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Red Lines

  • April 27, 2013
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Western wars and ‘interventions’ in the age of ‘humanitarian warfare’ tend to rely on two essential propaganda tropes to prepare domestic and international public opinion for such events.  Firstly, there is an appeal to humanitarianism/guilt through ‘responsibility to protect’ (R2P) rhetoric which confers a selective moral obligation to bomb or invade countries of geopolitical interest whose rulers/regimes ‘kill their own people’.

Secondly, there is the notion that such regimes are not only dangerous to themselves but to others, through their possession of ‘weapons of mass destruction.’   For the first method to be effective, the...

The Return of the ‘Salvador Option’

  • March 07, 2013
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TODAY’S Guardian will not make pleasant reading in Washington. For the first time, a major mainstream media outlet has alleged that leading American politicians and military figures, including General David Petraeus, the former commander of US forces in Iraq, were directly involved in a systematic campaign of torture and atrocity carried out against Sunni insurgents...

Borgen Goes to War

Borgen Goes to War

  • January 06, 2013
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Last night I watched the first episode of the new series of the Danish political soap opera  Borgen.    I enjoyed the first series, especially the earlier episodes, with their sharp and well-observed depiction of the political wheeling and dealing in which Birgitte Nyborg’s engaging PM finds herself engaged, and the overlap of media and...

Staring at Screens

  • December 19, 2012
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What do the mass murderers of the 21st century have in common?  It seems they all love to play violent video games.   At his trial Anders Breivik told the court  how he had used  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2  to familiarize himself with the use of holographic sights and develop ‘target...

President Kill

President Kill

  • June 05, 2012
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Last week’s New York Times piece  on Barack Obama’s personal involvement in approving the ‘kill list’ of targets for drone strikes has generated a lot of discussion and attention, and with good reason.

The article shines a grim light on Obama’s fervent commitment to a ‘war on terror’ that appears to have  no strategic logic and...

The Ambiguous Terrorist

The Ambiguous Terrorist

  • May 14, 2012
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US intelligence agencies and national security analysts are reportedly furious at the leaked revelations about the latest Al Qaeda “underwear bomb” plot, and some have laid the blame on the Obama administration for supposedly seeking to gain political advantage from it.

These allegations may well be true,   and the current US government would certainly not...

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