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Ms Baroque

I am a poet, critic, conversationalist, personal shopper, siren, and housemaid to the gods – at least they think they’re gods. So it said when this blog first opened in 2006. The little gods have grown up and are – as used to be said – beginning the world; the guinea pig died long ago, and I’m frankly too tired to be much of a siren; and yet Baroque in Hackney has a life of its own.
Taken from Baroque in Hackney

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Vaclav Havel: Another hero disappears

You live with the common people

Schmalz overload in Westminster: three days to go

Ai Weiwei, Vladimir Tatlin, and the dream the speaks

The day after the job cuts

This is the week that is

”Audacious, bold, puissant and heroical”*

11022011: Egypt’s magic palindrome

Walk like an Egyptian, Dave…

A book at bedtime

John Rentoul

John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he was chief leader writer for The Independent. He has written a biography of Tony Blair, whom he admired more at the end of his time in office than he did at the beginning.

Taken from John Rentoul: Independent Blogs

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The Brace Position

The “Why Should I Tidy My Bedroom” Theory

Getting in touch with my inner Cromwell

Deceptiveness about Iraq

The Ridiculous Beatification of Brian Haw

A Higher Form of Something, Certainly

In (left-wing) praise of Tesco

George Osborne’s failure to buy gold cost up to £4.5bn

Another voice: Why Cameron had no choice but to fight

Banned List: the next 50

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David Rennie

Bagehot columnist surveys the politics of Britain, British life and Britain’s place in the world. The column and blog are named after Walter Bagehot, an English journalist who was the editor of The Economist from 1861 to 1877

Taken from Bagehot’s Notebook

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Britain and the Nordic world: The strongest girls in the world

Family Values: Is marriage a symptom or a cause?

David Cameron in the Gulf: David Cameron defends the defence industry

Freedom of speech: The right to burn poppies

Ed Miliband: Labour’s flat-earthers demand the cuts go away

Cycling in London: Cyclists for crackdown on cyclists

Britain in Afghanistan: David Cameron’s hunt for Afghan exit strategy

Unethical journalism: The depressing tale of Johann Hari

Britain and the EU: Britain, not leaving but falling out of the EU

Britain and the EU: Could David Cameron have done anything other than walk away from the new EU treaty?

Misha Glenny

The benefits of living in a digital, globalised society are enormous; so too are the dangers. The world has become a law enforcer’s nightmare and every criminal’s dream. We bank online, shop online, date, learn, work and live online. But have the institutions that keep us safe on the streets learned to protect us in the burgeoning digital world? Have we become complacent about our personal security – sharing our thoughts, beliefs and the details of our daily lives with anyone who cares to relieve us of them? In this fascinating and compelling book, Misha Glenny, author of the international bestseller McMafia, explores the three fundamental threats facing us in the 21st century: cyber crime, cyber warfare and cyber industrial espionage. Governments and the private sector are losing billions of dollars each year, fighting an ever-morphing, often invisible, often super-smart new breed of criminal: the hacker.* Glenny has travelled and trawled the world. And by exploring the rise and fall of the criminal website, DarkMarket, he has uncovered the most vivid, alarming and illuminating stories. Whether JiLsi or Matrix, Iceman, Master Splynter or Lord Cyric; whether Detective Sergeant Chris Dawson in Scunthorpe or Agent Keith Mularski in Pittsburgh, Glenny has tracked down and interviewed all the players – the criminals, the geeks, the police, the security experts and the victims – and he places everyone and everything in a rich brew of politics, economics and history. The result is simply unputdownable. DarkMarket is authoritative and completely engrossing. It’s a must-read for everyone who uses a computer: the essential crime book for our times.

Taken from Bodley Head

Polly Curtis

Polly Curtis is the Guardian‘s Whitehall correspondent working in Houses of Parliament and writing about government, politics and policy. She has previously covered health, social affairs and education for the paper and is currently seconded to write Reality check, a daily blog fact-checking the biggest news stories of the day
Taken from The Guardian

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Pink v blue – are children born with gender preferences?

Government austerity cuts: are the rich or poor hit hardest?

Who’s telling the truth in the public sector pension row?

Do windfarms work?

What happens if Greece leaves the euro?

Reality check: is now the time for households to pay off their debts?

Reality check: can owning a cat be grounds for appeal against deportation?

Reality check: why is the coalition losing women voters?

Reality check: why are so few children being adopted?

Reality check: has the BBC dropped the terms BC/AD?

David James Smith

David James Smith writes for the Sunday Times Magazine for whom he has travelled around the world writing cover stories, investigative articles, reportage and profiles. He has also published a number of books, including ‘The Sleep of Reason’ (his definitive account of the James Bulger case), ‘One Morning in Sarajevo; and ‘Young Mandela’.

Taken from David James Smith’s website

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Remember the fallen (£)

The secret life of a killer (£)

The secret torments of Galliano (£)

‘A marriage breaker? That just isn’t the Claudia I know’ (£)

Watching the detectives (£)

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David Usborne

David Usborne joined The Independent at its launch in 1985. In April 2009 he became US Editor.
Taken from The Independent

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9/11: The day that changed my city

Deepwater Horizon: This was no Armageddon

A new dawn for Cuba as capitalism eclipses communism

‘I was reminded of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina – but the damage here is of a different degree’

President Mom: On the stump with the Tea Party’s Michele Bachmann

How Obama kept the biggest secret of his presidency

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David Usborne on Journalisted
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Anatol Lieven

In the past decade Pakistan has become a country of immense importance to its region, the United States, and the world. With almost 200 million people, a 500,000-man army, nuclear weapons, and a large diaspora in Britain and North America, Pakistan is central to the hopes of jihadis and the fears of their enemies. Yet the greatest short-term threat to Pakistan is not Islamist insurgency as such, but the actions of the United States, and the greatest long-term threat is ecological change.
Anatol Lieven’s book is a magisterial investigation of this highly complex and often poorly understood country: its regions, ethnicities, competing religious traditions, varied social landscapes, deep political tensions, and historical patterns of violence; but also its surprising underlying stability, rooted in kinship, patronage, and the power of entrenched local elites. Engagingly written, combining history and profound analysis with reportage from Lieven’s extensive travels as a journalist and academic, Pakistan: A Hard Country is both utterly compelling and deeply revealing. 

Taken from Public Affairs Books

Christopher Turner

Adventures in the Orgasmatron is the untold story of the dawn of the sexual revolution in America – an illuminating, startling, at times bizarre story of sex and science, ecstasy and repression. In the middle of the 20th century, the United States became an adoptive home for dozens of expatriated European thinkers, who saw this rich, young country ripe for sexual liberation. One of the most left-field of them was the Viennese psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, a disciple of Freud’s who had broken with the master. Reich’s own approach was based on his theories of the orgasm and sexual energy, which he dubbed ‘orgone energy’. Instead of the couch, he made use of a tall, slender construction of wood, metal, and steel wool, which he called the orgone box. A highly sexed man himself, Reich thought that a person who sat in the box could elevate their ‘orgastic potential’ ridding the body of repressive forces, improving sexual potency, and enhancing overall health. After World War Two, Reich’s theories caught on among writers and artists, the early adopters of the counter-culture. Norman Mailer and Saul Bellow were amongst those for whom the orgone box represented a yearned-for synthesis of sexual and political liberation, and of physical science and psychology. Meanwhile, Reich himself faced one debacle after another. Albert Einstein heard him out before rebuffing him. The FBI investigated him as a Communist sympathizer: it turned out that they were hunting the wrong man. The federal government banned the orgone box and tagged Reich as a fraud. There were claims of sexual misdeeds, and bouts of Reich’s own mental instability. This is the story of the blossoming of the 20th century’s sexual revolution, and the unshackling of a repressed society, and sex before science.

Taken from Fourth Estate

Douglas Murray

One hundred and eight rounds of bullets. Fourteen dead. Fourteen wounded. Two sides to a story and a four-decade search for the truth…

It was meant to be a peaceful march. But on the afternoon of 30 January 1972 in the City of Derry a riot started, the army went in and firing began. ‘Bloody Sunday’ became a catalyst for three more decades of violence. In 1998 a new Inquiry was ordered. It took thirteen years. This book tells what happened when victims, soldiers, spies, politicians and paramilitaries finally appeared on the witness stand. It is about the search for truth, the hope of reconciliation and the people who still stand in its way.

Taken from Biteback Publishing

Camilla Cavendish

Camilla Cavendish is Associate Editor and columnist at The Times. She was campaigning journalist of the year 2009, and won the Paul Foot award, for exposing miscarriages of justice which convinced Government to open the family courts. A mother of three, she has been a McKinsey consultant, aid worker, and CEO of the trust which rebuilt London’s south bank.

Taken from The Times

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Let’s all admit it: being a good parent is hard (£)

Nurse training has eroded the caring ethos (£)

Into the valley of death go our brilliant ideas (£)

Universities are hurtling towards a car crash (£)

Don’t ask me to pay for these ‘apprentices’ (£)

France defends farmers: we must save the City (£)

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David Allen Green

The Jack of Kent blog is named after a fairly obscure medieval folklore hero who bested the Devil by looking at what was actually said. As such, it seemed a good name for a liberal and critical blog.

I started blogging in 2007 – my old site is here – and the Jack of Kent blog became popular for its detailed and accessible accounts of legal cases, most notably the libel claim brought against Simon Singh by the British Chiropractic Association.

My blogging at Jack of Kent and elsewhere went on to include exposing Johann Hari as “David Rose”, uncovering the email hacking by The Times of the “NightJack” blogger, publishing the WikiLeaks Non-Disclosure Agreement, publicising the “TwitterJokeTrial”, and coverage of the on-going phone hacking scandal.

I am now legal correspondent of the New Statesman and media correspondent of The Lawyer. I am a regular on the panel for the Without Prejudice legal podcasts and I am also founder and convenor of Westminster Skeptics.

I appeared as a witness before both the Leveson Inquiry and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Privacy Injunctions.

Taken from Jack of Kent’s new website

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Who is David Rose?

Closing the doors at St Paul’s Cathedral

The £12m question: how WikiLeaks gags its own staff

My Trousers and Airport Security

Making an example of Edward Woollard

Reporting on a riot that didn’t happen

Arrested for filming a public council meeting

Why are we arming the British Transport Police?

The bizarre legal world of WikiLeaks

The conviction of Michael Thompson

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Jack of Kent’s new website

David Allen Green blogs at the New Statesman

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Conor Woodman

How is it that our favourite brands can import billions of pounds’ worth of goods from the developing world every year, and yet leave the people who produce them barely scraping a living? Is it that big business is incompatible with the eradication of poverty? And, if so, are charity and fair trade initiatives the only way forward?

In Unfair Trade Conor Woodman traces a range of products back to their source to uncover who precisely is benefitting and who is losing out. He goes diving with lobster fishermen in Nicaragua who are dying in their hundreds to keep the restaurant tables of the US well stocked. He ventures into war-torn Congo to find out what the developed world’s insatiable demand for tin means for local miners. And he risks falling foul of the authorities in Laos as he covertly visits the country’s burgeoning rubber plantations, established to supply Chinese factories that in turn supply the West with consumer goods. In the process, he tests accepted economic wisdom on the best way to create a fairer world – and suggests a simpler but potentially far more radical solution.

Taken from Random House

Steve Richards

Established as one of the most influential political commentators in the country, Steve Richards became The Independent’s chief political commentator in 2000 having been political editor of the New Statesman. He presents GMTV’s flagship current affairs show The Sunday Programme and Radio 4’s Week in Westminster.

Submitted articles

The man who should speak remains silent

Let the people decide. Unless we decide not to

Demanding Theresa May’s head on a plate solves nothing

The Sceptics’ rage over Europe is a proxy battle

Politicians are finally free from Murdoch’s tyranny

Can the big society work?

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Steve Richards on Journalisted
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Life in a broken bureaucracy with a bendy and borked body.
Taken from Benefit Scrounging Scum

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Get out of your comfort zone, disability living allowance cuts are relevant to all

Disibility benefit reform: is the government hiding behind Atos errors?

It’s no wonder politicians are ignorant about the trials facing the disabled traveller

Imagine You’re Four… #panorama #dla

Govt’s welfare reform bill trick stinks of injustice

The Broken of Britain: Six months on the road to justice

Kaliya Franklin – The Broken of Britain

Sitting targets for the government’s welfare reforms

Welfare bill ignores reality of disability

What’s In A Word?

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