November 2012

Archives reveal shameful truth of Britain's past

For historians, it represents a treasure trove of boundless rewards and an opportunity to revisit some of the most enduring myths about Britain's colonial past, writes Simon Hooper. But for some of those still living with the physical and psychological sca ...

Pakistan faces growing opium scourge

May WilkersonPakistan's already-rampant drug problem is likely to worsen after withdrawal of troops from neighbouring Afghanistan - the world's leading producer of opium. The supply of opium and heroin (an opium derivative) into Pakistan has significantly ...

Leveson's press probe doesn't tackle ownership of big media

 Leveson's press probe doesn't tackle ownership of big mediaLet's be clear what's at play with the Leveson Inquiry report into British press standards published today and the row over whether or not a new truly independent media watchdog should have l ...

A window into the soul of an artist

Brian UsherArtist Hilary Gialerakis died aged 79 after a colourful but tempestuous life which she recorded in dairies she began writing in 1924. Shortly before her death in 2003, Gialerakis posted her dairies and memoirs to her daughter Antonia G ...

Army poisoned Black people in '50s claims new lawsuit

Monsanto, a multinational agricultural biotechnology company and others in the US conspired with an army experiment to secretly poison people with toxic chemicals in a giant segregated housing complex in the 1950s, according to a class action personal ...

Israeli websites attacked in cyber war waged by hackers

Monique HammThe activist hacker group Anonymous successfully disabled thousands of Israeli websites, in the midst of the ongoing armed conflict between Israel and Gaza. Their mission, #OpsIsrael, had already infiltrated the database of Mashav– the Israeli ...
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Beauty in the media and the issues behind photo retouching

A look at the way in which notions about beauty are represented in the media, and the issues behind photographic manipulation of images taken of celebrities and models and how they are promoted to the public. 

UK squatting ban used to tackle 'anarchist' threat

Simon Hooper"Todd" was 18 when he came to the UK from Lithuania in 2005 in search of a better life. But things didn't work out. By 2009, with the British economy ravaged by recession, he had lost his job and had nowhere to live. "I had really bad depressio ...

Big name stars unite against cuts to artists' pay

Kristen Hainen and Marie KnowlesA who's-who of musicians and singers, including stars from Motown, rock and roll, country, rap and jazz have released an open letter to be published in this weekend's Billboard Magazine.They are opposing Pandora, the online ...

Why Google knows our 'darkest secrets' not Facebook

John HerrmanGoogle, bruised as it has been by the rise of social media, still runs the most important utility on the internet.I use Google search for fewer things than I used to - I rarely use it to find something to just read, for exam ...

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