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Syria and the pith helmeted bombardiers

  • February 28, 2012
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On 2 September 1898 a British expeditionary force in Sudan defeated the armies of the Caliph Abdullah al-Tashi,  the successor to the ‘Mahdi’ Muhammad Ahmad, who had overwhelmed the British garrison at Khartoum thirteen years before.    Armed with artillery, Maxim machine guns and Lee-Metford magazine rifles fitted with dum dum bullets, British...

The ‘international community’ fails to get its way in Syria

  • February 05, 2012
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So the UN Security Council resolution on Syria has been vetoed by Russia and China.   Despite various amendments intended to mitigate Russian anxieties that the resolution would be used as an eventual trigger for direct external intervention in the ongoing Syrian conflict, the Russian envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin insists that

‘Some influential...

Governments who love too much

  • February 01, 2012
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It’s a great comfort in these troubled times to see that some governments still care when other people are suffering, and that unlike Neville Chamberlain, their compassion, empathy and humanitarian concern will even extend to ‘  a quarrel in a faraway country  between people of whom we know nothing.’

Yesterday representatives of some of the world’s...

Nick Cohen: anti-fascist fighter

  • January 02, 2012
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I’m impressed.  Hardly has the nation had time to wake up from the New Year revelries and there is the redoubtable Nick Cohen, scourge of dictators everywhere, announcing his decision to  leave his friends and family and exchange his pen for a rifle in order go off to Syria to fight for the...

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