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IPC World Athletics Championships: Ready for the start line, Sport

IPC World Athletics Championships: Ready for the start line

The opening ceremony has now finished, the Championships have begun.
We landed in Christchurch on Tuesday afternoon, setting off in pouring rain and landing in pouring rain. I thought we’d escaped that! Approximately 15 earthquakes later (only two of which I felt, having slept through the bigger one at 5.1 on the scale) here we are, [...]

By | Sport | Saturday, 22 January 2011 at 4:29 pm

“The Calculus of Risk”, Eagle Eye

“The Calculus of Risk”

My good colleague Ben Chu is taken by the opening paragraph of Tony Blair’s written statement to the Chilcot inquiry, published yesterday:
Following the attack of September 11th 2001, the calculus of risk on global security had radically and fundamentally changed.  In this context, the issue of Saddam Hussein and his long-standing defiance of the UN [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 11:52 pm

Why Iraq?, Eagle Eye

Why Iraq?

Why did Blair choose to regard Iraq as the most pressing security threat facing the world in 2003, more dangerous than the likes of North Korea, Libya, Iran etc? Unlike the members of the Project for a New American Century, Blair had exhibited no obsession with Iraq before.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 7:00 pm

Iran, Football and Violence – Whose side is the regime on?, Sport

Iran, Football and Violence – Whose side is the regime on?

Although not given much coverage in the Western media, the Asia Cup is well underway. Iran has had a surprisingly good start, beating defending champions Iraq and World Cup qualifiers North Korea. Despite such good form, the Iranian regime will be feeling increasingly uneasy as the tournament progresses.

By | Sport | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 4:45 pm

I’ll be chairing an event at Jewish Book Week where the great Gideon Levy will be speaking, Notebook

I’ll be chairing an event at Jewish Book Week where the great Gideon Levy will be speaking

It’s on Sunday, 6th March. Please do come along – there’s a really ugly campaign going to boycott the event due to Levy’s brave stance defending Israel from those within the country who are leading it on a path to self-destruction by ramping up the occupation and further wars. You can book tickets here.

By | Notebook | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 4:35 pm

Who are the current Mark Kennedys?, Notebook

Who are the current Mark Kennedys?

I wish I could have expressed an ounce of surprise when I heard the story of Mark Kennedy, the police officer who infiltrated environmental activist groups for seven years. Since then, the stories of three more undercover police spies have been exposed. But this is not a surprise, the police have a history of infiltrating political movements in order to crush them.

By | Notebook | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 4:10 pm

Liverpool’s double trouble: Why Wolves want to be No22 since ‘92, Sport

Liverpool’s double trouble: Why Wolves want to be No22 since ‘92

Can Wolverhampton Wanderers inflict on Liverpool only their 22nd ‘double’ defeat of the Premier League era? They’ve already managed the harder part of the double, winning 1-0 at Anfield just over three weeks ago in what turned out to be one of Roy Hodgson’s final games in charge.
Just over a week ago, [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 3:32 pm

Top of the posts, Notebook

Top of the posts

Our weekly round up of top blog posts and bloggers.

By | Notebook | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 2:50 pm

Liverpool are top of the table, Sport

Liverpool are top of the table

Forget the player departures, terrible signings, managerial changes and ownership battles – Liverpool are back where they want to be – top of the table.
Obviously we’re not talking about the table they really want to be at the top of, but rather The Independent’s Facebook league table.
We recently launched a new feature using Facebook that [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 2:11 pm

Five key questions for Ed Balls, Chunomics

Five key questions for Ed Balls

Ed Balls hasn’t been putting himself around for interviews yet, understandably enough, but in preparation for when that moment comes here are five key questions for anyone who bumps into the shadow chancellor over the next few days.

By | Chunomics | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 11:11 am

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