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Once More Into the Abyss, Chaps

  • June 26, 2013
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Whenever the Quartet”s “Peace Envoy” Tony Blair makes any pronouncement on the great issues in the Middle East, you can always guarantee that the missile silos are being readied for action.  Last week Blair took time out from his unctuous tribute to Shimon Peres to call for the establishment of no-fly zones over Syria in order to avoid “catastrophic consequences.”

This urgency was based on the “confirmation” by British and US intelligence services of the use of chemical weapons by Bashar al-Assad, which according to Blair, means that “we” must now act immediately to prevent...

Greece, Syrian Refugees and the Paradox of Humanitarian Intervention

  • December 10, 2012
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There was a grim but essential story in last week’s Guardian, on the secret deportations of Syrian refugees by Greek police   across the Evros River border  with   Turkey.   The Guardian described how a group of Syrians recently crossed the Evros.  Some members of the group drowned, others made it to...

Guest Post: News from Tunisia

  • September 30, 2012
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Via Amanda Sebestyen, a translated update on recent events over the last few days in Tunisia from Tunisian blogger Charfeddine Nasri of the Karama association for unemployed graduates in Kasserine, Tunisia:

– A man has died from police beatings when he was arrested at a protest;

– A male protestor has reported that he was raped by...

Guest Post: Call to support Tunisian Artists

  • June 19, 2012
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I’m circulating this important appeal from the Tunisian Collective for Art, Culture and Freedom, as a guest post:

Dear Friends,

We imagine that you have been following the current news in Tunisia these days. Here is a short recap:

Repeated physical aggressions against Tunisian artists and intellectuals have taken place in several regions of the country: In March...

Lord Snooty gives Indonesia a history lesson

  • April 14, 2012
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Hasn’t Lord Snooty done Britain proud during his Asia jaunt?   Accompanied by an entourage of 35+businessmen pals, with the usual cohort of reps from British arms manufacturers, he has been looking for trade and investment opportunities and selling weaponry wherever he can.

Cameron has been particularly keen to flog weapons to the Indonesian military,...

‘Unforeseen Consequences’ and the Unravelling of Libya

  • April 03, 2012
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The imperium and its cohorts are in a hurry these days.     No sitting around waiting for the wheels of diplomacy or negotiations to take their course for them.   Not when there’s a world to be put to rights, wars that need to be fought, rebels to be armed, regimes to topple.    ...

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