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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 allegedly took place between December 2013 and June 2014 at a centre for internally displaced people at M’Poko airport in Bangui, and they only became public after the Geneva-based UN aid worker Anders Kompass passed an internal report to...

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...

Terrorism and the state: a marriage made in hell

  • February 05, 2015
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It’s something of a truism in the world of terrorism studies that non-state terrorists carry out extreme acts of violence in order to provoke an extreme reaction from the army or the government they’re fighting.   In some cases such groups seek to provoke an overreaction that they think will bring them political gains to...

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