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Nick Hopkins: Guardian Will Not Be Intimidated Over NSA Leaks, Alan Rusbridger Tells Mps

The Guardian has come under concerted pressure and intimidation designed to stop it from publishing stories of huge public interest that have revealed the "staggering" scale of Britain's and America's secret surveillance programmes, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper has said. Giving evidence to a parliamentary committee about stories based on the National Security Agency leaks Read more…

Elena Zeledon: Honduras: Huge Political Crisis As Right Steals Election

Large-scale electoral fraud affected every aspect of the November 24 general elections in the Central American country of Honduras. This has sparked a huge political crisis, which matches and possibly surpasses the crisis produced by the coup d’etat that overthrew president Manuel Zelaya in 2009. The fraud has denied victory to Liberty and Refoundation (LIBRE) Read more…

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Richard Seymour: Left Unity: A Report from the Founding Conference

We built it. Will they come?  Based on the votes, I would estimate that somewhat over 400 people gathered in Bloomsbury on Saturday to launch the new left party first suggested by Ken Loach some months ago. The attendees were disproportionately veterans of the Left, older and white, but there were a lot of them.  There Read more…

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George Monbiot: The Whole Think Tank Story

Do the BBC's editorial guidelines count for anything? I ask because it disregards them every day, by failing to reveal the commercial interests of its contributors. Let me give you an example. On Thursday the Today programme covered the plain packaging of cigarettes. It interviewed Mark Littlewood, director-general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, an Read more…

Aljazeera: Thai PM Calls for End to Opposition Protests

Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's prime minister, has survived a no-confidence vote in parliament where her party holds a commanding majority, but faces mounting pressure from widening anti-government protests. Hours later, on Thursday, she appealed to protesters to end their sit-ins at ministry buildings across the capital, Bangkok. "I propose to protesters to stop protesting and leave Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: The Plot Thickens: Gaza is Flooded with Sewage and Conspiracies

The latest punishment of Gaza may seem like another familiar plot to humiliate the strip to the satisfaction of Israel, Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority, and the military-controlled Egyptian government. But something far more sinister is brewing.  This time, the collective punishment of Gaza arrives in the form of raw sewage that is flooding many neighborhoods Read more…

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Nicola Nasser: Obama’s ‘Big Prize’ to Earn Nobel Peace Prize

Indeed, US President Barak Obama has gone a long way to earn his Nobel Peace Prize, which was prospectively and in advance awarded in 2009 to the 44th president of the United States while less than eight months in office.  However, Obama’s “big prize” to make him “feel that I deserve” the Nobel Prize as Read more…

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Josh Eidelson: Bernie Sanders: Why I Might Run in 2016

This month Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, the Senate’s only self-described socialist, made a tour of four Southern states that stoked talk of a presidential run. In an interview this week with Salon, Sanders set forth his thinking about why he might take that plunge, and offered assessments of contenders Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren. He also Read more…

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Laurie Penny: In Defence of Bad Sex

The Bad Sex Awards are not as exciting as they sound. Personally, I rather like the idea of a ceremony at which the great and good can be rewarded for selfless works with the talentless fumble or sub-standard quickie of their choice. But the Literary Review’s annual competition for the worst piece of erotic writing Read more…

Fahad Ansari: I Think, Therefore I Am: Identifying Potential Terrorists In British Universities

These crude words of iconic American actor Humphrey Bogart were echoing in my head  this week when I learned that a review of policy on radicalisation by Lord Carlile “They’ll nail anyone who ever scratched his ass during the National Anthem.” These crude words of iconic American actor Humphrey Bogart were echoing in my head Read more…

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