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Aaronovitch Administers the Hatchet

  • March 23, 2015
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Anyone who has read this site will know that I’m not a big fan of the UK’s little band of neocon/liberal interventionist journalists.

It isn’t just the fact that I don’t agree with them.   I can live with disagreement.   It isn’t even their total obliviousness to the discrepancies between their militarist proposals and the actual outcomes of the wars they support.

It’s just that they are such a horribly self-regarding, obnoxious and downright disreputable bunch, in their reliance on straw man arguments, cheap smears, condescension, character assassination,   and sneering innuendo to dismiss their opponents.

Few...

Britain’s detention gulag: the ‘animals’ rebel

  • March 20, 2015
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Three weeks ago Channel 4 News produced a shocking undercover report on Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre, using a hidden camera.     The report was painful, infuriating and utterly shameful viewing.     Yarl’s Wood was outsourced to Serco in 2007, and its guards can be seen using viciously sexist and racist language towards...

Come in Mr Peace Envoy: your time is up

  • March 18, 2015
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Rumours abound of the Right Dishonourable Anthony Blair’s imminent departure from his position as the Quartet’s Peace Envoy.     The Chosen One has occupied that position since the powers-that-be gave it to him in 2007, at the behest of his mate George W. Bush.   It’s highly unlikely that Bush did this because he...

It’s Raining Threats, Hallelujah

  • March 11, 2015
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One of the great things about living in a democratic society is that we don’t have propaganda.   That is something that authoritarian regimes like Russia and Iran do.   They have stations like RT and Press tv which do nothing but promote the agenda of their respective regimes.

Here in the free world we have...

After Cage: 10 Steps to Prevent Radicalization

After Cage: 10 Steps to Prevent Radicalization

  • March 09, 2015
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I’m grateful to the British media and political establishment for the rigorous, balanced, and honest debate that has taken place over the last week, which has enlightened me about the true objectives of the Muslim advocacy organization Cage.

I now understand that Cage’s purpose was not to defend Muslims who have been unjustly imprisoned or harassed...

Alistair Campbell’s winners

  • March 02, 2015
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There is a story some years back, it might have been in one of Nick Cohen’s books, that   Peter Mandelson and various New Labour luminaries attended a politicians-meet-businessmen functions, where they were reportedly so wide-eyed and awestruck by   by the presence of Sky executives that one of the execs contemptuously dubbed them  ...

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