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Daily Archives: October 9, 2009

From Tariq Ali’s forthcoming "The Idea of Communism"

The Central Committee instructed Marx to produce a manifesto. A few months later, the document was still not forthcoming and a slightly tetchy triumvirate – consisting of Citizens Karl Schapper, Heinrich Bauer and Joseph Moll – despatched a warning note to the author on behalf of the Committee: ‘The Central Committee [in London] hereby directs the [...]
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2009 Nobel Prize for Literature

from GRANTA Herta Müller, the Romanian-born German novelist and essayist, has won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature. Müller, fifty-six, is internationally renowned for her portrayal of life under dictatorship. Announcing the 2009 award, the Swedish Academy praised Müller, ‘who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed’. Müller’s [...]
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Fox on Patriot: A Video Fisking!

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Q&A: Berlusconi v the courts

from the BBC Italy’s top court has ruled that a law that granted Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and other top officials immunity from prosecution while in office is unconstitutional. The ruling means that trials against Mr Berlusconi could resume. What was the immunity law? Read more
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Executive Immunity Suffers Another Setback

by Scott Horton Is an Italian law that grants senior officials of the government immunity from criminal prosecution during the time they serve in office consistent with the Italian Constitution’s guarantee that all citizens are equal before the law? The Italian Constitutional Court answered that question yesterday with a decisive “no.” It concluded that senior officials [...]
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Whisper This: Here Comes Stimulus 2.1

by John Cassidyfrom THE NEW YORKER As expected, last week’s poor job report has generated calls for another stimulus package, with Paul Krugman and congressional Democrats in swing districts arguing that the existing measure is inadequate. Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said earlier this week that there were “no plans” for another stimulus bill, [...]
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