Life and Style

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety will draw up a list of approved sites offering advice about topics such as sex and drugs

Wikileaks

In Saturday's article headed "BNP list linked to fire-bomb attack" we stated that the BNP list had been removed from Wikileaks. In fact the page was temporarily unavailable, we understand, due to the weight of online traffic. We are happy to make clear that Wikileaks has not removed the list, and in fact has "a wholly unbroken record in withstanding numerous censorship attempts."

Nerds united in hit sitcom

It may not be to everyone's taste, but The IT Crowd doesn't 'do' edgy. And that's precisely why James Rampton likes it

Leading article: Censorship is not the answer

No sooner, it seems, has the Government abandoned one set of repressive measures in the face of stout opposition from civil liberties campaigners and the House of Lords, than it casts around for another supposed weak spot in need of legislative reinforcement. It is less than a month since the Lords comprehensively defeated an amendment to the anti-terror Bill that would have permitted a 42-day period of detention without charge, and the Government quietly withdrew it. Yet, as we report today, there are now moves afoot to curb news reporting, by making statutory what was a voluntary system of restraint.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/the-life-bro-17.html">The Life Browser: Behind the bamboo curtain</a>

When Google, Microsoft and Yahoo start agreeing, something must be up. Now that government censorship of the internet has piqued the interest of these three web giants, it's probably time to find out exactly what the fuss is all about.

Rushdie attacks censorship &ndash; while trying to stifle criticism of himself

Sir Salman Rushdie has accused his publisher of censorship at the same time as trying to prevent the release of a book that criticises him. The novelist, who spent nearly a decade under a fatwa from the Iranian government after the publication of The Satanic Verses in 1988, attacked Random House for pulping a historical novel about the Prophet Mohamed for fear of offending Muslims.

George Walden: Who was the real Alexander Solzhenitsyn?

A brave dissident novelist who told the truth about Stalin's Gulag or a nationalist Slavophile who distrusted Western democracy?

The 5-minute Interview: Judy Blume, Author

'My father died very young but he told me to enjoy every day'

What on Earth has happened to geography?

New research reveals a startling gap in British children's knowledge of the world

Unknown species found in isolated Israeli caves systems

Eight hitherto unknown species of invertebrate creatures isolated from the outside world for millions of years have been discovered in a unique subterranean ecosystem functioning in a cave in central Israel.

State pension age to rise to 68

A radical reform of the pensions system, including raising the state retirement age to 68, was announced today by the Government.

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
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Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

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From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

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