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Rise of the Swamp People

  • December 10, 2011
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Even by the Republican party’s dismal standards, the current crop of presidential candidates have to be about the most ignorant  collection of  flag-waving, corporate-worshipping, clueless morons that have ever competed for  the Oval office.

This is the party that unleashed  a swathe of wars and global mayhem over the last decade that has benefited no one except the companies that profited from it;  that ‘took the gloves off’ and dragged their country through the moral sewers by introducing torture techniques borrowed from the Inquisition playbook when it was not ‘rendering’...

The one percent

  • November 25, 2011
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There’s a hilarious pseudo-manifesto by John Kenny in the New Yorker on behalf of a very different Occupy movement.

 

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We, too, have mobilized.  We come from near and far, by any means necessary, some on private jets, others on extremely large private jets.  But you will not find us sleeping in a park...

The Iran assassination plot – a pretext for war?

  • October 13, 2011
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After so many years of threats and sabre-rattling, is the United States trying to provoke Saudi Arabia into a war against Iran?   If so, it must be truly desperate,  because this supposed plot to kill the Saudi Arabian  ambassador  is so wildly implausible and ridiculous that it really makes no sense...

Ronald Reagan: man of straw

  • July 05, 2011
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Yesterday’s unveiling of a statue of Ronald Reagan in Grosvenor Square is not so much a tribute to the ‘Special Relationship’ as it is a reminder of the almost total absence of anything resembling a moral compass amongst the political elites on either side of the Atlantic. There is no other explanation for the posthumous...

Hail to the Warrior-President

  • May 08, 2011
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Amazing what shooting an unarmed man in his pyjamas in the face can do to a US president’s public image.   In the eyes of the media, any doubts or reservations regarding the masculinity of Barack Obama have now been resolved by the Abbottabad operation.   The ‘professorial’ former community leader from Chicago...

Cowards’ justice

  • April 08, 2011
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The Obama administration’s announcement that the alleged ‘9/11 mastermind’ Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-conspirators will be tried by a military commission in Guantanamo Bay rather than in a New York federal court is not good news, but nor is it very surprising  Obama’s Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr has blamed the Republican-dominated...

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