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Saint Tony Ascends to Heaven

Saint Tony Ascends to Heaven

  • November 21, 2014
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It’s been a good year for that jetsetting businessman, philanthropist and peace envoy Tony Blair.   In September GQ Magazine voted him ‘philanthropist of the year.’     Now Save the Children have given him its ‘Global Legacy Award’ at a ‘gala dinner’ in New York attended by various A-List film stars, celebrities, and the latest incarnation of Lassie.

The first award received a great deal of criticism from left and right and prompted even Gary Lineker to note that GQ had finally discovered irony.   Yesterday’s award prompted more muted outrage.   Russia Today...

Adam Hochschild’s War Resisters

  • October 23, 2014
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Last night I was lucky enough to catch a talk in Derby from Adam Hochschild based on his book   To End All Wars: How the First World War Divided Britain.     Hochschild once declared his interest in ‘ writing about times and places when people felt a moral imperative to confront evil’,  ...

The Guardian’s War-Lite

  • October 08, 2014
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When the British liberal press supports the UK’s wars, it generally does so from a very different perspective to the tabloid press.   Unlike the Sun, it doesn’t make jokes about drones or entertain its readers with bloodthirsty ‘gotcha’ moments.

Like the Observer, in its famous editorial in support of the Iraq war, it always comes...

Kobane: Chronicle of a Defeat Foretold

Kobane: Chronicle of a Defeat Foretold

  • October 07, 2014
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Despite heroic and desperate resistance from Kurdish Peoples Defence fighters (YPG) in Kobane, it is now looking increasingly likely that this key Syrian border town will fall to ISIS.   It that happens, Islamic State will be able to unite the territories that it already controls in northern Syria, and will undoubtedly inflict a bloody...

ISIS and Syria: the Game of Thrones

  • September 27, 2014
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I have long since despaired of the ability or willingness of the mainstream media to give a full and honest analysis of Western foreign policy.   With the exception of a few writers, I rely on the MSM to tell me only what has happened, but I don’t expect any in depth analysis of why...

Lord Snooty’s Eton Rifles

  • September 26, 2014
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By the time you get home from work today, parliament will have authorised the RAF to begin carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq.     It’s a campaign without any coherent strategic objectives or timescale.

It may last for months, years, or simply   ‘quite a long time’, according to Cameron’s latest less...

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