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My journey into the dark, hypnotic world of a millennial guru

Towards the end of 2017, Bentinho Massaro, a 29-year-old self-styled spiritual teacher with a considerable online following, chose the town of Sedona, Arizona as the location for a 12-day long spiritual bootcamp. Among the red sandstone cliffs that rise like temples from the desert floor, the blond-haired, blue-eyed Dutchman offered to guide his most dedicated […]

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Fresh scrutiny for evangelical Christian GP Richard Scott

The General Medical Council is reviewing its decision not to investigate a doctor accused of evangelising about his Christian faith to patients in the latest twist in a high-profile battle about the limits of religious freedom. Dr Richard Scott, a GP in Kent, has become a cause celebre for Christian groups who have described complaints […]

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Under Boris Johnson, Islamophobia will reach a sinister new level

Boris Johnson is one of the most openly racist and Islamophobic politicians in recent British history. His own abhorrent statements aside, Johnson leads a party where multiple members have been excluded for Islamophobia, with a number subsequently readmitted. He has also U-turned on the promise to conduct an inquiry into the issue, instead now running […]

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Students protest across India after attack at top Delhi university

Students have protested in cities across India after a masked mob stormed a high-profile university in Delhi and attacked students and teachers with weapons including sledgehammers, iron rods and bricks, injuring more than 30. Opposition parties and injured students blamed Sunday night’s violence on a student organisation linked to the prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu […]

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The purpose of the monarchy and the problem of inequality

I was disappointed to read that Richard Coles is now a born-again monarchist (How Princess Anne made me a monarchist, Journal, 1 January). His somewhat uncritical dismissal of objections to privilege, wealth and prestige being ascribed on the basis of accident of birth, would, I suggest, sit uncomfortably with his Christian faith. It is worth […]

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How to fight the far right? Invite them in – the German museum taking on hate

When museum director Hilke Wagner went to the opening of a new public artwork in Dresden’s market square, she anticipated a friendly gathering of culture lovers. Instead, she and her colleagues found themselves surrounded by far-right protesters with megaphones, vilifying the sculpture’s organisers and its Syrian-German artist as “traitors”. “We came back to our offices […]

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