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Drones: What Are they Good For?

  • October 30, 2013
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Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald and US Congressman Alan Grayson are to be congratulated for bringing civilian victims of drone attacks in North Waziristan to   Washington yesterday.     For the first time, Americans had the opportunity to put human faces on a region that tends to feature in the consciousness of the West as nothing more than a target, inhabited by anonymous Taliban, al-Qaeda and assorted terrorists and ‘militants.’

Not many Americans are likely to be aware of these testimonies, given the scant coverage of the hearings in the US media.     Only...

Dick Cheney’s Heart

  • October 19, 2013
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So Dick Cheney has revealed to a CBS News interviewer that his cardiologist once had the wireless component of his heart defibrillator disabled in order to prevent terrorists from sending a signal that might kill him.       Apparently something   similar happens in the Homeland series, which I don’t watch, but the former...

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...

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.

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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...

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