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‘In his remarkable book, Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, Simon Sebag Montefiore does a service by focusing on the intimacies of power. In his detailed, highly readable account of Joseph…




‘"Put your money where your mouth is." ‘The old taunt reflects a deep economic principle: Talk is cheap, but if someone is willing to risk money, it means they’re serious. Put the…




‘Transformers twiddles its big, fat, stupid robotic thumbs for the better part of two hours before jabbing them into your eye socket and finger-fucking your brain in the last 20 minutes. Yes!…


‘The Treasury is planning to disband the government’s controversial arms sales department, the Guardian can disclose. The 450-strong defence export services organisation (Deso), based near Oxford Street in London, has long been…


…Hillary believes that "the President should abandon his escalation of the war." She chooses not to say "his" war because it could not have been "his" war without the help of people…


This episode is work safe. Esalen Institute is a combination alt-think tank, academic community and sensual retreat perched on the Pacific-facing cliffs of Big Sur, California. Its thinkers formed the leading edge…


‘Should you be able to drive anywhere you damn well please? An alliance of local officials and timber, mining, and off-road-vehicle lobbyists


‘Now, don’t get me wrong. Carbon emissions may indeed be causing harmful climate change, and dramatic reductions by Americans may actually do some good. But in typical green journalism fashion, the feel-good…


‘Graffiti was an easy, natural fit with plenty of alienated youth. One 1980s writer describes the nascent culture as a "weird private communication for teenage kids



‘I can’t believe it’s been nearly a week since the Guitar Wolf gig and I’ve not posted to rave about it. ‘I only heard of them when a friend asked me if…



‘Washington – With little fanfare, at least so far, the stage is being set for a post-"surge" Iraq strategy that reduces US ambitions for the Iraq project, even while keeping some US…



‘The release of the second-quarter fundraising totals spells trouble for two presidential candidates: Democrat John Edwards and Republican John McCain. Edwards has always been a long-shot for the nomination, but McCain was…


‘Saturday’s series of "Live Earth" concerts features a marquee-bursting array of the music industry’s megastars, but perhaps its most impressive headliner is a band that doesn’t even have a recording contract. That…



‘Indie rockers are happily hawking corporate fare. Is selling out really such a big deal anymore?’ (Utne article). GO TO FULL STORY


‘Recent sightings of the so-called ‘Drones’ has prompted widespread speculation on internet forums and a flurry of news reports from within the UFO community from websites and in major media outlets. Very…


‘CINCINNATI — A divided federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit Friday challenging President Bush’s domestic spying program without ruling on the issue of whether warrantless wiretapping is legal. ‘In a 2-1 decision…


‘They were words of courage and defiance, uttered by a man who embodied both. Mordechai Vanunu spent 18 years in jail, a full 11 of them in solitary confinement, for revealing Israel’s…