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Al Qaeda: Our New Enemy in the War on Terror

  • 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 seemed black and white and bathed in the luminous glow of ‘moral...

The ISIS Caliphate: Salafism as 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...

Dan Hodges Wins the Afghan War

  • March 18, 2014
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Proving once again that laziness, ignorance, and sloppy, half-baked analysis will never be an obstacle to churning 1,000-word copy, the Telegraph‘s Dan Hodges has offered his readers some spectacularly dumb thoughts about the British contribution to the Afghan war.

It would probably be more accurate to describe   Hodges’s column as a collection of words thrown...

A letter to the Boston Bomber

  • April 17, 2013
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Dear Boston Bomber.   It’s now two days since you – or you and your associates – exploded your bombs at the Boston marathon and 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...

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

  • 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, supposedly, because he wanted ‘revenge for Palestinian children.’

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

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