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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Friday 04 March 2011
Monday 14 February 2011
Algeria's foreign minister has dismissed the protest marches in his country as actions by a small minority — and not the start of popular uprisings like those in Tunisia or in Egypt that overthrew long-standing Arab rulers.
Saturday 12 February 2011
About 50 people shouted anti-government slogans in a square in Algeria's capital today but were encircled by hundreds of police determined to stamp out any attempt to stage an Egypt-style revolt.
Wednesday 26 January 2011
The foreman of the jury that cleared four men of plotting to release ricin on Britain's streets called last night for a complete overhaul of counter-terror legislation.
Saturday 22 January 2011
"Do you want to see the Israelite graves?" the security guard asked me.
Friday 21 January 2011
Boualem Sansal's eye-opening novel runs headlong into one of the Arab's world's deepest taboos: denial of or excuses for the Holocaust, and their persistence today.
Saturday 08 January 2011
How quickly we forget the murder of colleagues.
Saturday 08 January 2011
Rioting broke out across Algeria again yesterday, with police deployed around mosques in the capital after days of violent protests against high food prices and unemployment.
Friday 07 January 2011
Holy baguettes, Batman. Your brand-new French lieutenant – aka "le Batman Francais" – is already in trouble. This must be a job for the caped crusader, or maybe the crusader with a képé.
Friday 03 December 2010
Friday 05 November 2010
Eleven years as an expatriate Algerian have left their mark on Massi's music, in which the strains of Arabic and western influences are more tightly intertwined than for any comparable crossover artist.
Tuesday 26 October 2010
For a man who managed to insult the current President, a former pope and the entire French football team, the death of one of the country's most controversial politicians passed with a remarkable lack of bile.
Friday 24 September 2010
Tricky's ninth album is his best in ages, maybe since Maxinquaye.
Thursday 09 September 2010
Hollywood may have abandoned the Western as a movie genre but the spirit of John Ford rides again this week – on an improbable subject in an unlikely place.
Tuesday 24 August 2010
Fulham have confirmed the signing Algeria defender Rafik Halliche on a three-year deal from Portuguese side Benfica.
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