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The 9/11 decade

  • September 10, 2011
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Tomorrow it will be exactly ten years since 19 deluded fanatics murdered nearly 3,000 people in the United States.    After the last fortnight of  documentaries, interviews, profiles, newsclips, ‘9/11 short stories’,  a special ‘9/11 Question Time’, BBC broadcasts from ‘ground zero’ and a torrent of opinion pieces in the press and on the Internet, you would have to be extremely detached from the outside world not to know this.

Much of the media coverage has focussed on the anniversary as an opportunity for remembrance as well as ‘reflection’ on September 11...

Statecraft

  • September 07, 2011
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In public British governments often argue that Britain’s foreign policy – in recent years at least – is dictated by  moral and ethical considerations.   In private however, British officials operate according to very different concept of  statecraft and the national interest in which morality is generally placed on hold.  ...

Libya – another humanitarian triumph?

  • August 31, 2011
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Whatever happens over the next few months in Libya, the Gaddafi regime is  dead and only waiting for its formal burial.   Its only possibility of resurrection consists of some form of Gaddafism without Gaddafi perpetuated by the remnants of his regime who have joined the rebellion.

As in the heady aftermath of the...

Saif Gaddafi sleeps with the fishes

  • May 01, 2011
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The day after Gaddafi made another ceasefire proposal, a NATO missile strike has killed his son Saif al Arab Gaddafi and three of Gaddafi’s grandchildren in what appears to have been a deliberate assassination.   Last  night’s strikes on Tripoli also damaged the Libyan Down’s Syndrome Society and a parent-funded school for children.

It isn’t...

Libya: every cloud has a silver lining

  • April 05, 2011
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“This is turning into the best shop window for competing aircraft for years. More even than in Iraq in 2003.”

Reuters on the commercial benefits of the Libyan ‘intervention’ for Western arms companies.

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