Selected Reading (02/07/09)

July 2, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Posted in Misc. | Leave a comment
  • On the 10 O’Clock News last night, Mark Easton did a great piece on drug decriminalisation in Portugal. He follows that up with some more thorough analysis on his blog.
  • septicisle slams Jack Straw’s decision to refuse parole to Ronnie Biggs.
  • Elsewhere, Duncan Campbell contrasts that decision with the compassion he showed for General Pinochet.
  • David Wilson has more on the crisis in our prisons.
  • In the New York Times, Tom Friedman is surprisingly good in demanding Obama’s leadership on climate change.
  • The Tories & Labour seem to be in a competition to make it harder & harder for people to become teachers. Not mentioned in this drive to recruit only the best teachers? Better hours & pay.
  • James Joyner ponders the prospect of Tony Blair becoming President of Europe.
  • The Times of London reports on how a cash-strapped Hollywood is turning to teenage superstars for their filthy lucre.
  • According The Times of India, there have been 81 confirmed attacks on Indians in Australia since 23rd May, and the number may be much higher. I’m resisting the urge to make a Neighbours pun here, so instead I’ll just ask: WTF??
  • The NYT interviews Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.
  • So does TIME.
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