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The Deaths of Others: 10 ways that Israel justifies the killing of Palestinians

  • July 13, 2014
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Modern war is rarely limited to the ‘battlefield’ or war zone.     Today’s wars are also waged in tv news studios, chat shows and op ed columns, in what the Pentagon calls ‘public diplomacy’ or ‘information warfare’ that attempts to shape the way that war is perceived, and enlist the active support or passive acquiescence of the wider public for one side or the other.

The Israeli assault on Gaza is no exception.   In purely statistical terms, Operation Protective Edge is a grossly unequal conflict that ought to warrant universal condemnation.   According...

Syria: The Strategy of Blood

  • June 28, 2014
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If the twists and turns of US foreign policy in the Middle East were ever presented to a Hollywood producer as a script for a movie or a tv drama, it would very likely be sent back for serious revision because of  its plot  contradictions and sheer implausibility.

Imagine your wannabe scriptwriter explaining that the US...

The Former Friends of Tony Blair

  • June 19, 2014
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Tony Blair’s latest self-aggrandizing and bloodthirsty pronouncements on Iraq have not surprisingly been greeted with a storm of ridicule, contempt, and disgust across a wide spectrum of   political opinion.   Boris Johnson, Clare Short, Malcolm Rifkind, Christopher Meyer and even John Prescott have all joined in the chorus of condemnation.   Johnson says...

Iraq: A Brief History of Bombing

Iraq: A Brief History of Bombing

  • June 17, 2014
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Faced with the prospect of the imminent disintegration of the Iraqi state, the installation of   of a jihadist caliphate in the heart of the Middle East, an all-out sectarian civil war, and the final collapse of US policy in Iraq, the Obama administration is reaching once again into that trusty tool of US foreign...

Cecily McMillan and the Rise of the Soldier-Cop

Cecily McMillan and the Rise of the Soldier-Cop

  • May 07, 2014
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On Monday a New York jury found Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan guilty of felony assault on police officer Grantley Bovell, during a protest in New York’s Zucotti park on March 17, 2012.    McMillan was convicted of deliberately elbowing Bovell in the face, during a violent police assault on a protest to mark...

Why Has the Ministry of Defence Tried to Ban Its Own Book?

Why Has the Ministry of Defence Tried to Ban Its Own Book?

  • April 13, 2014
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When democratic governments attempt to ban books it rarely work out well for the government.   When the Thatcher government tried to ban Spycatcher under the Official Secrets it ended up looking ridiculous and impotent when the book was published abroad – even in Scotland – for three years before the ban was lifted, so...

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