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The UK and Syrian Refugees: from political pawns to political tokenism

  • January 29, 2014
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After weeks of vacillation, the UK government has finally agreed to resettle 500 of the ‘most vulnerable’ Syrian refugees.   Lord Snooty appears to have overruled Theresa May, who was reluctant to enter an ‘open-ended commitment’ to UNHCR’s call for European governments to resettle 30,000 refugees that might have undermined the Coalition’s ‘tens of thousands’...

Netanyahu’s War

  • November 17, 2012
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There is a horrible sense of Groundhog Day aboutIsrael”s latest cynical act of  punitive violence inGaza.     Like Operation Cast Lead, this is a war that Israel clearly wanted and deliberately provoked in this case by assassinating Hamas” military leader when he was in the midst of brokering a ceasefire.

Like its...

Death in the Mediterranean

  • March 29, 2012
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The Guardian reports today on the Council of Europe’s nine-month investigation into the terrible incident which took place in May last year, when 72 African migrants sail left Tripoli harbour in a packed dinghy en route for Europe.   The boat’s engine cut out and it spent two weeks adrift, even though its passengers...

Into the Abyss: Israel and the West Prepare the Next War

  • February 18, 2012
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In the last few weeks the prospect of a war with Iran has begun to assume a terrifying inevitability.  It is now clear that Western politicians, with the  support of the mainstream media, are preparing public opinion for the military option, using the same techniques that preceded the Iraq war.

As in Iraq, the current propaganda...

Trapping Somalis at the gates of Europe

  • February 03, 2012
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The intrepid William Hague  has been visiting Mogadishu  in preparation for the international conference on Somalia to be held in London later this month.  In the same week in which our helmeted foreign secretary ventured into what he called the world’s ‘most failed state’,  Amnesty International reported that riot police entered the Migrant...

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