The Guardian

The Guardian, is a British national daily newspaper. Currently edited by Alan Rusbridger, it has grown from a 19th-century local paper to a national paper associated with a complex organisational structure and international multimedia and web presence.

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Latest Articles

Seven ways to strengthen your core

A strong core isn’t about having photogenic abs, looking good in swimwear or grinding out another deadlift. It is a key element in dozens of everyday movements, including simple things such as carrying your shopping or getting out of bed in the morning. Many people know that a weak core can lead to a bad back, but the benefits of strengthening it are sometimes underappreciated. An analysis of studies published between 1970 and 2011, for instance, found that “core stability exercise was better th
By Kate Carter
The Guardian

Can The National Theatre Return To Its Glory Days?

The “architectural masterpiece” that is the National Arts Theatre was built in 1976 as the primary centre for the performing arts. It boasts a 5,000-seater main hall with a collapsible stage and two cinema halls. It was also one of the four main venues for the landmark Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in 1977.
By Franklin Ugobude
The Guardian

When the US government snatches children, it's biblical to resist the law | Daniel José Camacho

While sitting in an Alabama jail, Martin Luther King Jr began writing a letter about the moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. He invoked the legal maxim originating with St Augustine that an unjust law is no law at all. This week, attorney general Jeff Sessions quoted the bible to justify a cruel policy that is, in fact, not a required law: the forced separation of immigrant families at the border.
By Daniel Camacho
The Guardian

'The martyrs did it': bloody end to Indian copper plant saga

David and Goliath are familiar characters in Tuticorin. The south Indian city, home to one of the country’s oldest Christian communities, has been fighting a giant. Days after 13 protesters were fatally gunned down by police, including a teenage girl, activists won a key victory over one of the world’s largest mining companies. For more than two decades, Sterlite, a subsidiary of the London-listed Vedanta Resources, has been operating a copper smelter on the outskirts of the city. Over the same
By Divya Karthikeyan
The Guardian

Revealed: industrial-scale beef farming comes to the UK

Thousands of British cattle reared for supermarket beef are being fattened in industrial-scale units where livestock have little or no access to pasture. Research by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has established that the UK is now home to a number of industrial-scale fattening units with herds of up to 3,000 cattle at a time being held in grassless pens for extended periods rather than being grazed or barn-reared. Intensive beef farms, known as Concentrated Animal F
By Heather Kroeker
The Guardian

Indian copper plant shut down days after deadly protests

A British-owned copper smelting plant in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu that has been blamed for unnaturally high cancer rates in surrounding villages has closed, days after 13 people were killed by police during protests against the facility. The Tamil Nadu chief minister, Edappadi K Palaniswami, has ordered environmental authorities to “seal the unit and close the plant permanently”, after a 22-year campaign by environmentalists and residents against the site, owned by London-based V
By Divya Karthikeyan
The Guardian

The Uncensored Playlist

Journalist Chang Ping remembers his first brush with Chinese press censorship. “In early 1998, I sent a reporter in Beijing to interview rock singer Cui Jian, to talk about the difficulty of revolt. The propaganda department was very unhappy about it and chided me harshly; I was criticised for ‘promoting a capitalist view of the press’.”
By Derek Robertson
The Guardian

Nominative determinism: who has the best name in running?

Yes, you may have seen this guy mentioned once or twice before: recently retired multiple world record holder, possessor of more gold than the national bank of a middling nation, and generally reckoned to be pretty speedy on his feet. But would he have achieved all this if he’d been called Usain Jones? A paper published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2002, snappily titled ‘Why Susie Sells Seashells by the Seashore: Implicit Egotism and Major Life Decisions’ concluded that
By Kate Carter
The Guardian

Paris to decide fate of 'mega' gold mine in forests of French Guiana

Through the window of the small propeller plane leaving the capital Cayenne, the jungle’s canopy stretches out as far as the eye can see. More than 90% covered by luxuriant rainforest, French Guiana has little in common with mainland France bar the name. Yet this corner of the Amazon forest is awaiting a decision by Emmanuel Macron’s government over the development of a controversial open-pit gold mine that would be the country’s largest. Wedged between Brazil and Suriname and about the siz
By Chloé Farand
The Guardian

From Game of Thrones to The Crown: the woman who turns actors into stars

Earlier this year, the casting director Nina Gold sat at the back of the stalls of the Criterion theatre in the West End and watched a group of students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland perform their showcase. After three years at drama school, each actor had a couple of three-minute scenes to impress a silent audience of agents and casting directors on their lunch hour. Gold slid down in her seat, as if wanting to remain unseen. Every now and then, she scribbled something next to a name
By Sophie Elmhirst
The Guardian

'Designed for death': the Mumbai housing blocks breeding TB

Samira’s neighbourhood of Govandi-Mankhurd was once on Mumbai’s outskirts – far enough away to plonk fertiliser plants, refineries and a rubbish dump. Today, the area is one of the city’s most populous, poor and underserved suburbs. This is where authorities have resettled, in large housing projects, slum-dwellers from other parts of the city whose shanties were cleared for new roads.
By Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar
The Guardian

Parkrun makes us fitter, but can it make us happier as well?

That regular exercise is good for you, reduces your risk of a large number of diseases, improves sleep quality and boosts energy is well known. But if these weren’t reasons enough already to start the NHS Couch to 5k programme and register for a free local run, then here is another: parkrun makes you happier. In a new study by Glasgow Caledonian University of more than 8,000 people, 89% said that participating in parkrun has made them happier, with an overwhelmingly positive impact on their men
By Kate Carter
The Guardian

Are fitness trackers ever an accurate measure of running distance?

A report from Which? has claimed that some fitness trackers and apps are so inaccurate that they could measure as many as eight miles too short, or too far, over the London Marathon course. So how can you measure how far you have really run? The Which? team used data from a short treadmill run (and some daily chores such as washing up), then extrapolated from this to 26.2 miles. This really isn’t a particularly helpful test – GPS doesn’t work indoors on a treadmill and most people don’t stop ru
By Kate Carter
The Guardian

Hungarian journalists admit role in forging anti-migrant 'atmosphere of fear'

A leading editor at Hungary’s state television network punched the air in jubilation as he took a phone call on Sunday evening. Shortly afterwards, his subordinates realised what he had been told: Viktor Orbán had secured a resounding victory in the parliamentary election. Orbán and his Fidesz party achieved a third consecutive supermajority in the Hungarian parliament after a campaign primarily fought on an anti-migrant platform. International monitors would later complain about the campaign’s
By Daniel Nolan
The Guardian

Excursions to the supermarket have reflected my joys and trials over the years | Cynthia Banham

When I was of primary school age, nothing made me so happy as accompanying my mother on her weekly shop. I didn’t get to do it often – during school holidays or the occasional late night shopping expedition on a Thursday. There was magic in those aisles of the Franklins in Sydney’s inner west. By being with Mum, having her ear, I could influence the selection, ensure she didn’t forget the tub of Neapolitan ice cream or jar of fish paste (otherwise known as Peck’s). It was a nervous wait, though,
By Cynthia Banham
The Guardian

Row erupts between Parma ham makers and activists over pig welfare

Images of pigs in filthy pens and barren conditions have sparked a row between animal welfare activists and the makers of Italy’s Parma ham. The campaigners have released footage that they claim exposes barren living conditions with no stimulation, and injured animals with abscesses and hernias being left without adequate treatment. Their expose of follows a series of investigations over the last few years...
By Andrew Wasley
The Guardian