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Articles by Matthew Clayfield

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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Blogging between the Blue and Purple lines an uneasy Middle East

A generation of Druze are facing a curious challenge of identity and loyalty. Crikey goes between the Purple Lines in an uneasy Middle East.

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Tel Aviv and the bomb squad makes a guest appearance

First there was a little white lie about working in reality TV … and then the lecture, writes Australian freelance correspondent Matthew Clayfield.

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Jerusalem, a city of two halves, united only by disunity

For all the popular phantasm that Jerusalem adheres to, the image of an ancient ethnic melting pot is not one of them. It is a city still strangled by the barbed wire which separates it.

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Madrid, riot cops, rubber bullets … ‘this is the new normal’

Athens wears its economic crisis on its sleeves, on its walls, its shuttered shop fronts. Madrid’s is not so readily apparent: it is there, but you have to go looking for it, taking notice of the details.

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‘Delaying the inevitable’ in Greece, cake notwithstanding

The best, saddest little taverna in Athens is on Astiggos Street, on the far side of the Monastiraki Flea Market.

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Deportation would be a blessing for Athens’ debt-hit immigrants

Anti-immigrant sentiment is alive and rampant in Greece.

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Athens not quite the centre of the world, but it did suck us in

The Greece election was marked by an overemphasis on short-term fixes such as bailouts where what was required was a proper discussion about tax evasion, corruption, graft and the size of the public sector.

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‘Criminality, drugs, poverty’: new govt won’t solve Greek crisis

As the conservative pro-bailout New Democracy party forms a coalition following its pyrrhic victory in Greece, the feeling on the street seemed to be that the country probably won’t explode either. Yet.

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Moscow Writers’ March a success as peace breaks out

The relative success of Sunday’s “Writer’s March” through the streets of Moscow — not in terms of overall numbers, perhaps, but as a sterling example of non-violent protest — was cheering.

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Civil disobedience turns violent in latest Russian uprisings

In Russia the latest round of civil disobedience verged on violence. Some 400 protesters — including Alexey Navalny, Sergei Udaltsov and Boris Nemtsov — were arrested.

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