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Articles by Matthew Clayfield

Follow Friday: @raceymicehell on @MIFFofficial

Balancing the demands of elite cinephiles and casual cinema-goers is a challenge Melbourne International Film Festival artistic director Michelle Carey is ready to tackle.

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Follow Friday: @fiskeharrison on running with the bulls

British writer Alexander Fiske-Harrison first entered the ring as a wannabe bullfighter, but has found his niche following in Hemingway’s footsteps — quite literally.

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Follow Friday: @courtneyr and @pressfreedom, fighting for Greste and others

When it comes to press freedom, the Peter Greste case is only the tip of the iceberg, says Courtney Radsch from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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Follow Friday: @DlalaNje, changing perceptions in Joburg

Johannesburg’s city centre has a notoriously bad reputation, but an organisation started by two young South Africans is hoping to change that.

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Follow Friday: @combatjourno, live-tweeting battle in Afghanistan

In a country bound by government-related media restrictions, live-tweeting breaking news is both a sensible and revolutionary act, says Mustafa Kazemi.

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Follow Friday: @KevinRothrock, explaining the RuNet

If you want to know what’s happening in Russia, go straight to the source. Kevin Rothrock explains the “Wild West” of Russia’s internet.

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Follow Friday: @uncutcg, occupying the electoral process

Carl Gibson wants to turn radical street politics into real power in Washington. He talks to Crikey about his new party, the long road to recognition and the power of Twitter.

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Follow Friday: @LaurenWillgo, an adventurer through Syria

Australian journalist Lauren Williams gave up the easy beat of Sydney for the Middle East, arriving just in time for the Arab Spring. She talks about her adventures and Twitter.

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Follow Friday: @BrigidWD, live-tweeting compulsory silence

From locked bathrooms to silent meditation retreats, journalist and novelist Brigid Delaney is committed to stream-of-consciousness tweeting.

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Follow Friday: @mattzollerseitz, creating the internet water cooler

New York Magazine’s Matt Zoller Seitz is your go-to guy for TV and film criticism and recaps. Plus he’s besties with Wes Anderson. Worth a follow on Twitter …

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Follow Friday: @adellewaldman, inside the mind of the hideous man

Adelle Waldman’s first novel is an insightful and probing look inside the mind of the casually cruel man. Our correspondent ponders his own life in chatting with her about writing and Twitter.

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Follow Friday: @nils_gilman, prognosticating the paradox of the future

Nils Gilman is a futurist, pessimist and just about the smartest person you could follow on Twitter. He takes on banks, the GFC, social inequality, and where we as a species are heading.

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Follow Friday: @MarkAdomanis, injecting nuance and numbers into Russia debate

There’s plenty of myth and misinformation around Russia and the Ukraine. Writer Mark Adomanis wants to move beyond a debate which tends to be black and white.

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Follow Friday: @ClaireBerlinski, talking Turkey in Paris

Writer, academic and ex-Istanbullu Claire Berlinski watches events in Turkey with a heavy heart but little surprise. To those interested in the region, she’s a leading voice on Twitter.

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Follow Friday: @bloggingsbyboz, who has both eyes on Latin America

If you want to understand Latin America, James Bosworth’s Twitter feed is a very good place to start. The strategic analyst is Crikey’s latest Follow Friday story.

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Follow Friday: @ClairMacD, our woman in Monrovia

What’s an Australian journalist doing in Liberia? Clair MacDougall is fascinated by the “deeply complex” nation and coverage of Africa broadly. The intrepid freelance is worth a follow.

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Follow Friday: @VictoriaCocks1 and @kirstysan, digital adventurers

Filmmakers Victoria Cocks and Kirsty Stark have harnessed the power of Twitter to call attention to their TV series Wastelander Panda. Their experiemt was a success, with the ABC commissioning six episodes.

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Follow Friday: @tempus_fukit, riding the rails and writing beautifully

British journalist Joseph Woby is one of the best long-form writers around, as he risks his life to tell stories from the road.

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Follow Friday: @ivymix, who thinks drinks and champions women

Meet Ivy Mix, who through nominative determinism, a sense of fun and just plain grit is making a big name for herself — and women — in the blokey world of bartending. It’s another Crikey Follow Friday …

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Follow Friday: @MarkGaleotti, explaining Russia and the Games

Mark Galeotti is an important voice on the Sochi Olympics, Vladimir Putin’s overarching ambition and all things Russian. Crikey’s Follow Friday series explains why you should add him to your feed.

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Follow Friday: @sarahkendzior, commentator, and the ‘full Kendzior’

Sarah Kendzior seeks out bastardy and has quickly become a star online — and on Twitter. As part of Crikey’s new series Follow Friday, we talk to the Al Jazeera columnist on the world around her.

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Walking the streets of Hebron, a city cleaved in two

Hebron is an experience like no other — the most striking and terrible manifestation of Israel’s occupation that one is likely to encounter — but the halting journey is ultimately worth it.

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Palestine’s Street of Martyrs paved with anger and regret

Politics infuses everyday encounters in the West Bank. Our correspondent continues his tour of the Middle East with a visit to a Palestinian refugee camp where martyrs are honoured and tensions bubble.

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‘Making beer is a form of resistance’: brewing West Bank tensions

Beer brewers in Palestine lost many of their customers when the Israeli walls went up. But one defiant ale maker says it’s all part of a resistance fight for freedom.

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‘What is a Jewish state?’ The view from the Golan Heights

Reuven Shalev asks the big question: what is a Jewish state? The resident of Kfar Haruv at the southern end of the Golan Heights reflects on the dim prospect of peace in his homeland.

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