Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Six of the Best 242

Jennie Rigg writes about being an embarrassment to the party ("Or: My Party is turning me into Granny Weatherwax When All I Want to Be is Nanny Ogg.")

"Once the bemusement of the situation has died down and you realise that London is, under the glitz and glamour, a city chock full of smells which you usually associate with the aftermath of a drunken New Year’s Eve. And with a more than above average homeless population, reality hits home for the desire of your opponent is that you join these unfortunate people." On The New Journalist, Vaughan Jones tells us what it is like to be the defendant in a libel trial.

Chinese dissident authors criticised the British Council at an unofficial London Book Fair event, reports Index on Censorship's Free Speech Blog.

Wayne Barrett on The Daily Beast explores the links between Mitt Romney and the scandal-ridden 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

The Backdoor Broadcasting Company is a webcasting service that concentrates on recording academic research. Its site is well worth exploring.

"‘Given the images people see on TV, many conclude Afghanistan never made it out of the Middle Ages. But that is not the Afghanistan I remember. I grew up in Kabul in the 1950s and ’60s. Stirred by the fact that news portrayals of the country’s history didn’t mesh with my own memories, I wanted to discover the truth." Retronaut illustrates Mohammad Qayoumi's case with some contemporary photographs.

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