Lunchtime read: Kitty the nation – how cats leave us divided An unlikely legal battle over a cat in west London captured headlines when a couple were forced to go to court to enforce their ownership after a neighbour allegedly tried to adopt it. Far from being a one-off case, it seems our feline friends (or enemies) are divisive pets. From one family in rural Scotland being shunned for having the temerity to ask the local landowner not to shoot their cat to the woman forced to move house after her cat ate all the frogs in her neighbour’s pond, we look at how the humble domestic moggy can cause a lot of spilt milk. … [Read more...] about Wednesday briefing: Jeff Bezos ‘hacked’ by Saudi prince
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“This isn’t just a difficult bridge to cross,” said one observer who has spent much of the past two decades immersed in conservative Saudi society. “For many, it’s actually shameful. And shame is a very powerful notion in this part of the world. They are saying this is against the values of the kingdom and of the faith, that this is an imposition which pays no heed to values or customs. … [Read more...] about Young v old, urban v rural: cultural reforms expose Saudi fault lines
The pair met only once in person, in October 2003. Marwan initially invited Bregman to meet at the Dorchester hotel. “For Israelis like me, the Dorchester is a nightmare,” said Bregman. (It was at the Dorchester, in June 1982, that members of a Palestinian splinter group shot the Israeli ambassador to the UK, triggering the Lebanon war, in which Bregman fought as an artillery officer.) Bregman asked that the men meet, instead, at the InterContinental in Park Lane. Marwan was already fearful for his life. He told Bregman that Howard Blum’s 2003 book on the Yom Kippur war, which explicitly named him as Angel and outlined in detail how the spy began working for the Israelis, was “an invitation to assassinate me”. Their relationship was remote but persistent; Bregman believes Marwan wanted him to tell the version of the story that the spy wanted out there. Nevertheless, their friendship had strands of affection. Marwan was also lonely, Bregman said. Then, in … [Read more...] about Who killed the 20th century’s greatest spy?