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Black Holes in Benghazi

Black Holes in Benghazi

  • May 16, 2013
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Far be it from me to defend Barack Obama or Hilary Clinton, but the Republican attempt to embroil the Obama administration in a ‘cover-up’ over the killing of four Americans, including the US ambassador, in Benghazi last September says a great deal about the intellectual and moral vortex into which American politics has descended.

Obama has just released 100 e-mails containing ‘talking points’ with the administration in the aftermath of last year’s attacks, in order to refute Republican accusations of a cover-up.    According to the Republican narrative,   the administration claimed that last year’s...

George Bush’s Library

  • April 28, 2013
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One of the great things about being an American president is the complete immunity that comes with the job.   No matter what you do or what laws you might break,  you will never pay more than a mild political price for it.

OK, your ratings might drop, people may say nasty things about...

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...

The Terror Brothers

The Terror Brothers

  • April 24, 2013
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So now we know that the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombings were Muslim ‘jihadists’ after all – or at least they thought they were.  And law enforcement officials, the media and assorted experts and terrorologists are engaging in the familiar search for an explanation and a motive.

Were they ‘self-radicalized lone wolves’?    Or were...

A Letter to the Boston Bomber

A Letter to the Boston Bomber

  • April 17, 2013
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Dear Boston Bomber.   It’s now two days since you and your associates exploded your bombs at the Boston marathon.  So far the death toll currently stands at three, including Martin Richard,  an eight-year-old boy  who was photographed last year holding up a placard reading ‘no more hurting people- peace’ which he carried during a...

The United States of Fear

  • March 20, 2013
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The US Senate has killed Senator Diane Feinstein’s Obama-backed  proposal to ban assault weapons as part of a series of gun control measures put forward in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre last December.    The bill proposed to ban  160 specific semiautomatic weapons and rifles,  assorted military-style parts, and...

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