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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John Kampfner: Williams isn't a traitor, she's a grown-up

The NHS Bill saga provides a salutary lesson about expectation management in a coalition

John Kampfner: For Russia and China, the Arab Spring only offers a warning

Russia has benefited hugely from trade deals with Syria. It is its main weapons supplier

John Kampfner: A public mood that won't stand for corporate greed any longer

When it came to the bonus culture and tax loopholes, it took years for politicians to catch up with popular discontent

John Kampfner: Abbott's law - you must not overreact to Twitter

Too often Twitter militates against the development of an argument beyond the soundbite

John Kampfner: Brazil's success heralds the new world order

This historic economic shift has huge implications for our sense of identity and our role in the world

John Kampfner: How did Obama end up appeasing the neocons?

The President will continue to mind his conservative flank, particularly on security and law and order

John Kampfner: In the economic storm a new world order is being born

After decades of being lectured to by the West, the BRIC countries are enjoying their moment

John Kampfner: Which of our leaders has really got the courage to care?

The Coalition may have cracked down harder on the wealthy's pay rises and tax dodges than its predecessor, but that is not saying much

John Kampfner: Arab Spring is a wake up call for European dictatorships

Minsk is as close to Berlin as London is. Yet, an iron curtain separates the two capitals. In 2011, over a decade after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the nation of Belarus holds out as the last dictatorship in Europe.

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