One of the last times I posted something on Pussy Riot I was waxing lyrical (literally) on what I saw as the underlying radicalism of Pussy Riot's situationist-style art-cum-music stunts. I reckon it's pointless looking at them as "political musicians", still less as a musicians trying to carve out a career in the music industry.
Gay Prides and demonstrations organised against the law in Moscow and beyond have resulted in alarming pictures of violence and brutality, which have gone viral across the internet.
It seems that Fortiguard aren't just in the business of keeping vulnerable eyes away from explicit sexual content and blogs about independent filmmaking. Their website describes the alternative beliefs category as blocking "Websites that provide information about or promote religions not specified in Traditional Religions or other unconventional, cultic, or folkloric beliefs and practices". Make of that what you will.
For the last year throughout the Middle East (and beyond) debate has raged as to whether topless protests constitute a valid form of protest and whether actions like this do more harm than good, by reinforcing rather than weakening conservative forces. Let's me be very clear about this. These actions are a legitimate form of protest.
According to 14 lawyers specialising in equality law, supermarkets that sell lads' mags such as Nuts and Zoo could potentially be sued under sexual discrimination laws, on the basis that displaying such saucy material in workplaces possibly constitutes "sexual harassment under the Equality Act 2010"... Apparently such magazines are "deeply harmful to women", and therefore shops that stock them run the risk of being done for discriminating against or even harassing their female shoppers. There's so much wrong with this campaign it's hard to know where to start.
I'm not a Russian citizen but I nevertheless have a few questions for him. I'd like to imagine he'd have a go at some of these if they come up among the two-million-odd questions he's likely to be sent this week, but somehow I doubt it. So here are my ten questions I think Vladimir Putin won't be answering during the Q&A.
Oxford and Cambridge Universities have an awful lot in common. And last week was no exception. By inviting polarising political figures from the left and the right - George Galloway and Marine Le Pen, respectively - both institutions reaffirmed what is at once perhaps the most sacred and the most imperilled of all our values: the freedom of speech.