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Money makes the (neo-imperial) world go round

  • August 21, 2012
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The ‘international community’ is making cautiously optimistic noises regarding the highly-selective attempts to conjure up a new government in Somalia.   The new parliamentary institutions are intended to replace the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) that Western governments and their African allies so disastrously supported both before and after the 2006 Ethiopian invasion.

Shadows continue to flit...

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 that it really makes no sense at all.

First, allow me...

The British Army’s War Porn

The British Army’s War Porn

  • September 25, 2011
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There is a rather nauseating story in today’s  Independent on Sunday about British soldiers gathering to watch ‘war snuff movies’ at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan for ‘morale boosting’ sessions. These ‘Kill TV nights’ consisted of video clips showing people being killed by Apache helicopters, and were accompanied by a commentary from Warrant Officer Andy Farmer.

According...

The 9/11 Decade

The 9/11 Decade

  • September 10, 2011
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Tomorrow it will be exactly ten years since 19 deluded fanatics murdered nearly 3,000 people in the United States.    After the last fortnight of  documentaries, interviews, profiles, newsclips, ‘9/11 short stories’,  a special ‘9/11 Question Time’, BBC broadcasts from ‘ground zero’ and a torrent of opinion pieces in the press and on the Internet,...

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...

Ronald Reagan: Man of Straw

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 glorification...

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