Editor's note

In a shock turn, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to suspend parliament in September. It will recommence with very little time to spare before the scheduled Brexit date of October 31, making it very difficult for MPs to challenge his Brexit plans. A number of MPs are outraged by the move, calling it an affront to democracy. Amelia Hadfield explains why and what, if anything, they can do about it.

And, according to game theory expert Abhinay Muthoo, Johnson’s decision has significant consequences for the UK as it tries to secure a better Brexit deal from the EU than the one that was negotiated by Theresa May.

Also today:

Kenya adds intersex option to census

Africa’s burning grasslands

Laura Hood

Politics Editor, Assistant Editor

Top Stories

EPA/Mick Tsikas

Boris Johnson suspends parliament: what does it mean for Brexit and why are MPs so angry?

Amelia Hadfield, University of Surrey

MPs are calling it an attack on democracy, the government insists it's no big deal. Who is right in the battle for Brexit?

EPA/Neil Hall

Suspending parliament could be the act of a credible madman or master bluffer – top game theorist on Boris Johnson

Abhinay Muthoo, University of Warwick

Is this all part of Boris Johnson's master plan to negotiate a better Brexit deal with the EU?

Politics + Society

Recognising intersex people opens access to fundamental rights in Kenya

Boniface Ushie, African Population and Health Research Center

Kenya's decision holds the promise of inclusivity and liberalisation of the legal and policy environment.

If G7 are serious about tackling inequality they should implement our global tax framework

Andrew Baker, University of Sheffield; Richard Murphy, City, University of London

A fundamental driver of inequality is the race to the bottom in how governments set their corporate tax rates.

Energy + Environment

African grasslands are meant to burn – we can’t let this distract from the Amazon fires

Colin Beale, University of York

Yes, there are more fires in Africa than Brazil. But unlike the Amazon, Africa's savannah has evolved to grow back quickly.

Debunking myths about the impact of elephants on large trees

Ross Harvey, University of Cape Town

In large ecosystems, managing elephant populations so they don't exceed a certain threshold number is arbitrary.

Science + Technology

Star laws: what happens if you commit a crime in space?

Danielle Ireland-Piper, Bond University

NASA is reportedly investigating the first alleged crime in space. But criminal jurisdiction aboard the International Space Station is much more straightforward than it would be for space tourists.

New technologies can be a force for good in Africa if they’re developed from the ground

Roland Benedikter, Wroclaw University

The emerging relationship between new technologies and Africa may be some of the most promising news for the continent but caution is important.

En français

Commotion cérébrale chez les jeunes : le sommeil est essentiel pour bien récupérer

Brian Brooks, University of Calgary; Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen, University of Calgary

La thérapie cognitivo-comportementale a permis la rémission de l'insomnie chez 80 à 90 pour cent des adolescents participant à l'étude et a amélioré leur rétablissement global.

Débat : Comprendre la culture de la pauvreté pour remédier aux inégalités

Ilyess El Karouni, Neoma Business School

Les difficultés socioéconomiques de certains individus ou groupes tiennent plus de leur rapport au monde que d’un manque d’opportunités en tant que tel.