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The Chilcot Inquiry Sinks into the Sand

  • November 15, 2013
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In the last fortnight a number of media commentators accused Russell Brand of naivete and political ignorance for his criticisms of the democratic system and the limitations of the right to vote.

This week however, the British public were presented with further evidence of how hollowed-out the democratic process has become, when the Chilcot Inquiry revealed that it was being denied access to 25 notes sent by Tony Blair to George Bush, and 130 documents relating to conversations between the two architects of the Iraq War, in addition to dozens of records of cabinet meetings.


George Bush’s Library

  • April 28, 2013
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One of the great things about being an American president is the impunity that comes with the job.   No matter what you do or what laws you might break,  you will never pay more than a mild political price for it.

Sure, your ratings might drop, people may say nasty things about you in the...

The Curse of the Careerist

  • March 18, 2013
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You have to admire the courage and moral fibre of Britain’s military chiefs.  Here they are, ten years after the Iraq war, queuing up to describe  the inept planning for the post-invasion scenario as ‘wholly irresponsible’.    So we hear former chief of defence Lord Guthrie, thundering that it was ‘ absolutely...

Iraq’s Missing Pages

  • March 09, 2013
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Reading Peter van Buren’s excoriating indictment of the role played by the ‘complacent and sleepy media’ in paving the way for the Iraq war reminded me of an episode during the build-up to the war that when the mainstream media gave a spectacular demonstration of how complacent – or merely compliant – it could be.


Peter van Buren on the Iraq War

  • March 08, 2013
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‘ I was there. And “there” was nowhere. And nowhere was the place to be if you wanted to see the signs of end times for the American Empire up close. It was the place to be if you wanted to see the madness — and oh yes, it was madness — not filtered through...

The Return of the ‘Salvador Option’

  • March 07, 2013
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TODAY’S Guardian will not make pleasant reading in Washington. For the first time, a major mainstream media outlet has alleged that leading American politicians and military figures, including General David Petraeus, the former commander of US forces in Iraq, were directly involved in a systematic campaign of torture and atrocity carried out against Sunni insurgents...

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