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  • The Guardian view on Lego: price is not value

    A Russian professor has found that collecting Lego makes financial sense. This tells us more about money than about toys Did you tread on a fortune this morning? Are you still limping as a result? The parents of most children will know the sudden pain of a plastic brick sinking its little fangs into bare, vulnerable feet. But instead of just screaming or throwing the thing away, perhaps they should confine it to a box and sell it later. There is a thriving secondhand market in Lego and two...

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  • The Guardian view on Davos: elites without answers

    Delegates at the World Economic Forum fear a growing public backlash against global capitalism but are not equipped to offer solutions Any advantage that politicians see in attending the World Economic Forum are these days weighed against the disadvantage of being seen to attend. Brexit has kept Theresa May away from Davos this year. The gilets jaunes protests have persuaded Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, to give it a miss. Both leaders are too busy grappling with crises born in a backlash...

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  • The Guardian view on Brexit and Ireland: a danger to peace

    Electoral contingency and political expediency cannot be allowed to break up Britain The Derry bombing this weekend is a stark reminder of what is at stake in Northern Ireland with Brexit: decades of peace where arguments are settled with words not weapons. In reopening the question of whether the physical border between the North and South of Ireland might return, Brexit threatens to turn back the clock to a far more dangerous era. That past, where symbols summon deadly emotions, has been...

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  • The Guardian view on Bangladesh: when charity goes wrong

    Globalised business networks make well-meaning shoppers complicit in the exploitation of workers they are trying to help Who carries the weight of a global supply chain? Whose lives are bound in its fetters? There is a grotesque quality to the Guardian’s revelations of the conditions under which Bangladeshi women in the garment industry labour to make Western women feel charitable and empowered. The T-shirts made in Bangladesh will ultimately sell for £19.60, of which a little more than half,...

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  • The Guardian view on warming oceans: a rising toll

    We have barely begun to explore our seas, but our impact is felt on both humans and marine life We know remarkably little about the oceans that cover most of the Earth, provide half of our oxygen and help to regulate the climate. Maps of the ocean floor are less detailed than those of Mars or the moon. Marine biologists have discovered deeply weird and genuinely wonderful species: boxer crabs wielding anemones like weapons; the rope-like Praya dubia, up to 50 metres long; immortal jellyfish,...

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  • The Guardian view on academic freedom: the right to be very wrong

    Sometimes it takes a true believer to make clear the absurdities of a faith. An Oxford professor’s view on sexuality discredit his church’s doctrine Professor John Finnis is a devout and learned Catholic legal scholar, who is currently being attacked at Oxford University for his views on sexuality as expressed in a lecture to the Catholic University of Notre Dame, Indiana, in 1994 at the height of the culture wars. By reason of his religious commitments, his language, and indeed his beliefs, are...

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  • The Guardian view on the DRC election: a very unlikely result

    Voters hoped for their country’s first democratic transition. Officials named an opposition candidate as the victor – but could this be another win for President Joseph Kabila? People in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been waiting a long time – since independence from Belgium in 1960 – for a democratic transition of power. They waited two years for this election, and they waited days for its result. Early on Thursday, the country’s electoral commission announced that an opposition...

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