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Orwell was right: free speech is important but it is not enough | David Dwan

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Freedom of expression is a dangerous licence when severed from any commitment to truth, as cyber-thugs reveal daily

It’s been an eventful week for what we used to call truth. The Saudi government has finally admitted that Jamal Khashoggi has been killed, although its account of how this happened is as implausible as the various denials it supplants. That we rely on Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the world’s most enthusiastic jailer of journalists, to help establish the facts is one of the ironies of a post-truth world.

Talk about the demise of truth is always liable to sound histrionic and naive. After all, we have long been told that the prince must be “a great feigner and dissembler” (this is Machiavelli, not the House of Saud), and “realists” ever since have stressed the usefulness of illusions and the necessity of lies. Indeed, recent research by Ezra Zuckerman Sivan indicates that a large constituency of voters expect their political heroes to lie on their behalf.

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Trump administration trying to define transgender out of existence – report

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  • New York Times cites government memo
  • Gender would be defined at birth as only male or female

The Trump administration is attempting to strip transgender people of official recognition by creating a narrow definition of gender as being only male or female and unchangeable once determined at birth, the New York Times reported.

Related: ‘Rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ is a poisonous lie used to discredit trans people

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Trump says US will withdraw from nuclear arms treaty with Russia

Only doing what he has to to keep his boss happy and records of his money laundering under wraps

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Experts warn of ‘most severe crisis in nuclear arms control since the 1980s’ as Trump confirms US will leave INF agreement

Donald Trump has confirmed the US will leave an arms control treaty with Russia dating from the cold war that has kept nuclear missiles out of Europe for three decades.

Related: Trump says he’d prefer to choose woman as US ambassador to UN

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