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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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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

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

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

What Brexit means for survivors of domestic abuse

With Boris Johnson’s deal still in limbo, a new deadline of 31 January and a general election on the horizon – it’s safe to say that Brexit is as complicated as ever, with little certainty around what leaving the EU actually means in real terms. But what we do know is that if Brexit happens, women are likely to fare worst.
By Ellie Fry
The Independent

Evidence alleges Israeli soldier's 'live fire' shot Palestinian boy in head, claims UK forensics team

A damning new forensics report seen by The Independent has alleged an Israeli soldier's live ammunition - and not a rubber bullet as claimed by the IDF - shot a nine-year old Palestinian boy in the head on 12 July as he stood outside his friend’s house in the occupied West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum. Since 2011, regular weekly protests have taken place in the village against Israeli occupation, land confiscations and the military’s closure of an access road from the village to nearby city Nablus.
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

Fire service's 'stay put advice cost lives' in Grenfell Tower, long awaited public inquiry concludes

Fewer people may have died in Grenfell Tower if the London Fire Brigade had not stuck so rigidly to its "stay put" policy and evacuated people instead, a public inquiry into the blaze that killed 72 people has concluded. In a document spanning around 1,000 pages, Sir Martin Moore-Bick said there were "serious shortcomings" and "systemic" failures in its response to the fire. In a damning indictment of both the construction of the block and the authorities involved in the response, the report a
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

‘I could well die in here’: The story of Charlotte Nokes and the thousands still locked up on indefinite sentences

Life is fleeting, life is precious, and I have wasted too much time in oblivion. So wrote Charlotte Nokes while she was a prisoner at HMP Peterborough. She was originally sentenced to a minimum term of 15 months, but by the time she was found dead in her cell on 23 July 2016, she had served more than eight and a half years.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

‘This is not what we fought for’: The battle to end Iran’s ban on female football fans

When Iran beat Cambodia 14-0 in its home qualifier for the 2022 Qatar World Cup last night, only one corner of Tehran’s stadium cheered. A small section, ringed with metal fencing, was packed full of jubilant Iranian women, sporting painted faces and national flags. Hundreds more queued up outside. It was a pocket of celebration in a nearly empty stadium. Because for the first time in four decades, Iran had allowed women to buy tickets to a match. It was too late for Sahar Khodayari. Almost a m
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

We tried Fenty Beauty's new Christmas make-up collection: Tinsel $how

It’s that time of year again where Christmas beauty launches are coming at us thick and fast, and one of the most anticipated reveals has been Rihanna’s make-up line, Fenty Beauty. But the wait is over as the brand has unveiled its 2019 festive collection named “tinsel $how”, which will be available from 11 October in Harvey Nichols and Boots.
By Ellie Fry
The Independent

Fashion should be sustainable and inclusive, not one or the other

Over the past year, we’ve seen two significant shifts in the fashion industry: sustainability and plus-size inclusivity. We’ve seen G7 leaders joining forces with fashion houses in a global pact to make clothes more sustainable, and body-positivity advocate and plus-size model Tess Holliday walking for Chromat at New York Fashion Week. Clearly, the way we think about clothes is changing.
By Ellie Fry
The Independent

El Gato Negro review: A new rival for Liverpool's thriving tapas scene

Whenever anyone tells me they’ve never been to Liverpool, I immediately say they have to visit. Aside from the undeniable charm of the city and its people, you’ve got to go for the food. Liverpool is full of independents that have blessed my taste buds with some of the best meals I’ve eaten, especially tapas. From the mini wood fired pizzas at Bacaro to the sea bass at Neon Jamon, I can't get enough of small plates here.
By Ellie Fry
The Independent

Who knew storytelling would be so profitable? The success of Serial, five years on

Hae Min Lee was a typical high school student in Baltimore 1999. A popular Korean American girl, she was bright, pretty, romantic. On 13 January 1999, she was last seen driving from school to pick up her younger cousin. When she failed to turn up, her parents reported her missing. Police concluded that by that time, she was already dead.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

Furious backlash to ‘Hunger Games-style’ application process for Grenfell funds sees council chief abandon Twitter

A scheme to decide the awarding of funds to projects benefiting local residents affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster has provoked fury among residents and politicians, who accused it of pitting members of the community against each other in a “game show-style” process. Kensington and Chelsea council has invited North Kensington individuals and organisations to apply for grants from a £600,000 Grenfell Projects Fund, part of its recovery strategy in the wake of the 2017 fire that killed 72 pe
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

The Independent | Threat to abolish tax relief got me focused

Everyone has advice to give about buying a house these days and boy, do they dole it out. Buy now. Don't, wait. Prices will go up. Prices will go down. Choose variable. Fix your rate. Welcome to the life of a first-time buyer. Everyone has advice to give about buying a house these days and boy, do they dole it out. Buy now. Don't, wait. Prices will go up. Prices will go down. Choose variable. Fix your rate. Welcome to the life of a first-time buyer. There is one incentive to buy however that i
By Rachael Kealy
The Independent

Cameron and May ‘must be called before inquiry to answer for Grenfell’

Theresa May and David Cameron should be called before the inquiry into the Grenfell disaster to account for missed opportunities to prevent it, councillors are demanding. Labour councillors in Kensington and Chelsea made the call as part of a double-pronged move aiming to hold central and local governments to account for their “action or inaction” before and after the inferno that killed 72 people in June 2017. Pat Mason, leader of the Labour group on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelse
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

The Amazon isn't in trouble because of Bolsonaro -- it's all about Bolivia

The Amazon is burning, and everybody is looking to Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. They should be looking a little further south. In Bolivia, wildfires have been rampaging across the dry savannah of the country for weeks. On the southwest border with Paraguay and Brazil, at least 1 million hectares of farmland have been destroyed.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

The first female American Airlines captain who piloted a flight on 9/11

Ladies and gentlemen, this is Captain Bev speaking. There’s been a crisis in the United States and all of the US airspace is closed. We’re going to be landing our aeroplane in Gander, in Newfoundland...” On 11 September 2001, those words were spoken on a Boeing 777 somewhere over the north Atlantic. Bev was Beverley Bass, the first female captain in American Airlines history.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

Opinion: I have visited refugees in Calais, I know this crisis is far from over

On my second day working in one of the refugee camps in northern France, one of the younger men spoke of his hopes for the future. He eagerly told me that getting to England is what's keeping him going. It's all he thinks about – every day, every night. This remarkable hope and extraordinary resilience has continued to strike me when working with the refugees; we need to continue to give them hope for a more stable life through offering our support until a better long term solution is put in pl
By Natalie Keffler
The Independent

New US sanctions on Venezuela pressure Maduro but ‘risk exacerbating humanitarian crisis and torpedoing negotiations’

When Juan Guaido raised his nation’s tricolour flag in January and swore himself in as interim president to the rapturous cheers of thousands in Caracas, many hoped – and believed – President Nicolas Maduro was finally on his way out. A long-fractured opposition had reorganised, mass protests returned to the capital, and within minutes the US – followed by 50 other nations – officially recognised the national assembly head as the country’s legitimate leader.
By Luke Taylor
The Independent

Tom Howley: the face behind the luxury kitchen brand

Kitchens have become the heart within the family home, and nobody understands that more than designer Tom Howley, who set up his own luxury kitchen company in 2004, now owned by BHID Group. He now fits over a hundred kitchens a month, has 17 UK branches and a multitude of high-profile (yet mostly anonymous) clients saved on his phone. So just how did he get here? He says, with slight bewilderment caught up in his soft Irish accent: “How I’ve ended up here - I don’t know.”
By Kate Nicholson
The Independent

Committee overseeing response to Grenfell Tower fire scrapped by Kensington and Chelsea Council

Kensington and Chelsea Council has voted to scrap a committee tasked with scrutinising the authority’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire, prompting angry protests outside the Town Hall on Wednesday evening before the decision was passed. Meetings about the aftermath of the disaster that killed 72 people in June 2017 will now take place in north Kensington, instead of at the Town Hall itself, and involve a “wider remit” with great involvement of residents. Council leaders said the move was de
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

Committee overseeing response to Grenfell Tower fire scrapped by Kensington and Chelsea Council

Kensington and Chelsea Council has voted to scrap a committee tasked with scrutinising the authority’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire, prompting angry protests outside the Town Hall on Wednesday evening before the decision was passed. Meetings about the aftermath of the disaster that killed 72 people in June 2017 will now take place in north Kensington, instead of at the Town Hall itself, and involve a “wider remit” with great involvement of residents. Council leaders said the move was de
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

Committee overseeing response to Grenfell Tower fire scrapped by Kensington and Chelsea Council

Kensington and Chelsea Council has voted to scrap a committee tasked with scrutinising the authority’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire, prompting angry protests outside the Town Hall on Wednesday evening before the decision was passed. Meetings about the aftermath of the disaster that killed 72 people in June 2017 will now take place in north Kensington, instead of at the Town Hall itself, and involve a “wider remit” with great involvement of residents. Council leaders said the move was de
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

Committee overseeing response to Grenfell Tower fire scrapped by Kensington and Chelsea Council

Kensington and Chelsea Council has voted to scrap a committee tasked with scrutinising the authority’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire, prompting angry protests outside the Town Hall on Wednesday evening before the decision was passed. Meetings about the aftermath of the disaster that killed 72 people in June 2017 will now take place in north Kensington, instead of at the Town Hall itself, and involve a “wider remit” with great involvement of residents. Council leaders said the move was de
By Anu Shukla
The Independent