The Independent

The Independent is a British national morning newspaper published in London by Independent Print Limited, owned by Alexander Lebedev since 2010. Nicknamed the Indy, it was launched in 1986 and is one of the youngest UK national daily newspapers.

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Darren Loucaides

Writer in Barcelona/London. WIRED, the Guardian, Slate, Columbia Journalism ReviewNew Internationalist, Public Radio International

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Specialisms: Travel, Politics, News, Journalism

Sophie Williams

A journalist based in the UK with experience in foreign news and travel writing.

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Specialisms: Travel, News

Elizabeth Galey

Digital Editor, Gryphon alumni, English and Philosophy graduate. Film fanatic, intersectional feminist, currently freelancing.

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Zakaria Shalih

High-functioning Conspiracy Theorist with fetishism of Massive Crossovers

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Martin Dunne

Local reporter, martial artist, music writer, film junkie, cider enthusiast.

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Skills: Reporter
Specialisms: Music, Film, Art

Latest Articles

How drug cartels are adapting to lockdowns around the world

Prying open a container in the port of Antwerp, Belgian customs officers were sure they were about to uncover a massive drugs bust: five tonnes of cocaine from South America was supposed to be inside. But when they pried it open, all they found was a pile of squid. The flummoxed officials discovered the cartels had been one step ahead, swapping out the illicit cargo upon arrival at port and before it could be checked by customs.
By Luke Taylor
The Independent

Opinion: Boris Johnson says migrant workers are 'welcome' but it's so hard to believe him

At a recent government briefing, Boris Johnson was asked by Italian journalist, Marco Varvello, about potential migrant workers hoping to come back to the UK. Commentators were quick to point out the irony that the Italian phrase, meaning “everyone welcome”, largely contradicted the anti-migrant stance Johnson had publicly taken since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Going back to December 2019, we saw Johnson and the Conservatives storm to an 80-seat majority off the back of a campaign built upon
By Jamie Beauvais
The Independent

Coronavirus could hit US economy by $15.7 trillion, Congressional Budget Office projects

The US economy’s gross domestic product (GDP) is predicted to be $15.7 trillion (£12.5 trillion) smaller over the next ten years, than previously predicted, due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The agency announced on Monday that unless Congress attempts to mitigate the damage caused by the pandemic, the US economy will be severely hit over the long term, The Week reports. In a letter sent to Democratic senator Bernie Sanders and S
By James Crump
The Independent

Lingerie buying guide: Everything you need to know about size, fit and style

As the first thing you put on each morning and the last thing you take off at night, lingerie is a big part of our wardrobes. The right set can make you feel more comfortable, confident and powerful – so why do so many of us find looking for lingerie so stressful?
By Chloë James
The Independent

Opinion: Think twice before spending thousands on a 'panic master's' – it's always better to do it for the right reason

It’s Christmas 2018 and I’m in the car, driving back to spend two weeks in my family home for the holidays. I have eight months until I graduate from my BA in philosophy, not a single job interview on the horizon and I am absolutely terrified. I turn to my mum and say: “You know, a lot of my friends are thinking about doing postgrad courses.” A short conversation, various scholarship applications and numerous part-time jobs later, I found myself moving to Cardiff to do a master’s in internatio
By Katharine Smith
The Independent

More than 100,000 cruise ship crew members stuck at sea

More than 100,000 cruise ship staff members are still stuck out at sea, due to the coronavirus pandemic crippling the tourism industry and governments not letting them return to land. The cruise ship industry stopped running in March, after multiple people contracted Covid-19 onboard various ships, and global travel was restricted by governments. This has left crew members stuck out at sea, with many of them not getting paid, despite being stranded on the ships away from their friends and fami
By James Crump
The Independent

Nearly a quarter of likely Republican voters think party should nominate someone other than Trump

A new poll has revealed that nearly a quarter of Republicans think that the party should nominate someone other than president Donald Trump as their 2020 presidential nominee. The poll, by Ramussen Reports, found that 23 per cent of likely Republican voters want the GOP to deny the president the chance of running for a second term, by nominating a different candidate. According to the organisation, who conduct surveys nationwide, 70 per cent said that Mr Trump should be the Republican candidat
By James Crump
The Independent

Budgets, bills and emergency savings: How to financially brace yourself for a coronavirus recession

The coronavirus pandemic has not only caused thousands of deaths, including more than 50,000 in the UK alone, but has also triggered a worldwide economic crisis, with rising unemployment, falling wages, and a slowdown of business. On 13 May, Office for National Statistics figures showed the UK economy contracted at its fastest pace since the 2008 financial crisis during the first quarter of 2020. We won’t know until the summer if the UK is officially in recession – technically classified as a
By Rebecca Goodman
The Independent

Watching ‘Normal People’ made me face up to how I felt about sex as a young woman

Like much of the country, I spent a few heavy days devouring the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestselling book Normal People to the backdrop of a soft, rainy lockdown. Of course, I was enamoured by it but it tapped into a part of my psyche that I had buried a while back, partly out of pain and partly out of shame. Sex. For most women, our sexual history is something we guard closely. It’s something we share over wine with our friends, discuss in whispers with new lovers and awkwardly bumble
By Frankie Leach
The Independent

How the Kennedy family have been beset by tragedy for generations

Police in Maryland announced on Thursday that they have recovered the body of eight-year-old Gideon McKean, great-grandson of Robert F Kennedy, who went missing on a canoeing trip with his mother. Last week, 41-year-old Maeve Kennedy McKean, and her son Gideon, went missing whilst canoeing in the Chesapeake Bay area. Ms McKean’s body was recovered on Monday, nearly 2,000 feet from where her son’s body was found. The pair went missing after they embarked on a canoe trip, while self-isolating i
By James Crump
The Independent

People cannot define themselves as gender neutral on passports, court rules

A campaigner who wants passports to include a category for those who do not identify as male or female has lost a Court of Appeal challenge over gender neutral passports. Christie Elan-Cane, who wants passports to include an “X” category for such individuals, believes the current UK passport policy infringes the right to privacy. But senior judges dismissed the appeal, a decision Elan-Cane described as “devastating”. The campaigner, who has been fighting for legal and social recognition for n
By James Huyton
The Independent

Sting, Shakti and sex: The exhibition changing our understanding of tantra

A woman has her legs slung over the shoulders of a man, bent backwards like a stone comma. One of her feet is on the man’s headdress, while he rests his chin on her “yoni”. I’m hunkered down on my knees in a back room of the British Museum, staring at a carved depiction of oral sex. Not your typical Tuesday. My guide tells me that the statue is 11th century, possibly from the Elephanta cave temples near Mumbai, and came to the museum in 1865. It venerates the vulva, or the source of creation, s
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

Why Ipswich deserves its place on TripAdvisor’s emerging destinations list

Call off the ski season and cancel Marbs because the algorithms have finally lost the plot: Ipswich, county capital of Suffolk, has been crowned king of destinations for 2020. That is to say, this sleepy historic town (no, we’re not a city) has somehow snuck its way onto TripAdvisor’s emerging destinations list for 2020 – the only UK entry to make the cut.
By Rachael Pells
The Independent

Pippi Longstocking turns 75: The legacy of Astrid Lindgren and the world’s strongest girl

She’s the strongest girl in the world. With her carrot-coloured pigtails, her striped mismatched socks and her freckles, she’s instantly recognisable. She’s a financially independent child, a reckless but compassionate anarchist with an intolerance for bullies. She’s a feminist role model who has inspired everyone from Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga, Madonna, Amy Poehler, Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

Child sex abuse, corruption and cover-ups: How football can and must move on from its darkest time

Andrew Woodward has no idea how many times he was raped as a child. In November 2016, the ex-footballer waived his right to anonymity and revealed that he had been a victim of sexual abuse for more than six years in the 1980s. The one-time Crewe Alexandra defender named his former coach, a convicted paedophile who police would later say had “almost an insatiable appetite” for young boys: Barry Bennell.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

LGBT+ charities praise Phillip Schofield for coming out as gay

LGBT+ charities have praised Phillip Schofield for his “courage” following the This Morning presenter’s announcement that he is gay. On Friday, Schofield released a statement on his Instagram Story stating: “With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to the terms with the fact that I am gay.” The 57-year-old stating that his “inner conflict contrasts with an outside world that has changed so much for the better”, adding that being gay “is a reason to celebrat
By James Huyton
The Independent

Only heterosexual married people should have sex, Church of England says

Sex must be confined to heterosexual marriage and Christians in gay or straight civil partnerships should be sexually abstinent, according to the Church of England. Bishops from the institution have released new pastoral guidance confirming their stance on marriage and sex outside of marriage after mixed-sex civil partnerships were introduced last year. The statement from the House of Bishops says the church’s teaching on marriage “remains unchanged”, claiming sex outside of marriage is “falli
By James Huyton
The Independent

10 best paraben and sulphate free shampoos and conditioners

If your hairdresser has ever questioned your haircare routine, odds are you’ve been lectured on the downsides to parabens and sulphates. While both serve a functional purpose – parabens preserve cosmetics for longer and sulphates are the detergents that give shampoo its lather – they can have detrimental effects on your hair. The latter strips away the moisturising oils that keep strands healthy, as well as irritating sensitive skin, exaggerating existing conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
By Chloë James
The Independent

10 best tweezers to pluck your brows with precision

Whether you prefer them fluffy, arched or thin, the key to beautiful brows sits in your make-up bag. Despite so many alternative methods on the market, tweezers are a failsafe way of tidying up on the go and, unlike microblading or waxing, won’t put a strain on your beauty budget. But like many beauty staples, it’s tricky to find tweezers that actually get the job done. The right pair for you depends on the task at hand. Those with finer and lighter hair may just want to touch up their brows ...
By Chloë James
The Independent

10 best curling tongs and wands for every kind of hair style

Curling your hair is often easier in theory than practice. Whether you want beach waves or glamorous curls, without the right tools or plenty of practice, it’s easy to leave your hair frazzled, frizzier and limper than before. The best curling tongs should be easy to use, eliminating any concerns about technique. Those looking for tighter ringlets should stick to narrower barrels, while bigger blow dry curls are created by wider wands.
By Chloë James
The Independent

10 best make-up brush sets for flawless application every time

Even the best make-up artist is nothing without their tools. While foundation, primer and powder all play their part, if applied incorrectly, they’ll only look flat, flaky, patchy or cakey on the skin. Finding the right brushes is often down to trial and error and can seem time consuming, both before and during your beauty routine. Nobody wants to rifle through dozens of similar brushes, hoping to find the right one, and with so many on the market, it’s difficult to know where to start with yo
By Chloë James
The Independent

If you think calling Kamala Harris a cop was racist, you need to talk to black feminists

To be certain, Kamala Harris faces obstacles of oppression and perception as a black woman; few would argue against this. At the same time, however — to put it into her own words — Kamala is California’s “top cop.” As the 32nd Attorney General of California, Harris was both a chief legal advisor to the state government and its chief law officer, with responsibilities including leading the California Department of Justice, enforcing state laws, supporting local law enforcement, overseeing law enforcement agencies, and even assisting as the chief legal counsel in state litigation cases. In short, a person in her position may be the most “cop-like” a person can be.
By Devyn Springer
The Independent

Child bereavement charity launches crisis text service ahead of Christmas

A free crisis text service for children and young people struggling to cope with the death of a loved one has gone live today. Winston’s Wish – the UK’s first child bereavement charity – has launched the free, confidential and anonymous text line, called Crisis Messenger, to help children and young people who find themselves feeling unable to cope and in need of urgent support. The service, which is powered by trusted partners Shout and Crisis Text Line, can be accessed by texting WW to 85258,
By Sarah Egerton
The Independent

Even for Pussy Riot, gender equality must begin at home

In Pussy Riot, male members are in short supply. But while the Russian punk feminist collective does not have a defined list of participants, one man, Pyotr Verzilov, is usually included. The husband of Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova (the group’s most famous member), is well known thanks to fighting with his wife while she was in prison, gatecrashing the 2018 football World Cup final in Russia and the fact that he was poisoned last year, allegedly by intelligence agents.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

10 best shapewear pieces for support without any discomfort

Shapewear has come a long way since corsets. Thanks in part to celebrity fans like the Kardashians, a range of innovative options have cropped up in the past few years to help you look and feel your best. Designed to hold you in and accentuate your figure, good shapewear will support you without any discomfort. Whether you’re looking to smooth your stomach, enhance your waist or lift your bust, there’s no shortage of bodysuits, knickers, slips and tights to choose from.
By Chloë James
The Independent

Corbyn’s response to Bolivia shows how wrong the left is to keep fetishising socialism in Latin America

Bad left-wing takes on Latin America are like an injection: you know it’s coming but there’s still a prick. And so it was last night when, after weeks of unrest and violent protests following the disputed October elections, Bolivia’s president Evo Morales finally resigned.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent