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The ISIS Caliphate: Salafism as a strategic asset?

  • May 22, 2015
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I have yet to see any reference in the mainstream media to Monday’s publication by   the conservative foundation Judicial Watch of previously classified US intelligence documents obtained as the result of a freedom of information lawsuit   This inattention is alarming, because one of these documents provides some disturbing background behind the nightmarish Caliphate that is now being carved in blood across Syria and Iraq.

Take these observations contained in an information report on Syria by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) dated August 12 2012   on the ‘general situation’ in Syria in...

The UN’s child rapists

  • April 30, 2015
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In a world order that seeths with the most insolent corruption, inhumanity and injustice in   so many places, the revelations that French soldiers with the United Nations Minusca peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic were sexually abusing starving and homeless young boys in exchange for food is a shocking disgrace.

The acts in question...

Nigel Farage’s Easter message

  • April 07, 2015
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As most Christians will be aware, one of the most frequent miracles performed by Jesus is the healing of the sick.     Blindness, deafness, insanity, epilepsy, leprosy, paralysis, haemorrhage, and fever – all these maladies are included in the   27 separate occasions listed in the New Testament in which the Son of God...

Look out America: the Venezuelans are coming

  • March 13, 2015
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A long time ago back back in the 1980s I was living in New York, when I read a story in the New York Times  about a group of armed Nicaraguan exiles, consisting mostly of former members of the Somoza National Guard,  who were conducting military exercises in the Florida Everglades and receiving training...

The United States of Israel

  • March 04, 2015
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There is no polite way to say this, but Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the most repellent and dangerous politicians in the world today.     He is a man who trades on fear and war, a cynical and amoral manipulator without a trace of honesty in his entire body,   who lies as easily...

The man in the black mask

  • February 27, 2015
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So now we know the identity of   the smug executioner with the black balaclava and the knife, and the British media and politicians are struggling to understand how a boy who once liked S-Club 7 and wanted to be a footballer became a ‘monster.’

I don’t pretend to have an explanation for this myself, but...

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