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Letter from Palmyra

  • May 21, 2015
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Hey brother,

Greetings from Palmyra!   I’m telling you bro, this has been a good week for the Caliphate, because we are LIVING THE DREAM!       First we took Ramadi and you should have seen the Iraqi army run away from us!   Afterwards we killed the ones we caught and anyone else who...

Aaronovitch Administers the Hatchet

  • March 23, 2015
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Anyone who has read this site will know that I’m not a big fan of the UK’s little band of neocon/liberal interventionist journalists.

It isn’t just the fact that I don’t agree with them.   I can live with disagreement.   It isn’t even their total obliviousness to the discrepancies between their militarist proposals and the actual...

Why can’t the United Nations feed Syria’s refugees?

  • December 04, 2014
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In the oxymoronic world of humanitarian war, refugees occupy a precarious and unenviable position.     Sometimes they will find themselves propelled to the forefront of international concern, and then suddenly they will become a problem and a burden, and they may find themselves forgotten and ignored.

This is what seems to have happened to Syria’s...

2014: A Record Year for Europe’s Deadly Borders

  • October 04, 2014
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At the end of this month I’m going to Equador to lead a walking group.     In order to enter the country all I need to do is buy a plane ticket and arrive in Quito.     I don’t need a visa unless I stay for more than 90 days, but if I...

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...

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