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David Miliband charity pushes ‘white supremacy culture’, workers allege

International Rescue Committee hires law firm to review internal policies as leadership accused of ‘belittling and gaslighting’ staffThe International Rescue Committee reinforces “white supremacy culture”, staff have alleged, with the aid organization subsequently hiring a law firm to review its policies relating to discrimination, harassment and retaliation, the Guardian can reveal.Headed by former UK foreign secretary David Miliband, the IRC is a major NGO with 20,000 staff and volunteers and ...
Tags: Politics, UK, New York, Africa, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, David Miliband, Aid, Global development, International Rescue Committee, NGO, IRC


‘I’m living proof’: how Melbourne’s drug-injecting room has changed – and saved – lives

Despite established benefits, a proposed second facility in the city is facing fierce oppositionAt the lowest point of her 25-year addiction, Lisa Townsend had nothing left. Not her children, whom she had had to give up, nor a roof over her head. For three and a half years, she slept rough in the streets of the Melbourne CBD, scraping together whatever money she could to score heroin in the city, or along Victoria Street and Lennox Street in the nearby suburb of North Richmond.“My depression and...
Tags: Health, Drugs, Society, Australia news, Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria Street, North Richmond, Lennox Street, Lisa Townsend


Linen condoms and bed curtains: tour exposes history of sex in Scotland

National Trust for Scotland presents exploration of intimacy from 17th to 20th centuryThe chafing doesn’t bear thinking about. A replica linen condom secured with a dainty blue ribbon is one of the more wince-inducing props for a new exploration of the history of sex and intimate lives in Scotland.The other material used to fashion prophylactics in the 17th century was animal gut, which was dried then rehydrated at the crucial moment. The Edinburgh-born diarist James Boswell writes about dipping...
Tags: Health, Law, Sex, Scotland, Relationships, Life and style, Society, UK News, Poverty, Culture, Social exclusion, LGBT rights, Contraception and family planning, Edinburgh, Sex trade, National Trust


‘We have more in common than what separates us’: refugee stories, told by refugees

In One Thousand Dreams, award-winning photographer Robin Hammond hands the camera to refugees. Often reduced by the media’s toxic or well-meaning narratives, the portraits and interviews capture a different and more complex tale‘Never stop dreaming’: refugees get behind the camera – in picturesRobin Hammond has spent two decades crisscrossing the developing world and telling other people’s stories. From photographing the Rohingya forced out of Myanmar and rape survivors in the Democratic Republi...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Photography, Gender, Sweden, Media, Greece, China, Iraq, Nigeria, Africa, Society, World news, Turkey, Iran, Mental Health


Budapest Pride goes ahead in solidarity against Hungary’s anti-LBGTQ+ laws

As oppressive legislation passed by Viktor Orbán’s government, activists plan procession to ‘show LGBT people they are not alone’For the second year in a row, Covid has succeeded in doing what many had once thought impossible: toning down Pride celebrations. From Berlin to Brighton, Toronto to San Francisco, parades have been cancelled or put online, floats forgotten and parties swapped for quieter, often more reflective events.But in Budapest, where LGBTQ+ activists are engaged in a near-existe...
Tags: Europe, Berlin, San Francisco, Society, World news, Transgender, Budapest, Hungary, LGBT rights, Global development, Pride, Viktor Orban, Budapest Pride, Brighton Toronto


‘People didn’t listen’: Julie Douib’s killing sparks fight against femicide in France

She told police 10 times her ex-partner would kill her and he did – one of 146 such deaths in France that yearJulie Douib told many people she thought her ex-partner would kill her. She told her family. She reported him to the police on 10 occasions. She even told them he had a gun and she was afraid he would use it, but they said they could not do anything unless he pointed it at her.So it should have been little surprise when he did. Or that Julie’s last words as she lay dying of gunshot wound...
Tags: Europe, France, Society, World news, Domestic Violence, Feminism, Julie, Julie Douib, Douib, L'Île Rousse Corsica


Ministers apologise to rape victims and promise overhaul of system

Charities welcome apology but say plans to reform rape prosecutions in England and Wales lack urgencyMinisters have apologised unreservedly to rape victims, saying they are “deeply ashamed” that thousands of survivors have been failed on the government’s watch, as they pledged an overhaul of the criminal justice system.A long-awaited government review into a precipitous decline in rape prosecutions promises sweeping reform of how cases are handled in England and Wales, including targets for the ...
Tags: England, Crime, Law, Wales, Police, Society, UK News, Rape and sexual assault


Françoise Hardy, ‘close to the end’ of her life, argues for assisted suicide

The French singer says radiation has left her in immense pain, and fears a natural death would bring ‘even more physical suffering’Françoise Hardy, the French pop songwriter who found fame in the 60s yé-yé movement, has said she feels “close to the end” of her life in a new interview.Hardy, 77, told Femme Actuelle that in 2018 she was diagnosed with a tumour in her ear. It followed her diagnosis with lymphatic cancer in the mid-2000s, and a hospitalisation in 2015 that led to her being placed in...
Tags: Europe, Music, Law, France, Society, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Assisted dying, Hardy, Françoise Hardy, Femme Actuelle


Previous Covid infection may not offer long-term protection, study finds

Research found marked differences in immune response of medical staff six months after contracting virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePrevious infection with coronavirus does not necessarily protect against Covid in the longer term, especially when caused by new variants of concern, a study on healthcare workers suggests.Researchers at Oxford University found marked differences in the immune responses of medical staff who contracted Covid, with some appearing far be...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Coronavirus, COVID


Scotland was eight hours from running out of some PPE in Covid first wave

Audit Scotland says supplies of items such as gowns and masks ran very low in April last yearCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSome stocks of PPE in Scotland came within eight hours of running out at the height of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by the country’s public spending watchdog.Audit Scotland said centrally held supplies of key items ran “very low” in April 2020. At points, long-sleeved gowns came within eight hours of running ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Scotland, Society, UK News, Health policy, Scottish politics, Coronavirus, COVID


How do we learn to live with Covid in the UK?

Analysis: Lockdown extension brings questions on when and how UK can draw a line under social distancingThe Commons vote to delay step four of England’s roadmap out of lockdown has focused attention on when and how the country can draw a line under social distancing and, in the words of the prime minister, “learn to live with the virus”.While the surge in cases in Blackburn – one of the original Delta variant hotspots – may have peaked for now, Public Health England expects recent rises in the n...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Delta, Public Health England, Blackburn, Coronavirus


Covid cases in England doubling every 11 days as Delta variant takes hold

Scientists say cases rising exponentially but vaccine progress should help reduce increaseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 cases are rising exponentially across England driven by younger and mostly unvaccinated age groups, according to scientists.A study commissioned by the government found that infections increased by 50% between 3 May and 7 June, coinciding with the rise of the Delta coronavirus variant that is now dominant in the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, Coronavirus


Covid cases in England doubling every 11 days as Delta takes hold

Scientists say cases rising exponentially but vaccine progress should help reduce increaseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 cases are rising exponentially across England driven by younger and mostly unvaccinated age groups, according to scientists.A study commissioned by the government found that infections increased by 50% between 3 May and 7 June, coinciding with the rise of the Delta coronavirus variant that is now dominant in the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, Delta, Coronavirus


‘Disability is possibility’: a mission to bust myths in India – photo essay

The photographer Vicky Roy has been travelling around the country documenting people with disabilities. The project, Everyone is Good at Something, hopes to tell their stories and challenge the stigma they facePhotographs by Vicky RoyWhen he isn’t working on the farm or making things out of jute, Gobinda Majumdar likes to walk to a tea stall near his home in Assam to buy sweets for his nieces. All this he explains with tactile signing, the only means of communication for the 37-year-old, who can...
Tags: India, Society, World news, Disability, South and Central Asia, Global development, Assam, Majumdar, Vicky Roy, Vicky RoyWhen, Gobinda Majumdar, Kamrup


How do we learn to live with Covid?

Lockdown extension brings questions on when and how UK can draw a line under social distancingThe Commons vote to delay step four of England’s roadmap out of lockdown has focused attention on when and how the country can draw a line under social distancing and, in the words of the prime minister, “learn to live with the virus”.While the surge in cases in Blackburn – one of the original Delta variant hotspots – may have peaked for now, Public Health England expects recent rises in the north-west ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Delta, Public Health England, Blackburn, Coronavirus


Children’s services in England shaky as Jenga tower, says review lead

Report says system is bureaucratic, risk-averse and in need of reform and investment after years of cutsThe English children’s services system is a “tower of Jenga held together by Sellotape” and needs major reform and investment, the head of an independent review has found.Josh MacAlister described the children’s social services system as bureaucratic, risk-averse, financially strained and over-focused on investigating potential abuse and neglect at the expense of providing practical support fo...
Tags: Politics, England, Children, Society, UK News, Social Care, Local Government, Jenga, Josh MacAlister


More than half of Europe’s cities still plagued by dirty air, report finds

Data shows only 127 of 323 cities had acceptable PM 2.5 levels despite drop in emissions during lockdownsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than half of European cities are still plagued by dirty air, new data shows, despite a reduction in traffic emissions and other pollutants during last year’s lockdowns.Cities in eastern Europe, where coal is still a major source of energy, fared worst of all, with Nowy Sącz in Poland having the most polluted air, followed by Cre...
Tags: Health, Europe, Sweden, Climate Change, France, Germany, Environment, European Union, Society, World news, Air Pollution, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Finland


Man jailed for life over killing that sparked femicide outcry in France

Bruno Garcia-Cruciani’s murder of Julie Douib in Corsica became a rallying call against domestic killingsA man who murdered the mother of their two children on the island of Corsica in March 2019 has been sentenced to life in prison in a case that caused an outcry over domestic killings of women in France.Julie Douib was shot dead by her former partner of 14 years, Bruno Garcia-Cruciani, a few days after learning that prosecutors had closed a case she brought against him for threatening behaviou...
Tags: Europe, France, Society, World news, Domestic Violence, Corsica, Bruno Garcia Cruciani, Julie Douib


‘It’s not easy’: seven working parents around the world – photo essay

Photographers Linda Bournane Engelberth and Valentina Sinis document the lives of working parents from Botswana to the UK for UnicefIf investing in family-friendly policies is good for business, then many companies are missing a trick. Giving parents and families adequate time, resources and services to care for children, while staying in their jobs and improving their skills and productivity, pays off according to employers. But for many, in all parts of the world, paid parental leave and child...
Tags: Family, UK, Children, Africa, Pregnancy, Americas, Employment, Society, World news, Childcare, Work & careers, Asia Pacific, Charities, Voluntary sector, Work-life balance, Employee Benefits


Bristol to build ‘gap homes’ on garage sites to tackle housing crisis

Council hopes micro dwellings built on spaces between houses and gardens will revive neighbourhoodsUnique micro homes are to be built on old garage sites in Bristol to help the city tackle its housing crisis.“Gap homes” – so-called because they will be constructed in small spaces between houses and gardens – would be made off site and dropped into place across the city. Continue reading...
Tags: Housing, Communities, Society, UK News, Architecture, Art and design, Bristol


High in the Himalayas, villagers hit by Covid are left to fend for themselves

In India’s remote peaks, the pandemic’s toll is worsened by lack of medical facilities, roads and informationPhalguni Devi has spent a fortnight living in a cattle shed. Looking out on a rainy afternoon in early June, she worries that if the rain does not let up, her fever-like symptoms will worsen.Devi, 51, shares the shed with a cow and two cats, and this has taken its toll. Herbal concoctions have not worked and the visit to a pharmacist in the nearest town, in the Nijmola valley in the Himal...
Tags: Health, India, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Global development, Himalayas, Devi, Global Health, Coronavirus, COVID, Nijmola


Covid jabs to become mandatory for care home staff in England

Exclusive: ministers considering extending compulsory vaccination measure to all NHS staffCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid vaccinations are to become mandatory for care home staff under plans to be announced by ministers, as they consider extending the move to all NHS staff.The controversial measure sets up a likely battle with staff in both services and could lead to the government being sued under European human rights law or equalities legislation for breachin...
Tags: Health, England, Society, UK News, NHS, Social Care, Coronavirus


Home Office abandons plans to deport Osime Brown to Jamaica

Family celebrate success of campaign to halt deportation of 22-year-old, who has autismA 22-year-old man who has autism and his family are celebrating after the Home Office abandoned plans to deport him to Jamaica.Osime Brown, who left Jamaica aged four to settle in the UK with his mother, Joan Martin, was facing deportation after being released from prison where he had been serving a sentence for stealing a friend’s mobile phone, though he and others said he did not do it. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Law, Americas, Society, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Autism, UK criminal justice, Home Office, Jamaica, Caribbean, Joan Martin, Osime Brown, Jamaica Osime Brown


Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott gives away $2.7bn to hundreds of charities

Ex-wife of Jeff Bezos gives to 286 groups and says she wants to donate ‘fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change’The American novelist and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott said on Tuesday she had given a further $2.7bn (£1.9bn) to 286 organisations.Scott, who was formerly married to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, issued a statement regarding distribution of the latest tranche of her $57bn fortune. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Gender, Technology, Education, Race, Society, World news, Jeff Bezos, Inequality, Philanthropy, Scott, Mackenzie Scott, Coronavirus


Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott gives away £2bn to 286 organisations

Ex-wife of Jeff Bezos says she wants to donate ‘fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change’The billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, known for her impromptu multibillion-dollar donations to charities and racial equity issues, has announced that she has given a further $2.7bn (£1.9bn) to 286 organisations.Scott, the ex-wife of the Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, wrote in a Medium post that she made the gifts to enable the organisations to continue their work, and as a “signal of trus...
Tags: Amazon, Gender, Technology, Education, Race, Society, World news, Jeff Bezos, Inequality, Philanthropy, Scott, Mackenzie Scott, Coronavirus


‘People have already forgotten Jo Cox’: Samuel Kasumu on why he quit as No 10’s race adviser

He resigned amid the fallout from a government report that dismissed institutional racism. In his first interview since, he says some ministers are waging a culture war – and endangering the countryJohnson’s former race adviser accuses Tories of inflaming culture warsSamuel Kasumu is worried about what is to come. The former race adviser to No 10 has watched, dismayed, as commentators and members of the government – whom he believes should know better – engage in a bitter culture war. He warns t...
Tags: Politics, UK, Race, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, Boris Johnson, Jo Cox, Samuel Kasumu, Jo Cox '' Kasumu


Why is Israel lifting Covid restrictions as England extends them?

Analysis: both are viewed as running successful vaccine campaigns, but case numbers are very differentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIsrael and the UK were viewed as world leaders in their coronavirus vaccine campaigns but whereas the former is lifting almost all pandemic limitations, the latter is now glumly extending its restrictions in England amid a sharp rise in infections.Despite starting its mass inoculation programme after the UK in December, Israel has sped ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Israel, Society, UK News, World news, Public services policy, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Sweden’s Left party threatens to oust PM over ending rent controls

Party will seek support from opposition unless government scraps or amends plans within 48 hoursSweden’s Left party has said it will seek support from the main opposition to oust the prime minister, Stefan Löfven, if the government does not drop or change plans within 48 hours for the abolition of rent controls on new-build properties.The Left party is not part of the government, but the minority coalition of the Social Democrats and Greens needs its backing to stay in power if the rest of the o...
Tags: Sweden, Housing, Society, World news, Renting Property, Party, Stefan Lofven, Social Democrats and Greens


The sexual assault of sleeping women: the hidden, horrifying rape crisis in Britain’s bedrooms

A recent survey suggested a shockingly high proportion of women have been sexually assaulted by a partner as they slept. Now more and more are speaking outNiamh Ní Dhomhnaill had been with her partner for almost a year when she discovered that he’d been raping her while she slept. At the time, she was 25, and a language teacher in a Dublin secondary school. Her partner, Magnus Meyer Hustveit, was Norwegian. The couple had moved in together within a few months of meeting, but things were tense. I...
Tags: Crime, Marriage, Law, Relationships, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Britain, Men, Dublin, Magnus Meyer Hustveit, Rape and sexual assault, Ní Dhomhnaill, Hustveit


Blood brother: the Kashmiri man who is India’s biggest donor

The ‘blood man’ of conflict-racked Kashmir has donated 174 pints of blood since 1980 but feels ‘crushed’ by his poverty Shabir Hussain Khan was taking an afternoon nap when he heard a commotion outside his house. A friend had been injured in a football match and had lost a lot of blood. Khan, who did not have any transport, rushed to the hospital by foot to donate some. It was 4 July 1980. Yesterday the man known locally as the “blood man of Kashmir” donated his 174th pint of his blood to strang...
Tags: Health, India, Society, World news, Hospitals, South and Central Asia, Global development, Khan, Kashmir, Srinagar, Kashmiri, Global Health, Shabir Hussain Khan



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