Pankaj Mishra on Modi

Writing in the Guardian: … On the day of Modi’s election last May, I wrote in the Guardian that India was entering its most sinister phase since independence. Those who had monitored Modi’s words and deeds, noted their consistency, and feared … read more

Aiding & abetting torture? Case of Abdul Hakim Belhaj


Dominic Casciani reports for the BBC, ‘One of the most controversial claims of rendition involving the UK comes before the Supreme Court later. The case, involving allegations against ex-Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and an ex-MI6 chief, prompted an unprecedented battle over … read more

Iraq’s Failed Quisling

Jonathan Steele’s obituary of Ahmed Chalabi in the Guardian, ‘Ahmed Chalabi, the darling of the US neocons, who became the most prolific conduit of false information alleging that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) before the 2003 invasion … read more

Unsavoury Visitor

04 Nov 2015: The Guardian reports, ‘When Abdel Fatah al-Sisi enters 10 Downing Street for talks with David Cameron on Wednesday, it will be the latest in a series of diplomatic advances which confirm that the Egyptian president is now … read more

‘No Entry’ on the road to Mandalay

Poppy McPherson writing in the Guardian, ‘… The upcoming poll on 8 November has been been touted as the freest and fairest in decades but, with religion an increasingly sensitive issue in Myanmar, many Muslims – from ordinary voters to experienced … read more

Turkey election

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hailed his party’s election victory as a vote for “unity and integrity” after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK party) took back a majority in parliament… Addressing jubilant AK party supporters in his … read more

Shaker Aamer released

The BBC reports, ‘The last British resident to be held in Guantanamo Bay has been released, having been detained there for 13 years, the foreign secretary has said. Philip Hammond said Shaker Aamer had left the US military base and will … read more

Academics on Human Rights in Palestine

On Tuesday, October the 27th 2015, the Guardian published a full page advertisement by 343 academics affiliated with UK academic institutions pledging not to cooperate with Israeli academic institutions.    This Commitment is motivated by deep concern for Palestinians, including … read more

Cameron’s Hubris

David Oborne writing in, ‘ … less than six months since the election, something has gone awry with the Cameron government. This week the prime minister and Home Secretary Theresa May published the government’s Counter-Extremism Strategy. This 50-page document, says Cameron, is meant … read more

Muslims in Britain

Remona Ali writing in the Guardian on Islamophobia, ‘…For any community or individual on the receiving end of abuse, the greatest challenge lies in not allowing ourselves to become caught in an introverted, victimised mindset. We need to be proudly … read more