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Rule Britannia: land of cowards, bullies and lackeys

  • August 20, 2013
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The temporary detention and interrogation of Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda at Heathrow is   a pathetic, stupid and vindictive act on so many levels.     Firstly,   it is a disgraceful and arbitrary abuse of power which has no other purpose other than to punish and intimidate Greenwald for his part in the Snowden revelations, while simultaneously seeking to please and ingratiate the UK government with the Imperium, which was apparently given a ‘heads-up’ beforehand.

Secondly, it is a blatant and arrogant misuse of the 2000 Terrorism Act, or rather, another demonstration of...

Vampire Capitalism

  • July 24, 2013
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Following the piece I posted earlier this week on the Coalition government’s plans to sell off the UK’s plasma supplies to a private US company, a reader has sent me a link to a really shocking story that I wasn’t aware of before, about a similar phenomenon in the United States which deserves wider attention.


Leaving Edward Snowden to the Wolves

  • July 03, 2013
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Who will stand up for Edward Snowden?   Not the American media, that fearless and forensic instrument of truthtelling, which has been generally too busy poring over Snowden’s ‘narcissism’ and character flaws, or arguing that surveillance is good for us, to consider the broader implications of his revelations.

Nor tough guy Vladimir Putin, who won’t do...

The Death of Daniel Somers

The Death of Daniel Somers

  • July 01, 2013
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The Gawker website has performed an essential service in publishing the utterly tragic last letter from the American Iraq veteran Daniel Somers to his family before he killed himself on 10 June.     Somers was 30 years old and had suffered from traumatic brain injury and PTSD, and his letter is a heartbreaking cry...

The Man in Moscow Airport

  • June 28, 2013
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The world’s only superpower is not doing very well in its attempt to punish the ‘traitor’ Edward Snowden for revealing the National Security Agency’s sprawling data collection program, by which the United States looks at the world.     First Hong Kong refused the US request to extradite Snowden and allowed him to leave the...

Sibel Edmonds: the Woman No one Wants to Hear

Sibel Edmonds: the Woman No one Wants to Hear

  • May 18, 2013
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Anyone interested in getting to grips with the twisted and murky contradictions of the great war on terrorism should read the absolute must-read story by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed on the Ceasefire webzine on the FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds.

A former translator for the FBI, Edmonds has been subjected to successive gagging orders by the US government...

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