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Rapunzel reimagined: the women retelling fairytales to challenge notions of perfection

And They Lived … Ever After is a south Asian book of reworked European classics written by women with disabilities A deaf Snow White, a blind Cinderella, a neurodivergent ugly duckling and a wheelchair-using Rapunzel: classic European fairytales have b…

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Biden ‘privately defiant’ over chaotic 2021 Afghanistan withdrawal, book says

The Internationalists details how the president was determined to leave a country in which 2,324 US troops were killed since 2001Joe Biden is “privately defiant” that he made the right calls on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in summer 2021, a new b…

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End fossil-fuel era to address colonial injustices, urges prominent historian

West should address ‘colonisation of the present’ and not focus on past, argues David Van ReybrouckCities in the global north that curb their carbon emissions are doing more to address colonial injustices than those who focus their efforts on taking do…

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‘Cheaper to save the world than destroy it’: why capitalism is going green

Akshat Rathi argues that around the world economies are switching to clean technology as prices dropThe root of the climate crisis is “not capitalism but the corruption of capitalism”, according to the author of a new book on how people, policy and tec…

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The Archies review – Riverdale goes to India for goofy lessons in capitalism

Relocated to north India in 1964, the comic-book class struggle here comes complete with romance and brilliant choreographyOne could be cynical and see this transposition of the Riverdale narrative universe into an Indian setting as just another exerci…

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