The bizarre, unhealthy, blinding media contempt for Julian Assange

The Guardian: Earlier this week, British lawyer and legal correspondent for the New Statesman David Allen Green generated a fair amount of attention by announcing that he would use his objective legal expertise to bust what he called "legal myths about the Assange extradition." These myths, he said, are being irresponsibly spread by Assange defenders and "are like 'zombie facts' which stagger on even when shot down."

The Dis-United Kingdom

Race riots, poverty, and violence in the United Kingdom. Bradford is at the heart of the UK and it was once the wealthiest city in Britain, riding the wave of the industrial revolution, its mills churning out textiles that dressed the world. But Great Britain is no longer the great empire that it once was, and today, the city of Bradford is not defined by industrial or political power but by poverty, inequality and social decline. Full story

Lifting the Veil

Great video about Barack Obama and the failure of capitalist 'democracy'

How in God's name do you explain this?

Maclean's: Having led the Conservative party to a majority government, with the Liberal party lying bloodied and dying at his feet, Stephen Harper saw the breadth of his domain and wept, for he had no more worlds to conquer. Twenty-four hours before Canada went to the polls, I went on BBC Radio International to explain to a very pleasant radio personality with excellent diction why Canada was having yet another election.

Polling and the NDP surge

CBC: How can there be an almost nine-point difference in the Conservative vote between Ipsos Reid and Ekos? Or more than four points for the Greens between Ekos and Nanos, and more than five for the Liberals between Ipsos and Nanos? If the pollsters are so far apart, how can we rely on their interpretation of what is happening "out there" in the Canadian electorate?
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Martin: Fortune still knocking at Harper's door

The Globe: Somewhere out there is an Auditor-General’s report about how the Conservatives used wads of taxpayer cash for political pork instead of the G8 summit in Huntsville, Ont. That report will not be released until after the election.
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English leaders' debate

CBC: Canada Votes 2011. If you missed the leaders' debate from last night, watch it here. I thought the format was quite good, allowing for some interesting one on one exchanges between Harper and Ignatieff, Layton and Ignatieff, etc. Consensus seems to be that this was not much of a game changer; judge for yourselves.
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TIMELINE: Oda and the Kairos funding

CBC: International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda's apology for ordering a Canadian International Development Agency document altered to deny Kairos federal funding has raised the profile of the organization — a long-established faith-based foreign aid agency that saw its government funding cut with the stroke of a pen. This week, the embattled minister backtracked on previous statements in which she said Toronto-based Kairos had lost its funding because the group's work no longer fit with CIDA's objectives — suggesting she was acting on her department's recommendation.

Hébert: It will take a campaign to break this logjam

The Star: It has usually been an implicit rule of minority Parliaments that they tend to endure for as long as none of their protagonists has an obvious edge on the others. That accounts both for the relative longevity of Stephen Harper’s two minority regimes as well as the Prime Minister’s 2008 decision to take matters into his own hands in the hope of taking advantage of a weak Liberal adversary. Given that no party is on a roll in the polls, logic would dictate that one of the four leaders blink before the 40th Parliament is brought over the election brink at the time of the March budget.

Emergency rule imposed in Tunisia

Al Jazeera: The Tunisian president has imposed a state of emergency and fired the country's government amid violent clashes between protesters and security forces, state media has reported. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has also promised fresh legislative elections within six months in an attempt to quell the mass dissent over unemployment and high prices, sweeping the North African nation. There were also reports that the country's airspace has been closed and troops have taken control of the airport in the capital Tunis.