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Boycott! The lost Olympics

The most political sports show on earth has just opened its doors. But we’re already looking to next year’s Olympics, the winter games in Beijing, which human rights groups are demanding countries boycott. It’s been tried before many times. What are the lessons from the most notorious one – Moscow 1980?


What’s on

Next week we’re hitting pause on our ThinkIns until September. Before we do, join us at this week’s events, including the DrinkIn on Thursday.

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A ThinkIn with Jess Phillips

This evening at 6.30pm BST, Jess Phillips MP will be lifting the lid on what a life and career in politics is really like.

Slow Views

Cummings’ coup

The former Number 10 advisor’s plot to depose the PM in 2019 shows how vulnerable our institutions have become to rogue figures like him.

Accelerating net zero

Electric vehicles aren’t the answer

Electrifying road transport won’t solve our problems. In fact, as Rachael Revesz writes, it may just exacerbate them.

sensemaker our daily roundup of the news that matters

Vaccine stockpiling

26 juLY 2021
  • Tunisia’s president removed the prime minister and suspended parliament following violent mass protests against the government’s handling of Covid.
  • The Afghan government banned all movement between 10pm and 4am, apart from in Kabul and two other provinces, “to curb violence and limit Taliban movements”.
  • Tom Pidcock won Team GB’s third gold medal of the Olympic Games in the men’s mountain bike cross-country race, after Adam Peaty’s gold for the men’s 100m breaststroke and divers Tom Daley and Matty Lee won the men’s synchronised 10m platform (more below).

Namibia and Tunisia have the highest, fastest-growing Covid death rates in the world. In Uganda and Zambia, over 80 per cent of new deaths are from the virus.

The Arms Race

New Covid-19 variants are emerging. To beat them we need to get the world vaccinated as fast as possible. But right now the variants are racing ahead, the vaccines are falling short.

That’s why we’ve launched the Arms Race – our campaign to vaccinate the world by the end of next year.

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.