Protestors claim the republic, to be named North Macedonia, ‘belongs to the Greek people’
Up to 100,000 Greeks converged on Athens on Sunday to demonstrate against a name-change deal with neighbouring Macedonia.
Protestors packed into central Syntagma square in front of the parliament building, chanting “Macedonia is Greek” in a rally that saw thousands being transported to the capital by bus, plane and ferry.
The threat of an arms race is real and growing. The news of recent days has highlighted the dangers
How late is it now? On Thursday, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will announce the time on its Doomsday Clock. Last year, the bulletin moved the hands forwards 30 seconds, to reach two minutes to midnight: the closest to catastrophe in six and a half decades. Since then, the immediate peril encapsulated in Donald Trump’s threats of “fire and fury” to North Korea has receded. But Mr Trump should take no credit for pressing pause on a crisis largely of his own making. His actions have exacerbated existing problems on the Korean peninsula, and elsewhere.
As a candidate, Mr Trump is said to have asked why the US could not use nuclear weapons. So it should be no surprise he has proved reckless in office. Last week, his administration announced it would begin its pull-out from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty next month, and Mr Trump called for billions of dollars of new spending on missile defences. Arms control experts have warned that the missile defence review, and Mr Trump’s rhetoric in particular, risk provoking an arms race, encouraging Russia and China, both of which are potential and actual destabilisers already, to increase their own capabilities.
The causes of stabbings in the black community cannot be understood from intellectual or prejudicial positions, argues Julian Lee, while Nick Moss thinks widely used definitions of such crimes are part of the problem. Plus letters from Alan Clark and Linda Marriott
It is acknowledged that columnists like Afua Hirsch (Rod Liddle is wrong about black deaths, 16 January) write stuff that is a reflection of their views; what is harder to accept is when those views are informed only by intellectual or prejudicial positions. Both Hirsch and Liddle arrive at conclusions about the causes of black teenage deaths (predominantly in London) without having had adequate (or perhaps any) experience of this tragedy on the ground.
Although the majority of black boys in London achieve well in school and thereafter, a few things cannot be denied: black boys in London are massively over-represented in stabbings; black-on-black violence is significantly gang-related; gangs in London are crime-focused; the age of recruitment and grooming of young people for gang activity is dropping to primary school levels. Poverty and deprivation (of life chances and opportunity) can drive boys and young men into violent criminal activity. When male role models for these boys are neighbourhood gang elders (often replacing absent fathers) and a “gangsta” culture prevails, the boys stand little chance of escaping.
The Commonwealth’s core values are compromised by allowing Rwanda to host its next summit, says Richard Bourne
Michela Wrong (The long read, 15 January) writes that the inquest in Randburg into the murder of Patrick Karegeya, an opponent of President Paul Kagame, should be a “reality check for western governments, development agencies and philanthropic foundations”. It should also haunt the Commonwealth, which is none of the above.
In 2013, on behalf of all member states, the Queen signed a Commonwealth charter whose chapters on democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression the current Rwandan regime flagrantly defies. Yet last year in London,, which boasts of all these values, Commonwealth leaders accepted an offer from Kagame to host its next summit in 2020, making him the chair-in-office for the following two years.
The PM is to present the next stage of her plan to get her deal through on Monday
MPs are to ambush Theresa May’s statement on Monday with amendments aimed at stopping a no-deal Brexit, as well as paving the way for “indicative votes” to show whether any proposal can command a parliamentary majority.
The Labour frontbench is undecided as to whether to back either proposal. Yvette Cooper, chair of the home affairs select committee, is planning to put down a tightly-worded amendment to give time for a bill which would give parliament the power to back an extension of Article 50.
Spice Girls T-shirts sold to raise money for Comic Relief’s “gender justice” campaign were made at a factory in Bangladesh where women earn the equivalent of 35p an hour during shifts in which they claim to be verbally abused and harassed, a Guardian investigation has found.
The charity tops, bearing the message “#IWannaBeASpiceGirl”, were produced by mostly female machinists who said they were forced to work up to 16 hours a day and called “daughters of prostitutes” by managers for not hitting targets.
Salma has never even heard of the Spice Girls. Her life, hunched over a sewing machine for up to 16 hours a day, is a world away from the luxuries enjoyed by the millionaire pop band.
But while neither knows it, Salma and the Spice Girls are connected. The factory where she has worked for more than five years, off a narrow, winding road three hours’ drive from Dhaka, is where charity T-shirts designed by the group were made.
Zhores Medvedev was a staunch supporter of the journal Labour Focus on Eastern Europe, set up in 1977 to provide a vehicle for leftwing support for dissidents in central and eastern Europe in the wake of the Polish strikes of 1976 and the formation of Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia.
He remained on the international editorial board of its successor publications Debatte and the Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe until the end of his life.