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The voice of an empire in decline, Notebook

The voice of an empire in decline

Why do we tune in to watch a North American President giving a speech about the “Middle East”?  Can we change the channel and watch the President of China pontificating on the “Far West”, or an African President telling Europeans that they have a choice between hope and hate?  In the words of hip-hop artist [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 5:50 pm

Modern kids grow up in a global village, Notebook

Modern kids grow up in a global village

Anyday now, the Department for Education will publish the final report from Reg Bailey’s review of commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood. The Chief Exec of the Mothers’ Union has been given a hot potato to juggle as he balances the need for Ministers to fulfil their pledge in the Coalition Agreement to “crackdown on irresponsible [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 5:37 pm

The AID dilemma, Notebook

The AID dilemma

The Coalition government’s promise to ring fence the budget for overseas aid at 0.7% despite austerity cuts is seen by many in the development sector as a positive step, although the general British population may not be so enthused.

By | Notebook | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 4:45 pm

Top of the posts, Notebook

Top of the posts

Our top posts and bloggers of the week

By | Notebook | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 4:22 pm

Why are the Home Office deporting LGBT activists?, Notebook

Why are the Home Office deporting LGBT activists?

Edson ‘Eddy’ Cosmas has lived and studied in London for several years. As a child, he spent time in Manchester whilst his father studied there. Eddy, a young, black, gay man from Tanzania, in east Africa, has built up a circle of friends and fellow students, and is determined to succeed in life. He has strong political beliefs, and never misses an opportunity to speak out in support of gay rights, immigrant rights and anti-racism campaigns.

By | Notebook | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 3:21 pm

The logistical nightmare of the NFL lockout, Sport

The logistical nightmare of the NFL lockout

Michael Kim speaks to Jacksonville Jaguars assistant coach, Dirk Koetter, about life during the NFL lockout.

By | Sport | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 1:09 pm

Julia’s Eyes: Interview with producer Guillermo del Toro, Film

Julia’s Eyes: Interview with producer Guillermo del Toro

Julia (Belén Rueda), a woman suffering from degenerative sight disease, finds her twin sister Sara, who has already gone blind as a result of the same disease, hanged in the basement of her house. In spite of the fact that everything points to suicide, Julia decides to investigate what she intuitively feels is a murder case, entering a dark world that seems to hide a mysterious presence.

By | Film | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 12:12 pm

Why does LSE academic Satoshi Kanazawa seem to hate women and black people?, Notebook

Why does LSE academic Satoshi Kanazawa seem to hate women and black people?

“The Hawaiian sailors are all black and ugly like devils.” This was an entry in the diary of Morita Kiyoyuki, one of the 170 samurai envoys who travelled from Japan as part of the first Japanese embassy mission to America in 1860 during the late Tokugawa Shogunate. The envoys meticulously recorded their views on what they saw during their journey in embassy dispatches, diaries, memoirs, and travelogues.

By | Notebook | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 12:00 pm

Fiction Uncovered: the revenge of the Midlist?, Arts

Fiction Uncovered: the revenge of the Midlist?

One of the great complaints of writers and agents about the current febrile state of the publishing industry is the Death of the Midlist, meaning that range of authors, often in mid-career, whose books traditionally sold well-ish, but not spectacularly. That may have been fine in the grand old days of publishing yore, but in [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 11:58 am

Caught & Social: i readers reveal the art of partying, Notebook

Caught & Social: i readers reveal the art of partying

Forget the Ivor Novellos, forget bashes in London last night with George Clooney, forget, even, Cannes with its yacht, pool and nightclub parties. For the event that everyone was talking about this week was the second i readers’ party, held in the beautiful surrounds of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. There, a group [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 11:12 am

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