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Blair: “Libya is less like Iraq and more like Kosovo”, Eagle Eye

Blair: “Libya is less like Iraq and more like Kosovo”

Tony Blair, interviewed in Denmark, gives his clear view on the situation in Libya for the first time (in one short interview with The Times, pay wall, he spoke only of his phone calls to Colonel Gaddafi).

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 5 April 2011 at 10:33 pm

Could a doctor’s daughter from Acton — now Syria’s first lady — stop the bloodshed?, Eagle Eye

Could a doctor’s daughter from Acton — now Syria’s first lady — stop the bloodshed?

It is one of those days. Everywhere I turn there is another Question to Which the Answer is No. Number 558 (above) is from the Daily Nowdoingitonpurpose. (Thank you to Anthony Cox.)

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 5 April 2011 at 9:32 pm

Barometer: Kurt Cobain, Arts

Barometer: Kurt Cobain

17 years ago today Kurt Cobain took his own life in a suicide that shook not just the music world, but pop culture in general.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 5 April 2011 at 6:09 pm

The Non-Syllabic Prime Minister, Eagle Eye

The Non-Syllabic Prime Minister

Peter Mandelson was at the Mile End Group last night, to mark the move of Clement Attlee’s statue to Queen Mary, University of London.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 5 April 2011 at 4:10 pm

On Lansley and the NHS: Absolute Camateurs, Eagle Eye

On Lansley and the NHS: Absolute Camateurs

Contrary to the Tory caricature of a creaking public service, the NHS is, in fact, a relatively dynamic organization. The government’s recent proposals caused a flurry of activity and a series of adaptive changes have taken place already.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 5 April 2011 at 4:08 pm

Muslims “shoot back” at Hollywood, Arts

Muslims “shoot back” at Hollywood

In 1981 the late Literary Theorist, Edward Said, published one of his influential texts “Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World” which challenged the essentialist representation of Islam and Muslims as the degenerate “other” in Western media since the Iranian revolution of 1979.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 5 April 2011 at 3:46 pm

Can Murder Ever be an Acceptable Response to Book Burning?, Eagle Eye

Can Murder Ever be an Acceptable Response to Book Burning?

A headline worthy of the number 557 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No. An outstanding contribution, from an American website called Family Security Matters. Which of course it does.
Intensely grateful to Padraig Reidy for spotting this one.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 5 April 2011 at 2:57 pm

Pendulum: “I met Paul working in a brothel while Rob was working the pole”, Notebook

Pendulum: “I met Paul working in a brothel while Rob was working the pole”

Since bursting onto the Drum ‘n’ Bass scene in 2002, Pendulum have managed to bring the genre into the mainstream before branching out and performing live gigs. The festival heavyweights are kicked off this year’s Volvo Snowbombing festival in Austria last night and I caught up with Gareth McGrillen and Ben Mount to hear why the fourth album’s been postponed and how they feel about people saying they’ve turned their back on the genre that got them where they are.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 5 April 2011 at 12:00 pm

Can we make a new ‘workie’ era really work?, Notebook

Can we make a new ‘workie’ era really work?

The trick for the Government is to improve the culture of work experience without reducing the opportunities for it.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 5 April 2011 at 11:55 am

Kingsley Brown, just another name…, Notebook

Kingsley Brown, just another name…

November 22nd 2001, Ricky Bishop. August 21st 2008, Sean Rigg. April 1st 2009, Ian Tomlinson. March 15th 2011, David Emmanuel a.k.a. Smiley Culture. March 31st 2011, Kingsley Brown. Just another name.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 5 April 2011 at 10:41 am

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