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The Covid coup

Tunisia had the highest Covid death rate in the world and not enough vaccines. A new leader threw the government out and is using vaccine supply to consolidate his position.

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Prince Charles, Inc.

The charity-industrial complex surrounding Britain’s next king.

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How Nicki took over politics

A rapper’s delight is now our own, and so too are her crazy outbursts.


Can we stay ahead of cybercrime?

Attacks wreak havoc on our personal lives – and national infrastructure. In a digital world, we are more at risk than ever.

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Scotland’s second blueprint

Sturgeon is taking the gamble to invite scrutiny once more. How will it reframe the key questions of Scotland’s future? 

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Shine a light

17 september 2021
  • The US and UK agreed to give Australia the technology to build nuclear submarines, a deal China described as “extremely irresponsible”.
  • France suspended 3,000 health workers because they were not vaccinated against Covid under a new rule that made jabs mandatory for the country’s health, care, and fire service workers.
  • Kemi Badenoch, the UK’s equality minister, called trans women men and appeared to mock gay marriage in a 2018 audio recording obtained by Vice World News.
  • Researchers found bone tools and bones from skinned animals in a cave in Morocco that suggest humans began using clothing as far back as 120,000 years ago.

Millions of workers are bound by gagging contracts whether they know it or not. That could change, at last. Zelda Perkins, the first woman to break her non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Harvey Weinstein, the former film producer who is serving a prison sentence for rape and sexual assault, exposed how he had used the devices to silence his victims.


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 next year.

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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.

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

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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.



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