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Slow Newscast

Left to Die: Escape from the Amarula

In episode 2, the civilians holed up in the Amarula hotel – besieged by Islamist militants and abandoned by the person they had looked to for leadership – make a harrowing escape.

Tonight’s thinkIn

Crisis point

Lockdown has affected the life chances of an entire generation. Is it time to announce a national education emergency strategy?


Venn diagrams

What do England doing well and England doing badly have in common? Edith explains with her latest round of venn diagrams.

Slow views

Horror without spin

Ebrahim Raisi’s election as Iran’s president does not mark a shift back to darker days. It simply puts on full show the theocratic state’s crimes.

Net Zero Sensemaker

Microsoft, censorship and China

How should big tech companies interact with China? For Microsoft, it’s a no-brainer.

sensemaker our daily roundup of the news that matters

A brewing crisis in Northern Ireland

22 june 2021
  • The US, EU, and Britain imposed new sanctions on Belarus in a coordinated response to the dictatorship’s “repressive practices against its own people”.
  • The World Health Organization said that more than half of the poorer countries in its vaccine-sharing programme, Covax, are short of supplies.
  • Apple Daily, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy newspaper, may cease all operations this week after the government froze its assets under Beijing’s national security law.

It is real progress that political crisis in Northern Ireland can now take faintly comic forms: the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the leading unionist party, has a leader who resigned last week after a catastrophic tenure that only lasted 21 days.

thinkin with james harding

The Battle for Truth

Does truth even exist anymore and, if so, who owns it? Welcome to Season One of ThinkIn with James Harding.

What our members are saying about the Battle for Truth podcast series

The Battle for Truth series was outstanding and truly thought-provoking.

I definitely plan to go back to them in my lifelong pursuit of learning how to think.

Debbie, member since April 2020

I have to tell you how outstanding the Battle for Truth podcasts were. The adjective “enjoyable” is too bland. For me they were illuminating.

Thank you for doing this for us, and even better to allocate enough time for an in-depth examination of the issue.

Heather, member since December 2019

We’re not cutting emissions fast enough

In the run-up to COP26 in Glasgow, Tortoise – in collaboration with members and a network of coalition organisations – is running a programme of ThinkIns and journalism devoted to accelerating net zero.

By the time we get to the conference, we want to have an agenda with a difference.

covid Inquiry

Why wait until spring 2022?

That’s when the prime minister has said an independent inquiry into the government’s response to Covid will begin. Here at Tortoise, we felt the need was far more urgent – and so, last Autumn, we held our own.

We’re building a different type of newsroom, for a slower, wiser news.

Members are at the heart of what we do

Our members bring a diverse range of voices into our newsroom to inform our journalism.

Taking the time to get it right

News has become noise. We sort through it all and crunch the data to call out what really matters.

A fresh approach to journalism

We use infographics, absorbing audio and stunning photography to make complex stories clear and enjoyable.