The recent conviction of Jon Venables for offences relating to images of child sexual abuse has returned the murder of James Bulger to the front pages. It raises questions about how the state dealt with two child offenders 17 years ago.
The government has struck a deal with Facebook to invite ideas from the public on state spending cuts. The "spending challenge channel" will be used to take suggestions from the public for saving money prior to the Autumn spending review.
The widespread outrage at Israel's deadly assult on the Freedom Flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, leading to at least 9 deaths and the detention of hundreds of activists, is galvanising millions of people to ask how they can help bring justice for Palestine.
Is Zionism a form of colonialist nationalism? The last issue of New Left Review (62 March/April) carried a significant debate between Gabriel Piterberg, author of The Returns of Zionism (Verso 2008), and Zeev Sternhell on this issue.