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WikiLeaks Seems to Think Attacks on U.S. Embassies Are All About Them

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Screengrab With an ill-advised tweet posted Wednesday, WikiLeaks may have won the tacky self-interest sweepstakes. The tweet, which was quickly deleted, suggested a deadly attack aimed at the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya was justified by Julian Assange’s refugee status inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The Guardian assumed the...
WikiLeaks Seems to Think Attacks on U.S. Embassies Are All About Them

Spare Rib: Rosie Boycott joins team relaunching feminist magazine

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Boycott to be part of group working on 27 May online relaunch of title she co-founded, with print version planned for the autumnSpare Rib co-founder Rosie Boycott has joined the team planning to relaunch the 70s radical feminist magazine online and in print later this year.Boycott, who co-founded the title...
Spare Rib: Rosie Boycott joins team relaunching feminist magazine

Tim Montgomerie: pushing for a rightwing Tory party - with a heart

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The ConservativeHome founder and editor is a critic of, and cheerleader for, the Conservatives'Cameron has been one of the most disappointing Conservative leaders." During his tenure, "error has been piled upon error". His party is still seen as "a party of the rich". His big society "has been a complete...
Tim Montgomerie: pushing for a rightwing Tory party - with a heart

7 Stories to read this weekend

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What a wonderful week it was – I met with lots of interesting people, read great stuff and generally felt that all was right with the world of written word. Here are my picks – seven stories you should read this weekend. No evidence of disease: This is one of...
7 Stories to read this weekend

Reddit, freedom of speech and the dark side of community

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Unless you spend a lot of time on Reddit, the discussion-forum community that more or less took over after Digg sank beneath the waves, you may have missed the latest storm of controversy over content posted on the site’s various “sub-Reddits” or topic pages. Although Reddit has played host to...
Reddit, freedom of speech and the dark side of community

Nice Guys of OK Cupid Latest Fodder for Online Shaming

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The latest target for our collective online ridicule:  lonely, sometimes pudgy, men who can't get dates due to their misogynistic tendencies.  Men who have labeled themselves (not ironically) as "nice guys" on an online dating site have unscrupulously been gathered together in a new Tumblr called the "Nice Guys of OK Cupid."...
Nice Guys of OK Cupid Latest Fodder for Online Shaming

In defence of online comments | James Ball

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The internet would be a dull place without readers being able to challenge writers – and journalism would be impoverishedOnline comments are getting a bad press of late. After a small number of prison sentences have been doled out to online trolls, most recently to a tweeter who posted racist...
In defence of online comments | James Ball

Are you too white, rich, able-bodied and straight to be a feminist? | Zoe Williams

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Being told to 'check your privilege' - as Helen Lewis was - is insidious. But there are times when you should do exactly thatThis is a story about intersectionality. It's going to displease a few people who don't know what intersectionality is, annoy a few people who do, and enrage...
Are you too white, rich, able-bodied and straight to be a feminist? | Zoe Williams

Twitter hastag is déclassé, says France | Media Monkey

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How très français. Monkey is a little slow on the uptake here (hat tip: New Statesman) - last week the French government's General Commission for Terminology and Neology issued a proclamation to users of Twitter and other social media to urging them to stop using the term "hashtag", in favour...
Twitter hastag is déclassé, says France | Media Monkey

Richard Dawkins' latest anti-Muslim Twitter spat lays bare his hypocrisy | Andrew Brown

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The celebrity atheist's Twitter rant against journalist Mehdi Hasan shows he's a believer too - in his own mythologyRichard Dawkins and Twitter make one of the world's great pairings, like face and custard pie. But whereas more accomplished clowns ram custard pies into the faces of their enemies, Dawkins' technique...
Richard Dawkins' latest anti-Muslim Twitter spat lays bare his hypocrisy | Andrew Brown

Guardian sells tech money tracker Kable to Danson’s PDMG

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Five years after it acquired public-sector technology research firm Kable (here was our story), Guardian News & Media (GNM) is off-loading the outfit. The firm, which tracks local government’s technology expenditure plans for suppliers hunting contracts, is passing to Progressive Digital Media Group (PDMG), the vehicle through which Datamonitor Mike...
Guardian sells tech money tracker Kable to Danson’s PDMG

Minister calls for sacking of Observer columnist Burchill - and paper's editor

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Article attacking transsexuals sparks anger as readers flock to complainA government minister has called for Observer columnist Julie Burchill to be fired because of her column on Sunday in which she attacked transsexuals.Lynne Featherstone, the international development minister who was once equalities minister, took to Twitter to denounce Burchill -...
Minister calls for sacking of Observer columnist Burchill - and paper's editor

No flipping the bird! Twitter unveils strict usage guidelines for new logo

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Twitter's updated bird comes with a rather stringent set of rulesIt is described by Twitter as "the ultimate representation of freedom, hope and limitless possibility". But Twitter's subtly redesigned logo has brought with it a string of new rules on what users are not allowed to do on the network,...
No flipping the bird! Twitter unveils strict usage guidelines for new logo

Now the New Statesman says no to new press regulator

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The left-of-centre New Statesman is preparing to line up with its right-of-centre news magazine rival, The Spectator, by boycotting the new system of press regulation.An editorial headlined "Press reform is too important to be cooked up in a late-night deal" argues that the magazine "does not see its interests served...
Now the New Statesman says no to new press regulator
Text adventure games explore the deeper side of war

Technology is a double-edged sword

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When it comes to technological innovation and its effects on our lives and culture, both the luddites and the evangelists have a pointOver at the New Statesman, Steven Poole is Mad as Hell. Like Howard Beale in the film Network, he's Not Going to Take It Any More. What's bugging him...
Technology is a double-edged sword

Julie Burchill has ended up bullying the trans community | Roz Kaveney

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What's meant as a defence of Suzanne Moore turns into list of negative epithets legitimising the currency of hate speechThe trans community has more things to worry about than the possibility that, if Julie Burchill gets really angry, she might find even nastier things to say about us. Her Observer...
Julie Burchill has ended up bullying the trans community | Roz Kaveney

Teenager arrested for posting burning poppy picture on Facebook

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Nineteen-year-old from Canterbury detained after reportedly posting image on Facebook of a remembrance poppy being set alightA teenager arrested on Remembrance Sunday on suspicion of posting a picture of a burning poppy on Facebook is being questioned by police.The 19-year-old was held after the image of a poppy being set...
Teenager arrested for posting burning poppy picture on Facebook

Book reviews roundup: The Childhood of Jesus, Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters and Who Owns the Future?

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What the critics thought of The Childhood of Jesus by JM Coetzee, Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters by Jane Dunn and Who Owns the Future? by Jaron LanierOn Radio 4's Saturday Review, Aminatta Forna pronounced JM Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus "possibly the most opaque novel I have ever read"....
Book reviews roundup: The Childhood of Jesus, Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters and Who Owns the Future?

Daily Mail deletes 'Arbeit Macht Frei' advice to unemployed graduates

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The Daily Mail has been embarrassed into deleting an offensive paragraph from an online contribution to its website.A piece headlined Why our new legions of unemployed graduates need to adjust their expectations, by Dominique Jackson, contained this extraordinary paragraph:"The German slogan 'Arbeit Macht Frei' is somewhat tainted by its connection...
Daily Mail deletes 'Arbeit Macht Frei' advice to unemployed graduates
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