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We'll discuss a couple of topical issues in the news.

First Tuesday Current Affairs Forum
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News Reviews from 2011

US Reaction to WikileaksUS Reaction to Wikileaks: Assange really a terrorist? (Feb 2011)

by Professor Inderjeet Parmar


Sarah Palin, a likely Republican candidate for the presidency in 2012, has called for Wikileaks’ founder, Julian Assange, to be “hunted down in the way armed forces are targeting the Taliban and Al-Qaeda”.  Assange, according to the potential next leader of the free world, is “an anti-American with blood on his hands”.

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News Reviews from 2011

Red Card for Andy Gray and Richard Keys (Feb 2011)

by Simon Belt

Andy Gray and Richard KeysI volunteered to write an article or two before the first of the Manchester Salon's current affairs discussions and put my neck on the line to have it picked apart, and hopefully improved for it. Events in Egypt have somewhat overtaken the sacking of Andy Gray by Sky for 'unacceptable and offensive behaviour', and the subsequent resignation by Richard Keys, but here's my take on the issue.


The story takes place in context of BSkyB delivering some excellent financial results, and is preparing itself in response to takeover plans by Rupert Murdoch. Further adding complications in understanding the context is that Andy Gray is one of the celebrities who have begun legal proceedings against the News of the World, owned by Rupert Murdoch, over the phone tapping allegations.

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