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Robert Greenwald’s ‘Unmanned’: Essential Public Service Journalism

Robert Greenwald’s ‘Unmanned’: Essential Public Service Journalism

  • November 02, 2013
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After various attempts, the CIA appears to have finally killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Tehrik-I-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), in a drone strike in North Waziristan.   The United States hasn’t confirmed the hit yet, though a White House spokeswoman has declared that if these reports are true, they would represent a “serious loss for...

Drones: What Are they Good For?

  • October 30, 2013
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Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald and US Congressman Alan Grayson are to be congratulated for bringing civilian victims of drone attacks in North Waziristan to   Washington yesterday.     For the first time, Americans had the opportunity to put human faces on a region that tends to feature in the consciousness of the West as...

Lou Reed: In Memoriam

  • October 28, 2013
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At the age of 71, Lou Reed has died relatively young, but he lasted a lot longer than he or many other people might have expected, given his formidable intake of heroin and alcohol.   His songs and music were a part of my life for a very long time.     As a teenager...

Tangled Web: the US and Saudi Arabia fall out

  • October 23, 2013
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Watching John Kerry trying to mollify Saudi Arabia isn’t a particularly edifying spectacle, but then the relationship between these two countries has never been one to warm the heart.     On the one hand you have a superpower that claims to believe in freedom, democracy, religious tolerance, human rights and the rights of women,...

Saudi Arabia Stamps its Foot

  • October 22, 2013
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The House of Saud is angry with the United Nations.     So angry in fact, that it has taken the historic step of turning down the opportunity of a two-year rotating seat on the Security Council.     This is an unusually dramatic and public move from a state that has generally preferred to...

Dick Cheney’s Heart

  • October 19, 2013
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So Dick Cheney has revealed to a CBS News interviewer that his cardiologist once had the wireless component of his heart defibrillator disabled in order to prevent terrorists from sending a signal that might kill him.       Apparently something   similar happens in the Homeland series, which I don’t watch, but the former...

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