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Bombing the Grey Zone

  • March 23, 2016
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At some point in the future it would be good to imagine that our descendants may look back on our dark and savage world with sadness and horror, and regard it as a bygone tragedy that has been overcome and superseded by a more enlightened era.  Perhaps  historians will look back and seek to draw  lessons from our collective descent into the abyss, the way we now look back at the 1930s and the rise of fascism,    because the careful study of history can always provide salutary lessons to those disposed to...

The Sorrows of Mexico

  • October 19, 2014
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There aren’t many countries where bodies are discovered in a mass grave believed to be the known victims of a known massacre,   only for it to turn out that the bodies were actually the unknown victims of an unknown massacre, but Mexico is one of them.     Three weeks ago 43 teaching students...

Turkey’s False Flag

  • March 30, 2014
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No matter how many countries are shattered, no matter how many times the consequences of ‘humanitarian interventions’ fail to live up to their expectations, nothing seems to shake the fairytale version of Western foreign policy that emanates from a broad spectrum of the mainstream media, from the centre-left to the right.

This week for example, the...

Robert Greenwald’s ‘Unmanned’: Essential Public Service Journalism

  • November 02, 2013
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After various attempts, the CIA appears to have finally killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Tehrik-I-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), in a drone strike in North Waziristan.   The United States has not confirmed the hit yet, though a White House spokeswoman has declared that if these reports are true, they would represent a ‘serious loss...

Twilight of the General

  • May 11, 2013
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Guatemala is not a country that has had much to celebrate in the last half a century.   In 1954, a US-backed coup overthrew the centre-left government of Jacobo Arbenz, and ushered in a thirty year ‘war’ – or rather a reign of terror – in which some 200,000 people were killed, mostly by the...

President Kill

  • June 05, 2012
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Last week’s New York Times piece  on Barack Obama’s personal involvement in approving the ‘kill list’ of targets for drone strikes has generated a lot of discussion and attention, and with good reason.

The article shines a grim light on Obama’s fervent commitment to a ‘war on terror’ that appears to have  no strategic logic...

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