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After England's summer of unrest, Billy Bragg, folk- and punk-rock icon of the British protesting classes, recalls the musicians who politicized him after London's 1976 Notting Hill riots and summons a new generation of artists to raise their voices against social and political convention. (more)

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Sticking with a position that appears based more on pride than empirical reasoning, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair waded through six hours of questioning at an inquiry in London with a resilient defense of the decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

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In a surprising last-minute move, Tony Blair has dropped out of the race for the European Council's presidency, a position for which he was an early favorite.

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Tony Blair has apparently set his sights across the English Channel, as he is a contender to become the first president of the European Union. While he has yet to officially announce his candidacy, the British government has already declared its support for Blair, and he is seen as a front-runner for the position.

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David Miliband has written a sour review of the "war on terror," challenging the worldview pushed by George W Bush and Miliband's former boss, Tony Blair War is not the answer, Miliband warns Instead, "We must respond to terrorism by championing the rule of law, not subordinating it We must uphold our commitments to human rights and civil liberties at home and abroad".

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The president-elect has reportedly chosen Leon Panetta to head the CIA and retired Adm. Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence. Both men bring a mixed bag. Panetta is an experienced bureaucrat, but he's no James Bond. Blair has been praised for his terrorist-fighting skills, but he was criticized for a supposed conflict of interest that benefited defense contractors.

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Tony Blair went to "The Daily Show" to talk about politics but found himself defending the Iraq war much more than he might have liked. The former politician, who still seems desperate to sell the nobility of invading and occupying Iraq, also managed to include some of the tired 9/11 rhetoric from Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.

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There was the Jason Blair scandal, the Judith Miller WMD fiasco, the John McCain (yawn) brouhaha and the appointment of neocon "never-get-it-right" William Kristol as an Op-Ed columnist, to mention a few New York Times blunders. All that and a shareholders' assault make the Sulzbergers' lock on ownership of The New York Times seem not entirely impregnable, explains Vanity Fair's Michael Wolff.

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