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Oscar Pistorius should not be going to jail

theguardian.com — Oscar Pistorius was guilty. However gripped by anger, it's difficult to accept he didn't know whom he was likely to kill. He had a violent history and his claim that he thought he was shooting a burglar stretches credulity. He killed his girlfriend.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @DBanksy: Problem with 'name' columnists is that it is hard to tell them they are writing complete bobbins - such as this - gu.com/p/42j2g/tw

Oct 21, 2014

This is what is known as a 'bad day at the office'. Except for whoever is counting the page views, of course. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Oct 21, 2014

Have to agree RT @VictoriaPeckham: Astonishing col by Simon Jenkins abt how poor Pistorius desn't deserve jail AT ALL theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Oct 21, 2014

Astonishing Guardian column by Simon Jenkins about how poor ruined Oscar Pistorius doesn't deserve jail AT ALL. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

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Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison - live

theguardian.com — Welcome to live coverage of the sentencing hearing of Oscar Pistorius, in which we expect the judge, Thokozile Masipa, to hand down sentence this morning. Pistorius was last month cleared of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp but found guilty of culpable homicide, after he fired four bullets through the door of a toilet cubicle at his home, killing his girlfriend.
Oct 21, 2014

ANC Women's League says a woman is killed in S Africa every 8 hours: "This should be unacceptable to every citizen" theguardian.com/world/live/201…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @Claire_Phipps: Reports that International Paralympic Committee has said it will ban #Pistorius from competing in Rio 2016 theguardian.com/world/live/201…

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Gough Whitlam dies at age 98

theguardian.com — Gough Whitlam, who was prime minister for just three years but became a defining political figure of modern Australia, has died aged 98. The election of his government on 2 December 1972, with the famous "It's time" election campaign, ended 23 years of conservative rule and its dismissal by the governor general Sir John Kerr on 11 December 1975 remains one of the most controversial events in Australian political history.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @tom_watson: Australia mourns the loss of a remarkable man. RIP former PM Gough Whitlam. What a legacy he leaves. theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @tom_watson: Australia mourns the loss of a remarkable man. RIP former PM Gough Whitlam. What a legacy he leaves. theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

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Prison suicides: the disgrace that Chris Grayling doesn’t get

theguardian.com — There is no crisis in the prison system, the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, repeatedly asserts - even as the prison and probation ombudsman, Nigel Newcomen, says he is "troubled" and "appalled" by the rising rates of prison suicide; the chief inspector of prisons, Nick Hardwick, expresses concern about prisoners spending "too long in their cells with nothing constructive to do"; and Frances Crook of the Howard League for Penal Reform calls plans for a super-jail for children a "recipe for child abuse".
Oct 21, 2014

Very good piece from @John_Podmore - Prison suicides: the disgrace that Chris Grayling doesn’t get gu.com/p/42tmb/tw

Oct 21, 2014

"The prison service has become so secretive under this government that outside scrutiny is increasingly difficult" gu.com/p/42tmb/tw

Oct 21, 2014

RT @francescrook: Prisoners are people. They were people before prison & will be after. They should be treated as such http://t.co/viAQ9tON…

Oct 21, 2014

I could quote pretty much every line of this article on the state of our prisons theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

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Freedom of the press? Not for student newspapers

theguardian.com — As the editor of Plymouth University's student union paper, the Knowledge, Katie French felt she had a duty to hold her university to account. But four weeks before the deadline for her final-year dissertation she was threatened with expulsion when she printed a story that made Plymouth look bad.
Oct 21, 2014

Why are student unions involved in trying to gag their own student newspapers? gu.com/p/42h25/tw via @guardian

Oct 21, 2014

RT @leedsjourno: "@janwinter: “@mediaguardian: Freedom of the press? Not for student newspapers gu.com/p/42h25” < interesting" < Mo…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @CharlieBeckett: I edited the student paper in 6th par from end> @mediaguardian Freedom of the press? Not for student newspapers http:/…

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Ukip does deal with far-right, racist Holocaust-denier to save EU funding

theguardian.com — Ukip has struck a deal with a Polish MEP whose far-right party leader casually uses racial slurs and questions the Holocaust following fears that its grouping in Europe would lose millions of pounds in taxpayers' funds.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @moniker42: effing Polish racists coming over 'ere saving our racist parties from funding cuts theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @moniker42: effing Polish racists coming over 'ere saving our racist parties from funding cuts theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @MorayMP: Report: Ukip does deal with far-right, racist Holocaust-denier to save EU funding #shameful theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

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Telegraph Media Group to cut 55 more jobs in digital restructure

theguardian.com — Telegraph Media Group is to cut about 55 more editorial jobs as the publisher continues its digital restructuring. Some 18 months on from the last cull of editorial staff, TMG is announcing the new round of cuts as part of its plan to transform itself from old to new media.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @mrjohncrowley: Telegraph Media Group to cut 55 more jobs in 'digital restructure' gu.com/p/42j7a/tw

Oct 21, 2014

Telegraph Media Group to cut 55 more jobs in 'digital restructure' gu.com/p/42j7a/tw

Oct 21, 2014

RT @guardian: Telegraph Media Group to cut 55 more jobs in digital restructure gu.com/p/42j7a/tw @mediaguardian

Barry Spurr takes legal action to compel New Matilda to reveal source of emails

theguardian.com — Independent news website New Matilda is being taken to court in an attempt to compel it to reveal the sources behind a story that saw racist emails sent over two years by a University of Sydney professor published online.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @emilyhwilson: Barry Spurr takes legal action to compel New Matilda to reveal source of emails gu.com/p/42tqt/tw by @bkjabour

Oct 21, 2014

Hope that @NewMatilda is supported by other news organisations. Source disclosure orders threat to entire profession theguardian.com/australia-news…

Oct 21, 2014

This is quite an incredible attack to mount against an independent news site gu.com/p/42tqt/tw

Oct 21, 2014

Barry Spurr takes legal action to compel New Matilda to reveal source of emails gu.com/p/42tqt/tw via @bkjabour

Oct 21, 2014

RT @earleyedition: Barry Spurr takes legal action to compel New Matilda to reveal source of emails fb.me/2XF9fbcAV

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Green politician Jenny Jones arrested in Occupy London protest

theguardian.com — Police have arrested 15 demonstrators at Parliament Square including, for a brief period, the Green Party politician Jenny Jones. Jones, chairwoman of the London assembly's economy committee and deputy chair of its police and crime committee, went to see what was happening at the Occupy London protest on Tuesday morning after her office had been contacted by protesters complaining about heavy-handed police tactics.

Gough Whitlam’s death unleashes a nostalgia for politics that transforms

theguardian.com — Australia isn't just mourning a great politician and it isn't just mourning a long-gone era of great political change. It's mourning great politics. The flood of emotion at Gough Whitlam's death is also a sadness at the passing of a time of brave politics.
Oct 21, 2014

Gough Whitlam’s death unleashes a nostalgia for politics that transforms in Australia gu.com/p/42tpk/tw

Oct 21, 2014

Gough Whitlam’s death unleashes a nostalgia for politicians big enough to aim high and try to lead people with them: gu.com/p/42tpk/tw

Oct 21, 2014

"Aussies do still want politicians who fire the imagination, argue the case & dare be brave" @lenoretaylor on #Gough tinyurl.com/nh7u427

Oct 21, 2014

Compelling piece on the mood of the day from @lenoretaylor gu.com/p/42tpk/tw What are we mourning? Courage, essentially.

Oct 21, 2014

@lenoretaylor writes... Gough Whitlam’s death unleashes a nostalgia for politics that transforms gu.com/p/42tpk/tw

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Lebedev sheds light on the Independent’s future

theguardian.com — News UK might have moved its papers into the Baby Shard - but the Independent is moving to a garden shed, according to Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Indie and Evening Standard. The Russian was inspired by a visit to an exact replica of Dylan Thomas's famous Laugharne writing shed, which will be displayed outside Store Street as part of the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia festival this week.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @susborne: I'd take a shed RT @mediaguardian: Lebedev sheds light on the Independent’s future | Media Monkey gu.com/p/42j38/tw

Oct 21, 2014

I'd take a shed RT @mediaguardian: Lebedev sheds light on the Independent’s future | Media Monkey gu.com/p/42j38/tw

Oct 21, 2014

RT @mediaguardian: Lebedev sheds light on the Independent’s future | Media Monkey gu.com/p/42j38

Oct 21, 2014

RT @mediaguardian: Lebedev sheds light on the Independent’s future | Media Monkey gu.com/p/42j38/tw

Rona Fairhead and Sajid Javid appear before Commons committee - live

theguardian.com — New BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead will be making her first appearance before MPs since she was confirmed in the job last month. It will be a busy day for John Whittingdale's House of Commons culture, media and sport select committee, who will also be taking evidence from Fairhead's fellow trustee, David Liddiment, and the director of the BBC Trust, Jon Zeff, almost as new in the job as Fairhead.
Oct 21, 2014

Sajid Javid tells MPs he's a Doctor Who fan, but not so keen on Newsnight 'maybe cos a presenter left' - live blog: bit.ly/ZEhCVF

Oct 21, 2014

RT @jasondeansy: Sajid Javid now before MPs, after announcing QC who prosecuted Abu Hamza will lead BBC licence fee evasion review: bit.ly/ZEhCVF

Oct 21, 2014

Sajid Javid now before MPs, after announcing QC who prosecuted Abu Hamza will lead BBC licence fee evasion review: bit.ly/ZEhCVF

Oct 21, 2014

DCMS publishes terms of ref for review of BBC TV licence enforcement ahead of Sajid Javid's culture cmtee hearing: bit.ly/ZEhCVF

Oct 21, 2014

Rona Fairhead: BBC Trust has received two letters relating to Nick Pollard's Savile inquiry - live blog: bit.ly/ZEhCVF

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Rosie Batty hits back at questions about her actions before son Luke's murder

theguardian.com — Rosie Batty has angrily rejected questioning that focused on her behaviour in the lead-up to the murder of her son, Luke, by his father. For more than a decade, she did everything she could to act in the best interests of Luke, while also trying to protect herself from the escalating violence inflicted on her by her former husband, Greg Anderson, the inquest into Luke's death heard on Tuesday.
Oct 21, 2014

Rosie Batty hits back at questions about her actions before son Luke's murder, by @melissaldavey gu.com/p/42tqg/tw

Oct 21, 2014

RT @guardian: Rosie Batty hits back at questions about her actions before son Luke's murder bit.ly/1t7rSSr

Oct 21, 2014

RT @samanthamaiden: Rosie Batty asks right question about some media coverage over death of her son Luke. Why are we blaming her actions? theguardian.com/australia-news…

Oct 21, 2014

Rosie Batty asks right question about some media coverage over death of her son Luke. Why are we blaming her actions? theguardian.com/australia-news…

Oct 21, 2014

Rosie Batty hits back at questions about her actions before son Luke's murder gu.com/p/42tqg/tw from @melissaldavey

Private Violence: up to 75% of abused women who are murdered are killed after they leave their partners

theguardian.com — There is a toxic question that surrounds abused women: "why didn't she just leave him?" The answer, too often, is that many women that do leave get killed.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @PrivateViolence: "She had done exactly what we think they’re supposed to do & she dies. And her children die.” theguardian.com/money/us-money… h…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @moorehn: Right now on HBO: the documentary "Private Violence" about domestic abuse. @kasperka's coverage: theguardian.com/money/us-money…

Oct 20, 2014

Right now on HBO: the documentary "Private Violence" about domestic abuse. @kasperka's coverage: theguardian.com/money/us-money…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @GuardianUS: Private Violence: up to 75% of abused women who are murdered are killed after they leave their partners trib.al/1mpCTTI

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Athens v Munich: why homelessness hits rich cities as hard as poor ones

theguardian.com — One is plush, pampered and unmistakably prosperous, the third-largest city of Europe's mightiest economy - a place of wide, well-swept streets, ample, well-groomed parks and solid, well-kept apartment buildings. Munich is home to just under 1.5 million people and such giants of German industry as luxury carmaker BMW, electronics heavyweight Siemens, truck manufacturer MAN and insurance titan Allianz.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @jonhenley: Athens v Munich: why homelessness hits rich cities as hard as poor ones gu.com/p/42ejh/tw

Oct 21, 2014

RT @jonhenley: Athens v Munich: why homelessness hits rich cities as hard as poor ones gu.com/p/42ejh/tw

Oct 21, 2014

Athens v Munich: why homelessness hits rich cities as hard as poor ones gu.com/p/42ejh/tw

Oct 21, 2014

RT @FEANTSA: Why #homelessness hits rich cities as hard as poor ones gu.com/p/42ejh/tw Thanks @jonhenley 4 covering t subject & using …

I didn’t intend to hurt anyone, says man who dressed as knife-wielding clown

theguardian.com — A 19-year-old apprentice butcher has received a suspended jail sentence for terrorising children while dressed in a clown suit and armed with a stick resembling a long knife, in scenes reminiscent of a slasher movie.
Oct 21, 2014

Whatever happened to the "I didn't do it" guy? He turned into the "I didn’t intend to hurt anyone" guy theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

Oct 21, 2014

Likely story RT @guardian: I didn’t intend to hurt anyone, says man who dressed as knife-wielding clown gu.com/p/42j3q/tw

Oct 21, 2014

RT @guardianworld: French 19-year old given suspended jail sentence for terrorising children while dressed as a clown gu.com/p/42j3q/tw

Giuliani on the Call of Duty lawsuit: 'Noriega does not own history'

theguardian.com — On Thursday, Rudy Giuliani, the ex-mayor of New York city, went to the Californian supreme court to defend the hit video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II against the imprisoned Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. Many readers may need a few moments to take all that in.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @keefstuart: Here is my interview with Rudy Giuliani, the ex-mayor of New York, about Manuel Noriega's Call of Duty lawsuit: theguardian.com/technology/201…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @keefstuart: Here is my interview with Rudy Giuliani, the ex-mayor of New York, about Manuel Noriega's Call of Duty lawsuit: theguardian.com/technology/201…

Oct 21, 2014

Here is my interview with Rudy Giuliani, the ex-mayor of New York, about Manuel Noriega's Call of Duty lawsuit: theguardian.com/technology/201…

Protestors disrupt The Death of Klinghoffer opera at New York’s Lincoln Center

theguardian.com — The theatres of New York City's Lincoln Center are usually home to the sounds of opera and orchestras, but on Monday night the centre echoed with the words of famous Jewish politicians and protest chants.
Oct 21, 2014

Bizarre: Rudy Giuliani owns a copy of Klinghoffer on CD, but thinks it's a "grave decision" to perform it: gu.com/p/42tzg/tw

Oct 21, 2014

More opera/politics clashes: Protestors disrupt The Death of Klinghoffer opera at New York’s Lincoln Center gu.com/p/42tzg/tw

Oct 20, 2014

Protestors disrupt The Death of Klinghoffer opera at New York’s Lincoln Center gu.com/p/42tzg/tw

Oct 20, 2014

RT @moorehn: Intense RT @KathViner: Protestors disrupt live performance of The Death of Klinghoffer opera at the Met in NYC theguardian.com/music/2014/oct…

Oct 20, 2014

Intense RT @KathViner: Protestors disrupt live performance of The Death of Klinghoffer opera at the Met in NYC theguardian.com/music/2014/oct…

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Man who stabbed his twin brother to death to serve at least 13 years in prison

theguardian.com — A man who stabbed his identical twin brother to death as they squabbled about past disputes on New Year's Eve has been told he will spend at least 13 years in prison. Robert Cerqua, who stabbed his sibling Christopher with a kitchen knife, had sobbed in the witness box as he told the court he loved his brother and described how they had been inseparable as children.
Oct 21, 2014

Man who stabbed his twin brother to death to serve at least 13 years in prison gu.com/p/42j54/tw via @guardian