Athleisure, barre and kale: the tyranny of the ideal woman

How we became suckers for the hard labor of self-optimization. By Jia Tolentino The ideal woman has always been generic. I bet you can picture the version of her that runs the show today. Shes of indeterminate age but resolutely youthful presentation. Shes got glossy hair and the clean, shameless expression of a person who believes she was made to be looked at. She is often luxuriating when you see her on remote beaches, under stars in the desert, across …

‘Don’t blame me’: 10 Tupac quotes to get you through the working day

Jerry Foxhoven was fired from his job at Iowas social services agency after quoting Tupac too much. Here are some of the rappers best lines to use at work What role should the late, great rapper Tupac Shakur play in the day-to-day life of a public servant? Its a question 66-year-old Jerry Foxhoven, until recently the director of Iowas social services agency, might have mixed feelings about. Foxhoven was dissed him in an open letter published in the Source. Through …

Mueller urged to talk freely and resist Trump officials’ bid to limit testimony

Democrats say DoJ warning that testimony must remain within the boundaries can be ignored and tell special counsel to set the record straight Democrats are urging Robert Mueller, the special counsel who investigated Russias interference in the 2016 election, to ignore efforts by the Trump administration to restrict his long-awaited testimony to Congress on Wednesday. Mueller was warned in a letter from the justice department late on Monday that his testimony on Capitol Hill must remain within the boundaries of …

German Greens propose homeworking to beat the heatwave

Party calls for heat-free leave for workers to cope with record high temperatures Germanys Green party has proposed stay-at-home working to help the nation cope with record temperatures. Just as other Europeans have found themselves struggling to deal with unprecedented heat levels, Germans have also been trying to find ways to cool off. Heat-free home office days are the latest suggestion. With experts warning that temperatures closer to 50C will soon become the norm instead of the lower 40s as …

North Korea accuses released Australian student of spying

Pyongyangs news agency said Alek Sigley had spread propaganda against the regime North Korea has said an Australian student who it detained for a week had spread anti-Pyongyang propaganda and engaged in spying by providing photos and other materials to news outlets with critical views about the country. Pyongyangs official Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, said on Saturday that North Korea had deported Alek Sigley on Thursday after he pleaded for forgiveness for his activities, which the agency said …

Greek elections: landslide victory for centre-right New Democracy party

Incumbent prime minister Alexis Tsipras, of Syriza, calls rival Kyriakos Mitsotakis to concede defeat Voters in Greece have given Kyriakos Mitsotakis centre-right New Democracy party a resounding mandate to form a new government after it won by a landslide over the incumbent leftwing Syriza party, which has been in power since 2015. As the outcome of Sundays general election became clear, the prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, conceded defeat, calling Mitsotakis to congratulate him on his victory. The official handover of …

UK must decide next step on Brexit, says Frances Europe minister

Amlie de Montchalin says EU 27 countries are not putting pressure on Britain over Brexit Frances minister for European affairs, Amlie de Montchalin, has said it is up to the UK to decide the next step on Brexit and no single European Union country was pressuring London, least of all France. Asked to respond to a report that Conservative leadership favourite, had called the French turds over Brexit, De Montchalin declined to comment, saying she was unfamiliar with the word. …

Firefighters battle forest blaze in central Spain

With 38C forecast, emergency services work to contain fire in Castilla-La Mancha and Madrid region Firefighters in central Spain are battling strong winds and high temperatures as they struggle to control a fire that has already destroyed over 5,000 acres in the provinces of Castilla-La Mancha and Madrid. The fire broke out in Almorox near Toledo on Friday just as the one in Tarragona province in north-east Spain was brought under control, having reduced some 15,000 acres of woodland to …

Where does your plastic go? Global investigation reveals America’s dirty secret

A Guardian report from 11 countries tracks how US waste makes its way across the world and overwhelms the poorest nations What happens to your plastic after you drop it in a recycling bin? According to promotional materials from Americas plastics industry, it is whisked off to a factory where it is seamlessly transformed into something new. This is not the experience of Nguyn Th Hng Thm, a 60-year-old Vietnamese mother of seven, living amid piles of grimy American plastic …

‘It has transformed my life’: the restaurant where all staff have a disability

Universo Santi in the southern Spanish city of Jerez is dedicated to helping people with disabilities join the mainstream workforce The first thing that strikes you is the calm, the light, the modern art on the walls and then of course the food. Its only later that you realise there is something different, and a little special, about Sign up here for a weekly roundup from this series emailed to your inbox every Friday Vila is the president of the …