March 2008

Critic of South African rulers wants arms deal inquiry

Outspoken South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for a judicial inquiry into a controversial 1999 multi-billion pound arms deal. ANC leader Jacob Zuma currently faces corruption charges related to the $4.8bn purchase. If acquitted, Zuma, who head ...

Hillary's Big Presidential Dream

US home looted after Craigslist hoax

Looters cleaned out an American man's home after people responded to a hoax ad on a classifieds website. Robert Salisbury was the victim of two false Craigslist postings that claimed he has been forced to leave the area suddenly and his belongings, inc ...

Man's 'wombat rape' ordeal

A New Zealand man who claimed he was raped by a wombat and that the experience left him speaking with an Australian accent has been found guilty of wasting police time. Arthur Cradock, 48, from the South Island town of Motueka, called police last month to ...

Our whistle blower's charter

Deborah HobsonFreedom of information law has proved a useful tool for journalists and media organisations, generating news stories by revealing controversial and at times sensational material which would otherwise have stayed secret (see Freedom of Informa ...

Multi-coloured New York

Obama is wrong about Rev. Wright

Professor Michael C. DawsonSenator Obama is mistaken. The problem with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the Chicago minister who is the Obama family's pastor and the subject of recent fierce attacks in the media, is not, as Obama has stated, that "he ha ...

Barack conquers the race minefield

Eugene Robinson - Washington PostOnce again, the conventional wisdom proved stunningly unwise. Barack Obama was supposed to be on his heels, forced into a back-pedalling, defensive crouch after racially charged remarks by his former pastor, delivered from ...

Campaign to save the State is on the up

Tanya CouttsEager campaigners gathered together outside the State Cinema, Grays, Essex, last weekend to raise awareness of the building's history and the uncertainty of its future. The response they received from the public was overwhelming with more ...

Crisis in Tibet that's embarrassing Olympic host

Sumantra Maitra  China is feeling the heat of the Free Tibet Campaign, just five months before the Olympic games in Beijing. Ongoing rioting, after five days of peaceful protest, was followed by a fierce Chinese military crackdown in the style that re ...

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