The Guardian 7 April 2018

Christopher Wylie: Why I broke the Facebook data story – and what should happen now

The whistleblower at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica storm asks if Britain will now address the hard issues which it has raisedIn January, I told the British authorities that the app that was used to harvest data for Cambridge Analytica was likely to have pulled the profiles of British Facebook users. Last week Facebook confirmed it: it told the world that as many as 87 million profiles were collected. This included more than one million British records.A couple of days later, early on Saturday, Facebook took another dramatic action: it suspended AggregateIQ. This is important because AIQ was the Canadian data firm on which Vote Leave spent 40% of its budget during the EU referendum. But as I told parliament, I helped set up AIQ to support Cambridge Analytica. I also handed over documents showing AIQ’s ties to Cambridge Analytica. Continue reading...

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Syrian government accused of chemical attacks on civilians in eastern Ghouta

Medical relief organisation says a chlorine bomb hit a hospital, killing six people, with total death toll from chemical attacks at 35A Syrian rebel group has accused government forces of dropping a barrel bomb containing poisonous chemicals on civilians in eastern Ghouta and a medical relief organisation said 35 people had been killed in chemical attacks on the area. Syrian state media denied claims by Jaish al-Islam that government forces had launched any chemical attack and said rebels in the eastern Ghouta town of Douma were in a state of collapse and spreading false news. Continue reading...

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Lula in police custody in Brazil after tense standoff with supporters

Former president of Brazil, who leads polls ahead of elections, faces 12 years in prisonFormer Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is in police custody after a tense showdown with supporters who tried to block him leaving a union building.Da Silva left an exit of a metal workers union surrounded by several bodyguards who pushed back supporters trying to prevent him from leaving. Getting beyond them, da Silva entered a police vehicle in a convoy of cars. He is expected to be transferred to the city of Curitiba in the neighbouring state. Continue reading...

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'Something for the man cave': rich pickings as Russell Crowe's divorce auction nets $3.7m

Actor marks erstwhile wedding anniversary and 54th birthday by selling off movie memorabilia, Australian art, 28 watches and something from the Cretaceous period“Perhaps be slightly wary of using your paddle as a fan this evening,” cautions Sotheby’s Australia auctioneer Martin Gallon.The illustrious auction house has taken over the Elston Room in Redfern’s Carriageworks to preside over The Art of Divorce, Russell Crowe’s bizarre and well-publicised auction to finance the dissolution of his marriage to Danielle Spencer. Continue reading...

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Two dead after vehicle hits crowd in Münster, Germany

Driver also dead after shooting himself after incident in historic part of German city, which also left 20 people injured Two people were killed and about 30 injured after a van drove into a crowd in the western German city of Münster. The driver of the vehicle, who had not yet been officially identified on Saturday night, also died after shooting himself at the scene. Authorities have said that there is no indication that it was an Islamist attack.State interior minister Herbet Reuel said that investigators believe the perpetrator is a German citizen. Local media reported that he was someone with mental health problems. No one else was being sought in connection with the incident. The online edition of Der Spiegel magazine said that German authorities were “assuming” that the incident was an act of terrorism, although there was no immediate official confirmation of this. Continue reading...

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Russian embassy seeks meeting with Johnson over Skripal attack

Foreign Office acknowledges request to discuss Salisbury poisoning case, but accuses Russian diplomats of diversionary tacticsThe Russian embassy has requested a meeting with Boris Johnson to discuss the attack on the former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, saying that its dealings with Britain over the issue had been “utterly unsatisfactory”.The Foreign Office confirmed that a request had been received, but a spokeswoman countered that it was Russia’s response to the incident that had been unsatisfactory. She accused its diplomats of a new “diversionary tactic”. Continue reading...

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Canada in 'shock and mourning' after 15 die in junior hockey team bus crash

PM Justin Trudeau and ‘national hockey family’ pay tributeMore than a dozen injured though driver of truck unscathed Police in Canada said on Saturday the death toll in a horrific crash in Saskatchewan had risen to 15 people, after a bus carrying a junior hockey team collided with a semi-trailer on a rural highway. More than a dozen were injured.Prime minister Justin Trudeau said Canada was in “shock and mourning”. Continue reading...

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Hackers warn Iran: 'Don't mess with our elections'

Iranian IT minister says warning that displayed US flag was part of attack that also affected Europe, India and the USHackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centres in Iran, where they left the image of a US flag on screens along with a warning: “Don’t mess with our elections”, the Iranian IT ministry said on Saturday. “The attack apparently affected 200,000 router switches across the world in a widespread attack, including 3,500 switches in our country,” the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology said in a statement carried by Iran’s official news agency IRNA. Continue reading...

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Vatican arrests own diplomat on suspicion of child abuse images

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, who served the Vatican in US and Canada, faces 12 years in prison if convictedThe Vatican said on Saturday its police had arrested one of its Washington diplomats who is suspected of possessing images of child sexual abuse in the US and Canada. A statement identified the accused as Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella and said he was arrested on Saturday in the Vatican after a warrant was issued by the Holy See’s chief magistrate at the end of an investigation. Continue reading...

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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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'He talked about jobs': Trump comes out fighting – and touts ally in Roseanne

Ann Coulter has warned of a backlash but a sitcom’s success with ‘ordinary Americans’ prompted the president to throw away the scriptDonald Trump grabbed the page with his right hand and showed it to the audience. “You know, this was going to be my remarks. It would have taken about two minutes but …” He tossed the sheet into the air then ducked as it came fluttering down, waving his hands with contempt. Related: What is the Donald Trump v Jeff Bezos feud really about? Continue reading...

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'I'm dying a slow death': Hazara refugees plead for release from Nauru

Narges and Daryoush, who are suffering ill health in detention, want to be reunited with their mother who they haven’t seen for four years after she was taken to Australia for treatment“I constantly take sleeping tablets because being awake is too hard,” says Narges. “I understand that as a 27-year-old woman, the Australian Border Force considers me an independent. However, this is not the case in our culture and therefore life without my mother is meaningless for me.”Narges and her brother, Daryoush, currently languishing on Nauru, have not seen their mother and sister since 2014, despite multiple officials strongly and repeatedly recommending they be reunited. Continue reading...

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David Reich: ‘Neanderthals were perhaps capable of many modern human behaviours’

In recent years, genome sequencing has changed everything we thought about our origins and how we relate to early human speciesFor David Reich, research can be a harrowing experience. The 44-year-old Harvard University geneticist says he now goes to bed terrified he will wake up to find his team’s recent, stunning discoveries about human ancestry have been proved wrong. “We are now making so many startling insights I sometimes fear it must all be incorrect,” he says.To be fair to Reich, no one has yet found any hint his results are invalid. “That still doesn’t stop me worrying,” he insists. 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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Fit for a king: a Prince Harry style makeover

He’s already upped his game since meeting Meghan, but what should he wear after he becomes Mr Markle? By Alex NeedhamWhen it comes to memorable outfits, few can match the impact of the Nazi uniform Prince Harry wore to a fancy-dress party in 2005. Not to mention the full-frontal nudity revealed to the world seven years later, after a game of strip billiards in Las Vegas ended up on a gossip site – “A classic case of me being too much army and not enough prince,” he said of the incident. Continue reading...

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Populism isn't a dirty word – it's time for the left to reclaim it

In this extract from Populism Now! David McKnight makes the case for a people power that doesn’t scapegoat immigrants or minoritiesTo many, “populism” is a shorthand term for pandering to people’s baser instincts, exemplified in Donald Trump’s presidency and the Brexit groundswell. It inflames a desire to blame ethnic and religious minorities; it is a lust for cheap popularity and it is a phony hostility to the establishment and to “the elite” – such is the common understanding. Populist leaders are seen to be posing as outsiders and as representatives of the underdog. Above all, populism is regarded as a rightwing phenomenon. But it’s not that simple – a progressive version of populism exists too.I first discovered populism when I began teaching investigative journalism in the late 1990s at university. Investigative journalism (originally called muckraking) began in the US around 1900 during what Americans call the Progressive Era. One expression of this was the emergence of a new political party, the People’s party, in 1890–91. It stood for the interests of ordinary people – farmers and workers – against the robber barons in the privately-owned banking, oil and railway industries. Friends and enemies alike described the approach of the People’s party as Populism and its supporters as Populists. Continue reading...

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Entebbe reminds us that we now live in a world without heroes | Nick Cohen

A drama about the 1976 Israeli raid to free hostages at Entebbe treats the politics with admirable nuanceWhen Entebbe is released next month, most cinema audiences will enjoy an exceptional drama documentary. With luck, it should also annoy all the right people for all the right reasons. Supporters of the Israeli government will protest at how a great act of daring – the 1976 Entebbe airport rescue by Israeli special forces of Jewish passengers held by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Baader-Meinhof gang – ends with an appeal for Israel to negotiate with its enemies. That the film-makers show a compassionate German terrorist disobeying orders to kill Jewish hostages in the seconds before the Israelis soldiers reach them will not please the right either, I imagine.The pseudo-left will denounce the film because, when all its politics play out, it is still a story of Israeli heroism and still presents Israel as a lifeboat state for the victims of European and Arab antisemitism as well as an oppressor of Palestinians. 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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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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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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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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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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Patrick Reed leads Masters but bullish Rory McIlroy closes the gap to three

• Reed sensationally hits eagles at the 13th and 15th • Northern Irishman’s 65, seven under par, equals day’s bestIf the golf even approaches the heights of the buildup, stand by for quite a show. Who said the Masters begins only on the Sunday back nine?Eighteen months have passed since Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy went toe-to-toe and blow-for-blow in an epic Ryder Cup tie. We ain’t seen nothing yet. This battle for a Green Jacket promises to be one for the ages, with Reed holding the ace card of starting Sunday three ahead. Fourteen under plays 11 under. Continue reading...

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Pogba inspires dramatic comeback win as Manchester United spoil City’s party

For a long while Manchester City had it sewn up. Or, at least, they thought they had. Blue smoke bombs were being let off. The first euphoric chants of “championees”, could be heard and the Etihad was overdosing on schadenfreude given the history of these teams and the prospect of a title-winning victory that would have meant so much in this divided city.What followed was extraordinary. Manchester United scored, quickly added another and then one more to complete an improbable feat of escapology against the Premier League’s champions-in-waiting. From 2-0 down to 3-2 up in the space of 16 second-half minutes – the game had been turned upside down and, at the final whistle, the television cameras even picked out a few home supporters in tears. Continue reading...

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Don’t believe the scare stories. Foreign fans will be protected better than some might deserve

A Russian journalist believes his country’s love of English football will protect all but the most violent travelling supporters during the World CupAbout six months ago a big Russian publishing house asked me to write a book before the World Cup. I suggested the story of the Russian national team. The faces of editors clouded over. “Nobody will read it. Russians don’t believe in the national team. They wouldn’t like to read about losers.”According to the latest survey, only 4% of those interested in football in Russia believe the host team could win the World Cup. Instead of dreaming of victory, most Russians hope just to celebrate an event of global significance, show foreigners their cities and entertain them with pure icy vodka and mighty zastolie. Continue reading...

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Lionel Messi guides Barcelona to win over Leganés to equal unbeaten record

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and ensured Barcelona equalled a La Liga record of 38 matches without defeat by beating Leganés 3-1 on Saturday. The champions-elect matched the milestone set by Real Sociedad in 1979-80 by remaining undefeated through 31 matches this season after finishing the last campaign without a loss over the final seven games. The league leaders have not lost in La Liga in a year.Ernesto Valverde’s side will establish a new unbeaten record if they avoid defeat by Valencia next weekend and would then have another six games left to finish the entire league campaign without defeat. Reaching the mark set by Sociedad underscores the exceptional job Valverde has done in his first year with the team. Continue reading...

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Sebastian Vettel takes pole for resurgent Ferrari at F1’s Bahrain GP

• Vettel and Räikkônen lock out front of grid at Sakhir circuit• Lewis Hamilton fourth fastest but will start ninth after penaltyThe overriding concern for Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix would have been just how much damage limitation he would have to perform. With a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change hanging over him he knew that even with a superlative run he would be starting the race on the back foot. The damage transpired to be considerably worse than he would have hoped. Qualifying in fourth to Sebastian Vettel’s pole, leaves a daunting task for the four-time world champion on Sunday.Vettel took the top spot in an absolutely dominant performance for Ferrari with his team-mate Kimi Räikkönen in second. It is the first time the Scuderia have locked out the front row at the Sakhir circuit since 2006. Hamilton’s fourth means he will start from ninth on the grid. He trails Vettel by seven points in the world championship and knows just how difficult it is going to be to minimise the advantage with which the German could leave Bahrain. Continue reading...

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Bayern Munich seal sixth consecutive Bundesliga title with win over Augsburg

Bayern Munich clinched a sixth successive Bundesliga title with five games to spare on Saturday by winning 4-1 win at Augsburg despite falling behind to a bizarre own goal. Bayern’s celebrations looked in danger of being delayed when the ball went into their net off their own defender Niklas Suele but Corentin Tolisso and James Rodríguez replied fbefore half-time and Arjen Robben and Sandro Wagner added the finishing touches in the second half. Continue reading...

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Paul Pogba left exposed by Mino Raiola’s war of words with Pep Guardiola | Daniel Taylor

Offering Paul Pogba to his club’s rivals is a classic, aggressive Mino Raiola trick. But does this join up some of the dots when it comes to the deterioration in the player’s form?The first time Zlatan Ibrahimovic met Mino Raiola, the agent who has looked after his business for the last 15 years, was when a journalist friend, Thijs Sleiger from Voetbal International, had set them up with a meeting at the Okura hotel in Amsterdam. Ibrahimovic’s former agent, Anders Carlsson, had blown the previous arrangement by offering his client, then a player at Ajax, a move to Southampton (to which the young Zlatan apparently replied: “What the fuck! Southampton! Is that my level?”) The next guy, Ibrahimovic had been told, was a mafioso type. Raiola wasn’t that big in the industry at the time but he was on his way up and could offer more, undoubtedly, than Southampton.“I wore my cool brown leather jacket from Gucci,” Ibrahimovic recalled. “I had no intention of being the idiot in the tracksuit who gets screwed over again. I put on my gold watch, drove there in my Porsche and parked right outside. It was like: ‘Here I come,’ and I went into that hotel and, well, that hotel! It’s right alongside the Amstel canal and is amazingly elegant and luxurious, and I thought: ‘This is it, I’ve got to play it cool now,’ and I went into the sushi restaurant in the hotel. We’d booked a table and I didn’t really know what sort of person to expect, probably some sort of pin-striped fella with an even bigger gold watch. But who the hell turned up? A bloke in jeans and a Nike T-shirt – and that belly, like one of the guys in the Sopranos. Was he supposed to be an agent, that weirdo?” Continue reading...

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Sporting Lisbon president suspends 19 players after social media spat

Bruno de Carvalho attacks ‘stupid’ defeat to Atlético MadridPlayers release joint statement and reportedly refused to trainSporting Lisbon are left with six players for Sunday’s match with Pacos de Ferreira after president Bruno de Carvalho suspended 19 of the club’s players following a Facebook spat with the majority of the first team.De Carvalho instigated the spat by criticising some of his players for their “stupid” performance in their 2-0 Europa League defeat to Atlético Madrid. Defenders Sebastián Coates and Jérémy Mathieu were singled out for extra criticism. Continue reading...

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The Elvis we forgot: film shows star as driven young man

New documentary, backed by Presley’s former wife, charts his early influencesMore than 40 years after Elvis Presley’s death, a documentary backed by his former wife, Priscilla, will chart the singer’s early life as a young man from Tupelo, Mississippi.A two-part, three-hour HBO documentary, Elvis Presley: The Searcher, will be broadcast in the US this month. It has been backed by the Presley estate, in the hope that it will re-focus attention on Presley’s captivating music and presence, as opposed to his sad physical decline. The Searcher portrays the young Elvis as an “eclectic” music lover who, before making his first recordings at Sun Studio in Nashville, was slipping into the black clubs on Beale Street in Memphis, or into the black gospel churches, to assemble “his version of himself”. 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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Robin Campillo: ‘I spent the 80s thinking I was going to die. Being a director seemed pointless’

The writer/director of 120 Beats Per Minute on how his time with militant Aids activist group Act Up-Paris inspired one of the most feted films of 2018Last Christmas Eve, just before midnight, Barry Jenkins, the Oscar-winning director of Moonlight, settled down in a hotel room to watch the new French film 120 Beats Per Minute. After an hour, he stopped the action and fired off a tweet: “Fuuuuuuuuuuug I just had to pause BPM because this scene just destroyed me. DE.....STROYED. I shouldn’t drink because it’s late but I need to room service a glass of something before I head back in. Damn.”Written and directed by Robin Campillo, 120 Beats Per Minute is a dramatisation of the early years of the militant Aids activist group Act Up-Paris. (The title is a nod to house music, which for many was the soundtrack to this period.) Specifically, the film focuses on the relationship between Nathan (Arnaud Valois), a newcomer to the group, and Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), a charismatic campaigner behind some of Act Up’s most outrageous publicity stunts. It was a scene in which they discuss moving in together that particularly blew Jenkins away. He went on: “The patience and sensitivity of the dialogue, so many layers in what’s said, such care.” Continue reading...

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MasterChef – a world of cooking infused with a drizzle of drivel | Rebecca Nicholson

The BBC’s cooking competition is compulsive viewing. All the more need for sensitivity and tactMasterChef is one of those maddening TV shows that slyly sucks up viewing time; one minute, you’re watching hapless amateur chefs hope an undercooked panic-risotto will sneak them into the next round. Then two months have gone by, you haven’t left the house and every contestant is serving up Michelin-worthy gels, crumbs and swans made of coconut. Host and judge John Torode found himself on the receiving end of a nation’s wrath when he and Gregg Wallace sent one contestant home, as the chicken in her chicken rendang was not crispy. “It can’t be eaten,” declared Wallace, picking at the flesh under the soft skin.Whoa there, said Malaysia, in response to a woman born in Malaysia being told she hadn’t cooked a dish from her childhood properly. Even the country’s prime minister, Najib Razak, got involved, tweeting: “Does anyone eat chicken rendang ‘crispy’? #MalaysianFood”. Continue reading...

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The free-love cult that terrorised America – and became Netflix’s latest must-watch

Wild Wild Country, a documentary about a guru’s sinister commune in 1980s Oregon, is shocking viewers with tales of poison and paranoiaAnyone who has ever dipped a toe in the pool of new-age mysticism is likely to have come across Osho. The bearded Indian mystic has had his books translated into more than 60 languages, published by more than 200 publishing houses – you’re likely to find his works next to the crystals and yoga mats in your local hippy shop.Yet if you go on the Osho website, or are one of the 200,000 people that visit the Osho International Centre in Pune, India each year – you’ll hear nothing about the most eventful section of his life, before he was rebranded as “Osho”, and known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. 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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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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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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The secret to... rediscovering sex after having a baby

Book a babysitter, dress up, cuddle and talkBook a babysitter. Ask friends, family, a professional to come and sit for a few hours while you get out of the house and enjoy some “couple” time. It could be a walk, cinema, dinner, drink at the local pub… just get out and about for a few hours without baby to chat and relax – the key to getting intimate again.Ban all talk of babies or other children. Reconnect with the pre-baby you and choose topics that are of mutual interest such as holiday ideas, future plans, topical news, and how each of you is feeling. A mental break from being “mum” or “dad” helps you to feel more “you” – and more desirable. Continue reading...

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One serious injury in fire on 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York City

FDNY: ‘one serious injury to a civilian reported’ in four-alarm blazeTrump says blaze ‘very confined’ thanks to ‘well-built building’One serious injury was reported after a four-alarm fire broke out on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York City on Saturday evening. The skyscraper was the primary residence of Donald Trump before he was elected president in 2016. Trump was in Washington. The cause of the fire was not immediately apparent. Continue reading...

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Hundreds attend funeral of Palestinian journalist shot in Gaza

Yasser Murtaja, 31, was shot by Israeli forces while covering Friday’s protests at the Gaza borderHundreds of colleagues and friends have attended the funeral of a popular and widely respected Palestinian video journalist who was killed as he covered Friday’s mass border protests in the Gaza Strip.Yasser Murtaja, 31, was shot despite wearing a flak jacket with clear press markings as he filmed in thick black smoke from burning tyres set alight by protesters in Khuzaa, east of Khan Yunis. He was one of at least nine Palestinians killed by Israeli fire at various points along the border during the day. Continue reading...

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US gene-editing ruling delights plant scientists

Ruling paves way for creation of new genetically altered cropsResearchers in the US have been given the go-ahead to use gene-editing techniques to alter crops and plants. The decision opens the door for scientists to create a new generation of genetically altered crops without serious restriction and paves the way for approvals for similar work in Britain and the rest of Europe.The decision – by the US Department of Agriculture – has delighted scientists who had feared that limitations on the creation and growing of genetically modified crops would also be imposed on crops created using far simpler gene-editing techniques. Continue reading...

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Homophobic laws in Caribbean could roll back in landmark case

Verdict due on LGBT activist Jason Jones’s attempt to strike down colonial-era lawTrinidad and Tobago could make legal history in the Caribbean this week by rolling back long-standing homophobic laws.On Thursday, a high court judge, Devindra Rampersad, will deliver his verdict in a landmark case brought by a private citizen which, if successful, would set a legal precedent for removing similar laws in countries across the region. Continue reading...

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'First luxury space hotel' plans to offer zero gravity living – for $792,000 a night

Self-described ‘serial entrepreneur’ behind the Aurora Station says it is selling the astronaut experience and plans to open in 2021A Houston-based company said this week it plans to open the “first luxury hotel in space” by late 2021.Orion Span’s compact Aurora Station – at 35ft-by-14ft its interior will be comparable to that of a Gulfstream jet, the company said – is projected to accommodate four travellers and two crew members for 12-day stays 200 miles above the earth. Guests will be charged $9.5m each, or about $791,666 a night. Refundable deposits of $80,000 can now be made online. Continue reading...

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New party gets £50m backing to ‘break mould’ of UK politics

Plans secretly made by donors since 2016 for a new political party drawing from both left and rightA new political party with access to up to £50m in funding has been secretly under development for more than a year by a network of entrepreneurs, philanthropists and donors keen to “break the Westminster mould”, the Observer can reveal.The movement, spearheaded by a former Labour benefactor, is understood to have been drawn up by a group frustrated by the tribal nature of politics, the polarisation caused by Brexit and the standard of political leadership on all sides. It appears to have a centrist policy platform that borrows ideas from both left and right. Continue reading...

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Irish novelist warns of Brexit-style revolt against elite on abortion vote

As referendum day nears, Patrick McCabe says Dublin media liberals could pay for snobbery towards rural IrelandOne of Ireland’s most critically acclaimed novelists has warned that the country’s referendum on abortion in May could be a “Brexit/Trump” moment for Ireland, exposing similar divisions between rural voters and city-dwellers.Patrick McCabe, the author of bestsellers The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto, both made into feature films, said there was a danger that sections of the “metropolitan media in Dublin” could alienate voters in rural constituencies and help usher in a no vote against abortion reform. 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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Who can solve London’s knife crime crisis?

After a week when knife crime hit the headlines we ask campaigners, experts and ex-gang members how to stem the tidePatsy McKie, founding member of Mothers Against Violence, Manchester Continue reading...

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The big picture: Shop assistant, Orlando West, Soweto, 1972

David Goldblatt captures a defiant private moment in apartheid-era South AfricaDavid Goldblatt once described himself as “a self-appointed observer and critic of the society into which I was born”. That society was apartheid-era South Africa, which he chronicled with meticulous patience and a certain formal detachment, his acutely observational gaze illuminating the lives of ordinary people living under a system that separated and controlled them according to skin colour.From the early 1960s, when he began photographing the landscape and people of South Africa, Goldblatt shot in black and white, later saying: “During those years, colour seemed too sweet a medium to express the anger, disgust and fear that apartheid inspired.” His detached approach reflected his own sense of being an outsider – his Lithuanian Jewish family had originally settled in South Africa to escape religious persecution – but it also allowed him to present the complexities of life under apartheid in a way that contrasted with the often dramatic images made by visiting photojournalists. 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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The mane attraction: hair-tossing horses – in pictures

“Horses can be hilarious!” says German photographer Wiebke Haas. “It’s my greatest passion to tease out nearly human expressions from them.” She has turned this passion into a delightful series called Horsestyle (shortlisted for a 2018 Sony World Photography award) featuring stallion Pauli with his lovely Elvis lip-curl, and Linus with a big, bouncy mane to rival Farrah Fawcett’s.Haas grew up around animals, which perhaps explains why her horses look so at ease. “The most difficult part was to keep them straight to the camera,” she says. Her secret? Horse goodies and the occasional “tickle in the ear”. The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards winners will be announced on 19 April 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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