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New rules see US campaign funding skyrocket

March 4, 2012

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Campaign spending in this year’s US presidential election is set to be the highest ever thanks to a landmark decision by the Supreme Court in 2010, yet it looks likely to be matched by a corresponding rise in negative advertisements by candidates. The decision by the United States Supreme Court in 2010 to remove the […]

Scientific advances v. Economic realities: World AIDS Day

December 1, 2011

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Living in Kenya means World Aids Day has a particular resonance to me this year. With 7.1 percent of adults between the ages of 15 and 49 infected with HIV, the country is at the forefront of the global battle against the disease. Indeed, the impact of HIV/AIDS has always been at its most devastating […]

Election 2010: the first internet election?

March 15, 2010

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With the general election fast approaching, the debate continues to rage over what influence, if any, the internet will have on the way it is contested and the outcome. The Fabian Society’s Nick Anstead thinks the influence will be limited, and it is an opinion I find myself agreeing with. Certainly the mechanics of the […]

Following the ‘decade of difference’

January 5, 2010

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Charlie Beckett, the director of journalism and society think-tank POLIS, thinks that the world of journalism is capable of adapting its business models to the new technologies in this coming decade. Thank God for that, I hear students of journalism (including myself) gratefully saying. Yet Becket does not suggest any solid ideas on how online […]

Obama, China and the Internet

November 22, 2009

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It will be a long time before the people of China have democracy, but how long will it be before they can gain uncensored access to at least a small bit of it, the internet. Some form of dissent on the internet does take place, but nowhere near enough. And it is good news to […]

Thank Bevan for the NHS

August 14, 2009

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The recent American attacks on the NHS strike me as faintly ridiculous. The attempts of a largely discredited US Right to undermine Barack Obama’s healthcare plans by pointing out defects in the British system would be laughable anyway, even if they had not resorted to the most surreal language imagineable, branding the NHS ‘Orwellian’ and […]