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Murder in Woolwich

  • May 23, 2013
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I didn’t look at the news until quite late last night, so I wasn’t aware of the disgusting horror-spectacle in Woolwich until shortly before going to bed.     I went to sleep, as many people probably did,   with the image of a ‘holy warrior’ with bloody hands holding a meat cleaver firmly imprinted on my mind – as he and his ‘associate’ clearly intended it to be.

I also heard David Cameron deliver the usual ‘we will never buckle to terrorism’ mantra.   I heard that the Home Secretary had convened a meeting...

Sibel Edmonds: the woman no one wants to hear

  • May 18, 2013
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Anyone interested in getting to grips with the twisted and murky contradictions of the great war on terrorism should read the absolute must-read story by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed on the Ceasefire webzine on the FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds.

A former translator for the FBI, Edmonds has been subjected to successive gagging orders by the US government...

Black Holes in Benghazi

  • May 16, 2013
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Far be it from me to stand up and defend Barack Obama or Hilary Clinton.   But the Republican attempt to embroil his administration in a ‘cover-up’ over the killing of four Americans, including the US ambassador,   in Benghazi last September says a great deal about the intellectual and moral vortex into which American...

Our friends in Kabul

  • April 30, 2013
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The New York Times and The Guardian both have stories on the secret payments made to the Hamid Karzai government in Afghanistan by the CIA and MI6.     The NYT came in first, with a report yesterday on how ‘wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have...

The Terror Brothers

  • April 24, 2013
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So now we know that the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombings were Muslim ‘jihadists’ after all – or at least they thought they were.  And law enforcement officials, the media and assorted experts and terrorologists are engaging in the familiar post-atrocity search for an explanation and a motive.

Were they ‘self-radicalized lone wolves’ who...

A letter to the Boston Bomber

  • April 17, 2013
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Dear Boston Bomber.   It’s now two days since you – or you and your associates – exploded your bombs at the Boston marathon and the death toll currently stands at three, including Martin Richard,  an eight-year-old boy  who was photographed last year holding up a placard reading ‘no more hurting people- peace’ which...

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