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Jan 10, 2014 The corruption of Britain: UK’s key institutions infiltrated by criminals

QUOTE: Secret report shows how organised crime infiltrated judicial system as well as police with prison service and HM Revenue & Customs also compromised

Independent News (UK)
Dec 28, 2012 Creativity Springs From Careful Copying (Part 2)

QUOTE: Record companies, book publishers, movie studios and other media corporations are caught up in efforts to equate all copying of their works with theft. In fact, if we genuinely want to promote creativity, we must encourage copying. The idea that people copy because they lack creativity is powerfully harmful, and it runs counter to the history of copyright.

Bloomberg News
Nov 26, 2011 In Argentina, Violence Is Part of the Soccer Culture

QUOTE: The unrest in part reflects an increasingly violent Argentine society, where street crime has been on the rise. But much of the violence can be traced to hostilities between rival factions of barra bravas, the Argentine version of hooligan fan groups that use fists, firearms and knives, and operate like mini-mafias. They engage in legal and illegal businesses, including selling drugs, often with the cover and complicity of the police, politicians and club officials...

New York Times
Feb 06, 2011 Elite Institutions are Tested on Diversity

QUOTE: Taken together the reports paint a picture of elite institutions struggling to adapt to the modern world in a country where universities still depend on the government for most of their funding — and where the independent Office for Fair Access is supposed to make sure that any university wishing to charge the new £9,000, or $15,000, a year maximum tuition has made sufficient progress in encouraging participation by low-income and other under-represented groups.

New York Times
Dec 28, 2010 Injustice, British and Otherwise (MOVIE REVIEW | 'ANOTHER YEAR')

QUOTE: Here in America, after all, the pursuit of happiness has the status of a foundational right, coincident, but not quite identical, with material prosperity. In Britain, where dourness can seem to be as much a part of the stereotypical national character as bad food, foul weather and precise distinctions of status, the assertion of a right to be happy can seem almost revolutionary.

New York Times
Jul 04, 2010 Adrian Johns's "Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars From Gutenberg to Gates"

QUOTE: In his invaluable book "Piracy," Adrian Jones argues that the tendency of intellectual property battles to undermine privacy is not new. On the contrary, Johns, a history professor at the University of Chicago, argues that ever since the medieval and Enlightenment eras, corporations have tried to defend their economic interests by searching for intellectual piracy in the private sphere of people's homes.

Washington Post
Jun 15, 2010 Cameron Calls N. Ireland Killings ‘Unjustified’

QUOTE: Prime Minister David Cameron offered an extraordinary apology on Tuesday for the 1972 killings of 14 unarmed demonstrators by British soldiers in Northern Ireland, saying that a long-awaited judicial inquiry had left no doubt that the “Bloody Sunday” shootings were “both unjustified and unjustifiable.”

New York Times
May 07, 2010 Unclear Result in Britain Puts Focus on Electoral Rules

QUOTE: '[The British] system, designed for two-party politics, always fails to deliver a Parliament that reflects the way people voted,” Mr. Dé said. “Third parties are always punished, and fourth parties are often invisible.'

New York Times
May 04, 2010 Who Draws the Borders of Culture?

QUOTE: The British Museum is Europe’s Western front in the global war over cultural patrimony, on account of the marbles. The pamphlets give the museum’s version for why they should stay in Britain, as they have for two centuries....patrimony claims too often serve merely nationalist ends these days, no less often than they do decent ones, never mind that the archaeological and legal arguments by the Greeks, while elaborately reasoned and passionately felt, don’t finally trump the British ones.

New York Times
Apr 29, 2010 The Jewish Question: British Anti-Semitism

QUOTE: [Anthony Julius] is a truth-teller, and authentic enough to stand against the English literary and academic establishment, which essentially opposes the right of the state of Israel to exist, while indulging in the humbuggery that its anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism.

New York Times
Apr 23, 2010 Ending the Slavery Blame-Game

QUOTE: how to parcel out blame to those directly involved in the capture and sale of human beings for immense economic gain. While we are all familiar with the role played by the United States and the European colonial powers like Britain, France, Holland, Portugal and Spain, there is very little discussion of the role Africans themselves played.

New York Times
Apr 08, 2010 Copyright and wrong: Why the rules on copyright need to return to their roots

QUOTE: The notion that lengthening copyright increases creativity is questionable, however. Authors and artists do not generally consult the statute books before deciding whether or not to pick up pen or paintbrush.

Oct 23, 2009 Why Angry British Voters Are Tuning In to Bigots (Viewpoint)

QUOTE: the sense of grievance... is widely held, and is especially potent among white, working-class Britons, who believe they are in competition with immigrants and minorities for limited jobs and resources, and that the political classes give preferential treatment to those groups.

Time Magazine
Jun 06, 2009 Romancing the Stones

QUOTE: In the noisy debate over the restitution of ancient artworks to their original locale, no case is more controversial or inflamed than the question of the [Greek] Parthenon marbles: should the British finally send them back?

Nov 19, 2008 Britain Grapples With Role for Islamic Justice

QUOTE: This is Islamic justice, British style. Despite a raucous national debate over the limits of religious tolerance and the pre-eminence of British law, the tenets of Shariah, or Islamic law, are increasingly being applied to everyday life in cities across the country.

New York Times
Nov 17, 2008 High-Tech Team Helps Cheaters Pass Immigration Test

QUOTE: Two British residents were sentenced to jail last week for using an array of computers and wireless gear to feed answers to paying clients taking an immigration test in London, according to the Metropolitan Police.

Nov 30, 2007 Kill the Cat That Kills the Bird?

QUOTE: For more than 20 years, the two sides have exchanged accusations and insults over the issue of cats killing birds...cats are either rhinestone-collared mass murderers or victims of a smear campaign waged by lowdown cat haters...Which was the higher ethical duty, to save the bird or leave the cat unharmed?

New York Times
Nov 21, 2007 Behind Wheels of Black Cabs, Mostly White Faces (London Journal)

QUOTE: In an effort to redress the imbalance, the mayor, Ken Livingstone, announced in October that the city would spend £2.3 million, or about $4.7 million, over three years, helping underrepresented groups pay the costs associated with the Knowledge: enrolling in classes, obtaining scooters and study materials, and, if needed, taking language and numerical literacy classes and hiring help with child care.

New York Times
Nov 08, 2007 Congratulations on the Book Award, and Welcome to the Scrutiny

QUOTE: In the essay Ms. Enright tried to work through a cacophony of complicated emotions toward the girl’s parents, including reluctant voyeurism, distaste and pity. But newspapers here and in Britain picked out a sentence in which Ms. Enright said that she “disliked the McCanns earlier than most people” and ignored what she wrote afterward: that she was ashamed of the impulse and, in the end, rejected it.

New York Times
Nov 04, 2007 A Battle Rages in London Over a Mega-Mosque Plan

QUOTE: This summer on the Web site of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, more than 250,000 critics of the proposed mosque supported a petition initiated by a backer of the conservative British National Party. Some of them said a large mosque had no right to exist in such a prominent place in a Christian country.

New York Times
Jul 04, 2007 Hero's tale is 'too positive' for the BBC

QUOTE: The [BBC] has cancelled the commission for a 90-minute drama about Britain's youngest surviving Victoria Cross hero because it feared it would alienate members of the audience opposed to the war in Iraq. The BBC's retreat from the project, which had the working title Victoria Cross, has sparked accusations of cowardice and will reignite the debate about the broadcaster's alleged lack of patriotism.

Daily Telegraph
Mar 22, 2007 The 'Open Skies' Deal Is Hindered by Protectionism (The Invisible Hand)

QUOTE: Under the terms of the deal, which was approved by European ministers today, the administration will once again ask Congress to ease the restrictions on foreign airline ownership, not that anyone seriously believes this Congress will do any such thing for this president. Trying, however, will bring its own reward, in the form of expanded access by U.S. airlines to the most lucrative international air hub: London's Heathrow.

Smart Money
Feb 22, 2007 Wimbledon to Pay Women and Men Equal Prize Money

QUOTE: Under increasing pressure from women’s stars like Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova and from society at large, the club announced on Thursday that it would put an end to a practice [more prize money for men than women--Ed.] that had proved ever more divisive.

New York Times
Oct 20, 2006 Taking on the veil: West looks to assimilation

QUOTE: The longer the cultural dissonance generated by 9/11, the "war on terror," and suicide attacks ensues, the harder it is getting to ignore the semidetached status of Muslim communities.

Christian Science Monitor
Jan 07, 2006 Electronic Eye Grows Wider in Britain

QUOTE: Britain, already the world's leader in video surveillance of its people, will soon be able to automatically track the movements of millions of cars on most of its major roads....the system will enable police to "build profiles of people" and their movements even though they have committed no crime.

Washington Post
Dec 07, 2005 Forgiveness Is Bitter Pill for Some in N. Ireland: Victims of Violence Upset by Bill That Would Offer Amnesty to Their Attackers

QUOTE: The British government is asking for such forgiveness on the grounds that it will help seal the peace in Northern Ireland after more than three decades of sectarian violence. In London, Parliament is debating a bill that would allow fugitives who committed violent crimes during the 30-year conflict, such as the man who shot Malcolmson, to return home with guarantees that they would not serve time in prison.

Washington Post
Jun 27, 2004 The Golden Rule Is Taking a Beating

QUOTE: It's called gazumping in England, the process by which someone selling a piece of property accepts an offer from one buyer, maybe even going so far as to shake hands on it, then quickly — and often surreptitiously — accepts another, higher, offer from a second buyer...

New York Times
May 21, 2003 British Officer Praised for His Code Is Accused of Violating It

QUOTE: The British Army officer whose rousing prebattle address to his troops in March drew worldwide attention for its emphasis on treating enemy captives with respect is under investigation on accusations of having abused Iraqi soldiers and civilians...

New York Times
May 18, 2003 They've got a little list, and Pete Townshend is on it

QUOTE: Even though the charges were dismissed, because Townshend admitted that in 1998 he had paid to view an Internet child porn site once (as research for memoirs he was writing, he has said), English law requires that his name be put on a list of sex offenders.

Los Angeles Times
Apr 28, 2003 Satisfaction - or your money back!

QUOTE: ...four fans of the band are attempting to sue them for £1.3m in damages, claiming that the band "failed to perform substantially" at the show. Lead singer Scott Stapp is alleged to have been either so drunk or so stoned...

Guardian Unlimited
Feb 04, 2003 E-mail vetting blocks MPs' sex debate

QUOTE: A new e-mail vetting system at the House of Commons is stifling debate among MPs over serious parliamentary business such as the Sexual Offences Bill, it is claimed.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Feb 02, 2003 England Battles Racism That Infests Soccer

QUOTE: Almost every country in Europe has racist signs, chants and even violence at soccer stadiums, particularly from rightist groups that single out blacks, Jews, Muslims or other ethnic groups.

New York Times
Sep 18, 2002 Blair Calls for Wealth Redistribution

QUOTE: Tony Blair today used a pre-conference speech to promise to "redistribute power, wealth and opportunity" to combat poverty and deliver public services.

Guardian Unlimited
Aug 12, 2002 Britannia Waives Old Social Rules

QUOTE: New Upper Crust Must Achieve Status, Not Inherit It

Washington Post
Oct 26, 2001 We Are All Alone

QUOTE: why did we have so many allies in the gulf war against Iraq? Because the Saudis and Kuwaitis bought that alliance. They bought the Syrian Army with billions of dollars for Damascus. They bought us and the Europeans with promises of huge reconstruction contracts and by covering all our costs. Indeed, with the money Japan paid, we actually made a profit on the gulf war...

New York Times
Oct 22, 2001 Sinn Fein Asks I.R.A. Leaders to Disarm

QUOTE: Leaders of the Sinn Fein party urged their allies in the Irish Republican Army on Monday to begin disarming to save the peace process in Northern Ireland.

New York Times
Oct 07, 2001 Being Watched: A Cautionary Tale for a New Age of Surveillance

QUOTE: But Britain's experience in the fight against terrorism suggests that people may give up liberties without experiencing a corresponding increase in security.

New York Times
Sep 23, 2001 Americans Don't Understand That Their Heritage is Itself a Threat

QUOTE: We have heard a great deal of talk to the effect that the world will never be the same after the attacks of Sept. 11....Yet perhaps the most immediately pertinent of such precedents is offered by a much earlier conflict. In 1814, the United States was engaged in a bitter war, on land and at sea, with the greatest power in the world, the empire from which we had originally rebelled: Great Britain.

New York Times
Aug 10, 2001 I.R.A. Offers to Put Arms 'Beyond Use,' to No Avail

QUOTE: ...the Irish Republican Army offered publicly today to put its arsenal of explosives, rifles and mortars "completely and verifiably beyond use."

New York Times
Aug 09, 2001 Irish Peace At a Crossroads

QUOTE: ...since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, the bare-knuckled unionist and republican fighters have slugged it out — instead of building foundations for peace.

New York Times
Aug 08, 2001 New Ulster Setback: Protestant Chief Rejects I.r.a. Offer

QUOTE: Northern Ireland's leading Protestant politician rejected as inadequate today a disarmament proposal from the Irish Republican Army that the British and Irish governments had championed...

New York Times
May 31, 2001 In Ravaged English City, Racial Mix Was Volatile

QUOTE: the worst race riots in Britain in 15 years are another matter entirely. Some blame pervasive racism among whites, who make up 89 percent of the population in this depressed former mill town. Others blame increasing lawlessness among youths of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin...

New York Times
Jan 16, 2001 Battle Over Internet-bought Twins

QUOTE: A British couple embroiled in a bitter adoption battle over six-month old twins -- who were born in the United States and sold twice over the Internet -- keep the girls.