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The slap that sparked a revolution
Manoubia Bouazizi has grown used to the idea that her son Mohamed no longer belongs to her but to the Arab world. In the streets near where she lives on the outskirts of Tunis, she is stopped…
Published: May 15, 2011
Length: 13 minutes (3257 words)
Antonio Banderas: AlmodĂłvar and me
Three decades ago, an impoverished young actor named Antonio Banderas was sitting with friends outside Madrid's National theatre when a curious figure happened by. The new arrival sported…
Author: Xan Brooks
Published: July 29, 2011
Length: 9 minutes (2309 words)
Norway attacks: How far right views created Anders Behring Breivik
At 9:31pm on 16 October 2008 a message appeared on the virulently anti-Muslim website Gates of Vienna. Under the user name Year2183, a reference to a manifesto he was writing, Anders Behring Breivik appears exasperated that his fellow far-right bloggers are too accommodating to Europe's Muslims. Responding to Fjordman, the anonymous Norwegian "counterjihad" blogger, Breivik insists that only the forced deportation of Muslims will suffice. His stance, he realises, has become too extreme even for the anti-multicultural blogosphere.
Source: Guardian
Published: July 30, 2011
Length: 6 minutes (1714 words)
How the Guardian broke the story (Guardian Shorts) eBook
Product Description The definitive guide to the phone hacking scandal, by the newspaper that broke the story. Since 2006, Guardian journalists have worked tirelessly to uncover the…
Why do women become sex workers, and why do men go to them?
The womenLet me preface this by saying I grew up in a well-to-do family. I had more opportunity andprivilege than most, but the divorce of myparents in my first year of university ultimately…
Source: Guardian
Published: Aug. 5, 2011
Length: 10 minutes (2641 words)
The man who stole the Mona Lisa
A hundred years ago, on 21 August 1911, an Italian painter and decorator slipped from the cupboard in the Louvre where he had been hiding all night, stepped up to the Mona Lisa, freed her from…
Published: Aug. 5, 2011
Length: 8 minutes (2023 words)
Supermarket sweep
The first thing you notice is the towering mural. "Think local," it says. "Boycott Tesco." Then the spray-canned image of a protester, holding a placard that reads "93% of local people say no…
Author: John Harris
Published: Aug. 5, 2011
Length: 13 minutes (3295 words)
Meet Chicago's Interrupters…
On the stoop of a house on a dilapidated block in Englewood, the south side Chicago neighbourhood that tops the city's statistics for murder, drug addiction, teen pregnancy and most of other…
Published: Aug. 6, 2011
Length: 19 minutes (4766 words)
Roger Ailes and the rise of Fox News
At the Fox News Chrismas party the year the network overtook arch-rival CNN in the cable ratings, tipsy employees were herded down to the basement of a midtown bar in New York. As they gathered…
Published: Aug. 10, 2011
Length: 17 minutes (4431 words)
Egypt: now what?
On a sweltering night shortly before the start of Ramadan, the Muslim Brotherhood convened a political rally in the Nile Delta town of Shibin El-Kom. Most Cairenes wouldn't even drive through…
Published: Aug. 12, 2011
Length: 8 minutes (2139 words)
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