New Zealand's 'public secret': house prices won't come down until we really want them to | Iain White

Many of us express concern about the country’s soaring house prices - but we also vote for policies that let them stay that way

It was the anthropologist Michael Taussig who coined the term “public secret” – a collective social understanding, a truth generally accepted but not articulated.

Public secrets, he argued, can be important to the functioning of institutions and societies: they allow the existence of seemingly contradictory positions, help maintain current power relations, and assist in reconciling the inevitable tensions of policy or complexities of politics.

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 12:57am
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Republican civil war: what's the party’s future after the US Capitol attack?

With Trump now finally accepting he will leave office, the future leadership of his movement is increasingly up for grabs – and many are jostling for the position

The motives that drove a pro-Donald Trump mob to attack Congress last Wednesday ranged from hazy to proudly hateful. But the actions of certain ambitious Republican officeholders in the days leading up to the tragedy were not clouded by confusion.

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 3:00am
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Aid spending in Africa must be African-led – it needs a Black Lives Matter reckoning | Dedo Baranshamaje and Katie Bunten-Wamaru

If we use this pivotal moment to shift funding to grassroots groups we could unlock transformational change

While the US continues to reckon with its long-simmering struggle against racial injustice, it is important to remember that racism is not just a homegrown problem – we are also exporting it.

As we begin 2021, global philanthropy has an opportunity to address this.

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 2:15am
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Snow-clad hills overlooking Edinburgh in lockdown - in pictures

The Pentland hills outside Edinburgh have had to double up as the Alps and Cairngorms for residents of the capital city - under Covid-19 restrictions city dwellers are permitted to travel only a short distance beyond their local council boundary for exercise. Undaunted but social distanced they have rediscovered the modest but irresistible charms of the snow-clad hills overlooking the city and the firth of Forth

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 2:00am
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Nigeria cattle crisis: how drought and urbanisation led to deadly land grabs

The death toll of animals and humans is mounting as herders seeking dwindling reserves of pasture clash with farmers

In February last year, Sunday Ikenna’s fields were green and lush. Then, one evening, a herd of cattle led into the farm by roving pastoralists crushed, ate, and uprooted the crops.

“I lost everything. The situation was sorrowful, watching another human being destroy your farm,” says Ikenna, a father of 10 who farms in Ukpabi-Nimbo in Enugu state, southern Nigeria. “I farmed a smaller portion this year because I am still scared of another invasion.”

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 2:00am
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Nuclear stand-off: can Joe Biden avert a new arms race?

Analysis: new president will face threats on multiple fronts, including from Russia and Iran, and must decide future of US arsenal

Joe Biden will have to make critical decisions on arms control in his first days in the White House that could determine whether a new nuclear arms race can be averted, and possibly reversed.

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 1:00am
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Anywhere but Washington: an eye-opening journey in a deeply divided nation

The team behind the series tell how they covered the most important, emotionally charged and divisive election for a generation

Oliver Laughland, US southern bureau chief: It was somewhere along the 700-mile night-time drive from Tampa, Florida, to my home in New Orleans that I realized filming the Anywhere But Washington series was becoming one of the hardest assignments in my career.

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 3:00am
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Olly Alexander on success, sanity and It's a Sin: 'All those hot guys. I loved it!'

The Years & Years frontman is starring in Russell T Davies’ new drama about the Aids crisis. He talks about bulimia, his ‘dark’ clubbing days – and how he learned to enjoy filming sex scenes

Olly Alexander was so certain he was destined for success that he saw a therapist to help him prepare for his future fame. It was 2014 and his band Years & Years had just signed to Polydor when he visited the shrink.

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 1:00am
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The Wodge: can London's tallest new skyscraper survive the Covid era?

Nicknamed The Wodge because of its girth, the capital’s tallest ever office has just muscled onto the skyline. But in the age of coronavirus, who wants to jostle for 60 lifts with 12,000 others?

With the City of London deserted once more, its streets only populated by the occasional Deliveroo driver or tumbleweed-seeking photographer, it seems a strange time to be completing the largest office building the capital has ever seen, not least because the very future of the workplace is now in question.

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 1:00am
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