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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 country because the extradition order hadn’t been filled in correctly – a decision that was not unrelated to the fact that Hong Kong is one of the countries targeted by the NSA’s programs.

Then Russia refused a similar request.  ...

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...

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...

George Bush’s Library

  • April 28, 2013
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One of the great things about being an American president is the impunity 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.

Sure, your ratings might drop, people may say nasty things about you in the...

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...

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