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And Now For Our Next Act: Somalia

And Now For Our Next Act: Somalia

  • December 23, 2011
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Within days of the US withdrawal, Iraq is already slipping back towards the sectarian violence that was triggered in the first place by the 2003 Anglo/British ‘intervention’.   After ten years in Afghanistan, British troops are supporting the corrupt Karzai government and its warlord administration whose single growth industry is the heroin trade.   After yet another ‘intervention’ that was supposedly intended to prevent a massacre and ushered in a war in which as many as 50,000 people may have died, Libya remains unstable and stalked by violent racist militias.

But the Coalition government has...

Iraq: a Bad End to a Bad War

Iraq: a Bad End to a Bad War

  • December 17, 2011
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In March 2003 the United States, backed by its faithful lieutenant Britain and a hastily-concocted ‘Coalition of the Willing’,  invaded Iraq following a campaign of lies, manipulation, propaganda and manufactured intelligence.

After smashing Saddam Hussein’s decrepit army, the invaders proved unable  to install their puppet Ahmed Chalabi in power or ensure security, and began a neo-colonial...

We Want Our Drone Back

We Want Our Drone Back

  • December 13, 2011
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Somewhat improbably, Barack Obama is demanding that Iran returns the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that was brought down by the Iranian Army’s electronic warfare unit while carrying out a CIA reconnaissance operations last Thursday.     According to the Washington Times, the Iranians have been trying to extract   data in the Lockheed Martin RQ-170...

The Iran Assassination Plot – a Pretext for War?

  • October 13, 2011
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After so many years of threats and sabre-rattling, is the United States trying to provoke Saudi Arabia into a war against Iran?   If so, it must be truly desperate,  because this supposed plot to kill the Saudi Arabian  ambassador  is so wildly implausible that it really makes no sense at all.

First, allow me...

The British Army’s War Porn

The British Army’s War Porn

  • September 25, 2011
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There is a rather nauseating story in today’s  Independent on Sunday about British soldiers gathering to watch ‘war snuff movies’ at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan for ‘morale boosting’ sessions. These ‘Kill TV nights’ consisted of video clips showing people being killed by Apache helicopters, and were accompanied by a commentary from Warrant Officer Andy Farmer.

According...

Cowards

  • September 14, 2011
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Are the Taliban cowards?  Yes,  according to  Hilary Clinton, who condemned what she called yesterday’s ‘cowardly’ attacks on the American Embassy and NATO compound in the heart of Kabul by the members of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.   According to the online Dictionary.Com the adjective ‘cowardly’ can either mean’lacking courage; contemptibly timid’...

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