Bradley Manning’s WikiLeaks trial: what are the key issues at stake? | Ed Pilkington

The US soldier charged with ‘aiding the enemy’ is expected to be on trial for three months, starting todayAfter 1,100 days in military captivity, Bradley Manning finally goes to trial on Monday, for leaking a trove of state secrets to WikiLeaks.What is Manning charged with?The US soldier faces 21 counts flowing from the leaking of […]
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What do the Camerons’ holiday photos tell us about the PM?

The prime minister came under criticism this week for going on holiday instead of taking care of the country at home. So what can we make of the Camerons’ choice of destination, Ibiza, and how does it compare to his previous summer getaways?Cornwall 2010″Do you think the baby would vote for me if it could?” […]
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The Frankfurt School, part 7: what’s left? | Peter Thompson

Habermas and Honneth represent both a break with the Frankfurt School and continuity around the theme of reificationAlthough I have concentrated very clearly on the big names of classical Frankfurt School history and their relationship to fascism, capitalism and the conditions created by the Weimar Republic, the Frankfurt School still exists today. Its influence, largely […]
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How do I become… an embalmer?

Some modest GCSEs – and the right attitude – can get you on a two-year course, then the job might take you anywhereAs an eight-year-old, Kevin Sinclair would fetch the Hoover from the chapel beneath the family flat, see dead bodies in coffins and carry on. “They were just sleeping,” he says casually. “That’s what […]
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News story: PM praises "immense contribution" of British Sikhs at Vaisakhi reception

The Prime Minister praised the “immense contribution” of British Sikhs at Vaisakhi reception at Downing Street on Friday 19 April. Speaking at the reception the Prime Minister David Cameron said: You are all extremely welcome here tonight and there are three things that I wanted to say. “The first is a very warm welcome to […]
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PM praises ‘immense contribution’ of British Sikhs at Vaisakhi reception

The Prime Minister praised the ‘immense contribution’ of British Sikhs at Vaisakhi reception at Downing Street last night Speaking at the reception the Prime Minister David Cameron said: “You are all extremely welcome here tonight and there are three things that I wanted to say. “The first is a very warm welcome to Number 10 Downing Street; […]
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No iPod allowed for terror suspect student

Judge rules that British undergraduate of Somali descent who is under a surveillance order can freely associate with fellow studentsA terror suspect who is subject to a surveillance order has won the right to socialise freely with his fellow university students – but has been prevented from using an iPod.The undergraduate, a British citizen of […]
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Michael White’s diary

They just can’t resist a good man in a spot of bother, like Sarko or a Spanish royal. Though you’d think they’d be too busy, what with organising a World Cup• The oil-sodden autocracy of Qatar is diversifying again. Not content with inviting ex-president of France Nicolas Sarkozy to head a €500m private equity fund, […]
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KFC serves up degree course

Twenty-three employees begin BA in business management, first honours degree course in UK funded by a restaurant chainKFC is subjecting its zingers, popcorn chicken and BBQ rancher burgers to some academic rigour after launching a BA in business management.The first employees with places on the course – the UK’s first honours degree funded by a […]
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Ed Balls admits he has been caught speeding

Shadow chancellor says he was doing 56mph in 50mph zone and attended speed awareness courseEd Balls has confessed to being caught speeding – saying that he was “bang to rights”.The shadow chancellor said he was doing 56mph in a 50mph zone on the motorway in his West Yorkshire constituency when he triggered a trap.Joking that […]
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