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‘I don’t want to live in a society where people are kidnapped from their homes’: the neighbours fighting immigration raids

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It was 9am on 13 May 2021, when Nick, 63, and Ishbel, 62, got a text to say there was about to be a Home Office raid in Kenmure Street, which lies in the Glasgow district of Pollokshields. Both retired, and living jus...

Earliest Pacific seafarers were matrilocal society, study suggests

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The world’s earliest seafarers who set out to colonise remote Pacific islands nearly 3,000 years ago were a matrilocal society with communities organised around the female lineage, analysis of ancient DNA suggests. Th...

Digitalisation of services and money is creating a two-tier society

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Thank you for highlighting the issue of digital exclusion (Editorial, 23 June). A similar problem is developing with digital payments. For what to many is innocent and inevitable progress, the millions of people in th...

Replace A-levels to combat ‘academic snobbery’, says Royal Society president

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The president of the UK’s most prestigious science academy is to call for A-levels to be replaced with a baccalaureate-style qualification to “break the stranglehold of academic snobbery” towards learning skills. Sir ...

National Deaf Children’s Society urges NHS trusts to use clear face masks

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The National Deaf Children’s Society has written to every NHS trust in England urging them to start using transparent face masks because standard ones create a “serious communication barrier” for deaf patients. The le...

Nicaragua cancels nearly 200 NGOs in sweeping purge of civil society

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Nicaragua’s Sandinista-controlled congress has cancelled nearly 200 non-governmental organizations, ranging from a local equestrian center to the 94-year-old Nicaraguan Academy of Letters, in what critics say is Danie...

‘Sleep with everyone! Be embarrassing!’ – the dada baroness who shocked society

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Towering over crowds at the Venice Biennale, a fortysomething woman poses in a wild homemade costume, that includes beribboned matador pants and a hat like an upturned saucepan. In another photo, smaller and taken aro...

Don’t believe those who say ending Roe v Wade will leave society largely intact

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Now that the dust has begun to settle after the initial explosive news that the US supreme court is poised to overrule the right to abortion and that Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Hea...

The big idea: should we embrace a cashless society?

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How do you like to pay? Do you prefer to tap, wave, insert, single-click or double-click – or are you a hold out for hard cash? If it’s the latter, you’re fast becoming the exception. Between our growing enthusiasm fo...

Tories like me don’t seek a culture war. We just want a ‘radically moderate’ society

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Oliver Dowden, the Conservative party chair, recently delivered an interesting speech to the Heritage Foundation thinktank in Washington. The Independent reported it with the headline “Tory chair gave ‘anti-woke’ spee...

Best podcasts of the week: what does the bloodsucking saga Twilight tell us about society?

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The Big Hit Show“Twilight is stupid; if you like it, you’re also stupid.” Why is there so much vitriol towards female Twihards? (Spoiler: misogyny.) In the first run of a series unpicking pop culture’s biggest moments...

Rights group’s closure is part of rapid dismantling of Russian civil society

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In a terrible year for human rights in Russia, beginning with the imprisonment of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the closure of International Memorial stands out for its ruthlessness. Founded in the late 1980s ...

Mandatory Covid jabs in Malawi ‘violate human rights’, say civil society groups

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Civil rights groups in Malawi have cautioned the government on its decision to make the Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for frontline workers. From January, it will be compulsory for public sector workers, including he...

Gaming is culture – even Fortnite has something to say about society

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Welcome to Pushing Buttons, the Guardian’s brand new gaming newsletter. If you’d like to receive it in your inbox every weeek, just pop your email in below – and check your inbox (and spam) for the confirmation email....

South Korea cuts human interaction in push to build ‘untact’ society

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For Seoul-based graduate Lee Su-bin, the transition to a new lifestyle during the pandemic was no big deal. “At the university library, I would reserve my books online, which would then be sanitised in a book sterilis...

MP calls for Yorkshire Building Society vice-chair to quit over LV= role

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The vice-chair of Yorkshire Building Society is facing a call to resign over her role pushing through the sale of the fellow member-owned firm LV= to a US private equity buyer, amid concerns that it could kickstart a ...

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