From the daily archives:

Sunday, December 19, 2010

#34: 2008, Okkervil River, On Tour With Zykos

December 19, 2010

By rights this band should be huge. They didn’t cross my radar until 2008 and their 5th album, The Stand-Ins, from which this song comes. Whereas most intelligent US music seems to be folk and country based these days, Okkervil River led by Will Sheff, sound as if they have come straight out of the […]

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Week 6: Hero – Richard Holbrooke

December 19, 2010

Since the outbrake of the Iraq War, it has become hard to remember that there was once a time when ‘Liberal Interventionism’ did not seem like a dirty term of Orwellian newspeak. The sad death of Richard Holbrooke on Monday serves as a reminder of a time when it seemed like a genuinely enlightened approach. […]

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Bradley Manning’s Torture – William, This is Really Something

December 19, 2010

Glenn Greenwald’s superb US legal blog has a long post about the treatment of 23 year old Private Bradley Manning, the soldier suspected of leaking the 150,000 pages of documents to Wikileaks.  It is very worth reading in full if you can stomach it – but essentially Manning has been held since May of this […]

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Week 6: Prat – Mark Thompson

December 19, 2010

He has not exactly covered himself in glory since taking over from Greg Dyke at the BBC – more fearful of power, more craven to those in authority.   But then again it was understandable that the BBC Board would make a cautious appointment after the devastating (though outrageously unfair) criticism and fall out from the […]

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Week 6: Villain – David Shakespeare

December 19, 2010

Caring Conservative Party? No more nasty party – my arse! David Shakespeare, the Conservative Party Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, summed up the real feelings of many many Tories when he said that ‘the North could replace the Romanians in the Cherry Orchards.’ (What does he mean ‘The North?’ Is he so dismissive of Northerners, that […]

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