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Panic Attack review: a wake-up call the woke won't read

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Tagging Robby Soave’s book with a Tucker Carlson quote is a mistake – he makes a good case for the virtues of free speech

When a member of the American Nazi party spoke at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964, he did so at the invitation of a leftwing student group. As a stunt to promote the event – part of a series which also featured Malcolm X, the conservative William F Buckley, communists and a member of the fringe rightwing John Birch Society – the students wore Nazi uniforms.

Related: The Once and Future Liberal reviews: identity and the American body politic

Soave believes 'intersectionality' has become a snake eating its own tail

Soave sees leftwing outrage culture and rightwing trolling culture as symbiotic and self-perpetuating

Related: ‘Reason is non-negotiable’: Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment

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A stitch in time: how craftivists found their radical voice

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If street protests are too shouty, craftivism may offer an alternative and still powerful means of political expression

Craftivism is like punk. Sarah Corbett say this so gently and rationally that if you squint at her workshop of women peacefully stitching dream clouds in a Devon studio, you might try to summon the spirit of the Sex Pistols at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall. You might.

Where punk snarled and spat to dramatically shake up the nation, craft looks ineffably twee by comparison: needlework is not the Buzzcocks, knitting is not the Ramones. And yet through painstaking, collective action, craftivism has become an unlikely social and political force.

My approach is not aggressive or loud, it’s gentle protest – and I mean that in a non-fluffy sense.

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Cancer Town: Rev William Barber challenges presidential hopefuls to visit

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Poor People’s Campaign leader travels to Reserve, Louisiana, town with America’s highest risk of cancer due to airborne toxins

The social justice and moral revival campaigner Rev William Barber has called on 2020 presidential candidates to visit Reserve, Louisiana, the town with America’s highest risk of cancer due to airborne toxins.

Related: Residents of US Cancer Town diagnosed at 'highly unusual' rates, study says

You can have jobs and you can have regulation on not poisoning water, poisoning air and destroying people’s lives

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Yuen Long protests: screams as Hong Kong police fire teargas on crowds – video

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Police fire teargas on thousands of protestors in the Hong Kong village of Yuen Long on Saturday, who had gathered despite a police ban. Last week thugs indiscriminately attacked commuters at Yuen Long train station, a move critics see as a covert attempt by the mainland Chinese government to intimidate pro-democracy protesters

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Man climbs Bahrain embassy in London to protest against executions – video

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A rooftop protest against three executions carried out by Bahrain was held at the country's embassy in London by activists from the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy. Police said they arrested one person for trespassing on a diplomatic premises. International rights groups including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and a UN human rights expert had urged Bahrain to halt the executions on the basis that confessions were allegedly obtained through torture

Bahrain executes three people, despite human rights outcry

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Moscow police detain hundreds over election protests – video

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Russian police arrested more than 600 people, including prominent activists, around a political protest in Moscow to demand that members of the opposition be allowed to run in a local election later this year. The protest, which authorities declared illegal beforehand, did not represent a significant challenge to Vladimir Putin and his allies, who have the resources to break up such demonstrations and jail people. Chants of 'Russia without Putin' and 'Putin resign' echoed through central Moscow as guardsmen clad in riot gear beat back protesters with batons and roughly detained people. Jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny had called for the protest

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Moscow police arrest up to 200 ahead of election protest

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Protesters are demanding opposition candidates be allowed to run for city council

Russian police on Saturday detained hundreds of people outside the Moscow mayor’s office ahead of an election protest demanding that opposition candidates be allowed to run for the Moscow city council.

The dispute comes as the Kremlin is struggling with how to deal with strongly opposing views in its own sprawling capital of 12.6 million people.

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Hong Kong: thousands march in Yuen Long, scene of thug attacks

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Activists defy police ban to stage protest at site where attacks took place last weekend

Thousands of protesters are marching in Yuen Long where last weekend suspected gang members attacked Hong Kong commuters with poles and rods, leaving 45 hospitalised.

Protesters filled the street in defiance of police, who had banned the demonstration, chanting “Go Hong Kong!” and “Nasty police!” Others said: “Hong Kong police, they know the law but they break the law!”

Related: What are the Hong Kong protests about?

[Sound on] 'Hongkongers add oil': A Cathay Pacific pilot landing in Hong Kong from Japan on Friday reassured passengers about the anti-extradition law protests at the airport: https://t.co/ZBMxDApWoh #HongKong #NoToChinaExtradition #china #antiELAB pic.twitter.com/S74wK1GPJ7

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V&A to display collection of Extinction Rebellion artefacts

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London art and design museum praises environmental group’s distinctive visual identity

A year ago, the climate activist movement Extinction Rebellion did not even exist. Now, just nine months after its first public action, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has acquired a number of artefacts associated with the group, saying the visual impact of its campaigns can be compared to that of the suffragettes.

A green, blue and pink flag printed with the movement’s distinctive extinction symbol, two printing blocks used by activists early in the campaign to make their own protest banners and an already rare pamphlet from the first print run produced by the group will join the V&A’s permanent collections as part of its “rapid response” programme to put contemporary and newsworthy objects on display.

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Hong Kong protests held at airport after Yuen Long attack – video report

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Staff at Hong Kong international airport have begun an 11-hour protest in an attempt to hold the government to account for violent attacks on residents by suspected gang members last week. Flight attendants and airport staff were joined by demonstrators dressed in black, the signature colour of the territory's protest movement. Protesters could be heard chanting 'free Hong Kong' as travellers arrived at the terminal

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Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson: 'I call what we do aggressive non-violence'

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New documentary Defend, Conserve, Protect follows the conservation organisation’s anti-whaling missions and plays out like a war movie on the high seas

At the bottom of the world, on the edge of the Antarctic continent, surrounded by ice and ocean, a scene of all-out war is taking place. A Japanese fishing vessel is firing water cannons and pounding a smaller ship, the Sea Shepherd’s Bob Barker, repeatedly ramming it against the side of a tanker. The activist-populated boat is positioned strategically, preventing the whalers from refuelling.

In the vicinity other boats jostle for positions: another two Sea Shepherd ships and five other whaling vessels. The chaotic tableau strikes me as the kind of scene that only plays out in high-seas war movies. It sounds like a cliche, but watching it I have to remind myself to keep breathing.

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Related: A vision of 2040: everything we need for a sustainable world already exists

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'So surreal': Hong Kongers take up self-defence classes in wake of thug attacks

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Free lessons teach how to stop punches and stick attacks after violence instills deep concern in community

“If you see attackers, you must be armed with basic skills to save your own lives,” Henry Chong, a sports therapist and karate expert, told his first self-defence class.

The class, which took place two days after the attack on unarmed commuters in the rural town of Yuen Long , was attended by mostly women aged 20-60.

Related: 'All Hong Kongers are scared': protests to widen as rural residents fight back

The events in Hong Kong don’t look good lately … everyone needs to know how to defend themselves

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Of Fish and Foe review – gripping tale of seals, salmon and saboteurs

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Clashes between pro-wildlife protesters and Scottish net fishers over the shooting of predators are the focus of this lively documentary

A documentary about conflict between Scottish net fishermen, hunt saboteurs, police, anglers and EU legislative wonks might sound like cinematic Valium, but this film, co-directed and produced by Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier, makes for surprisingly gripping viewing. For starters, regardless of whose side you find yourself taking as the story progresses – and there are several options – the landscape around Montrose in Angus, in north-eastern Scotland, where this was shot, is consistently spectacular, with its shards of islands, eerie slanting summer sunlight and quixotic seas.

The argument at the heart of the movie is a microcosm of what’s going on all over the UK, where battle lines are constantly being drawn between agricultural and commercial interests, environmentalists, police and parts of the legal establishment. Here, there are the Pullars, a clan who have been net fishing these waters for centuries and feel as if their very way of life and livelihood is under threat. Their main rivals are a team of animal rights protesters, led by indomitable southerner Jessie Treverton, who object to the Pullars’ licensed killing of grey seals that snatch salmon out of the Pullars’ nets. The hunt sabs also decry how these fishing methods harm endangered species of sea birds, and they’re not keen on people eating salmon in the first place. In one near-farcical interlude, the two sides obsessively film one another on GoPro cameras, mobile phones and other cameras to try to catch each other breaking the law.

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Hong Kong protesters to defy police ban on march after gang attack

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Demonstration ‘must go on’ in area where commuters were beaten with iron rods

Demonstrators in Hong Kong have vowed to march despite a police ban to condemn an attack by suspected gangs on commuters earlier this week.

On Thursday, police rejected an application by protesters to hold a rally in Yuen Long, in north-west Hong Kong, where dozens of masked men beat commuters on Sunday with rattan and iron rods.

Related: 'All Hong Kongers are scared': protests to widen as rural residents fight back

Why are people protesting?

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'Fck govt fck Boris' protest takes place on PM's first day in office – video

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On the day Boris Johnson was appointed Britain's new prime minister, hundreds of people gathered at London's Russell Square to protest against his ascension and the government. The demo, dubbed “fck govt fck Boris” after a lyric from Stormzy’s Vossi Bop and billed as a street festival, featured the words emblazoned on a bus as a nod to Johnson’s “£350m for the NHS” promise on the side of the Vote Leave campaign bus


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'Time to rebel': Greta Thunberg adds voice to new song by the 1975

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On band’s latest single, 16-year-old activist urges young people to act on climate emergency

Greta Thunberg has made her musical debut on a single by the 1975. On a track called The 1975, a version of which traditionally opens each of the British band’s albums, the 16-year-old environmental activist restates her position on the need to act on the climate emergency.

Over minimal orchestral backing, Thunberg says: “We have to acknowledge that the older generations have failed. All political movements in their present form have failed. But homo sapiens have not yet failed. Yes, we are failing, but there is still time to turn everything around.”

Related: Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment

We are right now in the beginning of a climate and ecological crisis.

And we need to call it what it is. An emergency.

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Boris Johnson's first day in office met with protests in London

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Greenpeace activists blocked his car on the Mall as ‘fck govt fck boris’ demo staged nearby

Environmental protesters blocked the path of Boris Johnson’s car on Wednesday as he made his way to Buckingham Palace to officially become Britain’s new prime minister.

The protesters said they were aiming to highlight the need to take on the climate emergency.

A very profane protest against Boris Johnson pic.twitter.com/LfqIajFUkZ

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Scott Morrison has something in common with this extreme animal rights activist | Calla Wahlquist

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The prime minister wants to help farmers but will the new anti-protest laws actually achieve this?

Scott Morrison has something in common with Chris Delforce, one of the creators of the Aussie Farms website that has been deemed responsible for the sharp rise in “farm invasions” in the past year.

They both want to increase the general public’s knowledge and understanding of modern farming practices and the reality of how we get our food.

Calla Wahlquist is a reporter for Guardian Australia

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I’m an ordinary person who joined an Extinction Rebellion blockade. Here's why you should too

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It was way out of my comfort zone, but as a scientist I can tell you that the climate emergency is much more terrifying

I am an ordinary mid-career professional. I work a nine-to-five job in the city, and I’m well respected and growing in my career. I have never broken the law. And recently, I joined Extinction Rebellion, blockading traffic.

I have never done anything like this before. It was way out of my comfort zone, and I felt like vomiting at the idea. But climate change makes me want to vomit even more. I am a scientist, and I can say with confidence: the science is absolutely terrifying. So I went.

Related: Extinction Rebellion protesters aren’t anarchists – we just want to save our world | Bob Rivett

Let me tell you a story. Many of us already know the climate catastrophe story, so let me tell you a different one

Related: Politicians’ reluctance on climate change is bizarre – action would not only be right but popular | Jeff Sparrow

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The Guardian view on violence in Hong Kong: an attack on the idea of democracy | Editorial

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Criminals may have launched the bloody assaults on rail passengers, but the incident is more likely to inflame than quell the anger at authorities

We are very unlikely to find out who arranged for thugs to rampage through a Hong Kong train station, armed with wooden sticks and metal rods, hospitalising 45 peaceful passengers. Yet if their approach was indiscriminate, their target was clear – protesters returning from an anti-government march – and their purpose equally plain: intimidation.

A pro-Beijing legislator was seen shaking the hands of the white-clad thugs at Yuen Long and has portrayed the men as local residents “defending their homes”. Carrie Lam, the region’s chief executive, condemned Sunday night’s violence – but spent more time criticising protesters who had surrounded Beijing’s liaison office and defaced its sign. Many in the protest movement disagree with such tactics. But political attacks on property can hardly be compared to a vicious assault that broke bones and left one man in critical condition.

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