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Oliver Chan | Being your best ethical self

There’s a type of organic shop and farmers market purist I find amusing – those with more than one bottle of tamari in the pantry, who brag about how they hated plastic waste before David Attenborough shamed it. Whenever I find myself at a dinner or party being talked at by such people about pesticide-free lavender oil, I’ll likely challenge them on the fact working class people are less likely to ‘shop ethically’, and prod them about why this might be.

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A Syrian asylum-seeker on Saturday’s strike

Sarah asked a Syrian friend – currently based in the UK, where they have been granted asylum – to comment on Saturday’s military strike on sites near Damascus and Homs by the US, France and the UK. The strike took place in response to the Assad regime’s alleged chemical attack on Douma on April 7.

We wanted to know how the strike, and renewed media interest in the now seven-year conflict in Syria, made them feel. Optimistic, angry, worried, sad? Read their response.

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No feeling… upset? Why would I be upset? The strikes had specific targets and didn’t kill any civilians. People who are upset about the idea of intervention should have been upset with the Russian intervention that has been killing us every day for the last few years.

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