February 2008

Obama - US President Presumptive Or Just Hot Air?

Robert J. Samuelson - The Washington PostIt's hard not to be dazzled by Barack Obama. At the 2004 Democratic convention, he visited with Newsweek reporters and editors, including me. I came away deeply impressed by his intelligence, his forceful langua ...

Author's warm glow of success

Monira Begum A Thousand Splendid Suns is the second book by the Afghan American author Khaled Hosseini. The debut novel, The Kite Runner was very well received both by critics and readers and consequently became an international bestseller.  Li ...

Sensational claim that 'Prince Phillip had Diana murdered'

Mohamed al Fayed has declared that Diana, Princess of Wales, and his son Dodi Fayed were "murdered", as he gave evidence at their inquest taking place in London.It was among the first words he told the jury at the central London hearing. He began ...

Real nature of Italy's 'peace mission' in Afghanistan exposed

Cecilia Anesi Political commentators could be forgiven for thinking that Italy had followed Spain in striking a blow for European independence from American's superpower imperialism when they withdrew their troops from Iraq at the end of 2006. Yet in R ...

What a state our once proud cinema is in

Tanya CouttsGrays Town Centre is not a famous place, despite once being home to a few celebrities such as British TV's Joe Pasquale and Russell Brand.But this little known town near to Tilbury Docks in Thurrock in the south east of Essex, England, boa ...

Mayor calls in police and suspends key adviser

London's mayor has suspended his race adviser after a series of allegations of corruption. Mayor Ken Livingstone said he had taken the step after Lee Jasper himself asked for the newspaper allegations to be referred to the police to investigate - a cla ...

US business and its Baghdad bonanza

Bill BuzenbergAmerica's warmongering vice-president Dick Cheney has been embroiled in controversy over his 'conflict of interest' links with the US company Halliburton which has most benefited financially from the invasion of Iraq. Now a spec ...

Clinton loses advantage with white people and women

Hillary Clinton's devastating losses in Maryland and Virginia this week came about as a result of an erosion in what had been her solid edge among women, white people and older and working-class voters. While the results can be explained by those state ...

American propaganda uncovered

Nick DaviesAnother example of propaganda running straight through a quality UK newspaper has surfaced since I wrote my book Flat Earth News, published this month. It occurred in the mid 1990s, but it is a foretaste of what happened in the run-up to the inv ...

Dramatic rise in mobile phone and online bullying

Growing numbers of British children say they are carrying knives and bottles to defend themselves against bullies, according to a new report.Children's rights director for England Roger Morgan warned that bullying by mobile phones and websites are on ...

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