If Britain loses Scotland it will feel like an amputation

I understand the lure of independence, but the prospect fills me with sadness for the country that would be left behindShortly after midnight, an email arrives. From a leading light of the campaign for Scottish independence, one who six months ago drea...

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Ian McEwan on the Children Act – books podcast

The novelist talks to Jonathan Freedland and a Guardian audience about the moral dilemmas at the heart of his latest novel, The Children Act• Essay: Ian McEwan on the stories from the family courts that inspired his latest novel• Video: Ian M...

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Making sense of the magical journey from boy to man

In a world saturated by violence and sensation, true escape comes in Richard Linklaters affecting film BoyhoodThe cinema has always been a place of escape. In the early days the sanctuary it offered was obvious: a chance to slip free of the humdrum ted...

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This cycle of vengeance could spark a third intifada

The tit-for-tat killings of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers have raised the prospect of another, even bloodier confrontationThe faces are, if not the same, then similar. The smiling boys in the photographs look like each other and like teenage boys...

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Gordon Brown is back, and may be the man to save the union

Tony Blair was on the front page of the Financial Times this week, as the paper brought word of the former prime minister's plan to open an office in "the increasingly assertive oil-rich emirate" of Abu Dhabi. The FT explained that Blair is expanding his portfolio of business and other interests in the Middle East, which already includes a contract to advise Mubadala, one of Abu Dhabi's mighty sovereign wealth funds.

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