Tim Marshall is a leading authority on foreign affairs, and has reported from 30 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America. He has covered three US Presidential elections as well as the wars in Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel.
In 2011 he reported from Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya during the uprisings across the Arab world. Among a string of exclusives was the last interview with Pakistan’s Benazhir Bhutto ahead of her return from exile and subsequent assassination.
Taken from Sky News
China To Raise Human Rights In UK?
Giant Snake Found in Whitehall!
Palestine – ‘Occupation Incorporated’
MI6 Talks to Dodgy People Shock!
Voodoo Zombies Stalk Brussels
The Dictator’s Death Will Be Televised
Chris Christie Is… Fat!
The EEC: Ever Closer Reunion?
‘Yes, Islam Is Compatible With Humour’
Lucie Blackman – tall, blonde, and twenty-one years old – stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000, and disappeared forever. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave.
The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl, involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, Australian dowsers and Lucie’s desperate, but bitterly divided, parents. As the case unfolded, it drew the attention of prime ministers and sado-masochists, ambassadors and con-men, and reporters from across the world. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult, or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work, as a ‘hostess’ in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo, really involve?
Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, has followed the case since Lucie’s disappearance. Over the course of a decade, he has travelled to four continents to interview those caught up in the story, fought off a legal attack in the Japanese courts, and worked undercover as a barman in a Roppongi strip club. He has talked exhaustively to Lucie’s friends and family and won unique access to the Japanese detectives who investigated the case. And he has delved into the mind and background of the man accused of the crime – Joji Obara, described by the judge as ‘unprecedented and extremely evil’.
With the finesse of a novelist, he reveals the astonishing truth about Lucie and her fate.People Who Eat Darkness is, by turns, a non-fiction thriller, a courtroom drama and the biography of both a victim and a killer. It is the story of a young woman who fell prey to unspeakabale evil, and of a loving family torn apart by grief. And it is a fascinating insight into one of the world’s most baffling and mysterious societies, a light shone into dark corners of Japan that the rest of the world has never glimpsed before.
Taken from Random House Group
Slugger O’Toole is an award winning news and opinion portal, which takes a critical look at various strands of political politics in Ireland and Britain. It tries to bring its readers ‘open source analysis’ from both the mainstream media and the blogosphere. And we are constantly on the look out for opportunities to add value to the debate of matters of regional, national and international concern.
Set up by founding editor Mick Fealty in June 2002 to focus primarily on Northern Irish politics and culture, Slugger was one of the earlier adopters of the blog technology it runs. In April 2010, as result of investment form 4IP and NI Screen the site was given a substantial design overhaul to take advantage and participate in the WordPress open source technology platform. Our editorial approach is pluralist in that we deliberately seek out a range of political opinion.
We believe diversity of opinion is essential to building a reliable view of any single problem, great or small. Our aim is to bring our readers accurate reporting combined with honest and informed analysis rather than balance. We continue to focus on Northern Irish politics but increasingly we will seek to bring you high quality blogging and journalism on issues that affect the Republic of Ireland, Britain and the wider world. We bring on particular subject areas like the economy, cultural issues or the environment. The primary language of Slugger O’Toole is English, but we also have blogs in Irish and – potentially at least – in Welsh. Slugger has developed a reputation for hosting an (mostly) intelligent dialogue on a range controversial and important issues.
Taken from Slugger O’Toole
The Irish political journalist’s problem with partial disclosure…
Tories struggle to maintain a political ecosphere beyond England…
Fianna Fail: First task is to exorcise the ghost of ‘boomier’ times…
Glenn Beck: There’s a difference between being cool and looking like a ‘d***head’
The future of Irish media lies in the evolution of new business models…
Taoiseach’s speech: An end to ‘Never explain, never apologise’?
Is Fianna Fail the new Woolworths of Irish politics?
Euro Crisis: Would ‘EU bifurcation’ push two Irelands even further apart?
Unionism silent on Scotland and the ‘Devo Max’ question?
The problem with e-petitions (and fuel price mechanisms)…
Mick Fealty on Twitter
The history of the Conservative party has, extraordinarily, rarely been written in a single volume for the general reader. There are academic multi-volume accounts and a multitude of smaller books with limited historical scope. But now, Robin Harris, Margaret Thatcher’s speechwriter and party insider, has produced this authoritative but lively history book which tells the whole story and fills a gaping hole in Britain’s historiographical record.
Taking as his starting point the larger than life personalities of the Conservative Party’s leaders and prime ministers since its inception, Robin Harris’s book also analyses the interconnected themes and issues which have dominated Conservative politics over the years. The careers of Peel, Disraeli, Salisbury, Baldwin, Chamberlain, Churchill, Eden, Macmillan, Heath, Thatcher, Major, Hague and Cameron together amount to an alternative history of Britain since the early nineteenth century.
This landmark book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in history or politics, or anyone who has ever wondered how Britain came to be the nation it is today.
In my own words…
Truth? Beauty? Call it what you like mate, I just call it a blogging. This site exploded on to the web scene in late 2009. And it been gettin’ better every day yeah.
I’ve published a bloody book for god sake (2 sales so far, many more predicted and expected). Whirlwind internet successes do no get much bigger than this.
No, but seriously, I’m a computer programmer for one of the largest solar panel manufacturers in the South East (based out of Guildford). I mainly blog about technical issues/philosophy/art etc.
I do not exist.
Taken from Another stupid human
A PROOF THAT THE EXTERMINATION OF OUR SUN
Hi fi sci fi. Why? Because it rhymes and rhyme is equal to reason.
The disgusting nature and exploits of the rose
Possible solutions to the global energy problem
An experimental investigation into the sleeping habits of my mother
James Bond (asexual gay Lord and master of sexy epigrams)
My brother – review
Man Dog V
Raph Shirley on Twitter
Zoe Williams writes for The Guardian and the New Statesman. She writes political commentary, interviews and reviews. Her work has also appeared in other publications, including The Spectator, the London Cyclist and the Evening Standard where she contributed columns on a variety of subjects, and a diary about being a single woman in London.
The mad scramble for school places
The UK riots: the psychology of looting
This policy on child support is worthy of a budget airline
Feminism in the 21st century
Zoe Williams on Journalisted
Zoe Williams on Twitter
Simon Kuper is a journalist writing for the Financial Times, and publishes in newspapers and magazines around the world. He has written a number of books on sport, including ‘Football Against the Enemy’ won the William Hill Award. Born in Uganda, Simon spent most of his childhood in Holland and now lives in Paris.
When ignorance is far from bliss (£)
Speaking of the British (£)
Now the rich are always with us… (£)
Lets put the meaning back into politics (£)
Climate change: who cares anymore? (£)
Simon Kuper on Twitter
Simon Kuper on Journalisted
‘On the outside, [the foreigners] seem intractable, but inside they are cowardly. . . Although there have been a few ups-and-downs, the situation as a whole is under control.’
In October 1839, a few months after the Chinese Imperial Commissioner, Lin Zexu, dispatched these confident words to his emperor, a cabinet meeting in Windsor voted to fight Britain’s first Opium War (1839-42) with China. The conflict turned out to be rich in tragicomedy: in bureaucratic fumblings, military missteps, political opportunism and collaboration. Yet over the past 170 years, this strange tale of misunderstanding, incompetence and compromise has become the founding myth of modern Chinese nationalism: the start of China’s heroic struggle against a Western conspiracy to destroy the country with opium and gunboat diplomacy.
Beginning with the dramas of the war itself, Julia Lovell explores its causes and consequences and, through this larger narrative, interweaves the curious stories of opium’s promoters and attackers.The Opium War is both the story of modern China – starting from this first conflict with the West – and an analysis of the country’s contemporary self-image. It explores how China’s national myths mould its interactions with the outside world, how public memory is spun to serve the present; and how delusion and prejudice have bedevilled its relationship with the modern West.
Taken from Pan Macmillan
Gavin Kelly is chief executive of Resolution Foundation. He was Director of Research at the Institute of Public Policy Research and the Fabian Society, and taught economics and politics at the University of Sheffield where he received his doctorate. He is a regular commentator on issues of public policy and politics – his particular interests are economic policy, low pay, public services and social mobility.
Taken from Resolution Foundation
The scandal of low-paid care workers
Changing the conversation in 2012
Why Britain’s households got richer – and why they stopped
How seven years of cuts will transform the political landscape
The onslaught against working families continues
Learning the right lessons from Labour’s economic record
Obama: Mr 99%?
Minimum wage: The only way is up?
The coalition’s woes with women
Wanted: a new purpose for British capitalism
Alex Massie is a freelance journalist, currently based in the Scottish Borders. He spent five years in Washington DC as a correspondent for The Scotsman and the Daily Telegraph. Prior to that he was Assistant Editor and Chief Leader Writer for Scotland on Sunday. He has also worked as a sports journalist and as a magazine feature writer. He blogs about American, British and Scottish politics and culture. And cricket.
Taken from Alex Massie on The Spectator
Ireland and the Kubler-Ross Model of Grief
Muckle Eck’s Big Mo
Stray Thoughts on the Execution of Osama bin Laden
This Social Union, This Commonwealth
A Bill That Shames Scotland
Stephen Birrell’s Conviction Shames Scotland
Rick Perry: Texas Gaullist
Westminster’s Festina Affair
Rebekah Brooks: I Am Not A Witch, I’m You
Tinker, Tailor, Banker, Spy
Alex Massie on Twitter
Duncan McLaren’s touching and tender online diaries about visiting his mother, Mabel, in her care home.
In 2003, Duncan McLaren’s mother had a stroke and he moved from London in order to live with his parents in Perthshire. For a few years, while helping in the family home, he was able to carry on writing about the individuals whose creativity fascinated him. Looking For Enid: The Mysterious and Inventive Life of Enid Blyton was awarded Saga Magazine’s Grown-Up Award for Non-Fiction in 2007. However, further deterioration in his mum’s health caused by strokes and falls resulted in her moving to a care home and since then Duncan’s writing has focused on Mabel.
Written by a friend: Ben Gunn is a widely recognised face on the prison landings, having wandered through the prison system for 30 years. Pleading guilty to the murder of a friend at the age of 14, he has consistently fought for the recognition of the inherent dignity of all human beings. As a result, he has served decades longer than expected. Ben chose the route of education to alter his life and empower himself. He specialises in conflict resolution and jailhouse law on the landings. At present he is engaged in research towards a PhD, focused upon the role of Human Needs Theory in prison conflicts. Ben writes regularly for the prisoner’s national newspaper Inside Time and is well known for his challenging views.He is also a proponent of non-violent political activism, having spent a lifetime resisting the worst excesses of State abuses of prisoners. He recently became General Secretary of the Association of Prisoners, arguing that change in the penal system rests in the hands of prisoners themselves. “A little rebellion now and then is a good thing” – Thomas Jefferson.