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Another Hole in the Julian Assange Prosecution

Julian Assange

The shabby case against Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange continues

An Open Letter to Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

Since you’ve been in the news, it seems timely to drop you a line. After all, it’s not everyone that gets a US holiday in their honour. You and Martin Luther King. The two of you could hardly be more different …



The chasm between your icons and what you probably don’t know about them

Nuclear Risks at all-time High!

nuclear explosion near a city

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has set the hands of the nuclear Doomsday Clock closer to midnight than ever before. Here’s the podcast that explains the heightened dangers that we’re too distracted these days to notice.

John LaForge is a professional analyst and dedicated activist. He is Co-director of Nukewatch, a peace and environmental justice group in Wisconsin, US.

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    The Forgotten Revolutionary

    Thomas Paine, Engraving by Marion Doss licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

    Your chance to know Thomas Paine, the British born founding father of the American Revolution — and certainly the most colourful and passionate one.

    He also had an important role in the French Revolution and was an unblinking critic of tyranny, superstition, religious oppression, special privilege and exploitation. He was also the 18th century’s most widely read writer.

      Composers’ Political Compass

      Beethoven (via

      Writers and artists have been generally more engaged in the big political debates of their day than composers, and their views are often more easily discerned through their works. So how well can we tell the positions of the great composers?

      Gardens and Politics

      What your garden reveals …