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“Yeah, we did it.”, Notebook

“Yeah, we did it.”

Sexual assault and rape are well-documented weapons in situations of armed conflict. They also feature as a control technique deployed by many totalitarian regimes. This includes the newly overthrown Egyptian government, in which the sexual violation of both male and female political dissidents was actively encouraged. The current government, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) appears to be following in Mubarak’s footsteps. Or rather, there is none to check their systematic sexual abuses now that they are in charge of the Egyptian state.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 8 June 2011 at 6:00 am

Embarrassing Fat Bodies: the good, the bad and the ugly., Health

Embarrassing Fat Bodies: the good, the bad and the ugly.

We’re told never to judge a book by its cover, but that doesn’t seem to apply to programme titles.
The second Dr Christian Jessen began plugging his new four part series, Twitterers, myself included, started to ask questions. I made a judgement, and not a positive one. It was difficult to express exactly how I felt [...]

By | Health, Notebook | Tuesday, 7 June 2011 at 8:18 pm

A dodgy recommendation from Quilliam, Eagle Eye

A dodgy recommendation from Quilliam

Lord Carlile has been the most vocal defender of the draconian and illiberal system of control orders for terror suspects, both under the previous government and the present one.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 7 June 2011 at 8:10 pm

What Michael Gove and Theresa May argued about, Eagle Eye

What Michael Gove and Theresa May argued about

A puzzling story in the Mail on Sunday was headlined, “Theresa May and Michael Gove at war over crackdown on home-grown terror”. Puzzling because Brendan Carlin’s byline was on it, and he is a proper journalist, yet the story did not say directly what it was that May and Gove disagreed about.
We can guess, of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 7 June 2011 at 7:30 pm

Sepia Labour?, Eagle Eye

Sepia Labour?

In a letter to the Times (paywall) Steve Hart – who holds the slightly sinister title “Political Director, Unite” – defends his union’s influence on Labour candidate selection.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 7 June 2011 at 3:41 pm

Cameron aide’s key role at bank that oversaw sale of troubled Southern Cross empire, Eagle Eye

Cameron aide’s key role at bank that oversaw sale of troubled Southern Cross empire

Even by Daily Mail standards, today’s front page is low. Jeremy Heywood was principal private secretary to Tony Blair, left to work for Morgan Stanley, and is now back in Downing Street as No 10 permanent secretary at the centre of David Cameron’s coalition government.
So the strap above the headline reads: “Blair aide’s key role [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 7 June 2011 at 2:12 pm

Caught & Social: A day in the life of Macca, Notebook

Caught & Social: A day in the life of Macca

Daily gossip from the world of celeb

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 7 June 2011 at 12:54 pm

Today from i: Stage mishaps, Notebook

Today from i: Stage mishaps

Today’s graphic from i

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 7 June 2011 at 11:33 am

Digital Digest, Notebook

Digital Digest

Links to the best of the web

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 7 June 2011 at 11:30 am

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) – The Trailer, Film

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) – The Trailer

In the highly anticipated next chapter of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, the newfound married bliss of Bella Swan and vampire Edward Cullen is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world.

By | Film | Tuesday, 7 June 2011 at 11:00 am

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