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Have England’s universities been privatised by stealth? – How fees have radically changed higher education.
Some Thoughts On Online Voting – Why introducing it would bring in a whole load of new security concerns.
Iran: The Ayatollah succession question – A report from Open Briefing that explains a very different political culture very well.
Modern money and the escape from austerity – Does modern money theory offer us a completely different way of running the economy?
Square this circle: Common sense, UKIP and the decline of deference – “Things like this make me not envy politicians. How do you make policy when you have to appeal people who think 15% of girl’s under 16 are pregnant, but which has to be implemented by people who know it’s nonsense?”

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Andrew Gilligan and Matthew Brown – Continuing the story of the PCC candidate linked to American neocons I linked to last week, here’s the tale of how a Daily Telegraph journalist based a story entirely on the proclamations of a fantasist.
Jill Dando, John Yates and Operation Oxborough – Was Jill Dando’s privacy being invaded before she was murdered, and who was responsible?
The Disappearance of the Colonists on LV-426 is Something God Intended to Happen – “Life is what’s important to me. The lives we can save, right here and now. The little, baby alien lives. I believe they begin the moment the egg reacts to the heat of the nearby host and the implanter life form hatches.”
Thank you Vasili Arkhipov, the man who stopped nuclear war – Fifty years ago, a Russian submarine captain made a decision not to fire a nuclear torpedo. Thanks to him and others, the place where I live isn’t part of the East Anglian Fallout Zone.
Will the United States or the United Kingdom play a role in supporting any Israeli military strike against Iran in the six months following the 2012 US presidential election? – A somewhat reassuring brief from Open Briefing, arguing that the US and UK won’t be backing any Israeli action in the short term. I’ve been following Open Briefing for a while, and it has some interesting reports and briefings, so I would recommend it.

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