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At War Against Evil… Again

  • September 25, 2014
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With ‘reluctant warrior’ Barack Obama’s declaration of war against Islamic State, the United States has found another in a seemingly endless series of justifications for waging war in the Middle East.

In 1990/91 it was saving Kuwait.   In 2003 it was weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.   Last year it was the chemical weapons...

George Orwell’s Grave

George Orwell’s Grave

  • April 30, 2014
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George Orwell is a writer who has had a big influence on my writing, politics,   and even my choice of residence at one time. I’m currently preparing a book proposal about 1984 and the dystopian imagination. So on Saturday I took advantage of a trip to the West Country to visit his grave...

‘Mau Mau’ and the Myth of a Benevolent Empire

  • October 07, 2012
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Last week’s ruling by  a British judge,  granting three survivors of the 1950s Kenyan ‘Emergency’  the right to a High Court trial over allegations of British government complicity in torture, is  a tremendous achievement for the Kenyan campaigners and lawyers who fought this seemingly unwinnable case for so many years.

No wonder...

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