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Al-Bashir is just a big, bad, black bogeyman for the West

CrikeyDec 31, 2010

Sudan president Omar al-Bashir may be accused of international war crimes and genocide in Darfur, but isn't as evil as progressives like to claim, declares Simon Tisdall, as he explains al-Bashir's role in the Sudanese elections.

The worst tech gadgets of 2010

CrikeyDec 31, 2010

It might have been the year of the iPad, but Wired looks back on the worst tech products of 2010. From the $500 JooJoo, an iPad wannabe with no apps and no internet, to the wearable videocamera that didn't stay on the head, there were some tech shockers.

Concert sales hit a low note

Amber JamiesonDec 31, 2010

The one saving grace for the embattled music industry in recent years has been concert and festival tickets. But 2010 has seen global ticket sales fall by 12%.

Bend it like a heavily-edited Beckham

CrikeyDec 31, 2010

And the honour of the first Western film ever shown in censorship-loving North Korea goes to...envelope please... Bend it like Beckham! Sure, it was edited from 112 minutes down to just 60, but no other film can claim that title.

Selling communism for tourism

CrikeyDec 31, 2010

Red is far from dead in China. Instead, entrepreneurs in Yan'an are cashing in on the novelty and historical value of communism for tourists, from battle recreations to museums on Mao.

The top 5 shows on telly in 2010

The top 5 shows on telly in 2010

Daniel BarrettDec 31, 2010

Quality TV is becoming more difficult to find each year. And not because there is so little of it, but rather it is coming from so many different sources. Dan Barrett offers his top picks for the silver screen.

Not so icy in the northern hemisphere at all really

Not so icy in the northern hemisphere at all really

CrikeyDec 31, 2010

We’ve seen all those pictures of snow bound New York, all those travellers stranded at airports. Must be a really cold snap in the northern hemisphere, right? Well, no, actually, explains Richard Farmer.

How does water vapor cause global warming?

How does water vapor cause global warming?

Amber JamiesonDec 31, 2010

As part of your summer reading, delve into these questions on CO2, global warming and what levels of CO2 are “safe” or “traditional”, the latest by Amber Jamieson and Rooted's 'Ask a climate scientist' series.

Cut, print, that's a wrap: 2010 in books

Cut, print, that's a wrap: 2010 in books

CrikeyDec 31, 2010

Angela Meyer, of Crikey's book blog Literary Minded looks back at the year that was, from speaking at writers' festivals, to publishing articles in magazines and commissioning guest book reviews via Twitter.

Fire in the Great Sandy Desert

CrikeyDec 31, 2010

Photographer Steven Rhall lives up in the tiny NT town of Balgo. He writes of the first big fire of the season up his way, where fires can sometimes run for weeks -- if not months -- and burn-out huge tracts of land.

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