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Al Qaeda: Our New Best Friend

Al Qaeda: Our New Best Friend

  • June 18, 2015
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There was a time, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, when the world suddenly seemed simple and easy to understand, when the falling towers blew away any remaining clouds of ambiguity, nuance or complexity.   In those grim but bracing days,   everything was bathed in the luminous glow of ‘moral clarity’.

We understood that the West...

The ISIS Caliphate: A Strategic asset?

  • May 22, 2015
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I have yet to see any reference in the mainstream media to Monday’s publication by the conservative foundation Judicial Watch of previously classified US intelligence documents obtained as the result of a freedom of information lawsuit   This inattention is alarming, because one of these documents provides some disturbing background behind the nightmarish caliphate that...

Dan Hodges Wins the Afghan War

Dan Hodges Wins the Afghan War

  • March 18, 2014
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The Telegraph‘s Dan Hodges has offered his readers some spectacularly dumb reflections on  the British contribution to the Afghan war.  It would be more accurate to describe   Hodges’s column as a collection of words thrown together and arranged into sentences rather than thoughts, since there is little evidence of thinking at all in this...

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...

From BCCI to HSBC: the Age of Gangster Capitalism

  • July 24, 2012
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A long time ago, when words like globalisation and deregulation were still rumours on the political horizon, the Pakistani financier Agha Hasan Abedi founded the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI)     in 1972.     BCCI was originally intended to be a progressive international Third World bank that would compete...

Murder in Toulouse

Murder in Toulouse

  • March 22, 2012
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Yesterday evening I was leaving the swimming pool when a young girl came running past me in the corridor.  She looked not much older than Myriam Monsenego, the young girl executed by Mohammed Merah in Toulouse on Monday, apparently because he wanted ‘revenge for Palestinian children.’

Anyone who would extinguish a child’s life in this way...

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