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Dan Hodges Wins the Afghan War

Dan Hodges Wins the Afghan War

  • March 18, 2014
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The Telegraph‘s Dan Hodges has offered his readers some spectacularly dumb reflections on  the British contribution to the Afghan war.  It would be more accurate to describe   Hodges’s column as a collection of words thrown together and arranged into sentences rather than thoughts, since there is little evidence of thinking at all in this crass piece of war propaganda from the New Statesman’s former ‘Blairite cuckoo in the Miliband nest.’

The good news, from the point of view of those who sent British troops into Helmand province in 2006, and those who want to...

What is Moazzam Begg Doing in Jail?

What is Moazzam Begg Doing in Jail?

  • February 27, 2014
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A lot of people will be nodding with satisfaction at the news that the director of Cageprisoners Moazzam Begg has been arrested on suspicion of facilitating terrorism overseas. Begg has not been charged with anything so far, but West Midlands police are apparently investigating the possibility that he may have attended a ‘jihadist training camp’...

Stateless in Djibouti

Stateless in Djibouti

  • February 07, 2014
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It takes a lot to shock the Daily Mail, as far as the treatment of Muslim terrorists by Her Majesty’s Government is concerned.     In October 2012, however,   the Mail   published the story of Mahdi Hashi, a 23-year-old former care worker from Camden, who has apparently been held since the summer at the...

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

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 hasn’t confirmed the hit yet, though a White House spokeswoman has declared that if these reports are true, they would represent a “serious loss for...

Westgate:  God’s Trashy Gangsters

Westgate: God’s Trashy Gangsters

  • September 30, 2013
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Killing in the name of religion invariably provides an aura of moral grandeur on even the most squalid and disgusting acts, at least in the minds of their perpetrators and supporters.

The last week has produced   a real bumper crop of such acts by ‘Islamist’ groups in various parts of the world.   On 21...

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’,...

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