The cover for the next Penguin edition of George Orwell's 1984 is so doubleplusgood you’re going to want to buy another copy. As designed by David Pearson, the title and author’s name are censored by thick black bars (actually black foiling) that obscure the text. It’s as if the Ministry of Truth had decided to erase the book from history and make it an unbook by an unperson. Brilliant!

[via Creative Review]

¿Cuántas veces he sido un dictador? ¿Cuántas veces un inquisidor; un censor, un carcelero? ¿Cuántas veces he prohibido, a quienes más quería, la libertad y la palabra? ¿De cuántas personas me he sentido dueño? ¿A cuántas he condenado porque cometieron el delito de no ser yo? ¿No es la propiedad privada de las personas más repugnante que la propiedad de las cosas? ¿A cuánta gente usé, yo que me creía tan al margen de la sociedad de consumo? ¿No he deseado o celebrado, secretamente, la derrota de otros, yo que en voz alta me cagaba en el valor del éxito? ¿Quién no reproduce, dentro de sí, al mundo que lo genera? ¿Quién está a salvo de confundir a su hermano con un rival y a la mujer que ama con la propia sombra?
—  "Días y noches de amor y de guerra" - Eduardo Galeano.

The government stands accused of seeking to conceal Britain’s role in extraordinary rendition, ahead of the release of a declassified intelligence report that exposes the use of torture at US secret prisons around the world.

The Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation programme, due to be released in days, will confirm that the US tortured terrorist suspects after 9/11. In advance of the release, Barack Obama admitted on Friday: “We tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values.”

Now, in a letter to the human rights group Reprieve, former foreign secretary William Hague has confirmed that the UK government has held discussions with the US about what it intends to reveal in the report which, according to al-Jazeera, acknowledges that the British territory of Diego Garcia was used for extraordinary rendition.