980s film advocates critical stance towards art of pastMolly Ringwald, who starred in The Breakfast Club, has admitted she now finds the cult 1980s film “troubling”.Writing in the New Yorker, the actor who was 16 when she starred in the high school drama in 1985, describes rewatching the film with her daughter and reflecting on some of the scenes in the age of #MeToo. Continue reading...

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Gene therapy may help astronauts going to Mars resist deadly radiation

Researchers and scientists say new discoveries and drug creation could be beneficial to future astronauts on deep space missionsAn international group of researchers has come up with a new plan to help astronauts survive high-level radiation in space – and even get them to Mars without the deadly exposure expected during three years of space travel. Related: Elon Musk: we must colonise Mars to preserve our species in a third world war Continue reading...

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Menendez brothers reunite nearly 30 years after killing parents

Brothers serving life sentences for Beverly Hills murders had been held in separate prisonsThe Menendez brothers, who were convicted of killing their parents in their Beverly Hills mansion nearly three decades ago, have been reunited in a southern California prison. Erik Menendez, 47, has moved into the same housing unit as his 50-year-old brother, Lyle Menendez, the California corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said. Continue reading...

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From Circe to Clinton: why powerful women are cast as witches

A misogynist insult in Washington and Westminster, a force for good in Hollywood … for centuries, witches have personified fear of assertive women. But why does the stereotype persist?During the 2016 US presidential election, American social media was flooded with images of Hillary Clinton wearing a black hat and riding a broom, or else cackling with green skin. Her opponents named her The Wicked Witch of the Left, claimed they had sources testifying that she smelled of sulphur, and took particular delight in depictions of her being melted. Given that the last witch trial in the US was more than 100 hundred years ago, what are we to make of this?In the late 19th century, the suffragette Matilda Joslyn Gage asserted something revolutionary. The persecution of witches, she said, had nothing to do with fighting evil or resisting the devil. It was simply entrenched social misogyny, the goal of which was to repress the intellect of women. A witch, she said, wasn’t wicked. She didn’t fly on a broomstick naked in the dark, or consort with demons. She was, instead, likely to be a woman “of superior knowledge”. As a thought experiment, she suggested that for “witches” we should read instead “women”. Their histories, she intimated, run hand in hand. Continue reading...

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Ugly trainers: do you know your Dada from your dad shoes?

When it comes to men’s trainers this season, it seems the more hideous, the more hipDo your trainers have fat, lolling tongues and thick, orthopaedic soles? Are they scuffed, yellowing and oversized to the point of comedy? Do they look like shoes you would keep by the back door and slip on to take out the bins? If so, congratulations! You’ve nailed this season’s biggest trend. Continue reading...

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Howard Jacobson: ‘Jews know what antisemitism is and what it isn’t. To invent it would be a sacrilege’

I still think Britain is a fine country to be a Jew in. But it is as though I now live in the shadow of an unseen enemyI have been spat at in the street for being Jewish only twice. The first time was in Port Said in the 1960s and I was able to put that down to heightened regional tensions. The second time was 25 years later in Clapham, south London where there were no heightened regional tensions. I knew that I was being spat at for being Jewish in Clapham because my assailant followed the spit with the words, “Now get yourself a shower, and you know what sort of shower I mean.”I did. I suspect that any Jew over the age of 10 would have known what sort of shower she meant. She. Why her sex surprised me, I can’t say. Maybe I automatically think of antisemites as men. Is that insulting to women? Again, I can’t say. But because she was a woman, the sense of physical danger I might have experienced had she been a man was supplanted by a sort of sadness. I am a mother’s boy and expect a woman to nurture, not abuse me. My sadness encompassed both of us. It was as though, in the act of aspersing me, she was violating her own nature. And in the act of being aspersed I was somehow, not to blame, but implicated. What had I done to be so hateful to her? Continue reading...

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Olly Alexander: ‘Success is overwhelming. People talk to you differently’

The Years & Years frontman on fame, therapy and how Disneyland inspired himOlly Alexander, the frontman of the British band Years & Years, has blood-red dyed hair. He wears a brass safety pin through one ear and sometimes grins so widely, so wildly, that the edges of his mouth seem to disappear around his narrow, fine-boned face. What soon draws the eye is a scar on his forehead. “I ran into a brick wall as a kid,” the 27-year-old says over lunch at a cafe in London. He touches the scar. “I was playing at being a Power Ranger. Ouch.”These days, Alexander plays at being a pop star – and on the surface, at least, it seems like a game that’s going well for him. With the launch of their first album in 2015, Years & Years enjoyed a really remarkable few months. They were named BBC Sound of 2015 in January, promptly going to No 1 in the UK singles chart in March, and likewise topping the album chart in July. The band’s propulsive, 90s-nostalgic dance pop (like Disclosure or Clean Bandit, only up the randiness and add a little disco) caught on. And Alexander made a quick Meghan Markle-like ascent to something like pop royalty. “One of the most influential gay pop stars of this generation,” the Gay Times wrote. “All hail the King!” Continue reading...

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Rose Tremain: ‘I don’t want to write for vengeance. It’s cheap and angry’

A cruel mother, an absent father, a beloved nanny ... the writer on the ‘frozen world’ of her childhood, and why she wishes she had won the Booker prize“Do you love me? Do you love me?” Rose Tremain’s mother kept asking her daughter at the end of her life. “And I’d say: ‘Yes, of course I do.’ But I never have and I never will because you didn’t show me love when I needed it,” the novelist says now, as if her mother, Jane, were in the room with us.After more than 40 years of not drawing on her own life in her fiction, Tremain has written a memoir. This slim, elegant – sometimes shocking – study of maternal failure is also a love letter to her nanny, “the kindest person I’ve ever known”, the author’s “saviour” and “angel”. Her childhood, she writes in Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life, was defined by one heartbreaking wish: “I didn’t want Jane to be my mother; I wanted Nan to be my mother.” The scenes of the title are moments of “particular emotional intensity”, Tremain explains, usually episodes of “dereliction or cruelty” on the part of her parents – in particular, her mother. “She really didn’t like us, either me or my sister. And I don’t quite know why.” Continue reading...

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When do you know you're old enough to die? Barbara Ehrenreich has some answers

With her latest book, Natural Causes, Barbara Ehrenreich notes that there’s an age at which death no longer requires much explanationFour years ago, Barbara Ehrenreich, 76, reached the realisation that she was old enough to die. Not that the author, journalist and political activist was sick; she just didn’t want to spoil the time she had left undergoing myriad preventive medical tests or restricting her diet in pursuit of a longer life.While she would seek help for an urgent health issue, she wouldn’t look for problems. Continue reading...

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Russell Crowe's divorce auction: what bid you for a piece of Gladiator's armour?

The star is selling some of his treasured possessions. Here are five(ish) lots with a bit of historyYou know a man by the company he keeps, according to Aesop. But you can also get to know a man by his divorce auction catalogue. Continue reading...

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Help! I think I’m turning into Ben Affleck | Hadley Freeman

I saw a photo of Ben Affleck at the beach, tattoo of a phoenix on his back, towel positioned to hide his belly in front, and I thought, oh Ben. I feel you, manAs a miserable, disaffected, self-loathing teenager in the 1990s, my celebrity alter ego was Winona Ryder, who made adolescent misery, disaffection and self-loathing look incredibly chic, as opposed to the unwashed and self-destructive mess that it was and is. A celebrity alter ego is a famous person who has a hint of qualities you recognise in yourself, but carries them off perhaps a bit more photogenically, and, as adulthood beckoned, I looked around for role models to show me how to do the grownup years well. I gravitated towards cool, older women who looked like they could happily spend a weekend on their own and also like they would be the greatest lunch dates ever. There was Nora Ephron, obviously, and Gloria Steinem, still killing it after all these years. There was also a carefully curated selection of actors: Holly Hunter, Allison Janney, Laurie Metcalf, Sally Field. Yes, I’d think, watching them become even more talented, self-confident and beautiful as the years went by. Those are lives I want. This is the path I am on.And then, one day, I opened a magazine, saw a photograph and realised I had not grown up to be Nora Ephron or Holly Hunter or even modern-day Winona. I had grown up to be Ben Affleck. Continue reading...

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I went inside a rightwing safe space to find out the truth about universities | Cas Mudde

With universities in an ‘existential crisis’, Turning Point USA sells a safe space for conservatives who have convinced themselves they are the embattled minorityAnyone who regularly reads a US newspaper knows that universities in this country are in an existential crisis. No, not because of decades of underfunding, or the partly related ballooning university administrations, but because of “postmodernism” and “safe spaces”. It is one of the few things conservatives and liberals agree on these days. The dominance of “fake courses” and “political correctness” is a major theme in conservative media, from Fox News to the Wall Street Journal, as well as liberal media like the New York Times and, yes, even the Guardian.Almost all accounts of alleged censorship of “conservative voices” are based on events at private universities, mostly Ivy League schools in the north-east, as well as some “public Ivies”, notably the University of California at Berkeley. But how bad is the situation in the “real America”, ie that vast space between the coasts that is sometimes, derogatively, referred to as “the flyover states”? Continue reading...

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Everton 0-0 Liverpool: Premier League – as it happened

A subdued Merseyside derby ended goalless, with an otherwise passive Everton missing two big late chances to beat an under-strength Liverpool 2.19pm BST Peep peep! That wasn’t much of a game, though Everton could have won it during an eventful last five minutes. Both sides will be happy enough with the result. I would say it’s been a worthwhile experience for all concerned, including you and me, but it wasn’t. Bye! 2.16pm BST 90 min Three minutes of added time. Continue reading...

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Tiger Woods and Ian Poulter bound up by more than Masters pairing | Ewan Murray

There has been needle in the past, with Poulter’s attempt to bracket himself with Woods raising eyebrows, but now they meet in Augusta’s third round amid contrasting comebacksTiger Woods and Ian Poulter have history with capital H. When they form a rare two ball at Augusta National on Saturday, with hopes of Masters triumph having evaporated at equal time but with contrasting effect, the hope is they reflect on such jousts of old. Woods and Poulter, for different reasons, also contributed so much to the buildup to this major championship.Poulter infamously laid down his professional credentials in affirmative terms a decade ago. “The trouble is I don’t rate anyone else,” the Englishman said. “Don’t get me wrong, I really respect every professional golfer, but I know I haven’t played to my full potential and when that happens, it will be just me and Tiger.” Continue reading...

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Cate Campbell finds freestyle redemption as day three medals are shared

Campbell sisters go one-two in women’s 50 freestyleKaarle McCullough pips teammate Steph Morton in 500m time trialBy her own admission, a fifth in her pet event in Rio was “possibly the greatest choke in Olympic history”. Such was the emotional baggage of that defeat, Cate Campbell took a sabbatical from the sport last year. But, just three days into the Commonwealth Games, Campbell is leaving behind those demons in the most emphatic fashion possible, on Saturday breaking her own Commonwealth Games record with a time of 23.78 to take gold in the women’s 50m freestyle. Continue reading...

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Conor McGregor has turned into what he once condemned: a bully and a bum

The Irishman’s tiresome act is doing more to destroy the UFC’s hard-won credibility than any stomach-turning brawl or failed doping testWatching Conor McGregor racing through the loading dock at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday, throwing dollies at a bus like some crazy-eyed hooligan, I could only think of John McCain. It was the US senator who years ago denounced the UFC as “human cockfighting”, affixing a label of lawlessness on mixed martial arts that pushed them into the corners of what was considered acceptable adult behavior. The UFC has worked for years to combat this image, with brain safety and doping mandates that helped attract a corporate buyer and led McCain to reconsider his opinion. Continue reading...

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Adam Peaty disappointed despite Commonwealth Games gold medal

• English swimmer wins Commonwealth Games 100m breaststroke• Peaty unhappy at time well outside his world recordThe stratospheric standards Adam Peaty holds himself to were etched on his face after he obliterated the competition to claim Commonwealth gold in the 100m breaststroke. There was barely a flicker of a smile before the winning time of 58.84sec flashed on the scoreboard. Hoisting his enormous frame from the water he wore a nonplussed expression for TV cameras expecting to capture a moment of unrestrained celebration. Related: Different strokes: how 'our Usain Bolt' Adam Peaty rules the pool Continue reading...

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HBO's Paterno, with Al Pacino as famed coach, probes scars of Sandusky scandal

A new HBO film shows how Jerry Sandusky revealed flaws in Joe Paterno that no one, least of all the coach himself, knew were thereJoe Paterno coached football at Pennsylvania State University for 62 years, 46 of them as head coach, winning 409 games (a major college record) and two national championships. Five times he was chosen Coach of the Year by his peers in the American Football Coaches Association. His Nittany Lions’ 1987 Fiesta Bowl victory over the Miami Hurricanes was the most watched college football game at the time. He will be remembered, though, for just one season, 2011, when he was fired by the Penn State board of trustees in the midst of the ugliest sports-related scandal in American history. Which is not to call the rape of dozens of boys a sports scandal. He could have imagined no more bitter irony than being remembered for just one season. Continue reading...

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How the Wes Anderson aesthetic took over the world

‘Your barista’s favourite director’ is back with Isle of Dogs - but with his trademark twee ubiquitous in film, TV and fashion, he never really went awayThe trailer for new movie Birthmarked is a strange thing, both quirky yet teeth-grindingly banal. Over a jingly-jangly soundtrack, Matthew Goode and Toni Collette play a studiously eccentric American couple who choose to bring up their children in studiously eccentric ways. Cue tears, cue laughter, cue a whole Pinterest board full of quirky references. It wants to be The Royal Tenenbaums; it’s more The Durrells, set to the Lumineers.There is, of course, one man to blame for all this: Wes Anderson. Over two decades, the meticulous Rushmore auteur has helped spawn an entire sub-genre of American cinema, a landfill site chocca with handlebar moustaches, melancholia and tasteful alt-folk music. He has had a boggling influence over the rest of pop culture, too, on fashion, design, pop and social media. It ranges from Gucci’s billion-dollar renaissance, trading on various elements of Tenenbaum-chic, to the recent video for SZA’s Broken Clocks, where the singer and friends cavort in a very Anderson-like US holiday camp. And where there isn’t homage, there is downright parody: see Honest Trailers’ recent send-up on YouTube of “Every Wes Anderson Movie”, savagely roasting the tics of “your barista’s favourite director”. (A voiceover intones: “A Wilson Brother. Strained Sibling Relationships. Exotic Animals. A Wilson Brother and His Estranged Sibling Smoking with an Exotic Animal.”) Continue reading...

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Yotam Ottolenghi’s pork recipes

Pork can uphold the most intense flavours, making it versatile and perfect for an array of international dishes, from meatballs to a Chinese-Middle Eastern mashupPork lets you play with a range of ingredients that other meats simply won’t tolerate. It’s the fattiness of some cuts versus the relative leanness of others, allied to pork’s rather neutral flavour – it’s not beef, and definitely not lamb – that opens it up to ingredients as diverse as whisky, fish sauce, orange, caraway and ginger. I love this diversity – especially the ability to mix and match flavours on a global scale. Continue reading...

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Why do some men coerce sex? | Don Greif

For most of us, sexual desire is exciting and affirming when reciprocated. Why, then, do some men want to have sex with people who do not desire them?When I asked Mr Jackson (not his real name) to explain how he had become a sexual offender, he began by recounting the various ways he was beaten and tortured by his mother as a child. As he revealed the stark details of her cruelty, his eyes welled up. For much of his life, he said, he took out the rage he felt toward his mother on other women.“I did the same thing to women because I hated women. I didn’t trust them. I looked at them as objects, not as human beings. I didn’t want women to control my life, so I’d control them. I’d be the dominant one at all times. That’s how I was able to abuse women physically and sexually.” Continue reading...

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Ultra runner Scott Jurek: how I eat

He spent 46 days running more than 2,000 miles through the Appalachian mountains – what got him through it?At home, it’s a smoothie: fruit, greens, nuts, nut butter or flax oil and protein powder. Then, before my morning workout, some oatmeal and wholegrain toast with more nut butter. On a normal day I do 3,000-4,000 calories. When I was doing the Appalachian Trail, though, that went up to 6,000-8,000 cals and I still lost 8.6kg over the 46 days. Breakfast there was at 5am: a banana, a Cliff bar, and, my daily comfort, a coconut-milk cappuccino. Continue reading...

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Should we buy our 10-year-old daughter a smartphone?

Say no for now, but she can have one at high school if you think she is mature enough, says Annalisa BarbieriOur oldest daughter is in year 5, a sensible and independent 10-year-old and she wants a smartphone. She is already an owner of a dumb-phone, as she walks to the local shops by herself and sometimes part of the way home from school. However, many of her friends have smartphones. The requests, pleas and promises of how well she would use one are coming thick and fast. My husband and I think she would be sensible; she isn’t a technology addict and spends most of her time playing in more time-honoured ways. She has been learning about the many dangers and horrors of technology, as well as its benefits. She is literate and thoughtful in her social interactions, and would think through her texts and comments on a chat group if she joined one. In short, she would probably be fine and safe if we caved in to peer pressure, and her nagging. Continue reading...

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South Carolina Republican puts loaded gun on table in constituent meeting

Ralph Norman says: ‘I’m not going to be a Gabby Giffords’Mark Kelly decries ‘intimidation tactics and perpetuating fear’A South Carolina Republican pulled out his own loaded handgun during a meeting with constituents on Friday, in an attempt to make a point that guns are dangerous only in the hands of criminals. Related: How the Parkland students took over Guardian US Continue reading...

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What is the Donald Trump v Jeff Bezos feud really about?

Trump’s obsession with Bezos is cutting the value of US tech stocks – and the source of his irritation more than just ‘an uneven playing field’One is the world’s richest man, the other is the world’s most powerful. Together they are locked in a personal feud that is shaving billions off the value of US tech stocks. But is Donald Trump’s onslaught against Amazon chief Jeff Bezos really about the president’s concern that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is getting a raw deal for delivering Amazon parcels? Continue reading...

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Saheed Vassell killing puts policing and gentrification in the spotlight

NYPD officers shot dead a young black man with mental health issues in a Brooklyn neighborhood experiencing rapid changeThe police shooting of Saheed Vassell in Crown Heights has raised a number of issues for residents in a neighborhood that has seen vast demographic change over the past few years. Continue reading...

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Queer Eye's Tan France and others on clothes they've loved and lost

Five snappy dressers reveal the items they miss most – and why they were much more than just something to wearI’ve had the funniest relationship with clothes; I keep losing them. My wardrobe calamities began three years ago, boarding a plane home from England to Northern Ireland. Seatbelt fastened, I realised my favourite sweater was missing. I had, presumably, idly dropped it around the departure gates. But I’d never know. The flight took off. My grey Sunspel sweatshirt with its cute hound dog print was gone, for ever.Things escalated from there. I mislaid a jacket in Osaka, costly shorts in south-west Ireland, another sweater goodness knows where, and the losses got to me. My mother had become unwell and I was travelling home often, trying to hold on to everything – time, memories, my mum – as much as possible. I needed the everyday to be in its right place when everything else was going so wrong, but if I wasn’t packing and unpacking, I was doing laundry, and in the melee items went awol. Continue reading...

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Commonwealth Games day three – in pictures

All the latest pictures from the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast as gymnasts, swimmers, cyclists and weightlifters battle for medals Continue reading...

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