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Gaza in Ruins

  • February 23, 2015
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More than eight months after Israel’s latest high-tech onslaught on Gaza, large sections of Gaza City continue to resemble the dead cities left over from twentieth century saturation bombing or 21st century ‘chimneyvilles’ that Sherman’s army left in Atlanta and Georgia.    Looking at the shocking photographs of the devastation during the last week or...

Saint Tony Ascends to Heaven

Saint Tony Ascends to Heaven

  • November 21, 2014
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It’s been a good year for that jetsetting businessman, philanthropist and peace envoy Tony Blair.   In September GQ Magazine voted him ‘philanthropist of the year.’     Now Save the Children have given him its ‘Global Legacy Award’ at a ‘gala dinner’ in New York attended by various A-List film stars, celebrities, and the...

The Former Friends of Tony Blair

  • June 19, 2014
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Tony Blair’s latest self-aggrandizing and bloodthirsty pronouncements on Iraq have not surprisingly been greeted with a storm of ridicule, contempt, and disgust across a wide spectrum of   political opinion.   Boris Johnson, Clare Short, Malcolm Rifkind, Christopher Meyer and even John Prescott have all joined in the chorus of condemnation.   Johnson says...

Iraq Implodes

  • June 15, 2014
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The startling advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in Iraq are the most dramatic and visible success that the transnational jihad movement has achieved since its intitial emergence in the war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the early 80s.

Since the end of that war, one of the key...

Complexities: Boko Haram

  • April 24, 2014
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I was in London today, participating in a radio discussion for the Voice of Russia about Boko Haram.     I was probably the most anomalous presence there, given that I’m not – to say the least – an expert on either Nigeria or Boko Haram, so it was a really interesting and thought-provoking experience...

The Gospel According to Saint Anthony Blair

  • January 26, 2014
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All hail.     For lo verily, the Prophet Anthony Blair, millionaire warmonger and late convert to Catholicism, hath descended from his spiritual retreat with Bono on Mount Davos and come amongst us,   bearing not tablets of stone, but a column in The Observer containing his proposals on how the world and the Middle...

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