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Crispin Blunt again defends convicted sexual abuser Imran Ahmad Khan

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The Conservative MP Crispin Blunt has again defended his former colleague Imran Ahmad Khan, claiming Ahmad Khan’s conviction for sexual abuse was “a serious miscarriage of justice”. Ahmad Khan was found guilty last mo...

Crispin Blunt quits as LGBTQ+ group chair after Imran Ahmad Khan comments

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The Conservative MP Crispin Blunt has resigned as chair of the LGBTQ+ parliamentary group and withdrawn comments that a fellow MP found guilty of sexual assault was a victim of a “miscarriage of justice”. After an out...

American schools gave kids laptops during the pandemic. Then they spied on them

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When the pandemic started last year, countless forms of inequality were exposed – including the millions of American families who don’t have access to laptops or broadband internet. After some delays, schools across t...

Employers are spying on us at home with ‘tattleware’. It’s time to track them instead

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The corporate handwringing started at almost the same time as the lockdown orders: “But if all of our workers are at home, where we can’t see them, how can we possibly know that they’re actually working?” Leave it to ...

Move over, space. Tech billionaires have a new utopian boondoggle: the ‘metaverse’

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Look at all of our tech billionaires trying to leave the world to evade responsibility for their malevolent influence on it. Anything to avoid being confronted by the workers they exploit or the victims of the ethnic ...

Like millions of Americans, I can never leave my spouse. I’ll lose my healthcare

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It was around the second dose of fentanyl going into my IV bag that I stopped trying to control how much all of this was going to cost. I had been arguing with every decision the caregivers at the emergency room were ...

Welcome to dystopia: getting fired from your job as an Amazon worker by an app

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We were initially anxious about the introduction of robots into our workforce because of the potential disappearance of manual labor jobs. Robots would take over factories, we were told, they’d drive our cars and truc...

Employers think the pandemic was a time for earnest self-improvement. Screw that

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Early in the pandemic there was a moment when it started to become clear that the lockdowns that had been proposed as a temporary measure were, in fact, going to go on for a while. Society was understandably anxious. ...

Stressed-out Amazon workers can now access ‘mindfulness’ training. Gee, thanks

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Amazon has recently launched its Working Well program, with services designed to improve the mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing of its employees and workers. It’s important to make the distinction between employ...

Amazon is a disaster for workers. Nomadland glosses over that

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The new movie Nomadland may have received six nominations for the Academy Awards this year, but it’s also been met with its fair share of controversy. Telling the story of Fern (played by Frances McDormand), a woman w...

Job-hunting is stressful and humiliating enough. Now robots judge our resumes

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I have been looking for a full-time job for over a year now. I have applied for jobs I am qualified for, jobs I am overqualified for, jobs in my city and jobs that would require a lengthy commute, jobs I would like to...

Hedge fund boss Crispin Odey not guilty of indecent assault, judge rules

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The multimillionaire hedge fund manager Crispin Odey has been found not guilty of an “octopus”-like assault against a junior female banker at his London home. The 62-year-old father-of-three was accused of lunging at ...

Millions in the US still don’t feel seen by either political party. My dad is one of them

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A few days after the insurrection at the Capitol, my father Jack started sending emails from his Lincoln, Kansas, home to his representative and senators in Congress. For some reason, he was also cc-ing me on these ex...