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23 December 2011

The 10 most-read articles of 2011

The most popular pieces on newstatesman.com this year.

By New Statesman

1. The bugger, bugged | by Hugh Grant

After a chance meeting with a former News of the World executive who told him his phone had been hacked, Hugh Grant couldn’t resist going back to him – with a hidden tape recorder – to find out if there was more to the story . . .

2. Julian Assange on Murdoch, Manning and the threat from China | by John Pilger

The WikiLeaks founder talks to John Pilger.

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3. “I’m not a punchbag – I have feelings” | by Jemima Khan

The NS guest editor Jemima Khan talks to the Liberal Democrat leader about life on the far side of power and what it’s like to be a cut-out.

4. Faith no more | by Andrew Zak Williams

Earlier this year, Andrew Zak Williams asked public figures why they believe in God. Now it’s the turn of the atheists – from A C Grayling to P Z Myers – to explain why they don’t.

5. Preview: Richard Dawkins interviews Christopher Hitchens | by George Eaton

Exclusive extracts from the writer’s final interview.

6. What really happened in Trafalgar Square | by Laurie Penny

Neither mindless nor violent, young protesters were forced into a stand-off with police.

7. Why Richard Dawkins is the best argument for God | by Russell Brand

Russell Brand questions Richard Dawkins, explains Transcendental Meditation . . . and offers readers a touch of the divine.

8. No limits to the law in NoLa | by James Fox

A federal justice report on policing in New Orleans since 2009 presents damning evidence of brutality, cop misconduct and systemic abuse of black citizens post-Katrina. The city’s jails are not far behind.

9. “You should have your tongue ripped out”: the reality of sexist abuse online | by Helen Lewis-Hasteley

Female bloggers speak out about misogynist comments, rape threats and death threats.

10. What a tangled web we weave | by Robert Trivers

From using euphemisms such as “collateral damage” to faking orgasms, we practise deception all the time. But in order to lie better to others, we must first fool ourselves.