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 07 March 2012
Seven Algerians fighting deportation from the UK on grounds of national security won Supreme Court appeals today.
Saturday 27 August 2011
A suicide attack at a military academy west of the Algerian capital has killed at least 10 people, security officials said last night.
Friday 26 August 2011
Due to the uncertain political situation in their Malian home base of Tessalit, Tinariwen did what comes naturally to nomads, upping sticks and relocating to a tent in the Algerian desert to record Tassili.
Thursday 11 August 2011
Stop me when you've guessed what I'm describing. "The hooked nose, the thick lips, the swarthy complexion, the curly black hair, and piercing dark eyes..." Got it yet? I'll go on. "Every traditional feature of the Jewish face was there in most marked and pronounced character."
Saturday 16 July 2011
Two people were killed in Algeria today when a suicide bomber targeted a police headquarters in a town 45 miles east of the capital, a local security source told Reuters.
Friday 15 July 2011
You might think summer has hardly begun, but for Clement the British cuckoo, it's so over that he's already in Africa, the continent where he winters.
Friday 24 June 2011
Once a counter-terrorism officer in Algeria, now a French-based writer of sophisticated political thrillers under a pseudonym, "Yasmina Khadra" here returns home, and digs further into the roots of violence.
Monday 06 June 2011
Madjid Bougherra admits he wants to quit Rangers and return to the Barclays Premier League.
Monday 30 May 2011
Stock markets are easily rattled. The slightest whiff of uncertainty can trigger sharp share price fluctuations. Take the onset of the so-called Arab Spring of protests earlier this year. The first signs of turmoil kicked off concern around a number of companies that operate in the Middle East and North Africa. Sector was no bar. The Jordanian pharma group Hikma Pharmaceuticals and the gold producer Centamin Egypt, to name just two, saw their share prices wobble in late January and over much of February as protests spread from Tunisia to the wider region.
Sunday 15 May 2011
Friday 13 May 2011
This book is stuffed with a lifetime of reading, selective drug-taking, chanting, eastern travel and dancing, all undertaken in the search for God. Or at least the God within us, for Robert Irwin, novelist and scholar of the Arab world, is both sincere in his quest and, like all true searchers, terrified of the final encounter. In this memoir he reflects that "believing one is in love with the Invisible... was perhaps, like falling in love with a girl whom one has never seen". Yet two sentences later he speculates that "the mystic union between man and God was horrific and obscene, like copulation between a man and a shark."
Sunday 08 May 2011
Rahal studied the Arab-Andalusian musical tradition in her Algerian conservatoire.
Sunday 17 April 2011
Friday 01 April 2011
The diverse make-up of Marseille-based Watcha Clan's French-Arabic crossover groove music is neatly reflected in the racial background of singer Sista K, daughter of an Ashkenazi Jewish Polish mother and a Sephardic Jewish Berber father from Algeria.
Tuesday 08 March 2011
The Irish bookmaker Paddy Power grew profits by more than half last year, boosted by a strong UK performance and winning on England's draws in the football World Cup. The high-street chain posted pre-tax profits up by 55 per cent to €104.2m and more than doubled its net cash to €159m for the year to 31 December.
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