No Logo at 20: have we lost the battle against the total branding of our lives?

Twenty years on from the book that analysed the growing political power of superbrands Some political books capture the zeitgeist with such precision that they seem to blur the lines between the page and the real world and become part of the urgent, rapidly unfolding changes they are describing. On 30 November 1999, mere days before the publication of Naomi Kleins debut, No Logo, the epochal Campaign marking the tenth anniversary of the 1997 general election, was perhaps the most …

A town of love and peace: El Pasoans support each other in wake of attack

A community, united on both sides of the border, is shocked by the hatred that spurred a mass shooting event I know this kind of thing happened in other places, but it could not happen in El Paso because everyone here is very caring. It was shocking to me and the rest, said Kevin Guerrero, 24, a hospital emergency room team leader standing at the improvised memorial for the victims of the El Paso shooting. The shooting at a Walmart …

Pro-LGBT Coca-Cola adverts spark boycott calls in Hungary

Campaign linked to Sziget festival criticised by senior member of ruling Fidesz party Advertisements by Coca-Cola relating to a popular music festival in called him Trump before Trump, and Nigel Farage and Italys Matteo Salvini are admirers. For many liberals, and increasingly for some of his supposed allies in the EPP, he signifies all that is rotten, corrupt and downright scary in contemporary politics on the continent. The age of liberal democracy is at an end, Orbn told the Hungarian …

Edinburgh festival performers refuse sterling payments due to Brexit

Artists ask to be paid in euros and dollars as pound continues to fall amid no-deal risk Increasing numbers of artists are asking to be paid in dollars and euros instead of sterling because of Brexit uncertainty, the director of the Edinburgh international festival has said. The three-week arts festival opened on Friday and includes 293 performances by 2,600 artists from 40 countries. Speaking during its opening weekend, Fergus Linehan, who has been its director since 2015, said many performers …

Philip Pococks best photograph: Miriam the Berlin punk and her rat Bestia

The punks were sceptical of my presence. One guy even headbutted me. In retrospect, I think it was a sign of acceptance I was in my mid-20s when Cornell Capa, director of the International Center of Photography in New York, recommended me for a job documenting life in the American sector of Berlin while the city was still divided. As a young photographer, I was so nervous. All of these senior German officials were swanning around my studio inspecting my …

Gilroy shooting: town grieves as police seek motive in attack that killed three

Gunman, 19, opened fire with assault-type rifle bought legally in Nevada before being shot and killed by police A suburban community was left deeply shaken as authorities investigate the motive of a gunman who opened fire at a popular garlic festival in Gilroy, California, killing three people on Sunday afternoon. A six-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl, and a man in his 20s were killed at the annual event, where visitors line up for garlic fries and ice cream amid sunshine …

We had a row, she left. It was the last time I saw her: anguish of Emanuela Orlandis brother

Brother tells of his familys pain as 36-year investigation into missing Vatican teenager takes another bizarre twist A missing teenager, an empty tomb, a swirl of dark theories, and the closed doors and habitual secrecy of the Vatican. It sounds like fiction, but it is a real-life mystery that has gripped Italy for more than three decades and has embroiled the powerful and inscrutable Holy See. For 36 years, the family of Emanuela Orlandi has sought answers about the fate …

‘Ricky, resign!’ Puerto Rico’s famous musicians lend voice to surging protesters

Young musicians such as Bad Bunny and iLe have emerged as figureheads in the largest protests in the islands history On Wednesday afternoon, as 100,000 Puerto Ricans on YouTube, a number larger than the population of the island itself. Afilando Los Cuchillos, or Sharpening The Knives, is a blistering attack on the governors record. Your apologies are drowned with rain water/ In houses that still dont have a roof, Residente raps in Spanish, aimed at Rossells tepid apology for the …

Inside the 21st-century British criminal underworld

The long read: There are almost 5,000 criminal gangs in the UK. But the old family firms are gone todays big players are multinational, diversified and tech-savvy Who rules the underworld today, and where do they conduct their business? Once there were the familiar mugshots and Runyonesque nicknames, the clubs and pubs where the usual suspects gathered, plotted and schemed. Now organised crime is run like any other business, and its leading figures look like every other broker or tycoon. …

Meet generation Greta: young climate activists around the world

Theyre too young to vote, but schoolchildren across the globe are taking matters into their own hands In May, for the second time this year, more than 1.5 million young people in more than 125 countries walked out of schools, colleges and universities in we have only 12 years to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5C. Still, most governments are not doing enough to stay within these limits as set out by the Climate Outreach, explains: Climate change …