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Iraq: The Invisible Dead

  • January 24, 2013
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I had a bit of an Internet disaster yesterday, when I upgraded WordPress and my entire blog disappeared,   to be replaced by the dreaded White Screen of Death.     I felt as if I’d been airbrushed from history by technological forces outside by control – and my knowledge.     I had done backups, of course, but I wasn’t sufficiently techno savvy to get my website back up.   In fact I couldn’t even get into the site at all.

Anyway, fortunately, my domain provider was able to sort it out, and so...

Osama bin Laden: the Western

Osama bin Laden: the Western

  • January 16, 2013
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There is a superb critique on the Mondeweiss website of Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty by Deepa Kumar.   Previous criticisms of the film have concentrated on Bigelow and her scriptwriter Mark Boal’s promotion of torture in its account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and its uncritical reliance on CIA sources. Kumar raises another...

Staring at Screens

  • December 19, 2012
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What do the mass murderers of the 21st century have in common?  It seems they all love to play violent video games.   At his trial Anders Breivik told the court  how he had used  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2  to familiarize himself with the use of holographic sights and develop ‘target...

Obama threatens Israel

  • November 19, 2012
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Clearly emboldened by his recent electoral victory, Barack Obama has embarked on a radical and historic change of direction regarding America’s relationship with Israel.  During a state visit to Thailand this weekend, the president called on Israel to halt what he called a ‘gratuitous and murderous assault’ on the Gaza Strip.

Obama dismissed Israel’s claims...

Barack Obama gives the world a hug

  • September 26, 2012
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You have to hand it to Barack Obama – the guy can talk.     When George W. Bush appeared on the world stage,   the spoilt frat-boy was always embarrassingly visible beneath the presidential veneer, and his attempts to sound statesmanlike were often undermined by the disturbing smirk that tended to accompany even his...

Damages

  • August 26, 2012
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It’s an unwritten law of international relations that some lives matter while others don’t matter at all.     In practice this means that some people – or peoples – can be killed with complete impunity by more powerful states, while civilians or even servicemen from countries higher up the pecking order cannot be killed...

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