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Kobane: Chronicle of a Defeat Foretold

Kobane: Chronicle of a Defeat Foretold

  • October 07, 2014
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Despite heroic and desperate resistance from Kurdish Peoples Defence fighters (YPG) in Kobane, it is now looking increasingly likely that this key Syrian border town will fall to ISIS.   It that happens, Islamic State will be able to unite the territories that it already controls in northern Syria, and will undoubtedly inflict a bloody...

ISIS and Syria: the Game of Thrones

  • September 27, 2014
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I have long since despaired of the ability or willingness of the mainstream media to give a full and honest analysis of Western foreign policy.   With the exception of a few writers, I rely on the MSM to tell me only what has happened, but I don’t expect any in depth analysis of why...

Lord Snooty’s Eton Rifles

  • September 26, 2014
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By the time you get home from work today, parliament will have authorised the RAF to begin carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq.     It’s a campaign without any coherent strategic objectives or timescale.

It may last for months, years, or simply   ‘quite a long time’, according to Cameron’s latest less...

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...

Islamic State and the Spectacle of Terror

Islamic State and the Spectacle of Terror

  • September 20, 2014
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In Don de Lillo’s 1991 novel Mao II, the writer-protagonist Bill Gray declares: “Years ago I thought it was possible for a novelist to alter the inner life of the culture.   Now bomb-makers and gunmen have taken over that territory.   They make raids on human consciousness.”

De Lillo was writing at a time when...

Destroying and Degrading: the War Machine Grinds On

  • September 11, 2014
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It’s often difficult to determine whether the seemingly endless wars and interventions that followed the atrocities of 9/11 are directed by incompetents or by cunning and devious knaves.

For thirteen years now, the US and its allies have left a trail of violence across the world, which has left the shells of broken eggs everywhere but...

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