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The Week V. 1228

The Week covers the Best of the British and Foreign Media. With its non partisan reporting, The Week gives the reader an insight into all the the news, people, arts, drama, property, books and how the international media has reported it. This concise guide allows the reader to be up to date and have a wealth of knowledge to allow them to discuss all these key topics with their friends and peers.

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the main stories… …and how they were covered

What happened May’s final gamble As the Tories braced themselves for a predicted trouncing in the European elections, Theresa May urged MPs to back her “bold new” Brexit deal. They had “one last chance” to deliver Brexit, she said, by backing the withdrawal agreement bill – which would enshrine her thrice-defeated deal into UK law – when it comes before Parliament in early June. May said if MPs supported the deal they would get a vote on whether to hold another referendum, as well as the chance to push for a full customs union with the EU until the next election. She also offered concessions to Labour on workers’ rights and the environment, and sought to placate Brexiters with further assurances about the backstop. But her last-ditch effort to win cross-party backing prompted…

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Alexa is in hot water with the United Nations. She and other AI voice assistants are too subservient, too eager to please and too inclined to deflect sexualised insults with flirtation. “I’d blush if I could,” is one of Siri’s programmed answers: it is also the name of the UN report, which blames not Alexa for all this, but her creators – almost certainly men, given the under-representation of women in STEM jobs. Calling for voice assistants to be gender neutral, the UN argues that female AI helpers reinforce gender stereotypes, and encourage the view that women are there to be bossed about like latter-day Eliza Doolittles (“Alexa, fetch me my slippers!”). They have a point, and it may be why women in particular have expressed concern at the rude…

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Editor-in-chief: Jeremy O’Grady Editor: Caroline Law Deputy editor: Harry Nicolle Executive editor: Laurence Earle City editor: Jane Lewis Editorial assistant: Asya Likhtman Contributing editors: Daniel Cohen, Charity Crewe, Thomas Hodgkinson, Simon Wilson, Rob McLuhan, Anthony Gardner, William Underhill, Digby Warde-Aldam, Tom Yarwood Editorial staff: Anoushka Petit, Tigger Ridgwell, William Skidelsky, Rosabel Crean Picture editor: Xandie Nutting Art director: Nathalie Fowler Sub-editor: Laurie Tuffrey Production editor: Alanna O’Connell Founder and editorial director: Jolyon Connell Production Manager: Ebony Besagni Senior Production Executive: Maaya Mistry Newstrade Director: David Barker Direct Marketing Director: Abi Spooner Inserts: Jack Reader Classified: Henry Haselock, Rebecca Seetanah, Nicholas Fisher Account Directors: Lauren Shrigley, Jonathan Claxton, Jocelyn Sital-Singh Senior Account Managers: Joe Teal, Hattie White Account Executive: Clement Aro Advertising Manager: Carly Activille Group Advertising Director: Caroline Fenner Executive Director – Head of Advertising: David Weeks Chief Executive, The Week: Kerin O’Connor Group CFO/COO: Brett Reynolds Chief…

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Controversy of the week Defining Islamophobia The minute I divulge my name, I know I’m at a disadvantage, said Basit Mahmood in Metro. I’m less likely to be accepted for a flat rental, less likely to be called for a job interview, more likely to be searched at an airport. “This is my lived experience of Islamophobia”, and this is why I was strongly in favour of the “working definition” of Islamophobia proposed by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims (APPG), chaired by Anna Soubry MP. Islamophobia, the definition says, “is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness”. Precisely so. Muslims are routinely “othered” on the basis of “how they dress, their names and their perceived cultural values”. In short, they’re…

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spirit of the age

An Icelandic canyon where Justin Bieber filmed a music video has been so inundated with visitors as a result, it has had to be closed off. Fjaðrárgljúfur, where the singer shot the video for his 2015 single I’ll Show You, has received a million tourists since the song’s release. The local ranger Hanna Johannsdottir says tourists are so desperate to get to the site, they try to bribe her to let them in. One foreign visitor even offered a free trip to Dubai. Liposuction procedures in the UK rose by 12% between 2017 and 2018 – a trend that has been linked to “athleisure” wear. Rajiv Grover of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said the fashion for tight, gym-style clothes was making people more body-conscious.…

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veteran amnesty

The Government has proposed that military personnel should be effectively granted immunity from prosecution for alleged crimes committed during the course of duty, once ten years have elapsed. Under the plan unveiled by the new Defence Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, there would be a “statutory presumption” against prosecution, except in cases where new and compelling evidence had come to light. The amnesty would cover the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but not Northern Ireland. The proposal was condemned by human rights groups, and Mordaunt later sparked further controversy by saying she would like the exemption to be extended to cover the period of the Troubles.…