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Yemen: stirring the cauldron

  • April 11, 2015
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What exactly has to happen in order to demonstrate once and for all to those who regard war and militarisation as the solution to the many problems that the Middle East faces that they were catastrophically wrong? The casualty estimates and death tolls from the countries our armies and special forces have fought or intervened in don’t seem to do the trick – neither the US nor British governments nor much of the media pay much attention to those, and the US military doesn’t even bother to count dead bodies except its own.

State implosion,...

Come in Mr Peace Envoy: your time is up

  • March 18, 2015
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Rumours abound of the Right Dishonourable Anthony Blair’s imminent departure from his position as the Quartet’s Peace Envoy.     The Chosen One has occupied that position since the powers-that-be gave it to him in 2007, at the behest of his mate George W. Bush.   It’s highly unlikely that Bush did this because he...

Antisemitism: a blight that Palestinian solidarity doesn’t need

  • March 06, 2015
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No one who has been involved in Palestinian solidarity or who has even had the temerity to criticize the actions of the Israeli state will be unaware of the explosive issue of antisemitism.   The anti-apartheid movement was directed against a system whose essential iniquity was almost universally recognized, even by the states that covertly...

The United States of Israel

  • March 04, 2015
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There is no polite way to say this, but Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the most repellent and dangerous politicians in the world today.     He is a man who trades on fear and war, a cynical and amoral manipulator without a trace of honesty in his entire body,   who lies as easily...

Gaza in Ruins

  • February 23, 2015
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More than eight months after Israel’s latest high-tech onslaught on Gaza, large sections of Gaza City continue to resemble the dead cities left over from twentieth century saturation bombing or 21st century ‘chimneyvilles’ that Sherman’s army left in Atlanta and Georgia.       Looking at the shocking photographs of the devastation during the last...

All hail to the tyrant

  • January 23, 2015
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Anyone who wants to know what kind of world we are living in should note of the extraordinary diplomatic grovelling that has accompanied the passing of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia this morning.     Over here Lord Snooty declared himself ‘deeply saddened to hear of the death of the custodian of the two holy...

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