First with the news

November 5, 2006 at 10:48 am (SBC NEWS)

The New York Times and El Pais, two of the first with the news of Saddam trial verdict

In 1990, I went to the funeral of the Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft. Bazoft was hanged on suspicion of spying for Israel by Saddam. Still, one opposes the death penalty. Far from the gallows, Messrs Bush and Blair can look forward to a lucrative career on the lecture circuit when they leave power.

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Loach screening

July 11, 2006 at 9:25 am (SBC NEWS)

British film director Ken Loach was asked yesterday, at a London screening of his film about the Spanish civil war, Land And Freedom, whether he would make a film about Palestine. He said: “If only film-making were about making a list of the world’s hotspots and going ‘tick’.” Loach, who won the Palme D’or at Cannes this year for The Wind That Shakes The Barley, added that the situation in Palestine made him angry, but that apart from anything else he didn’t have “the language to get at the nuances” there.

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Israel fears over soldier

July 4, 2006 at 11:50 am (SBC NEWS)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert fears that the release of soldier Gilad Shalit might get in the way of operation Summer Rain. “There are parts of Gaza we have not yet destroyed,” Olmert said in a statement. “Hamas must keep onto him until then.”

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