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In Ñspel │ The Guardian view on dark skies: we need them

Walkers look up into the night sky above Twistleton Scar in the Yorkshire Dales national park - the largest dark sky reserve in the UK. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA
Wōcrz lc p intu ɖ nîtscî abv Twisltn Scar in ɖ Yorx́r Dêlz naśnl parc – ɖ larjist darc-scî rzrv in ɖ YC. Foṭgraf: Dani Lwsn/PA

Đ Gardịn vy on darc scîz: w nīd ɖm

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 7 April 2021)

Lîtp’lūśn z cilñ insects n brdz – n an enćnt hymn cnx́n wɖ ɖ hevnli bodiz

7 Epril 2021

Svir lîtp’luśn in Britn apirz t hv fōḷn, acordñ t ɖ CPRÑ, ɖ cuntrisîd ćaṛti. Acrs a wīc in Febrri, ɖ ćaṛti asct voḷntirz t lc p n cǎnt ɖ starz ɖe cd si. Ɖ rzults sjst ɖt 51% v ptisipnts wr xpirịnsñ svir lîtp’luśn, cmperd t 61% ɖ prīvịs yir – an ifct, ɖ ćaṛti cncludd, v darcr tǎn n siti sntrz, dy t locdǎn. Sadli, ɖo, ɖ ovr-ol trend z wuriyñ: hymn iluṃneśn v ɖ planit z growñ bî 2% a yir. Ɖs hz sirịs consiqnsz: ɖr z mǎntñ evidns ɖt lîtp’luśn z a sirịs cntribytñfactr t ẃt hz bn cōld ɖ “insect apoc̣lips”. Disorịntd bî lît, brdz olso dî az ɖe mîgret ovr sitiz: a dstresñ 100,000 a yir s’cum ovr Ny Yorc Siti, cnfyzd bî ɖ iluṃneśn v ɖ scîscreprz. Ɖ s’lūśn z simpl n obvịs: t trn uņesṣri lîts of – olso sevñ eṇji – n t śêd ɖoz rqîrd at strīt levl.

Lîtp’luśn olso hz ɖ ifct v dīraṣnetñ hymnz in dnsli popyletd eriaz fṛm ẃt wz wns a vivid, intns, n ofn dīpli jenṛtiv rleśnśp wɖ ɖ nîtscî. In enćnt Baḅlońa, astroṇmi wz inxtricbli linct wɖ ɖ dveḷpmnt v branćz v maʈ̇matics, wɖ cozmoḷji n diṿneśn, n wɖ ɖ istabliśmnt v caḷndrz. Rli Grīc f’loṣfrz n maʈṃtiśnz wr olso cnsrnd wɖ ɖ arenjmnt v ɖ hevnli bodiz, borowñ heṿli fṛm ɖer īstn fōrberz t trî t unḍstand ɖ yṇvrs n ɖ hymn ples wɖn it. Starz, v cors, hv bn yzd sins tîm immorịl t hlp hymn biyñz muv arnd ɖ planit: Poḷnīźnz yzd a renj v meʈ̇dz, includñ starnaṿgeśn, t travl pṛdijs distnsz acrs ɖ Psific.

Ɖ starz olso bròt a wlʈ v storiz t mni culćrz in ɖer fîri wecs. Ɖ Gret Ber, or Ursa Mejr, wz wns ɖ Arcedịn prinsis C’listo, a seliḅt folowr v ɖ huntrgodes Arṭmis. Aftr ś wz rept bî ɖ god Ziys ś wz, in an rli xampl v victimblemñ, trnsformd intu a ber. Hr hymn bebi wz tecn awe fṛm hr n rezd at hiz granfaɖr’z cort; ẃn h grù p h wnt ǎt huntñ n, nt recgnîzñ hiz ŕsîn muɖr, wd hv cild hr, hd ɖe nt bʈ bn trnd intu consṭleśnz – h ɖ Litl Ber, Ursa Mînr. Or tec Casịpīa: ɖ consṭleśn z ofn rec̣gnîzd bcz it lcs lîc ɖ letr “W”, bt trn it on its sîd n y’l si an Īʈiopịn qīn on hr ʈron.

A woćr v ɖ scîz rīćz bynd ɖ evride intu ō – or cumḟt. CS Luis cmperd Dante’z cnspśn v ɖ cozmos, az h wz léd ʈru it on hiz jrni in ɖ Dvîn Coṃdi, t biyñ “cnductd ʈru an imns cʈīdṛl” az opozd t ɖ post-Inlîtnmnt viźn v ɖ nîtscî, in ẃć w fīl w r “lost in a śorlis sì”. Bt ẃtvr w fīl ẃn w lc p at nît, w instñtivli fīl ɖt w r in ɖ prezns v smʈñ mgnifisnt, smʈñ gretr ɖn ɖ mir humdrum. W, jst lîc uɖr animlz on Rʈ, despṛtli nīd ǎr darc scîz.

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Under cover of Covid, Poland is stifling free media – and all Europe should be worried

Gazeta Wyborcza’s front page reads ‘Media without choice’ in February, protesting against the new media tax. Photograph: Wojtek Radwański/AFP/Getty Images
Gazeta Wyborcza’z frunt pej rīdz ‘Mīdia wɖt ćôs’ in Febrri, pṛtstñ agnst ɖ ny mīdịtax. Foṭgraf: Wojtek Radwański/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Undr cuvr v Covid, Poḷnd z stîḟlñ fri mīdia – n ol Yṛp śd b wurid

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 8 April 2021)

A pland ‘c’roṇvîṛs tax’ on reṿnyz, tgɖr wɖ atacs on foṛn-ǒnd mīdia, ʈretnz t cut awe dmocṛsi pìs bî pìs

Tiṃʈi Gartn Aś, 8 Epril 2021

Dmocṛsi dîz in darcnis. Wn v ɖ Yṛpiyn Yńn’z most frajîl dmocṛsiz, Poḷnd, nǎ fesz ɖ spectr v ɖ nît ɖt fōlz ẃn public-srvis mīdia hv bn trnd intu propganda orgnz fr a rūlñparti ẃl prîṿt, indipndnt mīdia r suḟcetd. In ɖ end, lît z cast no mor on ɖ felñz n abysz v ɖoz in pǎr, bcz ɖr r no mor torćz t śîn ɖt lît. Hunġri – ẃć z no longr a dmocṛsi – hz olmst rīćt ɖt twîlîtmomnt, wɖ ɖ xtñśn v its last mejr indipndnt rediosteśn.

Poḷnd z stl a loñ we fṛm dusc, bt ɖ ʈret z riyl. In ɖ Wrld Presfrīdm Indx, ɖ cuntri hz sunc fṛm 18ʈ in 2015, ahd v Britn n Frans, t 62nd last yir. (Hunġri z dǎn at 89ʈ.)

F y woćt onli Pǒliś stețeḷviźn nyz ovr ɖ last fortnît, y wd hv no îdīa ɖt Poḷnd z cuṛntli amñ ɖ cuntriz dwñ ɖ wrst jrñ ɖ pandemic. Acordñ t Blūmbrg’z Covid-rziłns rancñ, Poḷnd hz fōḷn t 50ʈ ples amñ ɖ wrld’z 53 larjist icoṇmiz, wɖ onli Bṛzil, ɖ Ćeh Rpublic n Mx̣co pformñ wrs. Bt swić on ɖ ofiśl nyz n, aftr brīf mnśn v ɖ lêtist Covid figrz, ɖr r loñ îtmz abt hǎ ɖ guvnmnt z spīdñ p ɖ vax̣neśncampen, wɖ ɖ hlp v ɖ wundrfl armi, n hǎ teṛbl ɖ opziśn’z record wz on public hlʈ ẃn it wz in pǎr. In uɖr “nyz”, y lrn hǎ briłnt Poḷnd’z rleśnz r wɖ ɖ YS, ispeṣ́li in dfns; hǎ mć muni ɖ guvnmnt z pumpñ intu ɖ relwez n locl guvnmnt; hǎ Crisćnz r biyñ prṣktd ol ovr ɖ wrld; n hǎ a grev wz rīsntli uncuvrd śowñ mor victimz v wortîm Jrmn okpeśn. Ɖ propganda z mor xtrim bt olso mor scilfl ɖn jrñ ɖ last deced v coḿnist rūl.

Onli ẃn y trn t ɖ indipndnt TVN24 nyz d y si ftij v loñ cȳz v ambyḷnsz wêtñ ǎtsd hospitlz bcz ɖr r no mor intnsiv-cer bedz, n hír doctrz xplenñ hǎ teṛbl ɖ public-hlʈ sićueśn riyli z. TVN24 z nt BBC-imparśl, bt it dz sirịs jrṇlizm n gvz y ɖ uɖr sîd v ɖ stori. Ɖ sem “tū riaḷtiz” xpirịns cn b hd swićñ fṛm stet t prîṿt redio, or fṛm guvnmnt-s’portñ peprz t indipndnt n opziśn wnz.

Sć a hîpr-poḷrîzd public sfir z olrdi bad inuf, az w si in ɖ YS, bt nǎ ɖ rūlñ Lw n Justis parti hz lōnćt a sisṭmatic atac on indipndnt mīdia. Ɖ meʈ̇dz r stret ǎt v Viktor Orbán’z ple-bc in Hunġri. Public-sectr advtîzñ n sbscripśnz r wɖdrwn fṛm indipndnt mīdia. Ol sorts v reğletri śiceṇri z yzd agnst ɖm. Public muni z pumt intu stet teḷviźn n redio. A “pandemictax” z pṛpozd on mīdia advtîzñreṿny. A pṛjctd lw on ɖ “rīpǒḷnîześn” v mīdia wd targit foṛn ǒnrz v ɖ bigist indipndnt ǎtlets. A stet-ǒnd petṛlcumṗni, PKN Orlen, huz bos z a Lw n Justis parti croni, baiz bʈ a mejr presdstribytr, Ruch, n ɖ larjist netwrc v rījnl nyzpeprz, Polska Pres. Ɖ most criticl peprz r bombardd wɖ lwsūts. Gazeta Wyborcza cǎnts mor ɖn 60 lwsūts, includñ wn fṛm ɖ justisministr in prsn. N, az Yṛpiyn līgl oʈoṛtiz hv rpitidli dtrmind, ɖ indipndns v Pǒliś corts hz bn so far irodd ɖt y cn no longr rlî on a fer trîl.

Ɖs z ɖt old Hungerịn speśiaḷti, s’lāmitactics: iliṃnetñ frīdm slîs bî slîs.

Pǒliś mīdia n sivl ssayti r rzistñ stroñli, bt ɖe nīd a litl hlp fṛm ɖer frendz. Ɖ YS matrz inorṃsli hir. Ɖ Lw n Justis guvnmnt n prezidnt, Andrzej Duda, mc mć v ɖer speśl rleśnśp wɖ Wośñtn. Bt ɖe wr stroñ s’portrz v Doṇld Trump, hu in rtrn gev Duda ilectṛl asistns last sumr. Ɖ admiṇstreśn v Jo Bîdn oz ɖm no fevrz, n it hz an ajnda ɖt clemz t b stroñ on dmocṛsi n hymn rîts. Az wel az dfndñ TVN, ẃć z ǒnd bî ɖ YS cumṗni Dscuṿri, Wośñtn śd nǎ hîlît indipndnt mīdia az ɖ frunt-lîn v dfndñ dmocṛsi in Poḷnd.

Britn cǎnts fr les ɖn it wns dd in Worsw bcz v Brexit bt, alñ wɖ uɖr libṛl dmocṛsiz sć az Caṇda n Ostreła, it cn hlp trn ɖ spotlît on ɖs iśu. Jrṃni z v ɖ frst importns, n a Jrmn-Swis grūp, Ringier Axel Springer, ǒnz wn v ɖ most importnt Pǒliś onlîn platformz, Onet.pl, ɖ tablôd Fakt n a līdñ wīcli, Nyzwīc Polska. Ɖ Pǒliś guvnmnt trîz t sîḷns Brlin bî constntli brññ p ɖ secnd wrldwor, bt ɖ propr lésn fṛm ɖt hisṭri z nt ɖt Jrṃni mst b ptiklrli retisnt on ɖz iśuz. It z prisîsli bcz v ɖt teṛbl past ɖt Jrṃni śd b ɖ frst t spīc p fr frīdm n hymn rîts.

Most importnt, n most probḷmatic, z ɖ YY. Wn v ɖ most dpresñ dscuṿriz v ɖ last fy yirz z ɖt ɖ YY, ẃć spendz so mć tîm tōcñ abt dmocṛsi, z pʈeticli inifctiv ẃn it cmz t dfndñ dmocṛsi insd its ǒn membrstets. Nǎ it z gwñ t hand ǎt mni mor biłnz v yroz t ɖoz stets, bʈ fṛm ɖ YY-wîd post-Covid rcuṿrifund n fṛm ɖ blóc’s ny sevn-yir bujit. Hyj sumz wl g d’recli t ɖ popylist naśṇlist guvnmnts in Worsw n Byḍpest, wɖ onli miniml cndiśnz ataćt. Most v ɖoz gret invstmnts trumṗtd on Pǒliś stețeḷviźn nyz r dn wɖ ɖ hlp v YY muni. At ɖ vri līst, ɖ YY śd mc it cristl-clir ɖt, undr sngl-marcit rūlz, foṛn mīdia ǒnrz me on no acǎnt b dscriṃnetd agnst. It śd dstribyt a sgnificnt ćunc v ɖ ny muni d’recli ʈru locl guvnmnt – az sjstd bî ɖ mẹrz v Worsw n Byḍpest. N it śd criet a sbstanśl YY fund fr ɖ dfns v mīdịfrīdm acrs ɖ continnt.

Last wīc, ɖ līdrśp v Poḷnd’z Lw n Justis parti bgan tōcs wɖ Orbán n Matteo Salvini v Iṭli abt formñ a ny popylist naśṇlist grūpñ in ɖ YY. It z nt jst dmocṛsi in Poḷnd ɖt z at stec hir; it z dmocṛsi in Yṛp az a hol.

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Tiṃʈi Garton Aś z a Gardịn coḷmnist

MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ The Brexit elite cannot hope to fool us for much longer

Boris Johnson: vaulting ambition, but varying convictions. Photograph: Getty Images
Boris Jonsn: vōltñ ambiśn, bt vẹriyñ cnvix́nz. Foṭgraf: Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ Brexit ilit canot hop t fūl s fr mć longr

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 4 April 2021)

Ex̣tñ ɖ YY wz nt gd fr Britn. Grīd dd nt brñ s ɖ vaxīn. Jonsn’z naṛtivz wl nt stand ɖ lît v de

William Keegan

Wiłm Cīgn, 4 Epril 2021

Ɖr cn b fy ppl hu hv nt at sm stej in ɖer lîvz felt ɖt ɖe hd bn “tecn fr a rîd” or cond. Yt ɖt, I ʈnc, wl b ɖ dōnñ rịlîześn v a fer pṛporśn v ɖ 37% v ɖ ilectṛt hu – wɖt, in most cesz, hvñ ɖ fentist îdīa v ɖ impḷceśnz – votd on 23 Jūn 2016 t līv ɖ Yṛpiyn Yńn.

Nǎ, yẓ́li, f wn z cond, it z ovr sm reḷtivli mînr matr in ɖ gret scīm v ʈñz, n wn lrnz wn’z lésn. Bt ẃn a sgnificnt part v a cuntri z tecn fr a rîd, it canot b dsmist az a trivịl matr fṛm ẃć it cn īẓli rcuvr.

Sć, I b’liv, z ɖ cndiśn v ɖ YC at ɖ momnt. I rīd ol ɖs stuf abt “Teflon Jonsn” – a prim̦inistr upn hūm ɖ sún nvr sets n t hūm no akześn stics, hvr jusṭfaid. N I nǒ ɖt ɖ Brexitrz r hvñ a “cloʈ v gold” de, luvñ ɖ fact ɖt ɖ unḍstanḍbl obseśn wɖ ɖ Pleg z obskrñ ɖ damij biyñ cōzd bî Brexit – damij ẃć z nt obskr t ɖ ʈǎzndz v smōl n mīdịm-sîzd bizṇsz huz vri fyćr z at stec, mni v ẃć r hvñ t set p oṗreśnz wɖn – ges ẃt – ɖ YY’z sngl marcit.

Nɖr wl it b at ol obskr, ẃn ɖ Covid rstrix́nz r ivnć̣li īzd, t a hol jeṇreśn v yuñ ppl hu hv groun p injoyñ ɖ frīdm t travl, tec Irazṃs scoḷrśps n wrc enẃr in ɖ YY.

At tîmz v naśnl crîsis, it pez t lisn t ɖ gret plêraits. Raitñ in ɖ Ny Stetsmn, Devid Hér mcs ɖ pônt ɖt ɖ riyl culprits in ɖ Brexit fiasco r nt ɖ “red wōl” victimz v an osteṛti-indyst discntnt roñli atribytd t ǎr membrśp v ɖ YY. No: ɖe r cumftbli of membrz v an influenśl ilit. Hér raits: “Ɖ ppl hu wr despṛt t pl Britn awe fṛm its jịgraficl murñz wr az lîcli t b faund in Naitsbrij az in Hartḷpūl. Ɖ līdr v ɖ YC Indipndns Parti, Nîjl Farāj, hu pt ɖ fir v God intu ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti, wz a stocbrocr. Hiz prinsipl ćirlīdrz wr pres ǒnrz, peid-up membrz v an ilit hu ol livd abrōd: Rūṗt Mrdoc, Lord Roɖ̇mir n ɖ Barcli bruɖrz.”

Ɖe srtnli pt ɖ fir v God intu Devid Camṛn, wɖ hiz il-jujd reḟrendm – n, v cors, vōltñ ambiśn pswedd influenśl poḷtiśnz sć az Jonsn n Gov t g alñ fr ɖ rîd. Ɖen ɖr wr ɖ dludd bt ol-tù-ifctiv odbōlz (hiz ǒn wrd) sć az “Î-Tst” Cumñz, hu argyd ɖt Brexit wd b gd fr ɖ YC’z saynsbes. Unforćṇtli, ɖ rvrs z pruvñ t b ɖ ces. Smwn fr hūm I hv rɖr mor rspct ɖn ɖ igrījs Cumñz z Sr Pōl Nrs, d’rectr v ɖ Fransis Cric Insttyt n a Nobél lorịt. H sz: “Sm v ɖ cuts w’v bn hírñ abt wd b caṭstrofic, īvn existnśl.”

Jst az hlʈ n uɖr isnśl wrcrz hv cm p trumps jrñ ɖ pleg, so Britn’z sayntists hv rizn t ɖ fōr in ɖ impresivli rapid dveḷpmnt v vaxīnz. It śd nvr b fgotn ɖt Jonsn rīsntli dclerd: “Ɖ rīzn w hv ɖ vaxīns’xes z bcz v capiṭlizm, bcz v grīd, mî frendz.” Luc̣li, Jonsn hz hiz eṇmiz wɖn ɖ preznt, larjli godḟsecn, Cnsrṿtiv-Brexit parti n ɖs rmarc wz imīɉtli līct. Ǒ, jst a joc, sd hiz frendz. No, yr onr: I sbmit ɖt ɖs wz ɖ tru Jonsn. At a tîm ẃn h pez lipsrvis t cerrz, ɖ man w hv t cōl prim̦inistr z a d’nt-cerr.

Wêt a minit: Jonsn’s preșecṛtri sz ɖ PM “dz b’liv in ɖ wîdr prínsiplz v integṛti n oṇsti”. V cors! Cocniz hv a trm fr hiz sort: h’z a wîd bô.

Evrwn nz ɖt it wz ɖ NHS n ǎr sayntists hu cem t ɖ resk, nt grīd or capiṭlizm. Morovr, ɖr z nʈñ Britn dd t dveḷp ɖ vaxīn ɖt w cd nt hv dn wɖn ɖ YY. Indd, nwñ az I d hǎ mć Britiś inflụns in Bruslz wz aprīśietd bî uɖr membrstets, I sspct ɖt f w hd rmend insd ɖ yńn w śd hv actd az a beṇfiśnt inflụns, privntñ ɖm fṛm gtñ intu sć a tangl ovr vaxīnz.

In hiz novl Ɖ Ʈri Clarcs, Ánṭni Troḷp rout v ɖ 19ʈ-snć̣ri prim̦inistr Sr Roḅt Pīl: “Psteṛti wl pônt at him az a poḷtiśn wɖt a poḷsi, az a stetsmn wɖt a prínsipl, az a wrśpr at ɖ ōltr v xpīdịnsi, t hūm nɖr vǎz sworn t frendz nr decḷreśnz md t hiz cuntri, wr in eni we bîndñ.’

Rmînd y v enwn? Bt Pīl cnductd sevṛl spectaklr U-trnz, nt līst on ɖ cornlwz n Caʈ̇lic imanṣpeśn. F onli Jonsn wr t d an U-trn on Brexit n, lîc Pīl, pt cuntri bfr parti.

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ ‘The heart of darkness’: neighbors shun Brazil over Covid response

A woman lays a rose on mattresses symbolising coronavirus victims, at a protest in Rio against Bolsonaro’s pandemic response. Photograph: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images
A wmn lez a rouz on matṛsz simḅlîzñ c’roṇvîṛsvictimz, at a protest in Rio agnst Bolsonaro’z pandemic rspons. Foṭgraf: Carl de Souza/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

‘Ɖ hart v darcnis’: nebrz śun Bṛzil ovr Covid rspons

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 30 March 2021)

Latin Americn cuntriz scrambl t pṛtct ɖmslvz fṛm a cuntri ẃr nirli 60,000 ppl r xpctd t dî in Marć alon

Tom Filips in Rio de Janeiro, Uci Goñi in Buenos Aires n Jo Parcin Dańlz in Bogotá, 30 Marć 2021

It hz loñ bn rgardd az a soft-pǎr sūṗpǎr, ɖ sún-cist, culćṛli blest land v Bossa Nova, Capoeira n Pelé.

Bt Bṛzil’z śambolic rspons t c’roṇvîṛs undr far-rît prezidnt Jair Bolsonaro hz cast Latin America’z larjist cuntri in an unfmiłr n unpleznt rǒl: ɖt v a Covid-ridld, sayns-śunñ, p’liticli unstebl ǎtcast on hūm mni rījnl nebrz r nǎ śutñ ɖ dor.

“Ɖ uɖr de I sw a priti stroñ articl seyñ Bṛzil wz startñ t b sìn bî its nebrz az a sort v leprcoḷni … n it’s probbli tru,” cnsidd Ricardo Ricupero, a vetṛn Bṛziłn dipḷmat hu qotd Jozif Conrad, nt João Gilberto, t dscrîb hiz cuntri’z pridic̣mnt.

“Ɖ horr! Ɖ horr!” ɖ rtîrd ambasdr l’mntd last wīc, bfr hiz cuntri wz plunjd intu frɖr p’liticl trbyḷns bî Bolsonaro’z unixpctd sacñ v ɖ dfnsministr. “Bṛzil z in ɖ hart v darcnis.”

Bṛzil’z nebrz, hu r nǎ scramḅlñ t rspond t ɖ meltdǎn nxt dor, sīm t agri, wɖ Arjntīna, C’lumbia n P’ru banñ flîts t ɖer Porćgīz-spīcñ nebr, n Veṇzwela’z līdr, Nicolás Maduro, b’retñ hiz rîtwñ rîvl ovr a c’laṃti ɖt hz cild mor ɖn 300,000 Bṛziłnz.

“It’s alarmñ, īvn dstresñ, t si ɖ rports ǎt v São Paulo n Rio … n ɖ reclis attyd v ɖ Trumpist Bṛziłn rît n Jair Bolsonaro twdz ɖ ppl v Bṛzil,” Maduro dclerd last wīc az h ordrd a 14-de locdǎn t cǎntr ɖ mor cntejs P1 verịnt at ɖ hart v globl firz ovr Bṛzil’z unćect ǎtbrec.

“Bṛzil nǎ repriznts a ʈret t ɖ wrld. N huz fōlt z it? Jair Bolsonaro’z,” Maduro pṛclemd, jabñ hiz indx fngr intu ɖ er. “It’s jst madnis. Ɖr’z no nem fr it.”

Sevn ʈǎznd ciloṃtrz sǎʈ v Caracas, in Yṛḡî, ɖr r sînz v similr alarm, wɖ oʈoṛtiz rêsñ t vax̣net rezidnts v its bordŗījn wɖ Bṛzil. “Ɖ îdīa z t criet an eṗdīmịlojicl śīld,” sd Rodni Colina, a guvnmnt Covid advîzr n vroḷjist hu dtctd Yṛḡî’z frst P1 cesz n hz bn cōlñ fr tuf rstrix́nz t stop its spred. “F w start siyñ P1 srklet wîdli w’d nīd t g fr a totl cloźr v olmst evrʈñ,” Colina wornd.

Clos t 60,000 Bṛziłnz r xpctd t dî in Marć alon, mcñ it bî far ɖ most dedli munʈ v Bṛzil’z 13-munʈ eṗdemic.

In Arjntīna, tù, slīp z biyñ lost ovr ɖ mêhem. A grūp v līdñ Arjntinịn sayntists rīsntli pénd an opn letr implorñ ɖer guvnmnt t cloz its 761-mîl landbordr wɖ Bṛzil.

“Bṛzil z a mirr w wd rɖr nt hv t lc intu. Ɖt’s ẃ it’s so importnt t impoz travl rstrix́nz stret awe bcz wns cntejnz start t rîz it wl b tù lêt,” sd Humberto Debat, an Arjntinịn bîoḷjist hu hlpt pṛdys ɖ apil, ẃć cndemd Bolsonaro’z “irisponsbl n dnaylist” bhevyr.

Last Ʈrzde, az Bṛzil rcordd mor ɖn 100,000 Covid-19 cesz in a sngl de fr ɖ frst tîm, Arjntīna anǎnst it wd ban flîts fṛm Bṛzil, Ćíli n Mx̣co. Soledad Retamar, a staṭstiśn wrcñ on Covid deta hu bacs sć muvz, sd: “Ɖ fir z ɖt w cd start siyñ ɖ cnd v mortaḷtirets ɖe hd in Manaus rlịr ɖs yir f ɖ P1 verịnt starts srkletñ in Arjntīna.”

C’lumbịn ofiślz bánd flîts fṛm Bṛzil in Jańri az wel az hōltñ intrnl flîts t ɖ Aṃzn bordr tǎn v Leticia, ẃr iḿnîześn eḟts r tarġtñ yungr adults in an atmt t bloc ɖ spred v ɖ P1 verịnt. Ana Mauad, an inṭnaśnl-rleśnz pṛfesr at Bogotá’z Javeriana Yṇvrṣti, sd Bolsonaro’z “cmplit lac v straṭji n mshanḍlñ v ɖ pandemic” hd śoct ɖ rījn.

“Bolsonaro hz manijd t trn Bṛzil intu a jîgantic helhoul,” C’lumbia’z formr prezidnt Ernesto Samper twītd last wīc, az ɖ Wrld Hlʈ Orġnîześn admitd “ɖ dîr sićueśn” in Bṛzil wz nǎ afctñ its nebrz.

Bolsonaro’z admiṇstreśn hz riactd ōcẉdli t ɖ cōṛs v inṭnaśnl criṭsizm.

“I ʈnc ɖs z … teṛbli unjust,” Bṛzil’z pro-Trump foṛn ministr, Ernesto Araújo, tld ɖ Estado de São Paulo nyzpepr rlịr ɖs munʈ. Araújo, hu rzînd on Munde aftr a rbełn fṛm dipḷmats n lwmecrz hu akz him v hlpñ traś Bṛzil’z inṭnaśnl repyteśn, rjctd ɖ îdīa ɖt ɖr wz enʈñ “ǎt v cntrol” in hiz cuntri n clemd Bṛzil wz ɖ victim v “dscriṃneśn”.

“It’s az f … ppl r onli dayñ in Bṛzil,” Bolsonaro grumbld last wīc.

Ricupero sd ɖr wz no hîdñ ɖt hiz Sǎʈ Americn cuntri hd bcm ɖ pandemic’s “abṣlut eṗsntr” n pridictd rījnl rstrix́nz wd incris in ɖ cmñ wīcs in cuntriz sć az B’livia, C’lumbia n P’ru.

“Rît nǎ, Bṛzil z at ɖ aur ẃn darcnis rênz,” h sd.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Indigenous peoples by far the best guardians of forests – UN report

A Waiapi boy climbs up a Geninapo tree to pick fruits to make body paint at the Waiapi indigenous reserve in Amapa state, Brazil. Photograph: AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images
A Waiapi bô clîmz p a jeninapo tri t pic frūts t mc bodipent at ɖ Waiapi indijṇs rzrv in Amapa stet, Bṛzil. Foṭgraf: AFP Cntribytr/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Indijṇs pplz bî far ɖ bst gardịnz v forists – YN rport

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 25 March 2021)

Prizrvñ Latin America’z forists z vîtl t fît ɖ clîṃtcrîsis, n dfoṛsteśn z lowr in indijṇs teritriz

Deḿn Carñtn, Invîrnmnt editr, 25 Marć 2021

Ɖ  imbatld indijṇs pplz v Latin America r bî far ɖ bst gardịnz v ɖ rījnz’ forists, acordñ t a YN rport, wɖ dfoṛsteśnrets p t 50% lowr in ɖer teritriz ɖn elsẃr.

Pṛtctñ ɖ vast forists z vîtl t tac̣lñ ɖ clîṃtcrîsis n pluṃtñ popyleśnz v wîldlîf, n ɖ rport faund ɖt recgnîzñ ɖ rîts v indijṇs n trîbl pplz t ɖer land z wn v ɖ most cost-ifctiv ax́nz. Ɖ rport olso cōlz fr ɖ pplz t b peid fr ɖ invîrnmntl beṇfits ɖer stywdśp pṛvîdz, n fr fundñ fr ɖ rīvîṭlîześn v ɖer ansestṛl nolij v livñ in harṃni wɖ nećr.

Hvr, ɖ dmand fr bīf, sô, timbr, ôl n minṛlz mīnz ɖ ʈrets t indijṇs pplz n ɖer foristhomz r rîzñ. Hundṛdz v cḿṇtilīdrz hv bn cild bcz v dspyts ovr land in rīsnt yirz, n ɖ Covid-19 pandemic hz add t ɖ denjrz forist pplz fes.

Sateré-Mawé men collect medicinal herbs to treat people showing Covid symptoms, in a rural area west of Manaus, Brazil. Photograph: Ricardo Oliveira/AFP/Getty Images
Sateré-Mawé men c’lect mdisinl hrbz t trīt ppl śowñ Covid simtmz, in a rṛl eria wst v Manaus, Bṛzil. Foṭgraf: Ricardo Oliveira/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Dmandz bî indijṇs pplz fr ɖer rîts hv bcm incrisñli viẓbl in rīsnt yirz, ɖ rport sd, bt ɖs hz cm wɖ incrisñ prṣkśn, resizm, n asaṣneśnz. S’portñ ɖz pplz t pṛtct ɖ forists z ptiklrli crūśl nǎ wɖ sayntists wornñ ɖt ɖ Aṃzn z nirñ a tipñpônt ẃr it swićz fṛm renforist t svana, riscñ ɖ rlis v biłnz v tunz v carbn intu ɖ atṃsfir.

Ɖ rport wz pṛdyst bî ɖ YN Fūd n Agriculćr Orġnîześn n ɖ Fund fr ɖ Dveḷpmnt v Indijṇs Pplz v Latin America n ɖ Caṛbiyn (Filac), best on a rvy v mor ɖn 300 studiz.

“Olmst haf v ɖ intact forists in ɖ Aṃzn besn r in indijṇs teritriz n ɖ evidns v ɖer vîtl rǒl in foristpṛtx́n z cristl-clir,” sd ɖ prezidnt v Filac, Mirna Cunñm, an indijṇs wmn fṛm Nic̣rağa. “Ẃl ɖ eria v intact forist dclînd bî onli 5% btwn 2000 n 2016 in ɖ rījn’z indijṇs eriaz, in ɖ non-indijṇs eriaz it fél bî 11%. Ɖs z ẃ [indijṇs pplz’] vôs n viźn śd b tecn intu acǎnt in ol globl iniṣ́tivz rletñ t clîṃtćenj, bîoḍvrṣti n foṛstri.”

“Indijṇs pplz hv a difṛnt consept v forists,” ś sd. “Ɖe r nt sìn az a ples ẃr y tec ǎt rzorsz t incris yr muni – ɖe r sìn az a spes ẃr w liv n ɖt z gvn t s t pṛtct fr ɖ nxt jeṇreśnz.”

Indijṇs n trîbl teritriz cnten abt a ʈrd v ol ɖ carbn stord in ɖ forists v Latin America, sd Julio Berdegué, ɖ FAO’z Rījnl Repriznttiv: “Ɖz pplz r rić ẃn it cmz t culćr, nolij, n naćṛl rzorsz, bt sm v ɖ purist ẃn it cmz t incumz n axes t srṿsz.” S’portñ ɖm wd olso hlp avôd ny pandemics, h sd, az ɖz r most ofn ɖ rzult v ɖ dstrux́n v nećr.

Cattle graze on land recently burned and deforested by farmers near Novo Progresso, Pará state, Brazil. Photograph: André Penner/AP
Catl grêz on land rīsntli brnt n dfoṛstd bî farmrz nir Novo Progresso, Pará stet, Bṛzil. Foṭgraf: André Penner/AP

“Īvn undr sīj fṛm Covid-19 n a frîṭnñ rîz in inveźnz fṛm ǎtsîdrz, w rmen ɖ wnz hu cn stop ɖ dstrux́n v ǎr forists n ɖer bîoḍvrs treźrz,” sd José Gregorio Diaz Mirabal, indijṇs līdr v an umbreḷgrūp, ɖ Coorḍnetr v ɖ Indijṇs Orġnîześnz v ɖ Aṃzn Besn. H sd ɖ rport’s evidns s’ports hiz cōl fr clîṃtfundz t g d’recli t indijṇs pplz n nt guvnmnts vulnṛbl t c’rupśn.

Ɖ rport faund ɖ bst foristpṛtx́n wz pṛvîdd bî pplz wɖ c’lectiv līgl tîtlz t ɖer landz. A 12-yir studi in ɖ B’livịn, Bṛziłn, n Clumbịn Aṃzn faund dfoṛsteśnrets in sć teritriz wr onli wn haf t wn-ʈrd v ɖoz in uɖr similr forists. Īvn ɖo indijṇs teritriz cuvr 28% v ɖ Aṃzn Besn, ɖe onli jeṇretd 2.6% v ɖ rījn’z carbn imiśnz, ɖ rport sd.

Indijṇs pplz okpî 400m hectares v land in ɖ rījn, bt ɖr z no līgl recgniśn v ɖer proṗtirîts in a ʈrd v ɖs eria. “Ẃl ɖ impact v gaṛntiyñ teńrs’kṛti z gret, ɖ cost z vri lo,” ɖ rport sd, nīdñ les ɖn $45 p’ hecter fr ɖ mapñ, ngośieśn n līgl wrc rqîrd.

Ɖ rport sd it wd cost mni tîmz mor t privnt carbn imiśnz fṛm fosilfyl brnñ yzñ carbncapćr n storij tecnoḷji on pǎrplants. Ɖ grantñ v landrîts t indijṇs ppl hz incrist ovr ɖ last 20 yirz, Cunñm sd, bt hz sloud dǎn in rīsnt yirz.

Peyñ indijṇs n trîbl cḿṇtiz fr ɖ invîrnmntl srṿsz v ɖer teritriz hz rdyst dfoṛsteśn in cuntriz includñ Eqdor, Mx̣co, n P’ru. Berdegué sd sć programz cd atract hundṛdz v miłnz v dolrz p’ yir fṛm inṭnaśnl sorsz.

Ɖ nīd fr pṛtx́n z rjnt, ɖ rport sd, wɖ ańl dfoṛsteśnrets in Bṛzil’z indijṇs teritriz rîzñ fṛm 10,000 hecterz in 2017 t 43,000 hecterz in 2019. In Jańri, indijṇs līdrz rjd ɖ inṭnaśnl criminl cort t invstget Bṛzil’z prezidnt, Jair Bolsonaro, ovr hiz dsmantlñ v invîrnmntl poḷsiz n vạleśnz v indijṇs rîts.

Elsẃr, ɖ eria v larj intact forists in indijṇs teritriz hz fōḷn btwn 2000 n 2016, wɖ 59% lost in Paṛḡî, 42% in Nic̣rağa, 30% in Hondyṛs n 20% in B’livia. Mînñ n ôl cnseśnz nǎ oṿle olmst a qortr v ɖ land in Aṃzn besn indijṇs n trîbl teritriz, ɖ rport sd.

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ If Labour doesn’t fight our broken electoral system, it could be out of power for ever

London mayor Sadiq Khan launching his campaign for re-election, March 2020. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA
Lundn mẹr Sadiq Cān lōnćñ hiz campen fr riilex́n, Marć 2020. Foṭgraf: Andi Ren/YPA

F Lebr dz’nt fît ǎr brocn ilectṛl sistm, it cd b ǎt v pǎr fr evr

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 18 March 2021)

Priti Ptel’z ćenjz t meṛl ilex́nz intrenć ɖ unfer frst-past-ɖ-post sistm ɖt fevrz ɖ Cnsrvtivz

Poli Tônbi, 18 Marć 2021

Ɖs cuntri z in rvrsgir. Fīl ɖ tîdl tug bcwdz in evrʈñ fṛm xtrim iniqoḷti, t rîzñ inḟntmortaḷti n a rtrit fṛm ci inṭnaśnl alaynsz. Ɖ lêtist rgreśn z ɖ homsecṛtri’z anǎnsmnt ɖt tîni steps twdz a modn votñsistm r t b stamt ǎt. Mẹrz n p’līs n crîm cmiśnrz wl b ilectd on ɖ sem rotn frst-past-ɖ-post (FPƉP) dispṛporśṇt sistm az ɖ Hǎs v Comnz n caunslz.

Untl nǎ ɖoz ilex́nz hv bn run on a supḷmntri-vot sistm, oḟrñ a frst n secnd ćôs: f no canddet gts ovr haf v frst prefṛnsz, ɖ top tū canddets hv a runof, cǎntñ secnd prefṛnsz v ɖ luzrz, gaṛntiyñ ɖ winr’z apruvl bî ovr haf ɖ ilectṛt.

Ɖs sistm hz opnd ɖ dor t indpndnts n smōlr partiz. A votr cd risc ćuzñ Grīn or Ycip frst, wɖ a bacstop secnd ćôs t cīp ǎt ɖer most hetd opśn. Ɖs rpresiv muv wl cut ǎt ny-cmrz, s’krñ ɖ dyoṗli v ɖ tū old partiz. Ẃ d ɖt, ẃn YGuv poulñ śoz 44% v ppl in Britn wont t ćenj t a mor pṛporśnl sistm, agnst 28% opozd? Ppl wel unḍstand ɖ cnspiṛsi t dnî ɖm ćôs: caunslz sć az Havnt in Hampśr ilect onli Tori caunslrz, ɖo 54% votd uɖ̇wz.

Ẃ wd ɖ Tōriz rvrt t FPƉP? Pyr jerimanḍrñ. W cn soulsrć fr dīpr rīznz fr ɖ Cnsrvtivz’ cntinywñ dominns in Wsminstr, bt ɖ gretist cōz z FPƉP ilex́nz. Ɖ guvnmnt z aboḷśñ secnd prefṛnsz bcz Tori canddets r ɖ secnd ćôs v mni fywr votrz. Ɖ rît drouv ǎt, via Brexit, a pṛporśnl sistm fr ɖ Yṛpiyn parḷmnt bî abandnñ it: nǎ ɖe drîv it ǎt v ɖ rmenñ ilex́nz ɖt xpoz hǎ ppl vot wns frìd fṛm ɖ FPƉP stretjacit. A ʈrd v ppl wr forst t vot tacticli in ɖ jenṛl ilex́n v 2019.

Ol ɖs ɖ Tōriz unḍstand, n Lebr mst tù: ǎt v ɖ last 20 ilex́nz sins 1950, 19 hv hd a mjoṛti v votrz ćuzñ partiz t ɖ left v ɖ Tōriz, yt ɖ Cnsrvtivz hv sizd pǎr tū-ʈrdz v ɖ tîm. Boris Jonsn wún hiz 80-sīt mjoṛti on a jst 1.3% incris in votśer ovr T’rīza Me’z lost mjoṛti in 2017.

Cǎntñ vots bî cnstitẏnsi hlps ɖ mor jịgraficli dsprst Tōriz, az Lebr vots r consntretd incrisñli in ŕbn eriaz, dnayñ a naśnl deṃcratic rzult. Ɖt’s ẃ it tc 50,835 vots t ilect a Lebr MP, bt onli 38,264 t ilect a Tori, 336,038 fr a Libṛl Deṃcrat n a śocñ 865,697 fr a Grīn.

Ɖs z’nt jst a Britiś fnominn. A 2015 pepr in ɖ Britiś Jrnl v P’liticl Sayns faund ɖt, in istabliśt dmocṛsiz sins ɖ secnd wrldwor, “cuntriz wɖ mjoṛterịn rūlz mor ofn ilect cnsrvtiv guvnmnts ɖn ɖoz wɖ pṛporśnl-repriznteśn ilectṛl sistmz… Mjoṛterịn sistmz hv a sbstantiv cnsrvtiv bays.”

Ɖt’s ẃ no Tori MPz bac a pṛporśnl sistm fr ɖ Comnz, acordñ t ɖ Ilectṛl Rform Ssayti. Instd ɖ parti jerimandrz bî planñ t brñ in ÎD rqîrmnts at poulñsteśnz, a YS rîtwñrz’ we t bar purr votrz, ɖ non-drîvrz, non-pasportholdrz n rentrz frīqntli muvñ rezidns. It stamps on atmts t gv 16-yir-olds ɖ vot ɖt ɖe hv loc̣li in Scotḷnd n Wêlz. Litl eḟt z invstd in updetñ ilectṛl rejistrz, az Lebr votrz r at most risc v xcluźn. Ɖ nxt bǎnḍri ćenjz bî 2024 wl criet mor Tori sīts in ɖ sǎʈ, az Lebr pîlz p westd ŕbn vots.

A devstetñ rport fṛm Cumṗs xpozz ɖ nir-imposbiḷti v Lebr winñ alon at ɖ nxt ilex́n. W Dvîd, Ɖe Concr, bî Gres Barnit n Nìl Lwsn, śoz Lebr nǎ nīdz at līst a 10.52% swñ, gretr ɖn in 1945 n 1997. Ɖs grim anaḷsis śd b cmpulsri rīdñ fr evri Lebr MP, membr n s’portr. Ɖs mcs an iṛfytbl ces fr a páct v sm cnd btwn ol sntr n sntr-left partiz. Ɖ rport fîndz ɖer 2019 maṇfestoz rmarcbli similr. It mt tec opn prîṃriz, stand-asîdz or, at ɖ vri līst, tacticl ilex̣́nirñ. Ɖr r vrć̣li no LibDem-Lebr contests, az olmst ol LibDem wiṇbl sīts cnfrunt Tori MPz. A pṛgresiv alayns winñ jst wns on a platform cmitd t ilectṛl rform wd ćenj ɖ p’liticl lanscep fr evr. N, v cors, ɖ Tōriz nǒ it.

Cir Starmr inḍcets opņis t rform. Lebr hz mni mor MPz in fevr v pṛporśnl repriznteśn nǎ ɖn in ɖ darc dez ẃn dîṇsorz sć az Jac Strw stopt Toni Bler fṛm impḷmentñ Rô Jncinz’ cmiśn on PR. Gordn Brǎn z hedñ a consttyśnl rvy, radicl on dīṿluśn n ɖ Hǎs v Lordz, bt ɖ parti nīdz t tec ɖ plunj fr PR or it wl nvr b in pǎr t ćenj enʈñ. Start mcñ ɖ brōdr ces nǎ bî vsifṛsli opozñ ɖ guvnmnt’s atmt t riimpoz FPƉP on ɖz ilex́nz. Hir’z ɖ ćôs fr Lebr: śer pǎr most v ɖ tîm, or b ǎt v pǎr most v ɖ tîm – or, poṣbli, fr evr.

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ The Covid contracts furore is no surprise – Britain has long been a chumocracy

‘Matt Hancock told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that he doesn’t even care that he broke the law over Covid contracts.’ Photograph: Tayfun Salcı/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock
‘Mát Hancoc tld ɖ BBC’s Andru Mar ɖt h dz’nt īvn cer ɖt h brouc ɖ lw ovr Covid contracts.’ Foṭgraf: Tayfun Salcı/Zuma Wire/Rex/Śuṭstoc

Croniizm in Britn z rampnt n gz unpuniśt. W’r trnñ intu a bnana rpublic

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 22 February 2021)

Qsćṇbl Covid contracts, doji apôntmnts, tuʈlis woćdogz. Fevrz t frendz z nǎ ɖ guvnmnt’s modus operandi

Poli Tônbi, 22 Febrri 2021

Ɖ  sumz r so vast, ɖ sīcṛsi so śocñ, ɖt “ćumocṛsi” dz’nt bgin t capćr ẃt Britn hz bcm – reḍḷnt az w r v bnana rpublics, ɖ Ruśn oḷgarci n feld stets. Lost z Britn’z slf-imij az ɖ bolr-hatd bīcn v sivic recttyd, az ǎr rstẃl Rolz-Rôs sivl srvis gz ɖ we v, wel, Rolz-Rôs, no longr a Britiś-ǒnd carcumṗni.

Ɖ Gd Lw Project, ɖ admṛbl nt-fr-profit public clenzr, last wīc pruvd in ɖ hî cort ɖt ɖ guvnmnt hd brīćt ẃt ɖ juj cōld ɖ “vîtl public fuñśn” v trnspaṛnsi ovr “vast qonttiz” v taxpeyrz’ muni. A VIP fast len fr pṛtctiv-iqipmnt contracts md ɖ contacts v ministrz, MPz, pirz n ofiślz 10 tîmz mor lîcli t win contracts. PPI prîsz scîrocitd: īvn bodibagz wr biyñ ćarjd at 14 tîmz ɖer prīvịs cost. Ɖ Gd Lw Project’s dmandz fr pubḷceśn v ɖoz fevrd s’playrz, ɖer VIP sponsrz n prîsz peid hv bn dnaid so far.

Ẃ ɖ sīcṛsi? Ɖ Gardịn hz olrdi rvild ɖt ɖ medicl reğletr z invstgetñ Alix Bōrn, hlʈ secṛtri Mát Hancoc’s xnebr, hu wún £30m v wrc pṛdysñ medicl vaylz, dspt hvñ no xpirịns in ɖ fīld.

In ɖ panic ovr emti PPI ślvz in hospitlz n cerhomz, ɖt daś t pṛkr mt b fgivn wr it nt ɖt fevrz t frendz z ɖ evride modus operandi fr Boris Jonsn. Bt bfr a liṭni v hiz sivic śem, pōz hir t injô ɖs, ɖ fōrwrd h rout t ɖ miṇstirịl cod: “Ɖr mst b no bŭliyñ n no haṛsmnt; no līcñ; no brīć v c’lectiv rsponsbiḷti. No msys v taxpeyr muni n no acćl or psivd conflicts v inṭrest. Ɖ preśs prínsiplz v public lîf inśrînd in ɖs dokmnt – integṛti, objctivti, acǎntbiḷti, trnspaṛnsi, oṇsti n līdrśp in ɖ public inṭrest – mst b onrd at ol tîmz; az mst ɖ p’liticl imparśiaḷti v ǎr mć admîrd sivl srvis.” Ha!

Alix Aḷn flt it imposbl t ste on az ɖ prim̦inistr’z ofiśl advîzr on ɖt cod, aftr hiz fîndñ agnst ɖ homsecṛtri, Priti Ptel, fr bŭliyñ wz rjctd. Nr cd Joṇʈn Jǒnz rmen az prṃnnt secṛtri t ɖ guvnmnt līgl dpartmnt ẃl Jonsn brouc inṭnaśnl lw wɖ ɖ intrnl-marcit bil. Oltgɖr, undr Jonsn six prṃnnt secṛtriz hv gn – nt so prṃnnt in ɖs reźīm.

Ɖ Gd Lw Project nǎ olso sīcs a jdiśl rvy intu ɖ Gardịn’z reṿleśn v a £564,000 contract fr opińnpoulñ, gvn wɖt tndr t Doṃnic Cumñz’ clos ćum Rećl Wlf, hu corout ɖ 2019 Tori parti maṇfsto. Ẃt an îṛni ɖt in hr Dǎnñ Strīt dez ś pland fr ol sivl srvnts t fes constnt xamz t gard agnst a culćr ẃr “evrwn rîzz t ɖer pziśn v incompitns”. Yt ś wz pt t no tst, nt īvn besic tnḍrñ fr a fat contract.

Ɖ Súnde Tîmz rvilz ɖt Lord Udni-Listr, az depyti mẹr v Lundn undr Jonsn, hlpt apruv £4bn v proṗtiscīmz fr dveḷprz – n wɖn munʈs v līvñ ofis wnt on t wrc fr ɖm. Az Dǎnñ Strīt stṛtījic advîzr last yir, h steid on ɖer pêrolz, ɖo ɖs wz in cmplayns wɖ codz v conduct.

In a blast at Tōriz “rîf wɖ conflicts v inṭrest”, Rećl Rīvz, ɖ śado cabiṇt-ofis ministr, md a “sác Srco” plej ɖt Lebr wd rtrn prîṿt contracts t ɖ public sectr. Yt it sīmz nʈñ śemz ɖs guvnmnt. Ɖ Naśnl Ōdit Ofis z a fîn insttyśn fr ćecñ on fnanśl integṛti n valy fr muni. Bt, ɖo it faund ɖt biznis ǒnrz wɖ p’liticl tîz t ɖ Tōriz wr gvn hî-prîoṛti steṭs ovr pandemic contracts, it hz no mśīṇri t fors a guvnmnt ɖt dz’nt gv a dám t act on ɖz fîndñz. Ẃć līvz ɖ public-spiṛtd crǎdfundrz v ɖ Gd Lw Project az a last stand agnst c’lapsñ sivic integṛti. Olɖo, az Hancoc tld ɖ BBC’z Andru Mar, h dz’nt īvn cer ɖt h’z brocn ɖ lw.

Ɖ cmiśnr fr public apôntmnts, Pītr Ridél, ol tù rerli mcs public protests, bt rīsntli h rouz p agnst “unreğletd apôntmnts”, sć az ɖt v Tori pir Dîdo Hardñ t hed ɖ ceotic tst-n-tres program. Last wīc ɖ hlʈ dpartmnt’s ǒn evidns śoud ɖ £22bn ś hz spent hd hd a “reḷtivli smōl” ifct. Ridél olso pṛtstd agnst stact inṭvy panlz: utrli unqoḷfaid xTori MP Jemz Ẃartn wz apôntd hed v ɖ Ofis fr Stydnts bî a s’lex́npanl dvôd v hayr-edyceśn xprts.

For nonixektiv d’rectrz apôntd az “indpndnts” t oṿsi Mîcl Gov’z Cabiṇt Ofis r ol Gov alîz, includñ Gīẓla Stywt v hiz Vot Līv clan. Acordñ t a rīsnt srve, mor ɖn haf v ol dīpartmntl-bōrd apôntmnts, far fṛm biyñ indipndnt ǎtsîdrz, r speśl advîzrz n clos p’liticl alîz.

Ridél lobd a wornñ at brīfñz ɖt ɖ Ofcom ćer wl g t ɖ formr Meil editr-in-ćīf Pōl Dêcr, a man rebidli bayst agnst ɖ BBC, jujz, Yṛp n mîgṛnts, t nem jst a fy. Ćanslr Riśi Sŭnac’s gd ćum, ɖ Tori donr Rićd Śarp, wz md BBC ćer. Ẃ no invstgeśn intu cḿṇtizsecṛtri Roḅt Jenric’s impropr iniśl inṭvnśn t hlp Tori donr Rićd Dezmnd avôd tax ovr a £1bn planñbid? Nt onli ɖs, bt pacñ ɖ Lordz wɖ donrz z ɖ Putinesc ny norml.

Nt sins ɖ 1853 Norʈcot-Tṛvełn sivl srvis rformz hz a guvnmnt so impydntli n dfayntli ignord apôntmntsprínsiplz. Hd Lebr cmitd eni v ɖz ǎtrejz, ɖ Tori pres wd hv hǎndd it t deʈ. Rmembr Jenifr Arcuri, Jonsn’z “clos frend”, gvn £100,000 fṛm hiz Lundn meṛl fund n invîtd on ptnṣ́li lūcṛtiv tredmiśnz? Ɖ Indipndnt Ofis fr P’līs Conduct faund ɖt ɖ ofisrz mcñ dsiźnz on sponsrśp n tred miśnz ń v ɖs rleśnśp, “n ɖs inflụnst ɖer dsiźn-mcñ”. Imajin f ɖt wr Cir Starmr.

Clīn dmocṛsiz r dfînd bî hǎ wel ɖe gard agnst ɖer līdrz feṿrñ faṃli n frendz. Bt ɖ esns v ćumocṛsi runz far dīpr. Ppl instñtivli apônt ɖer ǒn cnd: “merit” tndz t b spotd onli in ɖoz hu tōc, ʈnc n b’liv lîc ɖoz dwñ ɖ ćuzñ. In a wîld blog, Doṃnic Cumñz pritndd t brec ǎt v ɖs stretjacit, cōlñ fr “sūpr-talntd wirdoz” wɖ “jenyin cogṇtiv dvrṣti”. Bt no, hiz ramḅlñ job ad rqîrd īc̣nomics grajụts wɖ “an ǎtstandñ record at a gret yṇvrṣti”: h wz a prins amñ trîbl ćum’pôntrz.

Brecñ ɖ spirit v fevṛtizm z f’rośsli hard: ẃn I wz at ɖ BBC, a vałnt atmt wz md t rcrūt rw taḷnt ǎtsd top grajụts wɖ maṇkrd hinṭlandz. Adz, līflits n noṭsz wr postd in herdresrz, pubz, McDoṇld’z, moscs, tmplz n on busz: no nem, edyceśn or xpirịns, jst rait t s wɖ yr program îdīaz. Ʈǎzndz aplaid.

Ẃn ɖz hd bn ẃitld dǎn t 30, ɖ dis’pôntd s’lectrz faund ɖe hd mnli pict îdnticl top grajụt tîps. Bî instñt, unconśsli, ɖe ćouz ɖ cnd hu rout lîc ɖm, ʈt lîc ɖm. Unconśs-bays corsz hlp s unḍstand inbilt preɉdisz, bt iradcetñ it fṛm dīp wɖn z far hardr.

Dy proses in public apôntmnts matrz nt jst fr gd guvnmnt, bt bcz it sets a bnćmarc v fer implômnt. Neṗtizm stncs az badli az awordñ contracts t VIP palz: gloriyñ in bʈ, ɖ guvnmnt, rotñ fṛm ɖ hed, spredz ɖ stenć v c’rupśn ʈru evrʈñ it tućz.

Poli Tônbi z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Continue reading Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ The Covid contracts furore is no surprise – Britain has long been a chumocracy

Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ The world faces a pandemic of human rights abuses in the wake of Covid-19

A pedestrian walks past a wall mural depicting a mother saving children from a sea of coronavirus, in Mumbai, India. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images
A pdestrịn wōcs past a wōlḿṛl dpictñ a muɖr sevñ ćildṛn fṛm a sì v c’roṇvîṛs, in Mŭmbai, India. Foṭgraf: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ wrld fesz a pandemic v hymn-rîts abysz in ɖ wec v Covid-19

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 22 February 2021)

Ɖ vîṛs hz bn yzd az a prītxt in mni cuntriz t cruś dsnt, crimiṇlîz frīdmz n sîḷns rportñ

António Guterres, 22 Febrri 2021

Fṛm ɖ onset v ɖ Covid-19 pandemic olmst wn yir ago, it wz clir ɖt ǎr wrld fest far mor ɖn a public-hlʈ imrjnsi. Ɖ bigist inṭnaśnl crîsis in jeṇreśnz qcli morft intu an ic̣nomic n sośl crîsis. Wn yir on, anɖr starc fact z trajicli evidnt: ǎr wrld z fesñ a pandemic v hymn-rîts abysz.

Covid-19 hz dīpnd priixistñ dvîdz, vulnṛbiḷtiz n iniqoḷtiz, n opnd p ny fracćrz, includñ fōltlînz in hymn rîts. Ɖ pandemic hz rvild ɖ inṭcnctidnis v ǎr hymn faṃli – n v ɖ fl spectṛm v hymn rîts: sivl, culćṛl, ic̣nomic, p’liticl n sośl. Ẃn enwn v ɖz rîts z undr atac, uɖrz r at risc.

Ɖ vîṛs hz ʈrîvd bcz poṿti, dscriṃneśn, ɖ dstrux́n v ǎr naćṛl invîrnmnt n uɖr hymn rîts fełrz hv crietd inorṃs fṛjiḷtiz in ǎr ssaytiz. Ɖ lîvz v hundṛdz v miłnz v faṃliz hv bn trnd upsîd-dǎn – wɖ lost jobz, cruśñ dét n stīp fōlz in incm.

Frunt-lîn wrcrz, ppl wɖ dis’biḷtiz, oldr ppl, wimin, grlz n mnoṛtiz hv bn ispeṣ́li hard hit. In a matr v munʈs, progres on jndr iqoḷti hz bn set bac decedz. Most isnśl frunt-lîn wrcrz r wimin, n in mni cuntriz r ofn fṛm reṣ́li n eʈnicli marjṇlîzd grūps.

Most v ɖ incrist brdn v cer in ɖ hom z tecn on bî wimin. Vayḷns agnst wimin n grlz in ol formz hz roc̣td, fṛm onlîn abys t dmestic vayḷns, traf̣cñ, sx́l xplôteśn n ćîldmarij.

Xtrim poṿti z rîzñ fr ɖ frst tîm in decedz. Yuñ ppl r struġlñ, ǎt v scūl n ofn wɖ liṃtd axes t tecnoḷji.

Ɖ lêtist moṛl ǎtrej z ɖ fełr t enśur eqti in vax̣neśn ef̣ts. Jst 10 cuntriz hv administrd mor ɖn 75% v ol Covid-19 vaxīnz. Mnẃl, mor ɖn 130 cuntriz hv nt rsivd a sngl dos.

F ɖ vîṛs z alaud t spred lîc wîldfîr in parts v ɖ globl sǎʈ, it wl ḿtet agn n agn. Ny verịnts cd bcm mor trnzmisbl, mor dedli n ptnṣ́li ʈretn ɖ ifctivnis v cuṛnt vaxīnz n dạgnostics. Ɖs cd pṛloñ ɖ pandemic sgnificntli, ineḅlñ ɖ vîṛs t cm bac t pleg ɖ globl norʈ – n dle ɖ wrld’z ic̣nomic rcuṿri.

Ɖ vîṛs z olso infctñ p’liticl n sivl rîts, n frɖr śrincñ sivic spes. Yzñ ɖ pandemic az a prītxt, oʈoṛtiz in sm cuntriz hv dploid hevi-handd s’kṛti-rsponsz n imrjnsimeźrz t cruś dsnt, crimiṇlîz besic frīdmz, sîḷns indipndnt rportñ n rstrict ɖ activtiz v nongovnmntl orġnîześnz.

Hymn-rîts dfndrz, jrṇlists, loyrz, p’liticl acṭvists – īvn medicl pṛfeśnlz – hv bn dtend, proṣktd n sbjctd t intiṃdeśn n sveḷns fr criṭsîzñ guvnmnt-rsponsz t ɖ pandemic. Pandemic-rletd rstrix́nz hv bn yzd t sbvrt ilectṛl prosesz n wìcn opziśnvôsz.

At tîmz, axes t lîf-sevñ Covid-19 inf̣meśn hz bn cnsild ẃl dedli misinf̣meśn hz bn ampḷfaid – īvn bî ɖoz in pǎr.

Xtrimists – includñ ẃît sūpreṃsists n nioNatsiz – hv xplôtd ɖ pandemic t būst ɖer rancs ʈru sośl poḷrîześn n p’liticl n culćṛl mnipyleśn.

Ɖ pandemic hz olso md pīs ef̣ts mor dificlt, cnstrenñ ɖ abiḷti t conduct ngośieśnz, xaṣbetñ hymaṇterịn nīdz n unḍmainñ progres on uɖr conflict-rletd hymn-rîts ćaḷnjz.

Covid-19 hz riinforst tū funḍmntl truɖz abt hymn rîts. Frst, hymn-rîts vạleśnz harm s ol. Secnd, hymn rîts r yṇvrsl n pṛtct s ol.

An ifctiv rspons t ɖ pandemic mst b best on soḷdaṛti n cooṗreśn. Dvîsiv aproćz, oʈoṛterịnizm n naśṇlizm mc no sns agnst a globl ʈret. Wɖ ɖ pandemic śînñ a spotlît on hymn rîts, rcuṿri pṛvîdz an oṗtyṇti t jeṇret m’mntm fr transfmeśn. T s’xid, ǎr aproćz mst hv a hymn-rîts lénz.

Ɖ ssteṇbl-dveḷpmnt golz – ẃć r unḍpind bî hymn rîts – pṛvîd ɖ fremwrc fr mor inclūsiv n ssteṇbl icoṇmiz n ssaytiz, includñ ɖ impeṛtiv v hlʈcer fr evrwn.

Ɖ rcuṿri mst olso rspct ɖ rîts v fyćr jeṇreśnz, inhansñ clîṃt ax́n t aćiv carbnńtraḷti bî 2050 n pṛtctñ bîoḍvrṣti. Mî Cōl t Ax́n fr Hymn Rîts spelz ǎt ɖ sntṛl rǒl v hymn rîts in crîsis-rspons, jndr iqoḷti, public ptiṣpeśn, clîṃtjustis n ssteṇbl dveḷpmnt.

Ɖs z nt a tîm t nglect hymn rîts; it z a tîm ẃn, mor ɖn evr, hymn rîts r nīdd t naṿget ɖs crîsis in a we ɖt wl alǎ s t ziro in on aćivñ inclūsiv n ssteṇbl dveḷpmnt n lastñ pīs.

W r ol in ɖs tgɖr. Ɖ vîṛs ʈretnz evrwn. Hymn rîts uplift evrwn. Bî rspctñ hymn rîts in ɖs tîm v crîsis, w wl bild mor ifctiv n eqtbl s’luśnz fr ɖ imrjnsi v tde n ɖ rcuṿri fr tmoro.

I am cnvinst it z poṣbl – f w r dtrmind n wrc tgɖr.

António Guterres z secṛtri jenṛl v ɖ Ynîtd Neśnz

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ As events in the US have shown, two-party politics is no longer fit for purpose

Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images
Doṇld Trump n Jo Bîdn. Foṭgraf: Jim Wotsn/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Az ivnts in ɖ YS hv śoun, tū-parti poḷtics z no longr fit fr prṗs

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 16 February 2021)

Lrćñ fṛm Obama t Trump t Bîdn, ɖ sistm dnîz cọliśnz v compṛmîz. N in ɖ YC, ć parti z rivn wɖ conflict

Poli Tônbi, 16 Febrri 2021

Ɖ  wn ivnt mor ǎtrejs ɖn a mob stormñ ɖ Cápitl wz ɖ specṭcl v 43 Rpublicn seṇtrz indorsñ ɖ atmtd cù n its insṭgetr. Bî rfyzñ t impīć Doṇld Trump, ɖe left ol uɖr dmocṛsiz agast, dlîtñ ōṭcrats evrẃr.

“Ɖs sad ćaptr in ǎr hisṭri hz rmîndd s ɖt dmocṛsi z frajîl,” sd Jo Bîdn. Frajîl indd, ẃn ɖ rstẃl līdrz v ɖ deṃcratic wrld rfyz t dfnd dmocṛsi’z frst prínsipl, ɖ trnziśn v pǎr bî luzr’z cnsnt. Ẃ boɖr lowrñ America’z fǎndeśn dokmnts nîtli intu a ńclir bomprūf śltr bnʈ ɖ Naśnl Arcîvz, ẃn ɖe r ript p bî Congres in brōd dêlît?

Ɖ riyl cù hapnd ẃn ɖ Rpublicn parti wz capćrd bî Trump, ʈrowñ moḍrets undr hiz ćarịtẃīlz. Ẃt sevd him fṛm impićmnt wz hiz yeld-ǎt wornñ t Rpublicnz at hiz “Sev America” rali: “F ɖe d’nt fît, w hv t prîṃri ɖ hel ǎt v [ɖm],” h sd. “W’r gwñ t let y nǒ hu ɖe r.” H tld hiz mob: “Y’r gwñ t start wrcñ on Congres n w got t gt rid v ɖ wìc congres-ppl, ɖ wnz ɖt r’nt eni gd, ɖ Liz Ćeniz v ɖ wrld. W got t gt rid v ɖm.”

Ɖ sevn Rpublicn seṇtrz hu derd t vot t impīć hv cm undr atac fṛm ɖer locl partiz, tū v ɖm anǎnsñ ɖe r standñ dǎn, n ɖ 10 Hǎs Rpublicnz hu std agnst him olrdi fes Trumpîts trayñ t unsīt ɖm. Doṇld Trump Jr. hz twītd: “Let’s impīć RINOz [Rpublicnz In Nem Onli] fṛm ɖ Rpublicn parti!!!”

Fir v dīṣlx́n z a dspicbl rīzn fr felñ t puniś a cù. Sm r jenyin Trump fnatics bt mni r jst sevñ ɖer jobz.

Wsminstr, lîc Wośñtn, sufrz wîdspred “dren ɖ swomp” votrsiṇsizm abt ilectd repriznttivz; on dorsteps y hír it ol ɖ tîm: “Ɖ’r ol ɖ sem, onli in it fr ɖmslvz.”

Rpublicnz r left t fît ǎt ɖer fyćr lîc rats trapt in a sác. Bt wns a parti z capćrd bî xtrimists, it’s hard t pl it bac t ilectbiḷti: Trump hz nvr wún ɖ popylr vot, h wz nirli 3m vots bhnd Hiḷri Clintn in 2016. In a tū-parti frst-past-ɖ-post ilectṛl sistm (FPĐP), capćrñ a parti z ɖ onli we t ćenj poḷtics: FPĐP’z ayn ilectṛl lw barz ny partiz imrjñ t riact t ny srcmstansz. Ɖ wòrn-ǎt dfns v FPĐP z ɖt it criets “stbiḷti”: ɖt’s nt hǎ ɖ YS fīlz, lrćñ fṛm Baṛc Obama t Trump t Bîdn, ɖ sistm dnayñ cọliśnz v compṛmîz. Bʈ cuntriz’ dmocṛsiz r feld bî ɖer arcêic votñsistmz.

In ɖ YC, loñ ago, ɖ Tori parti wz capćrd bî Brextrīmists, az fr yirz tîni locl partiz v mostli old ẃît men s’lectd onli Yrofobz. Cén Clārc n Mîcl Hesltîn wr prjd, alñ wɖ uɖr prominnt anti-Brexitrz. Eni “moḍrets” ɖt rmend cevd t Boris Jonsn’z stoncñ 80-sīt mjoṛti, wún partli bcz ǎr dyoṗli ofrd onli Jeṛmi Corbin az oltrṇtiv prîm̦inistr. Ɖo I n ɖ Gardịn bact Corbin az betr ɖn ɖ rog Jonsn, ɖ ćôs wz a deṃcratic ǎtrej. Aftr a craśñ dfit, Lebr trnd pragmatic, ćuzñ an ilectbl līdr, bt it z stl rivn btwn leftists hu jônd fr Corbin n ɖoz hu rjônd fr Cir Starmr, mcñ s’lex́nz fr locl ofis or MP a fmiłr tug v wor.

Ć parti’s frajîl cọliśn z destind t stradl a cuntri dvîdd acrs ńmṛs p’liticl fōltlînz. Jonsn’z ny red-wōl sīts dmand hî norɖn spendñ, opozd bî tṛdiśnl smōl-stet lo-taxrz v hiz suɖn śîrz n subrbz. Jonsn swivlz btwn rbełs anti-locdǎn libterịnz n mor cōśs red wōlrz n old focs: woć ɖ ōtm spendñ rvy fors dfînñ ćôsz. Lebr z struc dum on Brexit’s mni c’lamiṭs rzults, bcz its ŕbn, ynvrṣtitǎn, eʈnic mnoṛti n yuñ bes z irecnsîḷbl wɖ ɖoz norɖn Brexit sīts Lebr imajinz it cn rgen. Nvr hz ǎr ilectṛl sistm lct les ebl t rflect votrz’ vyz.

Starmr z suṃnñ a consttyśnl rvy, so far foc̣st on dīṿluśn n fedṛlizm, in ɖ ven hop v spîcñ ɖ Scotiś Naśnl parti (SNP). It nīdz t pt ilectṛl rform at ɖ fōrfrunt. A yir ago, Starmr sd: “W’v got t adres ɖ fact ɖt miłnz v ppl vot in sef sīts n ɖe fīl ɖer vot dz’nt cǎnt. Ɖt’s got t b adrest. W wl nvr gt fl ptiṣpeśn in ǎr ilectṛl sistm untl w d ɖt at evri levl.” Indd, siṇsizm z bréd fṛm ppl fīlñ ɖer vot w’nt afct an ilex́n’z ǎtcm.

Fy xpct Lebr t win ɖ nesṣri 124 sīts nxt tîm, plus bǎnḍrićenjz wl gift ɖ Tōriz 10 mor. An alayns z ɖ onli rùt, so forj a páct nǎ, az advcetd bî Cumṗs, wɖ Libṛl Deṃcrats, Grīnz n, yes, ɖ SNP, sìld bî a plej on ilectṛl rform. In 2019, mor ppl votd left v sntr ɖn Tori.

A pṛporśnl sistm wd alǎ bʈ mizṛbl old partiz t dvors. Instd v holdñ nozz t vot fr ɖ līst wrst, votrz on ɖ rît cd ćūz btwn pro-Yṛpiyn Mcmiḷnîts or ɖ Boris-Gov wrld v Brexit dīreğleśnfanṭsi. It’s hî tîm votrz on ɖ left wr rlist fṛm Lebr’z dsfuñśnl forst marij, fri t ćūz btwn an oʈntic soṣ́list parti n a sośl deṃcratic parti (ɖo ɖe wd stl hv t wrc tgɖr).

No ilectṛl sistm dvîzd bî ɖ crŭcid timbr v hymaṇti solvz ol probḷmz. Bt a fyćr v cọliśnz wd si ɖ pǎr v fax́nz wɖn a rūlñguvnmnt dfînd trnspaṛntli bî ilectṛl vots. It wd mīn no mor xtrim fax́nz amḅśñ s’lex́nprosesz wɖn partiz, v ɖ cnd ɖt caud Rpublicnz ovr impićmnt. Brecñ ɖ tū-parti stretjacit opnz p ɖ plŭṛlizm ɖt z wn v mni tsts in ɖ Icoṇmist Intelijns Ynit’s globl dmocṛsi indx. In 2020, it rports, onli 8.4% v ɖ wrld’z ppl livd undr a fŭli-fuñṣ́nñ dmocṛsi – frajîl indd.

Poli Tônbi z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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In Ñspel │ The Guardian view on two-tone nostalgia: the pride of Coventry

A 2009 photograph of Ska band the Specials, (from left) Lynval Golding, Terry Hall and John Bradbury. “We were doing something that wasn’t in London. It was a sense of pride in where we were.’ Photograph: Martin Godwin/The Guardian
A 2009 foṭgraf v Sca band Đ Speślz, (fṛm left) Linval Goldñ, Teri Hōl n Jon Bradḅri. “W wr dwñ smʈñ ɖt wz’nt in Lundn. It wz a sns v prîd in ẃr w wr.’ Foṭgraf: Martin Godwin/Ɖ Gardịn

Ɖ Gardịn vy on tū-ton nstalja: ɖ prîd v Covntri

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 11 February 2021)

Britn’z siti v culćr fr 2021 z rîtli seḷbretñ a ḿzicl muvmnt ɖt stl cariz a potnt mesij

11 Febrri 2021

Inṭvyd a cupl v yirz ago, ɖ līdsñr v ɖ Speślz, Teri Hōl, wz asct ẃt h rmembrd most fondli abt ɖ tū-ton ira, ẃn ɖ band’z homsiti v Covntri hostd ɖ most iṇvtiv ḿzicsīn in Britn. “W wr dwñ smʈñ ɖt wz’nt in Lundn,” rspondd Mr. Hōl hu, rɖr śocñli, z nǎ in hiz 60z. “It wz a sns v prîd in ẃr w wr.”

Fitñli ɖen, wn v ɖ most inspîrñ pirịdz in postwar yʈculćr z t b gvn prîd v ples jrñ Covntri’s fʈcmñ siti v culćr 2021 seḷbreśnz. Covid hz dleid fstivtiz untl Me. Bt ẃn ɖe d bgin, it wz rvild ɖs munʈ ɖt ɖ program v ivnts wl includ ɖ frst mejr xbiśn on ɖ lîvz n leġsiz v ɖ tū-ton ira. Ɖr wl olso b a ʈri-de ḿzic ivnt kretd bî Mr. Hōl.

An injoybl nstalɉfest z ɖus in prospect fr ḿzicluvrz v a srtn ej. Soñz lîc Gosțǎn cn stl sumn p ɖ mūd n fīl v Marġrit Ʈaćr’z Britn. Bt ɖs brīf rvîvl olso sīmz pkłrli wel-tîmd. Forti yirz aftr mixt-rês Covntri bandz sć az ɖ Speślz n ɖ S’lectr blezd a payniyrñ trel, iśuz v rês, culćr n naśnl îdntti r wns agn poḷrîzñ poḷtics. Nemd aftr ɖ recordlebl t ẃć ɖ grūps b’loñd, ɖ tū-ton muvmnt tc on similr qsćnz in its ǒn ynīc stîl. Agnst ɖ grim bacdrop v Naśnl Frunt marćz n mas unimplômnt, it imbodid a viźn ɖt wz qinṭsnṣ́li Britiś, prǎdli multiculćṛl n wîd opn t ɖ wrld.

Sca riɖmz on Speślz tracs sć az Gañstrz n Tù Mć Tù Yuñ hd frst bn popyḷrîzd in Britn bî ɖ ḿziśnz hu arîvd on ɖ Empîr Windruś in 1948. Ɖ “rūd bô” lc – śarp sūts, trilbi or porc-pî hats n a blac n ẃît culrscīm – wz part-Jmecn n part-Ñgliś mód. Ć wīc, ɖs multireśl melãź v stîlz n sǎndz wz ćanld stret intu ɖ culćṛl bludstrīm via Top v ɖ Pops. In 1979, ʈri tū-ton bandz fīćrd in a sngl idiśn v ɖ program. At a tîm ẃn caźl resizm wz stl pvesiv in ɖ popylr culćr n evr-preznt in sitcomz sć az Mînd Yr Lanḡj n It E’nt Haf Hot Mum, tū-ton wz oṗnñ p ny posbiḷtiz v a difṛnt cnd v Britn t a ny jeṇreśn.

Az Britn atmts t “bǎns bac betr” aftr a yir-loñ śutdǎn in trōmatic srcmstansz, Covntri’z prǎd siti-v-culćr steṭs sīmz seṛndipiṭs. Fy plesz hv riinvntd ɖmslvz az dẹrñli in ɖ fes v advrṣti. Luftwaffe bomz in ɖ secnd wrldwor n diindustrịlîześn xactd a hevi tol. Bt, fṛm ɖ snṣtiv rīcnstrux́n v ɖ siti’s cʈīdṛl, ẃć prizrvz ɖ ruinz v ɖ old ćrć dstroid in ɖ blits, t ɖ moḍnist arc̣tecćr ɖt heṛtijcampenrz r baṭlñ t prizrv, Covntri hz śoun an abiḷti t adapt t dificlt tîmz wɖ imaɉneśn n an impresiv dgri v rziłns. In ɖ depʈs v ɖ ic̣nomic rseśn in ɖ 1980z, ɖ siti’z fînist ḿzicl aur xmpḷfaid ɖ sem qoḷtiz v dfayns n crịtivti. Prīfiġrñ a jenyinli dvrs, multiculćṛl viźn v Britn, tū-ton wz we ahd v its tîm. Ol ɖ mor rīzn ɖen t sīz ɖ momnt, dust of old rec̣dz n start liṣnñ agn.

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ A year after Johnson’s swaggering Greenwich speech, 100,000 dead

Head bowed, Boris Johnson leads a virtual press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic on Tuesday 26 January. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AP
Hed baud, Boris Jonsn līdz a vrćl presconfṛns on ɖ Covid-19 pandemic on Tyzde 26 Jańri. Foṭgraf: Justin Talis/AP

A yir aftr Jonsn’z swaġrñ Grenij spīć, 100,000 ded

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 31 January 2021)

Ɖ guvnmnt sz nbdi cd hv dn mor, bt it’s clir pur līdrśp on Covid hz bròt ɖ YC t ɖs pas

Tim Admz, 31 Jańri 2021

It wz anǎnst last wīc, t nbdi’s xîtmnt, ɖt Sr Ceniʈ Brana wl tec ɖ rǒl v Boris Jonsn in a Scî TV drama abt ɖ frst wīcs v ɖ pandemic. F Brana’z castñ inḍcets ɖt ɖs z t b cnsivd az a Śecspirịn traɉdi, wɖ Jonsn in ɖ līd, ɖen it wd sīm dūmd fṛm ɖ start. Ɖ clasic trajic hiro hz jst a sngl fetl caṛctr flw ɖt pruvz hiz unduwñ. Wɖ Jonsn, ẃr d y start?

Az an oṗnñsīn in ɖt drama, it wl, enhǎ, b hard t bìt ɖ spīć ɖt ɖ prim̦inistr gev olmst xacli a yir ago – phps ɖ last momnt in ẃć h fondli imajind ɖt ol ɖ wrld le bfr him. Ɖ spīć, dlivrd in ɖ grand srǎndñz v Crisṭfr Rén’z Old Royl Nevl Colij at Grenij on 3 Febrri 2020, set ǎt hiz viźn fr a buc̣nirñ globl Britn, hî on yńnflagz n fri tred. Jonsn hd nt loñ rtrnd fṛm hiz post-ilex́n bīćfrolics in Mstīc wɖ Cári Simndz. Brexit hd fîṇli bn “dn” in Parḷmnt Sqer ʈri nîts rlịr. No opziśn trubld hiz hrîzn. Lebr wz līdrlis; Farāź pôntlis. Īvn Mîcl Gove, hiz limp-dagrd Brūṭs, hd bn cooptd t ɖ cōz.

Az h baṛld on t ɖ stej at Grenij ɖrfr, ruf̣lñ hiz her, śuf̣lñ hiz nots, hiz frst act wz t asc hiz cerf̣li s’lectd biznis ōdịns – stricli no Rmenr “glūmstrz n dūmstrz” alaud – t rêz ɖer îz t ɖ vōltd sīlñ n srve ɖ ḿṛl abv ɖer hedz. Sr Jemz Ʈornhil’z b’roc mastrpìs, Ɖ Trîumf v Liḅti n Pīs ovr Tiṛni, dpictd Wiłm III n Mẹri II inʈrond aftr ɖer ǒn “Glorịs Reṿluśn” n srǎndd, in Jonsn’z îz, bî “wel-féd nimfs n kpidz n ẃt hv y”. Ɖs, sd Jonsn, slejhaṃrñ ɖ simḅlizm, marct “ɖ setlmnt v a loñ n dvîsiv p’liticl qsćn abt hu gts t sit on ɖ ʈron”. It wz a momnt v “s’prīm naśnl slf-confidns”, h sjstd, wɖ ɖ YC “on ɖ slipwe” v globl ic̣nomic dominns. “Tde, f w gt it rît, ɖs cn b anɖr sć momnt.”

Hybris wrcs in mstirịs wez. Ɖt spīć wl b rmembrd nt, az Jonsn hopt, fr its reṭric abt unlīśt Britiś swagr, bt fr ɖ fact ɖt in ɖ mdst v it, in a ʈro’we frêz, ɖr lrct ɖ sīd v ol v hiz – n ǎr – loct-dǎn nîtmerz v ɖ past yir.

In ɖ dez līdñ p t ɖ Grenij spīć, Jonsn hd bn pôntidli sîḷnt on ɖ vîṛs ɖt hd bî ɖen iscept fṛm Wūhan. A fl munʈ aftr it hd bn îdnṭfaid bî ɖ Ćînīz oʈoṛtiz, ɖ Grenij spīć marct ɖ frst tîm ɖ nem v ɖ dziz ofiṣ́li pást hiz lips.

Inevitbli, it wz imploid nt az a cōśnri not, bt az an iṛtetñ nigl t hiz viźn v swoś n bucl: “Globl groʈ z itslf anīmic n ɖ dclîn in globl poṿti z bginñ t slo,” Jonsn sd. “Ẃn [tred]barịrz r gwñ p, n ẃn ɖr z a risc ɖt ny dzizz sć az c’roṇvîṛs wl trigr a panic n a dzîr fr marcitsegṛgeśn ɖt g bynd ẃt z medicli raṣ́nl, t ɖ pônt v dwñ riyl n uņesṣri ic̣nomic damij, ɖen at ɖt momnt hymaṇti nīdz sm guvnmnt, smẃr, ɖt z wilñ at līst t mc ɖ ces pǎrf̣li fr frīdm v xćenj.”

Ɖr wz t b no dǎt ẃć guvnmnt wd stand stubnli oblivịs t ɖ riscs v ɖ vîṛs, ignor ɖ panic, n cīp ɖ marcit icoṇmi opn at ol costs. Britn, ɖ prim̦inistr craid, wz “redi t tec of its Clarc Cnt specṭclz, līp intu ɖ fonbuɖ n imrj wɖ its clǒc flowñ az ɖ sūṗćarjd ćampịn” v ic̣nomic frīdm in eni stand-of wɖ public-hlʈ rstrix́n.

Boris Johnson gives his key speech at the Old Naval College in Greenwich, London, on 3 February 2020. Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP
Boris Jonsn gvz hiz ci spīć at ɖ Old Nevl Colij in Grenij, Lundn, on 3 Febrri 2020. Foṭgraf: Franc Augstein/AP

W hv hŕd fṛm ɖ inṭćenɉbl cast v fōnñ ministrz in ɖ past wīc ɖt “nbdi cd hv wrct hardr” ɖn Jonsn in tac̣lñ ɖ pandemic. Bt ẃn historịnz – ɖoz pesci pṛfeśnl Captin Hîndsîts – cm t le ǎt ɖ evidns, ɖe wl fînd plenti ɖt dis’griz wɖ ɖt fanṭsi, startñ wɖ ɖ Grenij spīć.

Ɖ secnd xks ɖt Jonsn’z cortịrz hv bn tld t pédl z ɖt nwn cd hv pridictd eni v ẃt wz t cm. Ɖt z olso nt xacli tru. Ɖ wīc bfr Jonsn’z fri-tred spīć a rport in Ɖ Lansit hd asest ɖ līʈl ptnśl v ɖ vîṛs, n sjstd it wz cmpaṛbl t ɖ 1918 Spaniś flūpandemic, ẃć cild 50 miłn ppl.
Ɖ cnsrn wz nt cnfînd t ɖ xprts. It z noṭbl ɖt on ɖ Saṭde bfr Jonsn’z spīć, ɖ Dêli Meil hd dvotd its frunt pej nt t ɖ trîumf̣lizm v ɖ prīvịs nît’s Brexit seḷbreśnz, fr ẃć it hd so strîdntli campend, bt t ɖ ʈret t ɖ YC pozd bî Covid-19: “Hǎ mni mor YC victimz v vîṛs?” Jonsn’z ǒn formr imployr, ɖ Dêli Teḷgraf, cǎnsld on 1 Febrri ɖt Britn mst b priperd fr ɖ wrst. “Peṣmists mt pônt ǎt ɖt ɖ mortaḷti fr ɖ ny vîṛs z cnsidṛbli hayr ɖn fr swînflu. Ẃn swînflu brouc ǎt in 2009, ɖ NHS olso hd sper cpaṣti, hvñ injoid a deced v riyl-trmz invstmnt incrisz. Tde, ɖr z olrdi a śortij v bedz…”
On ɖ Ʈrzde bfr Jonsn’z setpìs in Grenij, ɖ Wrld Hlʈ Orġnîześn hd informd evri neśn ɖt ɖ vîṛs hd its hîist riscretñ – iqivḷnt t ɖt v Ibola n Sars – wɖ 7,818 cesz cnfrmd gloḅli, in 19 cuntriz. In rspons, on 31 Jańri, īvn Doṇld Trump hd rstrictd incumñflîts fṛm Ćîna. Jonsn nt onli vyd ɖ vîṛs az a lîn in a Sūṗman gag, bt az an oṗtyṇti t pruv ɖt h wz priperd fr Britn t g it alon agnst ɖ po-fest xprts, cīp ɖ erports opn wɖ miniml scrīnñ n qoṛntīn, nt ple bî ɖer rūlz.
T pruv ɖ pônt, bî ɖ tîm v ɖ Grenij spīć, h hd olrdi scipt ɖ tū Cobra mītñz dvotd t planñ fr eni ptnśl pandemic, līvñ ɖm t b ćerd bî ɖ olrdi haplis Mát Hancoc. Ovr ɖ cors v ɖ folowñ wīcs, h nglectd t atnd ʈri mor. Ten dez aftr ɖ Grenij spīć, h rtritd t hiz gres-n-fevr cuntri rtrit at Ćīvnñ fr a fortnît, partli t fîṇlîz ɖ trmz v hiz dvors fṛm Mrīna Ẃīlr, nt loñ rcuvrd fṛm cansr, n t let hiz groun-up ćildṛn in on ɖ fact ɖt h n Simndz wr xpctñ a bebi n hd bn sīcṛtli ingejd. Hiz eidz wr rportidli tld t “cīp brīfñpeprz śort” f ɖe xpctd ɖm t b réd. It wz olmst Marć bî ɖ tîm Jonsn riimrjd t stej-manij nyz v ɖ pregnnsi fr ɖ pres.
It wz in ɖs contxt ɖt h sat on brecfsṭîm sofaz n vegli flotd ɖ nośn v hrd iḿṇti, bfr dsmisñ ɖ tmtñ îdīa v “tecñ ɖ vîṛs on ɖ ćin”. On 3 Marć, ɖ clir advîs fṛm Sagi wz ɖt ɖ guvnmnt śd “worn agnst grītñz sć az śecñ handz n hugñ”. Jonsn, infṃsli, wnt ǎt ɖt de n tld rportrz: “I wz at a hospitl ɖ uɖr nît ẃr I ʈnc ɖr wr a fy c’roṇvîṛs peśnts n I śc handz wɖ evrbdi, y wl b plizd t nǒ, n I cntiny t śec handz.” Jonsn spent lêt Marć in îṣleśn, alñ wɖ most v hiz cabiṇt, n rli Epril in intnsiv cer.
It hz bn clemd ɖt ɖoz dez in hospitl ćenjd Jonsn fṛm ɖ Jon Bl-iś caṛctr h hd prizntd at Grenij intu a mor ćeisnd figr; ɖr z nt mć in hiz subsiqnt reṭric – v wrld-bìtñ ɖs n mūnśot ɖt, n brīfñz ɖt h wz “baṭlñ ɖ xprts t sev Crisṃs” – t s’port ɖt îdīa. Az h hz turd ɖ cuntri fr foto oṗtyṇtiz in hard hats n labcots, it z hard t śec ɖ b’lif ɖt h stl siz līdrśp az h sw it ẃn h stérd p at Ʈornhil’z sīlñ – az a cnd v costymdrama in ẃć h gts t star, a prepscūl pformns v 1066 n ol ɖt. H mt hv bn advîzd t pe closr atnśn t ɖ “wel-féd nimfs” ɖt h wevd a hand at in Grenij. Ɖe wr nt, az h sīmd t inviźn ɖm, decṛtiv elimnts v clasicl toti, bt dpix́nz v ɖ for vrćuz ɖt inebld gd guvnns: prūdns, justis, tmpṛns n forttyd.
Az ɖ deʈ tol last wīc pást ɖ 100,000 pridictd a yir ago, w wr invîtd bî ɖ guvnmnt’s fevrd nyzpeprz t si Jonsn az a “dīpli sori” hed-baud figr, in scrīn grabz v him rīdñ fṛm hiz nots.
Bt ẃtvr ɖoz hedlînz or Ceniʈ Brana’z fʈcmñ dpix́n imajin, w śd olwz cīp in mînd ɖt ɖs z nt ɖ prim̦inistr’z traɉdi, it’s ɖ traɉdi v ɖ faṃliz v ɖ 105,000 hu hv daid, v ɖ ci wrcrz hu hv risct ɖer livz de aftr de, ɖ miłnz hu hv sìn jobz n planz n bizṇsz capsîzd. W hv ol bn cast az wōc-onz in a drama ẃć, fṛm ɖ vri bginñ, wz partli, bt funḍmnṭli, v Jonsn’z mcñ – n wn ẃć wl onli proprli end ẃn h n hiz hami trùp v ćansrz fîṇli xit, stej rît, no dǎt stl lǎdli pṛnǎnsñ ɖt nbdi cd hv dn mor t cīp s sef.

Sevn lésnz lrnt

Ranḍmîzd trîlz r lîfsevrz

Dx̣meʈ̇son z a ćīp sterôd drug ɖt hz sevd ɖ livz v 650,000 svirli il Covid peśnts. Its ifctivnis wz rvild ʈru ɖ YC Rcuṿri studi, ẃć cmperd trītmnts wɖ yźl NHS cer alon in ranḍmîzd trîlz. “Cliniśnz cm p wɖ ol sorts v hîpoʈ̇sīz abt drugz,” sz Martin Landre, jônt fǎndr v Rcuṿri. “Bt y’v got t tst ɖz hîpoʈ̇sīz. Fr ɖt y nīd larj, ranḍmîzd trîlz.”

Ny dzizz r a constnt ʈret

Covid-19 hz agn demnstretd ɖt wîld-animl tredñ, ẃr spīśīz r mixt tgɖr in apōlñ, stresfl srcmstansz, pṛmots dziz trnzmiśn btwn spīśīz – n on t hymnz. “Unls w cntrol loñ-distns tredñ in lîv animlz, ny dzizz wl apir agn n agn. Ɖt z a ci lésn fṛm ɖs pandemic,” sz Jemz Wŭd, pṛfesr v veṭrinri meḍsin at Cembrij Yṇvrṣti.

Jnomic srvez r crūśl

Britn hz pleid a ci rǒl in tracñ ɖ progres v Covid-19 acrs ɖ glob, ʈancs t its prǎis in jīnsīqnsñ. “YC l’boṛtriz hv carid ǎt 48% v ol ɖ wrld’z jīnomsīqnsñ v Covid-19,” sz Pṛfesr Sr Marc Cōlfīld, v Jnomics Ñgḷnd. “Ɖt hz bn invałbl in pinpôntñ ny strenz n unḍlînz ɖ nīd fr a globl jnomicsnetwrc t trac n bìt ɖs dziz. Ɖt wd b a lîflîn.”

Ppl wl axpt incnvińns

“Ste at hom n pṛtct ɖ NHS” wz a stroñ guvnmntmesij ɖt ɖ public axptd. Śops clozd, cartravl dropt bî tū ʈrdz, ẃl ppl pṛvîdd fūd fr ɖ hungri n clapt fr cerrz. “Ɖt trust wz unḍmaind bî Doṃnic Cumñz’z trip t Duṛm,” sz sîcoḷjist Pṛfesr Dem Til Wîcs, v Cñ’z Colij Lundn. “Yt most ppl stl foloud ɖ rūlz bcz ɖe ń ɖe wr fr a gd cōz.”

A fast rspons z criticl

A yir ago ɖ WHO wornd ɖ ny dziz reprizntd a public hlʈ imrjnsi. Ostreła wz wn v ɖ fy cuntriz t riact qcli. “Crūṣ́li, ɖoz wɖ past xpirịns v c’roṇvîṛsz lîc Sars dd riact n nǎ lc t b in a strongr pziśn,” sz Martin Hiḅd v ɖ Lundn Scūl v Hîjīn n Tropicl Meḍsin. “Dscuṿrñ a ny vîṛs’z caṛcṭristics n hvñ a clir straṭji wl b crūśl in avôdñ anɖr pandemic.”

Ɖ NHS mst b proprli fundd

Yirz v cuts t public hlʈsrṿsz left Britn il-priperd fr Covid-19 n wr criticl in alawñ deʈrets t sōr. “Az ɖ YC imrjz fṛm ɖ pandemic it wd b a trajic mstec t atmt t riistabliś a status quo ɖt wz marct in Ñgḷnd bî a stagneśn v hlʈ impruvmnt ɖt wz ɖ secnd-wrst in Yṛp,” stets a rvy léd bî Sr Mîcl Marṃt v Yṇvrṣti Colij Lundn.

mRNA tecnoḷji z hir t ste

Mesinjr RNA z yzd bî ǎr sélz t d’rect protīnmańfacćr. Bî lrnñ hǎ t haijac ɖt proses, Fîzr n Mderna md vaxīnz in record tîm. “W hd bn hírñ abt mRNA’z promis fr yirz n sudnli it arîvd,” sz Pṛfesr Adm Fín v Bristl Yṇvrṣti. “Ɖs cd b a gemćenjr nt jst fr vaxīnz bt cansrcer.” Robin MCi

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In Ñspel │ The Observer view on Donald Trump’s assault on US democracy

President Donald Trump is seen on a screen speaking to supporters during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 US presidential election results in Washington on 6 January. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
Prezidnt Doṇld Trump z sìn on a scrīn spīcñ t s’portrz jrñ a rali t cntst ɖ srtif̣ceśn v ɖ 2020 YS preẓdnśl ilex́n rzults in Wośñtn on 6 Jańri. Foṭgraf: Śann Stepltn / Rôtrz

Ɖ Obzrvr vy on Doṇld Trump’s asōlt on YS dmocṛsi

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 10 January 2021)

Ɖ prezidnt mst b rmuvd fr insaitñ vayḷns on ɖ Cápitl, bt Rpublicnz olso śer blem fr hiz toxic leġsi

10 Jańri 2021

It’s īzịr t unḍstand last wīc’s trmôl in Wośñtn f it z vyd az ɖ dzastṛs culmneśn v a fîv-yir proses v degṛdeśn ɖt bgan ẃn Doṇld Trump lōnćt hiz bid fr ɖ prezidnsi. Ɖ unrīznñ mehem, ɖ dvîsiv reṭric, ɖ dstructiv, dluźnl bhevyr n ɖ vayḷns ɖt ingulft Cápitl Hil on Wenzde r hōlmarcs v ɖ bnîtd Trump ira. It wz obvịs ɖt America’z loñ slîd intu igṇmini mst ivnć̣li end in tirz. N so it hz.

Ɖs dṛmatic imploźn śemd ɖ wrld’z līdñ dmocṛsi, śoct its frendz n dlîtd its eṇmiz. Phps it cd hv bn avôdd wɖ betr s’kṛti. Yt in mni wez, a fînl, hîli simbolic c’liźn btwn Trump’s ugli brand v popylizm n istabliśt pǎr, imbodid bî Congres, wz un’vôḍbl. Trump lacs bǎnḍriz. H olwz gz tù far – in hiz confṛnteśnl poḷsiz, hiz vilif̣ceśn v oponnts n hiz dsfuñśnl rleśnśps. Hiz post-ilex́n brecdǎn, rūtd in bruzd īgo n dnayl, léd inevitbli t meltdǎn.

Trump’s atac on Congres wz an atac on America n ol hu hold its valyz dir. It wz a despṛt bid t clñ t pǎr bî a wìc, ignṛnt n slfiś deṃgog hu hz śoun himslf an eṇmi v dmocṛsi, a frend t tîṛnts n unfit t b prezidnt. Ẃn h b’letidli riylîzd, amd nir-yṇvrsl condmneśn, ɖt h hd crost a lîn, h cevd n crevnli dsond hiz ǒn s’portrz. Aftr ɖ meltdǎn, ɖ clîmdǎn. It wz Trump’s last stand – n it feld mizṛbli.

Trump śd rzîn. Felñ ɖt, h śd b rmuvd fṛm ofis bî consttyśnl mīnz. N felñ ɖt, h śd b impićt, az līdñ Deṃcrats pṛpoz. No matr ɖt h hz onli 10 dez left t srv. It’s vîtl ɖt ɖr b svir, swift n viẓbl consiqnsz fr hiz unpresdntd brīć v trust. Ɖ îdīa ɖt an Americn prezidnt, hvr dtaćt fṛm riaḷti, cd insait a vayḷnt rbełn agnst hiz ǒn cuntri’s guvnmnt n g unpuniśt z intolṛbl.

Trump z t blem n mst pe a prîs. Bt uɖrz mst olso tec rsponsbiḷti fr ɖ pôzṇs poḷtics ɖt léd t ɖ “Cápitl cù”. Rpublicn seṇtrz sć az Mić MConl, Linzi Greym, Tom Cotn n Ted Cruz śd b aśemd v ɖer rǒl in fasiḷtetñ Trump’s abysz, rpitñ hiz laiz n cnspîrñ wɖ him t dyp miłnz v Americnz. Fr fîv yirz, ɖe n ɖer alîz norṃlîzd hiz aḅrnt bhevyr n toḷretd hiz asōlts on deṃcratic insttyśnz. Ɖe, tù, crietd ɖ mob.

Īvn aftr Trump’s ragtag armi hd stormd ɖ dbetñćembr, brññ pṛsidñz t a tmprri hōlt, 139 Hǎs Rpublicnz n et seṇtrz stl stuc wɖ Trump’s mndeśs naṛtiv n votd t oṿtrn an ilex́n ɖt wz fri n fer. Ɖs dsoṇrñ v ɖer consttyśnl dyti, ɖs aṛgnt disrigard fr ɖ wśz v miłnz v votrz, wz olmst az śocñ az ɖ rayt itslf.

Ɖ fact ɖt sm Rpublicnz hv sins brocn wɖ Trump mīnz litl. Ɖ parti az a hol nǎ fesz a rec̣nñ. Fr yirz, it hz jerimandrd cngreśnl districts, inactd vots’preśn meźrz n bloct ilectṛl rformz. Rpublicnz beṇfit unferli fṛm historicl anacṛnizmz ɖt, fr xampl, aḷcet az mni seṇtrz t Wîomñ, popyleśn 578,000, az t Caḷforńa, popyleśn 39.5 miłn.

Ɖ GOP hz tecn ɖ prezidnsi twîs sins 2000 aftr luzñ ɖ popylr vot. F Rpublicnz trūli valy America’z dmocṛsi, az ɖe se, ɖe śd stop unḍmainñ it fr parṭzan advantij n hlp rforṭfî n rny it. Most rjntli, ɖe śd cooṗret wɖ prezidnt-ilect Jo Bîdn in fîtñ ɖ pandemic ɖt Trump so badli mshandld. On ɖ de ol îz wr on ɖ Cápitl, 3,963 Americnz daid v Covid.

Trump’s dsgres n insywñ Rpublicn dis’re mt b ʈt a gift t Bîdn. Bt Trump’s ovr-ol leġsi z dīpli toxic. Az ɖ wefr-ʈin marjinz in last wīc’s Jorja Senit run-ofs śoud wns agn, Bîdn inherits a cronicli dvîdd cuntri split bî rês, eʈniṣti, jndr, ej, incm n edyceśn.

Sć dviźnz hv olwz xistd, bt Trump dlibṛtli xasbetd ɖm. Bîdn’z prîṃri tasc z t bild bac trust, in insttyśnz, in poḷtics n in Americn dmocṛsi itslf – bʈ at hom n abrōd, ẃr confidns in YS līdrśp hz bn badli śecn. H mst śo guvnmnt cn wrc fr evrwn, ɖt nbdi nīd fīl disrispctd, dspîzd or left bhnd. Trump xplôtd, dsivd n ultiṃtli btreid sć ppl on Cápitl Hil. F ɖe r ignord agn, ɖr wl b mor mobz, mor crîsīz, mor hymilieśnz.

Ɖ imīɉt ćalinj z t privnt Trump dwñ mor damij in hiz fînl dez. Pnṭgn ćīfs śd hīd ɖ Hǎșpīcr Nansi Pelosi’s apil t yz ol “aveḷbl pricōśnz” t enśur a les ɖn stebl Trump dz nt d enʈñ raś. Ɖ oṿdy dsiźn bî Twitr n Fes-bc t sîḷns hiz laiz, cnspiṛsiz n pṛvoc̣tiv rants z hlpfl. Ɖs denjṛs man mst b cept frmli in hiz box untl inōğreśnde dōnz.

Loñ aftr h hz gn, Trump’s Cápitl ǎtrej wl b rmembrd wɖ a śudr n a śivr. Wɖ angr, pen n śem, ɖ rayt rflectd ol ɖt wnt roñ undr ɖs most dspicbl v Americn līdrz. Trump drouv hiz cuntri intu a dić. Ɖ cuntri wl rcuvr. Trump nvr wl.

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