John Kampfner

John Kampfner is Adviser to Google on freedom of expression and culture. He is an author, broadcaster and commentator, Chair of the board of Turner Contemporary, and former Chief Executive of Index on Censorship and Editor the New Statesman

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A Lib-Lab Coalition could be back on - if only Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband can bear to bury the hatchet

David Cameron's offer of an In/Out referendum both reduces the chance of a future Tory-Lib coalition and the likelihood of a Tory majority government

Residents gather at the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk

A decade on from the failure of the Iraq War, are we any wiser about when, and when not, to intervene?

Appalling atrocities followed Western intervention, and public appetite for war is minimal. Yet doing nothing in the face of bloodshed also remains unsatisfactory

Cameron is targeting the wrong jobsworths

The furore over George Entwistle's payoff from the BBC highlighted the absurdity of huge employment contracts that reward mediocrity

The US and Germany fund galleries outside their capital. Why do we think only of London?

We must convince funders that there is life - and art - outside the capital

The Russian spring of the 1990s has passed. What happens now depends on the Opposition - and on us

Many Russians say that their country is returning to a Brezhnev-style era of stagnation. The question is not merely whether they're right, but what can be done about it

John Kampfner: Time to give the Lib Dems enough rope

Cameron should adopt an approach used by other coalitions

John Kampfner: Don't refurbish the Palace of Westminster. Abandon it

If MPs were obliged to leave the building, perhaps they might alight in the real world

John Kampfner: What the Italians can teach us about tax avoidance

The coastguard has mounted helicopter raids on mega-yachts off the Sardinian coast

Pussy Riot members, from left, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samusevich

John Kampfner: The Pussy Riot trial won't bring down Vladimir Putin

It is wishful thinking. He has yet to create the hunger for change that led to the Arab Spring

John Kampfner: If this feeling lasts, we can dare to hope of a true legacy

The positives have so far hugely outweighed the negatives. The optimism was self-deprecating

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His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam