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Donal Ryan, recently shortlisted for the prestigious International Impac Dublin literary award for his debut novel The Spinning Heart, has cemented his reputation as a heavyweight literary contender and ‘one to watch’ on the world literary stage.

Published at the end of 2013, Ryan’s The Spinning Hearthas already received acclaim winning both the Guardian First Book Award 2013 and Book of the…

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This month will see the twelfth IRC (Immigration Return Centre) in Britain open on Portland, Dorset. The two most recent additions to this flourishing archipelago have both been converted prisons in relatively remote areas, well away from the largest migrant communities with their specialist lawyers. The expectation may have been that re-opening the Verne as an IRC would pass unnoticed down there…

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Interesting post from Mindergenfield - is it time for trans women to step away from feminism? 

mindergenfield:

I admit this post has a pretty inflammatory title, even though there is an important qualifier. I’m gonna leave it the way it is, though, because I think trans women need to seriously consider this notion. And the qualifier is this: Trans women need to step away from feminism if our engagement…

“You write down in your newspaper articles that Russia and Ukraine will never be separated,” said Kolya, sticking his index-finger for emphasis like a boxer sticks the jab, “You tell them that!” Then he continued “I hope that you’re not here to debase the moral order of our society” – rumours about “provocateurs,” both foreign and domestic, have been rife here. I answered “Well, Kolya, it’s funny…

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Bruce Springsteen sings Lorde’s Royals

Bruce Springsteen tipped his hat to local girl Lorde, when he played an unaccompanied acoustic folk version of her worldwide hit Royals during his show at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium (1st of March 2013).

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Nicosia, Cyprus, 1964

I was not allowed to ask him any more than thirteen questions and these had to be submitted to his PR man for the President’s approval upon our arrival in Nicosia, before I had any real chance to assess the situation. I submitted fairly basic questions hoping to expand on them during the interview. We got on with making the film during the following weeks expecting a call…

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In June, 1975, Richard Gilbert directed a production for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation entitled ‘The Old South’ – a salute to the USA Bi-Centennial. As part of the production he interviewed US Five Star General Mark Wayne Clark, then President of the Citadel Military College of South Carolina. Clark fought in World War I, and during World War II was commander of allied forces in Italy,…

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The NSA “is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world.” (Washington Post)

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We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.