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Talking to Terrorists…Again

Talking to Terrorists…Again

  • June 21, 2013
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In the same week that the Obama administration took another step towards another Middle Eastern ‘quagmire’, the US government quietly announced that it would begin negotiations with the Taliban.     Well sort of.    One senior US official was at pains to emphasize that these negotiations are likely to be ‘long, complex and messy’, and might even fail.

And yesterday the US/NATO crony Karzai, clearly sensing that he is likely to be marginalized or even cast aside, has said that he doesn’t support negotiations or the establishment of what appears to be a Taliban...

The National Security State: Knowing me, Knowing you

The National Security State: Knowing me, Knowing you

  • June 11, 2013
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There is nothing like ‘national security’ to bring about a reverential hush.   Governments invoke these words whenever they want to do things that they don’t want people to know about or when they want to do things that the law doesn’t allow them to do.

Politicians use them to hint at threats or issues that...

Fearful Symmetries

  • May 27, 2013
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At the end of a sad and horrible week, in which the brutal murder of a British soldier in Woolwich has unleashed dark forces that are more likely than ever to place all British Muslims under a state of siege,   The Guardian‘s Jonathan Freedland chose to berate Ken Livingstone and ‘the left’ for suggesting...

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...

Sibel Edmonds: the Woman No one Wants to Hear

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

Black Holes in Benghazi

  • May 16, 2013
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Far be it from me to defend Barack Obama or Hilary Clinton, but the Republican attempt to embroil the Obama 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 politics has descended.

Obama has...

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