Entries Tagged as 'Comment Factory'

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Students have every right to violence

I wonder if David Cameron has picked up some handy tips in China on how to handle student protests. Much too much has been said about the “violent minority” and “inadequate policing”. We’re not looking at a “violent minority” or a “hijacking”. The people on the roof and the people smashing windows are the same […]

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Indian Cotton Farmer Suicides, Pesticides and Fashion

Up to 26 Indian cotton farmers a day commit suicide by drinking pesticides to kill themselves out of debt. This taster is for Dirty White Gold, a film by Leah Borromeo about cotton, chemicals and consumerism’s real casualties. When you bag a bargain, who pays for it? CREDITS Director, Producer, Presenter, Camera: Leah Borromeo Executive […]

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Sky’s the Limit

BSkyB has rejected a takeover bid from its sister company News Corp, the beast that owns News International. In the eyes of the general public, this media clustershag is commonly referred to as Murdoch. Specifically, its patriarch Rupert Murdoch. If a takeover became reality, what would the future of Sky’s television news be? Learning Mandarin […]

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Section 44 – Your Rights

Thousands of people across Britain have been stopped and searched illegally by police using Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, the Home Office has revealed. One of the most flagrant of these illegal uses was in London in April 2004, involving 840 people. Fourteen police forces in the UK including the Metropolitan Police, City […]

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Inside the Doctor’s Surgery: Dr D (and them billboards what he does)

Billboard vandal and drinker of tea Dr D plies his trade in a West London warehouse nestled in a landscape of railway lines, telephone poles and refrigerator graveyards. When we meet, he is ankle deep in cut-out letters, spraymount and a scattering of UK election campaign propaganda. He’s recently finished a two-storey high paste up […]

Friday, May 28th, 2010

sTate Modern: Tate Makes Surveillance An Art Form

A new show called Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera opens at Tate Modern this week. It features images made surreptitiously or without the explicit permission of the subject. It is the history of spying with a lens in just over 250 photographs. But there’s an elephant in the museum. As you move from room […]

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Haiti: Nadije’s Letter

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January at 1653 local time, killing over 230,000 – more than the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami – and left over 1 million people homeless. This and a series of aftershocks saw schools, homes and hospitals destroyed in areas near the capital, Port au Prince. The UN headquarters, […]

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Copenhagen, Cop Off….

Environmental pressure groups have abandoned their moral integrity by clubbing together with arms manufacturers and corporate energy giants. So why should you go to Copenhagen? Over 50,000 members of the “I Only Fly to India” militia will descend on Copenhagen over the next week to demonstrate over a shopping list of demands longer than J-Lo’s […]

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Letter From Tehran (Dude…Where's My Election?)

Lounging langourously on a Sunday afternoon, I received the following on my BlackBerry. It’s a letter from a friend in Tehran who asks their name and profession not be published. Having subsequently spoken to other friends in Tehran (social networking, SMS, and other tricks of youth have been shut down…unless you know a hack or […]

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Palestinians Are Losing the PR War

“Your coverage of the Gaza Holocaust continues to appear biased. How can you be so cruel? don’t you have children yourselves? Why do you carry on giving the Israel officials airtime and refuse similar time to Palestine officials? What about interviewing doctors/ UN Officials/ journalists in Gaza? Why have you not tried to send someone […]