The British media has, in the last few weeks, been working through allegations that the nation’s secret services helped Gaddafi’s spies track down Libyan dissidents. On 21 April the Mail on Sunday published documents discovered in Libyan archives and detailing the hunt. First, it is alleged that MI5 were involved in the kidnapping of two […]
To British eyes the polished, high-gloss viral campaign of Invisible Children’s 26 minute video–with its high-end production, fast paced edits and expensive motion graphics–clearly favors the grabby style of American political campaign imagery, a style that is increasingly adopted in the British party political broadcasts too. It’s an immersive, yet distinctly oppressive style of polemic film making. But how are the rest of British media reporting and analyzing this business?
Yesterday, Magalie Bamu and her boyfriend Eric Bikubi, were convicted of killing Magalie’s younger brother Kristy, who was fifteen. Kristy and his two sisters had travelled from Paris to visit his older sister in Newham, East London for Christmas in 2010. There, in a council block identical to thousands of others across London, Kristy was […]
Looks like toothfish won’t save the British Foreign Office this time. The judge presiding over the matter, Justice McCombe, has ruled that the four Kenyan claimants, Jane Muthoni Mara, Paulo Muoka Nzili, Ndiku Mutua and Wambugu Wa Nyingi now have permission to sue the British Foreign Office for their alleged torture by British colonial authorities […]
1970 Britain, Jamaican duo Bob and Marcia‘s cover of “Young, Gifted and Black” climbs to no. 5 on the UK charts. They’re featured in a recent BBC documentary on the influence of reggae on 1970s British music culture, which also explains the use of orchestral strings in the song. So is Steel Pulse’s “Prodigal Son” […]
One of the myriad references thrown into this part-imitation, part-rant by sharp, madcap British comedian Charlie Brooker (on his BBC show), of the Brother Leader, Muammar Gaddafi’s most recent utterings, style, as well as of Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, and their friends in the West, like Tony Blair, for example. (We’ve tried to catalogue […]