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ISIS: Made in Washington?

  • June 23, 2014
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As a result of its continuing offensives in Iraq, the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIS) has become the latest Islamist threat to civilisation.   If the rightwing Internet website World Net Daily is to be believed however,  the US government may have inadvertently played a direct role in ISIS’s creation, through a military training program which began in the spring of 2012.   According to WND

dozens of ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria....

Iraq Implodes

  • June 15, 2014
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The startling advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in Iraq are the most dramatic and visible success that the transnational jihad movement has achieved since its intitial emergence in the war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the early 80s.     Since the end of that war, one...

The Peace Talks that Died of Boredom

  • May 01, 2014
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With a noisy sucking of bubbles, the last dregs of the Israeli-Palestinian peace ‘process’ have disappeared down the plughole. The ostensible reason for the collapse was the announcement of a forthcoming national unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas, which caused Netanyahu to suspend talks.   But it is difficult to imagine that anyone involved is...

Is Richard Dawkins a Terrorist?

  • April 03, 2014
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I’ve always thought that Richard Dawkins is more arrogant than anyone has a right to be, and some of his statements suggest that he isn’t without a streak of bigotry.   But now, thanks to the Saudi Arabian government, I know that he is a far more sinister character than I had realisedt.

This is because...

Cameron Condemns Egypt’s Persecution of the Muslim Brotherhood

  • April 01, 2014
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In a powerful demonstration of its commitment to democracy and the rule of law, the British government has reacted strongly to the 529 death sentences handed out to Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters last week.   Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned what he called a ‘politicized show trial’ and a ‘travesty of justice’ based...

Egypt’s Trial of the Century

  • March 26, 2014
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How many Egyptians does it take to kill one policeman?   Exactly 529, if they are members of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to Judge Saeed Elgazar.     That is the number of people Elgazar sentenced to death two days ago for the killing of a deputy police commander in the southern Egyptian city of...

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