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"John Reid demanded sweeping changes to international law yesterday to free British soldiers from the restraints of the Geneva conventions and make it easier for the west to mount military actions against other states.",,1746322,00.html

(Link courtesy [ profile] mirabehn)
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Neil Gaimen on the cartoon controversy:
"Okay, for those who haven't been watching the news (or for those reading this blog long after these events have been forgotten), a Danish paper, on discovering that depicting the prophet Mohammed in pictoral form was considered blasphemous by Moslems, decided to challenge that idea and commission local cartoonists to draw cartoons with Mohammed in them. The cartoons, at least the ones I've seen reproduced, were fairly sophomoric. Then a Danish Islamic group, considering this blasphemous (see above), took the pictures, along with some more that they apparently made up, through the Middle East, in order to get people upset.


"What do I think? I think a bunch of things, many of them contradictory and some of them fuzzy (which is the main reason I don't do much on politics in this blog). I think the main thing I think is that doing something purely calculated to offend people, a small minority of whom have shown no compunction previously about killing and harming people who've done similar things, is something that you had only better do if you are prepared for all of the consequences. That doesn't have anything to do with freedom of speech, that has to do with cause and effect, in a post-Satanic Verses world.


"Do I support the ability of a free press to print whatever it likes? Hell, yes. Do I think it was wise, sensible, or even sane to print or to reprint those particular cartoons? Not particularly, no.

"Do I think reacting to the cartoons by burning down embassies, killing people, or, in the case of the UK, threatening more suicide bombers, is an even vaguely sane reaction? Of course not."
kingandy: (Frowny)
It's important to listen to the news, and think about what they're saying. It's not uncommon, for example, to hear something like "X has been attacked for saying..." or "Y's statement has caused controversy..." But who are these people? How have they attacked X?

According to Radio 1 Newsbeat: "The top policeman in London's Metropolitan force has been criticised for saying he couldn't understand the level of interest in the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman."

Who's he been criticised by? Well, the Media, obviously.

The full story is not that he's shocked it was so high profile, but rather that he's surprised that other murders are more or less ignored. And, in particular, it was in response to a question about whether police resources are distributed as reflected in the media. Naturally the Media are outraged that they could possibly be accused of picking and choosing the stories they cover, so less than 24 hours later he's apologising.

Newsbeat goes on to mention, "Critics say there's been just as much interest in other major crimes, regardless of the race of the victims." It does not say who these critics are. I strongly suspect they are people around the Newsbeat office.
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Hughes reveals gay relationships
"I am perfectly willing to say I have had both homosexual and heterosexual relationships in the past," the Southwark and Bermondsey MP said.
Asked by the Independent whether he was gay, he replied: "No, I'm not. But it absolutely should not matter if I was."
Trevor Kavanagh, associate editor of The Sun, said Mr Hughes had decided to speak about his sexuality after being confronted with "pretty incontrovertible" evidence that he had phoned a gay chat line.

So, yeah, we can let him off denying being gay because maybe he considers himself bi. But come on. Chat lines? That's just sick.

Still, good picture on that article. They've managed to capture a real John Inman moment.

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