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War crimes: Taylor now, Assad next "It was not until Pinochet came to London in 1998 to take tea with Mrs Thatcher that the idea of ending the impunity of political and military leaders seemed possible. In those days it was bitterly controversial: the pope, Henry Kissinger, George Bush Snr, and even Fidel Castro wrote to Jack Straw demanding that he be freed." (Geoffrey Robertson)
Fairfax strikes out "While healthy newspapers are good for democracy and good for accountable governments, markets and investors care little for the moral purpose of the companies they trade in. Unless the business of news can make money, quality journalism will continue to shrink in the private sector."
Editor's note "The Australian is increasingly looking like the kind of newspaper you'd get if Gina Rinehart ran it. At least Fairfax, proprietor of the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review, and 13% Rinehart-owned, is resisting going down that path."
Laughing all the way to power "I ask him to clarify his hand gesture. 'No, it definitely means f#ck off,' the 63-year-old activist insists, smiling. "Vaffanculo!" he says, verbalising in Italian, 'to the media, to the corrupt officials, to the corrupt politicians, right and left — all of them can f#ck off.'"