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The Ukrainian port normally feeds the world, but the Russian invasion means nothing is getting out. Can we reopen the port – or will millions starve?

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Ask not what Sue Gray can do for you…

The PM’s response to the partygate scandal is a threat to British democracy.

Book a thinkin

Is the end of cigarettes nigh?

Join us to discuss whether a world without tobacco is a genuine possibility.

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A glimpse of other worlds

Last week saw our newsroom was lit up with stories and ideas we hadn’t heard before.

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23 may 2022
  • Biden said the US would defend Taiwan militarily if it was invaded by China.
  • The UN said the number of displaced people has passed 100 million, including 8 million from Ukraine.
  • Manchester City came back from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and win the English Premier League.

The most embarrassing of Putin’s failures since February is the mooted expansion of Nato to include Sweden and Finland. It is the exact opposite of what he was wanting to achieve by invading Ukraine, and impossible to hide from his own people. But Turkey’s President Erdogan is trying to prevent it happening.

War in Ukraine

All our coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in one place, including daily voicemail updates from people inside the country.


Brand new podcast series

Inside the energy transition

Is a fair transition away from fossil fuels the stuff of dreams, or a genuine possibility?

Over six episodes, Centre for Net Zero CEO Lucy Yu and Tortoise editor Giles Whittell explore the biggest questions and debunk the most commonplace myths about the transition to a green, clean energy future.


Matthew d’Ancona

Every Monday, Tortoise editor and award-winning commentator Matthew d’Ancona picks apart the political stories that matter with wit, flair and insider knowledge in his weekly column.

We’re not cutting emissions fast enough.

Which is why we launched the Accelerating Net Zero Coalition last year: a group of partners determined to make progress towards net zero. With the help of these businesses we’re hosting solution-focused discussions on how to get there together.

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23 May 2022
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The Ukrainian port normally feeds the world, but the Russian invasion means nothing is getting out. Can we reopen the port – or will millions starve?

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Sweet Bobby

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We need to get the world vaccinated as fast as possible. We’re in an arms race: vaccines vs variants. That’s why we’ve launched our Vaccine Tracker along with a campaign to vaccinate the world by the end of this year.


Policing INquiry

Are the police institutionally sexist?

Last year we held the Tortoise Policing Inquiry to discover why policing goes wrong, and whether it can be fixed.

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