June 2010

Former Scientologists accuse the Church of forced abortions

Laura Dieckman was just 12 when her parents let her leave home to work full time for Scientology's cult-like order, the Sea Organisation. At 16, she married a co-worker. At 17, she was pregnant.She was excited to start a family, but she said Sea Org sup ...

Obama takes hard line against leaks to press

Scott Shane - Washington, USHired in 2001 by the National Security Agency to help it catch up with the email and cellphone revolution, Thomas A Drake became convinced that the government’s eavesdroppers were squandering hundreds of millions of dollars on f ...

Secondhand smoke affects mental health says study

Roni Caryn RabinSmokers are known to suffer from high rates of depression and other mental health problems, and now a study reports that even people exposed to secondhand smoke are at significantly increased risk- and more likely to be hospitalised for men ...

Rich candidates corrupt electoral process in Nigeria

Solomon SydelleNo matter where you are in the world, being a politician can be an expensive business. In Nigeria, politicians are expected to not just explain their campaign pledges and commit to addressing issues, but to feed potential voters as well. For ...

BP's oil spill disaster is a big 'British Problem’

 BP environmental disaster ‘a British Problem’Fidelis OnyedikamMighty British Petroleum - defended in a Daily Mail front page headline as the UK's "flagship company" - has taken the worst battering in its history after the oil spill disaster off the c ...

All aboard on Twiggy's breast cancer charity boat

Britain’s first supermodel Twiggy Lawson, better known worldwide as Twiggy, played hostess to a glittering ceremony on the River Thames this week, when she named a new luxury yacht. The-Latest's Adrian Cox captured the event on camera.The naming ceremony w ...

United in Diversity

Sarah CarabottOn May 30, 2009, 20 million people in the UK were glued to their television screens to watch the final of Britain's Got Talent. That night the dance troupe Diversity took the UK by storm, and won the third series of the ITV reality talent sh ...

Why Black MPs should stand up to be counted

 Why Black MPs Should Stand Up to Be Counted My friends at Operation Black Vote and previously the Labour Party Black Sections have worked their butts off to help increase the number of African Caribbean and Asian members of the British parliamen ...

World Cup: 32 beers and two blokes

 World Cup beer blog: 32 Nations – 32 Beers - Two blokesPeter StylesTwo Sussex beer bloggers are in a race against time to find five brews fromfive World Cup countries in order to complete their collection, making it possible forthem to host a Be ...

Western leaders are too cowardly to save Mid-East lives

 Robert Fisk: Western leaders are too cowardly to help save livesIt is a fact that it is ordinary people, activists, call them what you will, who now take decisions to change eventsHas Israel lost it? Can the Gaza War of 2008-09 (1,300 dead) and the L ...

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