Half of Bristol’s music venues are under threat. Blame developers


On a Sunday night in January 2018, a crowd gathered outside Cabot24, one of many new residential developments in Bristol, and began to scream. For around two hours, they shouted at those inside the building and even let off fireworks, one of which exploded near the face of a resident as she leant out of her window. The cause of the drama? The closure, in November, of music venue the Surrey Vaults. 

‘It’s like we don’t exist’: London’s Gypsies stand up to be counted


“Our children haven’t got a chance of getting a pitch. They haven’t got a chance at being able to live their culture,” says Marian Mahoney, an Irish Traveller and grandmother. Mahoney had lived on the same site on Eleanor Street in Tower Hamlets for 37 years until she and her family were cleared out to make room for Crossrail three years ago.

Owning public space is expensive. So why do developers want to do it?


A great deal has been written about privately owned public space, or POPS. A Guardian investigation earlier this year revealed the proliferation of “pseudo-public spaces”. Tales of people being watched, removed from or told off in POPS have spread online. Activists have taken to monitoring POPS, and politicians on both sides of the pond are calling for reforms in how they are run.

New Chapter for Classic Paris Bookstore: Books Printed on Demand


PARIS — Gauthier Charrier, a graphic design student, stepped inside one of Paris’s newest bookstores and wondered, “Where are all the books?”

“I saw this empty, open space — just a couple of stools — and I wondered, ‘Did someone mess up?’” Mr. Charrier, 20, said.

Argentina’s poll favourite shows power of Peron


FOR proof that Eva Peron never truly left Argentina, voters need look no further than Daniel Scioli’s back garden.

A life-size waxwork of the glamorous former first lady takes pride of place in the private theme park of the man who is favourite to succeed President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in today’s presidential election.

El Salvador vs Pacific Rim: The Price of Saying ‘No’ to a Gold Mine


On 15th September, El Salvador marked 194 years since the country broke off the shackles of Spanish colonial rule. Yet, while colourful parades filled the streets of San Salvador and Google decked its front page in the country’s white and blue flag, another important anniversary cast a shadow over the celebrations.

Why Argentina’s Talks With the IMF Are Enraging the Country


In a somber televised address to the country on Tuesday, Argentine President Mauricio Macri announced his government would open talks with the International Monetary Fund, reportedly to seek $30 billion of support for his country’s ailing economy.

Cardboard cutout stands in for Thai prime minister


Thailand’s prime minister left journalists bemused when he produced a cardboard cutout of himself and walked out of a press conference. Prayuth Chan-ocha had begun by fielding questions at an event to promote a children’s day but as they turned political matters took a bizarre turn.

Justice Department rejects ban on questioning alleged rape victims over sexual history in court


Women’s groups have criticised a Ministry of Justice (MoJ) decision to reject a proposed ban on questioning alleged rape victims about their sexual history in court. 

Supported by MPs Harriet Harman and Liz Saville Roberts, campaigners argue that it has become increasingly common for defence lawyers to apply to introduce a complainant’s previous sexual history into evidence.