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Destroying and Degrading: the War Machine Marches On

  • September 11, 2014
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It’s often difficult to determine whether the seemingly endless wars and interventions that followed the atrocities of 9/11are directed by incompetent fools or cunning and devious knaves.     For thirteen years now, the US and its allies have carved a swathe of global violence across the world, which has left the shells of broken eggs everywhere but there is no sign of an omelette.   In fact, there isn’t a single case in which Western military interventions have produced anything more than the formal trappings of parliamentary democracy.

The overwhelming and terrifying legacy of...

The Eyes of Richard Cheney

  • August 26, 2014
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Some years back, Faye Dunaway starred in a vaguely kinky thriller called The Eyes of Laura Mars.     Dunaway plays a glamorous fashion photographer who specializes in taking pictures of stylised violence, only to develop a second sight that enables her to see actual murders through the eyes of a real-life killer.   At...

ISIS: Made in Washington?

  • June 23, 2014
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As a result of its continuing offensives in Iraq, the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIS) has become the latest Islamist threat to civilisation.   If the rightwing Internet website World Net Daily is to be believed however,   the US government may have inadvertently played a direct role in ISIS’s creation, through...

Negotiating With Boko Haram?

  • May 15, 2014
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Is Nigeria intending to negotiate the release of the 276 kidnapped schoolgirls or it preparing to attack Boko Haram?     The answer to this question does not seem clear, even to the Nigerian government itself.     Throughout much of the crisis the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has dropped fat hints that it...

Hashtags, Militarism and the ‘Konyisation’ of Boko Haram

  • May 10, 2014
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In the last week the Boko Haram kidnappings of Nigerian schoolgirls have become the object of the same crusading zeal that was once directed at Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army.     Hashtag twitter campaigns, celebrity condemnation, political outrage, and now Michelle Obama holding up a placard calling for the release of our girls –...

The Tony Blair 10-point Guide to Fighting Islamic Extremism

  • April 23, 2014
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Hello World.     I’m Tony Blair, the highest-paid speaker in the world and the Middle East ‘Peace Envoy’ and   I’d like to share my thoughts with you on how to combat the threat of ‘radical Islam’.

Because this threat is very serious indeed.   In fact it   is ‘not abating. It is growing....

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