No one's done much to help the residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham, now forever rechristened Benefits Street, thanks to Channel 4's controversial new documentary series. Despite – or maybe because of – the Twitter death threats, accusations of betrayal and media uproar, which followed its first broadcast, Channel 4 has defied calls for the series to be pulled. Did it hope this second episode would change some minds?
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Wednesday 18 December 2013
Algeria international struggling to make an impact at the San Siro
Paul Aussaresses: General who fought in the Algerian war for independence and in retirement was tried for defending the use of torture
Thursday 12 December 2013
Paul Aussaresses was a French army general who in the final years of his life dispassionately revealed the torture techniques he employed during the Algerian war for independence and defended them as appropriate measures in the modern age of terrorism. Aussaresses spent nearly his entire career in the service of his country's military. He was described as a hero of the Second World War and fought in the French Indochina War before being posted to Algeria at the outset of the anticolonial rebellion there in 1954.
Sunday 08 December 2013
All Between the Covers wants for Christmas (apart from a canvas book bag for a stocking) is a whole bunch of stuff signed by the brilliant author David Nicholls. Fortunately he has donated some books and film scripts to The Independent’s charity auction, and they can be found on our website. Bidding ends at 11am on 12 December. Nicholls’s lot comprises three books – one of them a boxed hardback of One Day – and three film scripts, including Great Expectations. Covers is keeping the lot under lock and key, only occasionally taking them out to covet them. We can reveal, therefore, that the script for Great Expectations contains the direction: “Ext. Marshes, Kent – dusk”. And ... action!
Sunday 08 December 2013
Michel Déon is one of the most acclaimed French writers of the past 50 years, being one of only 40 authors to be dubbed “un immortel” (an immortal) by his peers at the Académie française. Despite having scooped up many prestigious literary prizes in his home country, only one of his more than 50 books has been translated into English. Up until now, that is. With the publication of The Foundling Boy, highly praised by William Boyd and Paul Theroux, many more can now enjoy Déon’s quiet, wryly funny prose and story-telling abilities.
‘No longer in our interest’ to disclose how many Guantanamo inmates are on hunger strike, US military says
Friday 06 December 2013
The announcement comes as two Algerian men held at the camp for a decade are released without charge in a revived push towards gradual closure
Thursday 21 November 2013
Abdelhakim Dekhar will be formally accused of "attempted murder" and kidnapping
Monday 07 October 2013
Below is a letter in response to this article by The Independent's Robert Fisk
Sunday 01 September 2013
A long-gone, winning formula gets a revival – and the result is appallingly watchable
Sunday 18 August 2013
Chris O'Hare will be coming home with nothing more tangible than a tankful of motivation, after giving it a crack in the men's 1500m final before tailing off badly on the last lap and trailing home 12th and last in 3 minutes 46.04 seconds. Still, the mere presence of the 22-year-old Borderer in a global final was further evidence of the quiet, steady revolution that has been taking place in Scottish athletics over the past two years.
Jacques Vergès obituary: Lawyer whose notorious clients included Pol Pot, Klaus Barbie and Carlos the Jackal
Friday 16 August 2013
Defending Klaus Barbie, he sought to emphasise what he saw as French collaboration with the Nazis
Thursday 01 August 2013
Although forever identified with Algeria and its former colonial ruler France, Henri Alleg was originally a Londoner, his Russian Jewish grandparents having fled the poverty and pogroms of the 19th century to install themselves in the East End.
US announces plans to transfer two prisoners from Guantanamo Bay as Obama slowly moves towards closing the detention facility
Saturday 27 July 2013
Two prisoners will be transferred out of the controversial prison to Algeria if plans go ahead
Monday 01 July 2013
Military rule would be more like the silly junta who took over after Mubarak
Wednesday 26 June 2013
Outlook In investment terms, the Petrofac train has hit the buffers. Yesterday there was more pain, after the oil services group warned that growth in a key division would be only modest.
Tuesday 04 June 2013
Betraying new anxiety about the threat of Islamic militant groups in West Africa, Washington is for the first time offering rewards totalling $23m (£15m) for information leading to the capture of their top leaders in the region including Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, based in Nigeria.
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Louise Mensch says 'F**K YOU' in explosive tweets about David Cameron, Saudi Embassy and the Queen over King Abdullah tributes
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