Bradley Manning WikiLeaks trial ‘dangerous’ for civil liberties – experts

Soldier faces charge of ‘aiding the enemy’ by downloading and leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents The trial of Bradley Manning, the US soldier who leaked a trove of state secrets to WikiLeaks, could set an ominous precedent that will chill freedom of speech and turn the internet into a danger zone, legal experts […]


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Nate Silver: you ask the questions

Do you want to quiz the political forecaster who predicted the result of the US election? Here’s your chance Nate Silver‘s accurate forecasting of Obama’s election victory last year brought him acclaim, and it also highlighted the importance of statistical literacy in our data-heavy age. The amount of data in our world is growing by […]


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Successive scandals seed mistrust in central pillars of our democracy

The Savile affair joins Hillsborough, MPs’ expenses, banking disasters and events leading up to the Leveson inquiry. Ed Jacobs, the Northerner‘s political commentor, on a possible common culture behind the separate threats to public trust? A year ago this coming Monday James (Jimmy) Wilson Vincent Savile died aged 84. In life, over a period spanning […]


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New York Times report sales rise

Paid-for digital subscriptions reach almost 600,000 but advertising suffers year-on-year declines The New York Times has reported an 11% increase in paid-for digital subscriptions to almost 600,000 in the three months to the end of September. However, both print and digital advertising at the paper suffered year-on-year declines. The Times reported a small profit of […]


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Why I Left Goldman Sachs author is biggest ‘muppet’ say reviewers

Greg Smith’s book is remarkably short on details – and some of those it does contain have been challenged Last March banker Greg Smith delivered a broadside to his former bosses at Goldman Sachs. The morally outraged banker could take no more of the bank’s “toxic and destructive” environment, he said via the New York […]


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Press barons may be for good or ill, but it’s the accountants you have to watch

The death of Arthur Sulzberger and departure of Marjorie Scardino have sparked palpitations at the New York Times and FT – because the number-crunchers might now take over Two-and-a-half pretty significant things happened last week, all of them illuminating one of the great media conundrums of this or any other time. Who should be allowed […]


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US officials ready to target banks over safeguarding failures – report

Authorities reportedly set to crack down on banks for failing to monitor whether cash was being used to launder dirty money Major US banks are being investigated for insufficiently safeguarding against being used by drug dealers or terrorist groups to launder dirty money, it was reported Saturday. An article in the New York Times suggested […]


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Why Big Farming won’t buy Nicholas Kristof’s ‘happy cows’ | Victoria Bekiempis

Anthropomorphising cattle won’t improve farm animal welfare: agribusiness needs a business reason to reform This week, New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas D Kristof told a truly heartwarming tale about his high-school friend Bob Bansen, a “third generation dairyman”, who earns “a good living running a farm that is efficient but also has soul.” In […]


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Olympics: a true legacy would be sport for all | Observer editorial

In the aftermath of the Olympics, it’s important to look into funding and to understand how to encourage more participation Last week, the New York Times columnist Roger Cohen tweeted that the Olympic Games had transformed Britain from “gloom to a grin” in the flicker of an eye. One source of pride has been the […]


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When school is out: gay-friendly education in the US

Around half the students at one pioneering Wisconsin high school are gay, many of them dropouts from mainstream education. But is this just a new kind of sexual segregation? In the first graduating class at Milwaukee’s Alliance High School, the valedictorian – the year’s most distinguished student – scored a D+. “They were smart,” recalls […]


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