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Left to Die: Escape from the Amarula

Palma, a town in northern Mozambique full of foreign contractors working on a nearby $20bln gas project, was attacked by Islamist militants in March this year. When they besieged a hotel, the 200 civilians inside were told help would soon be on its way. But it never came.

The Tortoise Take

Another shot

To end the pandemic, 11 billion Covid vaccines need to be distributed globally. We’re campaigning to make that happen.

Photo Essay

Solo, not alone

Fatherhood expands a person’s world with joy, fear, and love. But for single fathers, that love confounds expectations.

Editor’s letter

Campaign mode

We’re planning our campaign to get the world vaccinated by the end of 2022 differently – by involving you, our members.

editor’s voicemail

V is for vaccine

What can we do to help spread doses around the world? Well, we can start by asking for your ideas.


sensemaker our daily roundup of the news that matters

Wealth tax

18 june 2021
  • More than 500 police officers searched the newsroom of Apple Daily, a popular Hong Kong newspaper, and arrested its editor along with four executives under China’s national security law.
  • An ongoing public inquiry into the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017 found there were six missed opportunities to prevent or minimise suicide bomber Salman Abedi’s “devastating impact”.
  • The Liberal Democrats pulled off a surprise win in the Chesham and Amersham by-election yesterday. The Tories had held the seat since its creation in 1974.

Our Sensemaker on an unprecedented leak from the Internal Revenue Service, American myth, elicited a number of emails from readers…

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.