Publication: New Statesman

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The Scottish Yes campaign is running out of time

There are now less than 50 days to go until the Scottish independence referendum. The possibility that the country could vote to secede from the UK, after 307 years of union, makes the general election appear almost trivial by comparison. But the chance ... [Published New Statesman - 38 mins ago]
First reported 22 hours ago - Updated 10 hours ago - 1 reports

John Simpson: Can anyone bring back Nigeria’s lost girls?

Newspaper journalism in Nigeria is an acquired but distinctly attractive taste. It’s chaotic, assertive, hugely competitive, often deeply untrustworthy, and yet it is stubbornly, determinedly outspoken.There are 30 or so national papers available in Lagos ... [Published New Statesman - 22 hours ago]
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David Patrikarakos: How the MH17 disaster turned a conflict global

a surface-to-air missile shot down a Malaysian airliner en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. The photos, flowers and candles that were once confined to mourning the victims of February’s “Euromaidan ... [Published New Statesman - 14 hours ago]
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The fight for democracy and liberty in Hong Kong

Since the official handover from Britain in 1997, Hong Kong has been under Chinese influence once more. However, the “one country, two systems” mantra enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 dictates that the city’s capitalist system and ... [Published New Statesman - 14 hours ago]
First reported 17 hours ago - Updated 17 hours ago - 1 reports

Widescreen, blockbuster Mozart at the Bregenz Festival’s The Magic Flute

The Magic FluteBregenz Festival, AustriaMozart’s The Magic Flute is notoriously difficult to stage. But a work that is a director’s graveyard when trapped in the confines of a proscenium theatre becomes a playground when released into its natural element(s), ... [Published New Statesman - 17 hours ago]
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Tomorrow the war ends: diary of a writer in Gaza City

Although I ask my family what date it is every day, and I look it up myself whenever I can, I always forget within a few short moments.And so I didn’t exactly know the day, or the date, or the time. My phone was out of power. The night was as normal as ... [Published New Statesman - 18 hours ago]
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Matalan have bowed to pressure over Rana Plaza, but the campaign goes on

When Rana Plaza collapsed, Mossammat Rebecca Khatun was inside. It was two more days before she was rescued. She survived but paid a heavy price. Her injuries robbed her of her right foot and her left leg. But the collapse of the cramped eight-storey ... [Published New Statesman - 19 hours ago]
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Cameron's crackdown on migrant benefits is too little, too late to help him

The Prime Minister’s announcement this week that he will slash the time period during which EU immigrants are entitled to benefits was welcomed by the Tory right and Eurosceptics of all tribes.On Tuesday David Cameron announced plans to halve the period ... [Published New Statesman - 19 hours ago]
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The Tories are living in a fiscal fantasy land

It is possible for the Tories to promise to eliminate the deficit by the end of the next parliament, or to avoid any further tax rises, or to cut taxes. What is not possible for them to do is to promise all three. But that is the fantasy land they now ... [Published New Statesman - 20 hours ago]
First reported 21 hours ago - Updated 21 hours ago - 1 reports

Felicity Cloake: How your picnic hamper can change the world

On May Day 1978, Finsbury Park played host to an unusual party. A yellowing flyer for the Anarchist Picnic (dedicated to “all prisoners rotting in the world’s jails”), now in the archives of the Bishopsgate Institute, urges freethinkers to bring their ... [Published New Statesman - 21 hours ago]
First reported 22 hours ago - Updated 22 hours ago - 1 reports

Hacks in the dock: Duncan Campbell on the history of jailed journalists

Highly strung: journalists dangle from a lamp-post in this 1872 caricature. Image: Getty“It is not often that a man can look back upon his conviction and sentence as a criminal convict with pride and exultation,” wrote W T Stead, the editor of the Pall ... [Published New Statesman - 22 hours ago]
First reported Jul 30 2014 - Updated Jul 30 2014 - 2 reports

The rise in GDP is handing the Tories the election

What issues will decide next year’s general election? For the major parties, the challenge is making their issues the topic of national debate.For the Tories that means focusing on the economy, immigration and crime.For Labour, it means steering every ... [Published New Statesman - Jul 30 2014]

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...Rather, he needs a black swan event of the kind Darling spoke of in his interview with the New Statesman in June: "What worry you are the unknowns. Something could happen ..."
...be able to go into the general election answering Ronald Reagan's question - "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" - in the negative.  "From a Conservative-led government that promised to make working people better off back in 2010, this is a dismal record of failure" Balls will say
...Among its  main findings  are that "[t]here is increased confidence in the IPCC projections that, with rising greenhouse gas concentrations, we will continue to see warming (and the changes to the climate associated with warming) in this century and beyond"
...ndependent-minded on various issues, or rebellious, as the whips like to call it, and I understand what the consequences of that will be,” she says. "But I’m still a human being and at the end of the day, if people tell you you’re on the verge of promotion and you don’t get promoted, it’s disappointing.”"

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The Scottish Yes campaign is running out of time [Published New Statesman - 38 mins ago]
The fight for democracy and liberty in Hong Kong [Published New Statesman - 14 hours ago]
David Patrikarakos: How the MH17 disaster turne... [Published New Statesman - 14 hours ago]
Widescreen, blockbuster Mozart at the Bregenz F... [Published New Statesman - 17 hours ago]
Tomorrow the war ends: diary of a writer in Gaz... [Published New Statesman - 18 hours ago]
Matalan have bowed to pressure over Rana Plaza,... [Published New Statesman - 19 hours ago]
Cameron's crackdown on migrant benefits is too ... [Published New Statesman - 19 hours ago]
The Tories are living in a fiscal fantasy land [Published New Statesman - 20 hours ago]
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Hacks in the dock: Duncan Campbell on the histo... [Published New Statesman - 22 hours ago]
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