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Something Dark at Nottingham University

  • May 05, 2011
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In July 2008 Rizwaan Sabir, a masters student at Nottingham University and Hicham Yezza, a former student who was working as a junior university administrator in the university’s School of Modern Languages, were arrested under the 2000 Terrorism Act for downloading terrorist materials.   The material in question included the so-called ‘Al Qaeda Training Manual’, which Yezza downloaded on Sabir’s behalf on his computer for research purposes.

The document was freely available on the US Department of Justice website, which is where it was downloaded from, but the fact that two Muslims were reading such...

It Was Waterboarding Wot Done it

  • May 04, 2011
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Clearly miffed at being left out of the bin Laden killfest, the ideological knuckledraggers of the Bush years are somewhat bizarrely attempting to take credit for it.

Shambling out of stage right comes Donald Rumsfeld, the clever buffoon with the folksy grin who once urged the US to ‘go massive, sweep it all up’ the day...

(Don’t) Bring Me the Head of Osama bin Laden

(Don’t) Bring Me the Head of Osama bin Laden

  • May 02, 2011
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So Osama bin Laden has exited the world in which he wrought so much mayhem. Initial versions suggested that bin Laden was killed ‘resisting’ a Special Forces team, but Reuters has since claimed that the operation was intended to be a ‘kill operation’.

Whatever the truth, the Stars and Stripes are waving outside the White House,...

Bombing in Marrakesh

Bombing in Marrakesh

  • April 28, 2011
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The Place Djmaa al Fna in Marrakesh is one of my favourite places in the world. Despite the constant flow of tourists in and around the square, it has remained stubbornly resistant to consumerism and still retains the vibrant and utterly beguiling pre-modern character of a desert festival and medieval fair.

From a distance in the...

The Trouble with Carlos

The Trouble with Carlos

  • April 06, 2011
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I’ve just watched Olivier Assayas’ monumental study of Illich Sanchez Ramirez a.k.a Carlos ‘the Jackal’.   It’s an engrossing, compelling and original work, which meticulously portrays  Carlos and his world  over more than five hours through a patient accumulation of scenes rather than a thrilleresque cliffhanger narrative.

This is no mean feat, given the fact that...

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