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Matthew Clayfield

Journalist, critic, screenwriter and playwright

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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