Thousands of documents detailing some of the most shameful acts and crimes committed during the final years of the British empire were systematically destroyed to prevent them falling into the hands of post-independence governments, an official review has concluded.Those papers that survived the purge were flown discreetly to Britain where they were hidden for 50 years in a secret Foreign Office archive, beyond the reach of historians and members of the public, and in breach of legal obligations for them to be transferred into the public domain.
The Guardian: Britain destroyed records of colonial crimes, April 18, 2012
openDemocracy on the recent coup in Mali (the rebels declare the independence of Azawad, Touré resigns, the interim leader is a labour union activist).
Anders Behring Breivik's trial started three days ago.
Hillary Clinton delivered a speech in Brazil on open and closed societies this week.
The NY Times on the situation of the Kurds in the ongoing Syrian uprising. "If the revolution against Mr. Assad succeeds, their passive role will give them less of a say in how the country is ruled. But they also fear that any future government will be much more Islamist than the secular Assad government."
Wild Flag live at Coachella!!
Titus Andronicus covered X-Ray Spex' Oh Bondage! Up Yours! for the tribute compilation Rebel on the Underground: A Tribute to X-Ray Spex.
Jack White's Sixteen Saltines from Blunderbuss, to be released on April 24.
The A.V. Club interviews Joss Whedon, now that both Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers have been released.
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