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The UK has said that it intends to refuse to register new diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040. Lorries will not, at that time, be affected. It's apparently in a bid to reduce air pollution. Does the move from petrol / diesel inevitably mean a move to fully electric and if so what will happen to the toxic batteries when they die? And where does all the raw material required for all those batteries come from? Are we walking replacing current ecological disasters and and geo-political tensions with new ones? [Free content for seven days]

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Ever since Muslims were generally targeted by the USA in the aftermath of the terrorist acts of 11 September 2001, Muslims all over the world have been able to point at "The West" and to argue, with some justification, that they must protect their right to practise their religion. But radical elements have been emboldened by the concerns of the moderate majority and, all over the world, that has led to an entrenching of fundamentalist attitudes which, until then, had largely been held at bay by a vast majority. In Malaysia, while there had long been some radical elements, they had begun to press their case in the late 1990s and as moderates shared some of their concerns, the quiet containment began to lose ground. Radicals started to speak out, saying outrageous things, but claiming to do so in the name of Islam. To criticise their statements could result in charges of disrespect to Islam. But the people have had enough and they have some powerful allies. The battle for the very...

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How small is a country? We've seen, over the years, a number of what World Money Laundering Report calls "invented jurisdictions" but can one person be a country, even a country within a country? The so-called "sovereign citizens" movement in the USA says so and the authorities and the courts have been battling against the concept for years. Here's the current state of play.

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It would be easy to say that there are no words to describe the horror of Venezuela's descent into civil and economic chaos, but in fact there are many words, mostly now abandoning political analysis and reporting on the increasingly desperate state of a country that, only a decade ago, was rich enough to sell heavily subsidised oil to Cuba. Except that it wasn't properly rich: Venezuela was pretending to be socialist while spending revenues from an increasingly precarious oil industry and now the money has all but dried up leaving its people subject to horrors that are reminiscent of war. [This article has been made available free]

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Perhaps the most pressing, yet largely overlooked, problem affecting women and girls is the increasing demand to reduce the age of sexual consent to below teenage and the widespread issue of marriage of children of 12 and, even, younger. Many in the developed world ignore it, making the mistaken assumption that this is a problem in undeveloped countries and therefore of no direct relevance to them. In fact, child marriage is legal in far more developed, "Western" countries than readers might imagine.

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Donald Trump has become known for so-called "alternative facts" which are, to everyone else, lies, half-truths and delusions. In Hillary Clinton's terms, they are what happens when she "mis-speaks." But in his first speech to the US Congress, that is the combined Houses of Representatives and the Senate, Trump wheeled out some numbers. Some, such as that "nearly 4,000 people were shot last year alone" are startling. To realise that that was in just one US city, and that not one that has a reputation for violence, is frightening. Were the numbers right? Prepare to go from startled, to frightened to terrified.

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As Malaysians unite against a range of issues, there is one man who is determined to try to develop racial tensions, using any means at his disposal including, allegedly, vigilantism, as the leader of a gang that vociferously, and forcefully, defends the current government, setting the authorities at odds with their political masters.

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There's an interesting story developing in the UK about the making of a grant from local taxpayer's money to a distressed law corporation (it's not a firm, despite the use of the term in the reporting). There are swirls of questions surrounding the entire subject

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There's a really cute little bird, a kind of weaver finch, that lives in Africa. The government of Tanzania has tried to kill 5.6 million of them in a single operation, and they think they have got about 5 million. It's a fraction of the continent's population but it's the bulk of the flock that has swarmed, locust-like, onto crops. Their destructive power is biblical and in a country where food is always a challenge, "the world's most abundant wild species," can easily turn feast into famine for millions. It's not migratory: it's spreading, an alien invasive species that lays waste to vast tracts of land, like a feathered locust.

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According to a report in an Israeli blog, Da'esh (it calls it ISIS) is "terrified" of a 39 year old woman who leads group that identifies Da'esh members and kills them. Of itself, the primary interest should be that the gang is led by a woman who is standing up to a misogynistic and brutal force of oppression. But it is not: the article is about what she does with the bodies. Our interest is the nature of the comments made on the report and the degree of support her brutality has obtained.

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