Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Essay
One of my favourite radio programmes is the fifteen minute late night slot on Radio 3 taken by The Essay. Last week's linked essays 'Enlightenment Voices' by Kate Tunstall and Caroline Warman on French philospher and writer Diderot was spot on, introducing a comparatively neglected writer to a wider audience through his work. It also reminded me that Caroline wrote a lively piece on 'The ironic encounters of the Marquis de Sade and Jane Austen' a couple of years ago - well worth re-reading:

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Human Rights Watch - World Report 2010

This is the 20th annual World Report from Human Rights Watch, which covers the human rights situation in more than 90 countries. Compiled in partnership with activists in the country in question, this year's report also features a number of thematic essays which look at related issues such as the intensifying attacks on Human Rights defenders and organisations, and the way health providers are becoming increasingly complicit in torture. Read individual reports online or download the whole report as a PDF file: