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Executive Editor, Opinion and Columnist — Guardian

Executive Editor, Opinion and columnist at the Guardian, presenter of BBC R4's The Long View and writer of thrillers under the name Sam Bourne

Jonathan Freedland: The Wilson plot was our Watergate

theguardian.com — Now, though, he is all but forgotten. He did not have long to play the elder statesman, pounding the lecture circuit or doing prestigious TV interviews: his galloping Alzheimer's disease, and the assault it made on his once-famed memory, put paid to that.

Fortress mentality on EU migration creates xenophobia, warns Italian PM

theguardian.com — The Italian prime minister has warned against a fortress mentality in the debate over European immigration, as the Guardian published new data showing tens of thousands of British migrants are claiming unemployment benefits in other EU countries.

From the archive: a portrait of Michael Foot, a lesson for Labour

theguardian.com — A hundred years ago today, another baby was born who would go on to live a remarkable life. Michael Foot was at the heart of the defining debates of the 20th century - whether against fascism, nuclear weapons or, as leader of the Labour party, the first wave of Thatcherism.

In search of the only Briton in Poland claiming benefits

theguardian.com — The women in the lengthy dole queue at Krakow's gloomy job centre seemed amused by the question: "Czy zna pani jakiegoś Brytyjczyka mieszkającego w Polsce, na zasiłku dla bezrobotnych?" (Do you know any Brits in Poland on unemployment benefits?)

Revealed: thousands of Britons on benefits across EU

theguardian.com — Unemployed Britons in Europe are drawing much more in benefits and allowances in the wealthier EU countries than their nationals are claiming in the UK, despite the British government's arguments about migrants flocking in to the country to secure better welfare payments.

Paris attacks: in this debate fear is the factor that dare not speak its name

theguardian.com — In the debate that has been raging these last 10 days, fear is the factor that dare not speak its name. In the public sphere, the discussion following the Paris killings has been intense, wrestling with questions of philosophy and principle, especially the rights, responsibilities and inconsistencies of free speech.

Who thinks about the consequences of online racism?

theguardian.com — In a world where few would deny the existence of racism but even fewer would ever admit to propagating it, there will always be the problem of agency. We have racism but no racists - a noun without a subject, a consequence that nobody caused, a system that nobody operates creating victims without perpetrators.

Memorial service held for police killed in Paris attacks

theguardian.com — The French president, François Hollande, led a memorial service on Tuesday for the police officers killed in the three days of violence last week that began with an attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

10,000 French troops mobilised to protect Jewish centres and other targets

theguardian.com — An unprecedented mobilisation of French troops on its own soil is under way as 10,000 personnel stand ready to take their positions at locations deemed "vulnerable" after last week's terrorist attacks. From Tuesday morning the troops will reinforce nearly 5,000 police providing security at Jewish schools and cultural centres, as well as railway stations and other possible targets.

Charlie Hebdo: first they came for the cartoonists, then they came for the Jews

theguardian.com — When terror strikes, we all become mind-readers. With no words to accompany the violence, it's left to us to supply the motive. We insert our own guess, ventriloquising the killers who remain enigmatically mute. It happened again this week, following the slaying of 12 people at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine with little more than an "Allahu Akbar" to go on.
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Jan 25, 2015

RT @thehistoryguy: I suspect Greece's journey back from this siege might make Odysseus' travels look like a minibreak in Centreparks.

Jan 23, 2015

Veterans of the mid-1990s DC press corps unsurprised by @zannymb's appointment as @TheEconomist editor: she was beyond brilliant then too

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