The Guardian view on Saudi Arabias reforms: not just a battle for women | Editorial

Editorial: Relaxation of the guardianship system is long overdue. But more change is needed, and the credit for these reforms should to the women who have fought for them not Riyadh The jubilation of women in Saudi Arabia was real and understandable. Last Friday, the kingdom abolition. Other laws still hold women back. And as warned: When women become equal to men, Saudi Arabia is still going to remain an authoritarian dictatorship that violates countless human rights. These guardianship changes, like the lifting of the ban on womens driving last year, form part of the crown princes promise to modernise the kingdom. Mohammed bin Salmans Vision 2030 plan calls for a rise in womens participation in the workplace, from 22% …

Old men by the sea: Tennessee banker takes Hemingway lookalike contest

Joe Maxey, 68, beats 141 other author impersonators in long-running event that shows importance of being Ernest A retired banker from Tennessee beat 141 other white-bearded contenders to win the coveted Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest in Key West, Florida, on Saturday, at the eighth attempt. Joe Maxey, 68, of Cedar Hill triumphed at Sloppy Joes Bar, a hangout of the author when he lived in Key West in the 1930s. A judging panel of former winners chose Maxey from a vast field which competed in two preliminary rounds and Saturdays finals. Maxey said he loved Hemingways writing and shared the authors fondness for mojitos and women. During his Key West years, Hemingway wrote literary classics including For Whom the Bell …

British Museum to return Buddhist heads looted in Afghan war

Stolen artefacts likely removed by Taliban will go on display before being sent to Kabul Fourth-century Buddhist terracotta heads probably hacked off by the Taliban and found stuffed in poorly made wooden crates at Heathrow are to be returned to Afghanistan where they will be star museum exhibits. The were blown up. A torso was also found with the sculptural heads. Photograph: Trustees of the British Museum The sculptures tell a story of Buddhisms heyday in what is now Afghanistan. Hundreds of monasteries were built and then abandoned after the arrival of the Arab armies in the 8th century and the establishment of Islam as the predominant religion. The return of any object which has been illegally trafficked is hugely …

Venezuela government says it foiled plot to assassinate president Maduro

Spokesman said plotters also planned to bomb a government building, seize a Caracas air base and loot central bank Venezuelan officials said that they have foiled a plot to overthrow the government that included assassinating President Juan Guaid from Venezuelas political landscape. Guaid, leader of the opposition-dominated National Assembly, is seeking to oust Maduro from power with backing from more than 50 nations. Profile Who is Juan Guaid? Show Hide The opposition leader Juan Guaid was almost unknown both inside and outsidegenerally failed to distinguish itself,hint at the possibility of military intervention after a failed attempt to bring humanitarian aid into the country in February. Questions have also been raised about the bedfellows Guaid has chosen in what he calls …

‘Living joyously is a radical act’: why America’s gay bars still matter

Fifty years after Stonewall, and with Trump trying to roll back LGBTQ rights, Dominic Rushe visits three gay bars in different states and finds them as vibrant and vital as ever The gay bar is in trouble. Fifty years after the Stonewall Inn in New York became the symbol for a new wave of gay activism, the three horsemen of the gay bar apocalypse gentrification, assimilation and technology have hollowed out their numbers. Rising rents have shuttered gay bars; more straight venues are accepting of gay patrons; and dating is something people now do with their phones. Even the term gay bar looks a little tired as the LGBTQ community finally comes to terms with its many rainbow stripes. Bare …

A leftward shift: Communist party USA sees chance as progressives surge

In Chicago, an American party derided and feared for 100 years looked eagerly to a brighter future As the Communist party USA kicked off its 100th anniversary celebration, Jarvis Tyner called for delegates and guests at the national convention in Chicago to set the record straight about one of American politics biggest historical bogeymen. The truth is the communist party isnt out to hurt you, Tyner, vice-chair of CPUSA and its candidate for vice-president in 1972 and 1976, told a large and diverse crowd. It will set you free. The remarks, met with applause, came on the first day of CPUSAs 31st national convention and at a moment in American politics in which democratic socialism and progressive ideas are increasingly …

PhotoEspaa: where glamour meets grit in pictures

The work of nearly 300 photographers and visual artists is on display at venues across Madrid and six other cities for this years festival USSR in Construction magazine, from the exhibition Avant-garde and Propaganda, Russian Books and Magazines from the Archivo Lafuente 1913-1941 at Crculo de Bellas Artes. International Womens Day march, Madrid, 2019 by Donna Ferrato. From the exhibition Holy at Crculo de Bellas Artes Among the many highlights is a comprehensive overview of photography projects by Stephen Shore, Josef Koudelka, Lewis Baltz, Sophie Ristelhueber and Raymond Depardon, who were officially commissioned to chart the changing landscapes of From the series Like by Eduardo Nave, at Galera Juan Sili Esauira, 2012 by Leila Alaoui from The Moroccans at Casa …

Obama v Doma: how gay Americans marched towards equality

From Joe Bidens unplanned endorsement to a White House lit by the rainbow flag, LGBTQ Americans lived through three extraordinary years On 6 May 2012, Joe Biden went on Meet the Press to followed the lead of his vice-president. In 1996, Bill Clinton had signed the Defense of Marriage Act (Doma) in the middle of the night because he thought that was necessary to ensure his re-election. Now a new Democratic president had embraced the push for equality as a political plus, especially with the younger voters who were so important to his success. Obama said that even the Republican college students he had met were very clear about sexual orientation: They believe in equality. He also suggested the benefits …

Rhode Island bishop sorry for saying Pride events ‘harmful for children’

Thomas Tobin says LBGTQ month contrary to Catholic faith and morals but organiser counters: Jesus never said a word about homosexuality The Catholic bishop of Providence, Rhode Island has apologized for saying Pride month events in support of LGBTQ rights were especially harmful for children, tweeted: A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ Pride Month events held in June. They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children. Rhode Island Pride responded by commending inclusivity shown by local Catholics and condemning the bishops remark. Rhode Island is a welcoming and inclusive state, the organization said in a Joe Lazzerini, president of Rhode Island Pride, said …

Philippines ships 69 containers of rubbish back to Canada

Container ship M/V Bavaria, with tons of garbage on board, has left Subic Bay on a 20-day journey to Vancouver The Philippines has followed through on its threat to send 1,500 tonnes of illegally dumped rubbish back on a boat to Canada, ending a six-year dispute between the two countries. Wilma Eisma, administrator of Subic Bay freeport, confirmed that the 69 containers of garbage had been loaded overnight on the container ship M/V Bavaria, which left on a 20-day journey to the Canadian port city of Vancouver, via Taiwan. Eisma said the the move ended a sordid chapter in our history. The dispatch of the Canadian rubbish, which had been sitting in two Philippine ports since 2013 and 2014 while …