Matthew Clayfield

Journalist, critic, screenwriter and playwright

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Revellers dance, march and sing through the tear gas at Sicilian anti-G7, anti-Trump protest

May 29, 2017 3

They marched without masks. They marched without bandanas. Freelance journalist Matthew Clayfield. reports.

On the eve of the G7, protesters and security forces square off under an uneasy Sicilian sun

May 26, 2017 2

Security are hoping to keep protests far away from the G7 summit meeting in Taormina, with the shadow of Genoa looming in everyone's minds, writes freelance journalist Matthew Clayfield.

Follow Friday: @r3sho on the Kurdish twittersphere and the battle against the Islamic State

Follow Friday: @r3sho on the Kurdish twittersphere and the battle against the Islamic State

August 15, 2014

Kurdistan is back in the media spotlight as the Islamic State's power spreads -- and it's up to Kurdish ex-pats to keep it there, says Resho Bistuyek.

Follow Friday: @OKANsays on Sunday’s Turkish presidential election

Follow Friday: @OKANsays on Sunday’s Turkish presidential election

August 8, 2014 1

Turkey's gearing up for its first presidential election, but Turkish commentator Okan Altiparmak has doubts about how democratic it will really be.

Follow Friday: @NataliaAntonova on the horror of watching the world collapse

Follow Friday: @NataliaAntonova on the horror of watching the world collapse

August 1, 2014 4

If you're looking for a unique take on current events in Russia, the Twitter feed of Ukrainian-born, US-raised, ethnically Russian journalist and playwright Natalia Antonova is a good place to start.

Follow Friday: @PabGallego on the future of the Left in Spain and Europe

Follow Friday: @PabGallego on the future of the Left in Spain and Europe

July 25, 2014

The GFC hit Spain hard, and the recovery from it has spurred a resurgence of the Left, says Spanish activist Pablo Gallego Garcia.

Follow Friday: @raceymicehell on @MIFFofficial

Follow Friday: @raceymicehell on @MIFFofficial

July 11, 2014

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.

Follow Friday: @fiskeharrison on running with the bulls

Follow Friday: @fiskeharrison on running with the bulls

July 4, 2014 5

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.

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

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

June 27, 2014 4

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.

Follow Friday: @DlalaNje, changing perceptions in Joburg

Follow Friday: @DlalaNje, changing perceptions in Joburg

June 20, 2014

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

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

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

June 13, 2014 1

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

Follow Friday: @KevinRothrock, explaining the RuNet

Follow Friday: @KevinRothrock, explaining the RuNet

May 30, 2014 1

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.

Follow Friday: @uncutcg, occupying the electoral process

Follow Friday: @uncutcg, occupying the electoral process

May 23, 2014 1

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.

Follow Friday: @LaurenWillgo, an adventurer through Syria

Follow Friday: @LaurenWillgo, an adventurer through Syria

May 16, 2014 2

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.

Follow Friday: @BrigidWD, live-tweeting compulsory silence

Follow Friday: @BrigidWD, live-tweeting compulsory silence

May 9, 2014

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

Follow Friday: @mattzollerseitz, creating the internet water cooler

Follow Friday: @mattzollerseitz, creating the internet water cooler

May 2, 2014

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 ...

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

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

April 11, 2014

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.

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

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

March 28, 2014 2

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.

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

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

March 21, 2014 2

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.

Follow Friday: @ClaireBerlinski, talking Turkey in Paris

Follow Friday: @ClaireBerlinski, talking Turkey in Paris

March 14, 2014 1

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.