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Telling Lies about Afghanistan

Telling Lies about Afghanistan

  • March 08, 2012
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“All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed,” wrote the great radical journalist I.F. Stone  many years ago.   Stone could have added that some governments lie more than others, and that there are also times when governments  are more prone to manipulation, dishonesty and deceit than usual.

War has always...

Murder in Norway

Murder in Norway

  • July 23, 2011
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Once again our species has disgraced itself with yesterday’s vile acts of  mass murder in Norway.   We don’t yet know much about Anders Behring Breivik,  his motives, political affiliations or organizational connections.   According to some reports, Breivik is a ‘fundamentalist Christian’.  Others have described him as a lone ‘madman’ with a political grudge.

It was...

What did you do in the Great War on Terror Daddy?

  • July 10, 2011
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Is the Global War on Terror (GWOT) approaching its end?   Apparently so, if statements made by  US Defence Secretary and former CIA director Leon Panetta during a  visit to Afghanistan are to be believed.   According to the Washington  Post Panetta has endorsed the Obama administration’s ‘increasingly aggressive campaign to hunt down al-Qaeda leaders...

The Dawn of the Belly Bomber

  • July 07, 2011
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Osama bin Laden may be dead, but  his  followers  continue to seek ever more ingenious  and dastardly ways of inflicting mayhem on  the West,   according to media reports that the US Department of Homeland Security has ‘ identified a potential threat from terrorists who may be considering surgically implanting explosives or explosive components in...

(Don’t) Bring Me the Head of Osama bin Laden

(Don’t) Bring Me the Head of Osama bin Laden

  • May 02, 2011
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So Osama bin Laden has exited the world in which he wrought so much mayhem. Initial versions suggested that bin Laden was killed ‘resisting’ a Special Forces team, but Reuters has since claimed that the operation was intended to be a ‘kill operation’.

Whatever the truth, the Stars and Stripes are waving outside the White House,...

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