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Inside the detention industry

Despite the growth of detention centres for refugees and migrants, they remain shrouded in secrecy. Two insiders speak out.

By Phil Miller
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Human Rights & Ethics
Detention centre

Inside the detention industry

Despite the growth of detention centres for refugees and migrants, they remain shrouded in secrecy. Two insiders speak out.

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Science & Technology
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The benefits of LSD, atomic hard drives, and dangerous superfoods

Chemistry, Biology, Physics: Three scientists talk through big recent developments in their fields.

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Greece's songs of love and loss

In Greece, a new generation is revisiting its folk music tradition to find new ways of expressing its current troubles.

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Politics & Conflict
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A study in stupidity: war in the 20th century

Alistair Horne's study of hubris lays bear the human failure to quit while one is ahead.

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Faith & Religion
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What non-believers can learn from St Augustine

According to Rowan Williams, St Augustine does not deserve his bad reputation as a dogmatic braggart. Is he right?

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What is there to know about ignorance?

A new book of "ignorance studies" shows the importance of knowing about not knowing.

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Politics & Conflict
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How Russia fell back in love with Stalin

In modern Russia, religious revivalism has combined with nostalgia for the Soviet period in surprising ways.

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Science & Technology
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Who wants to live forever?

Once the preserve of eccentrics and cranks, cryonics is entering the mainstream. Is eternal life possible – or even desirable?

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Mind, Body & Life
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Erwin James' story of forgiveness and redemption

A memoir by a convicted murderer illustrates that prison can be a place of rehabilitation.

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