Issue 11 of Notes from the Borderland's, the UK's best (only?) parapolitical magazine is now out.
What's in it? The main article is a critique of the Swedish rape accusations against Julian Assange, and the not exactly helpful role The Guardian has played in the whole Wikileaks story. Larry O'Hara offers a detailed critique of the work of Nick Davies in particular. With friends like Davies and former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, Assange hardly needs enemies.
Elsewhere I pick up my pen to examine Ken Livingstone's autobiography, and join with Heidi Svenson to look at the latest developments in the political split between the Hope Not Hate and Searchlight franchises. My fellow University of East London Terrorism Studies alumni Paul Feeney returns to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, and articulates a strong view that the state's case has unraveled. There are also updates on previous NFB research into the 1999 London nail bombings and the murder of GCHQ analyst Gareth Williams. Add in book and TV reviews on matters related to British Jihadism and intelligence, and you get rather a lot (80 pages) for £4.75.
Somewhat deliberately, NFB keeps itself going in hard copy, as opposed to putting everything on line. In a world where our three minute culture is constantly under pressure to become a two minute one, that is strangely reassuring. If you are in London, you can buy Notes from the Borderland from Housmans bookshop in Kings Cross. The magazine can also be ordered from the NFB website here.