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Life is short

Life is short. That was the first WhatsApp message from a friend that came through when news broke that Kobe Bryant (pictured) and his 13-year-old daughter had died in a helicopter crash. I’m not sure I would have even recognised the NBA megastar and I certainly never saw him play basketball. Still, like virtually everyone…
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All we can do now is hope the Leavers were right

I opened my inbox to find an email from Boris Johnson alerting me to what to expect this week. No wonder I’m suffering from PTSD, post-transition stress disorder, “persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock.” True enough. Of course, the prime minister’s email wasn’t addressed only to me,…
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Swearing: the power of profanity

From Davos to DC, you can almost hear the silent cursing of presidents and powerbrokers as things go awry: from Donald Trump’s impeachment, to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alleged hacking of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, to the paparazzi stalking Meghan and Harry in the Canadian woodlands. A collective “F*ck” all round. Swearing is…
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What we get wrong about African migration

London is hosting its first 2020 UK-African Investment Summit to promote jobs and investment, as the continent’s population should reach two billion in the next thirty years. In an article in Monday’s Guardian the former prime minister, Tony Blair, said Britain should not be left behind when it comes to investment in Africa with its enormous opportunities….
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The woman who foresaw the rise of global terrorism

It’s no surprise that Time magazine voted the climate activist Greta Thunberg as Person of the Year. She is a prophet of our time of sorts. Devorah Halberstam does not have the same international brand recognition as the young Swede. Still, in 1994 the native New Yorker foresaw the rise of global terrorism due to a tragedy…
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