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WoT & the deeper malaise

Ian Cobain in the Guardian, 9 November 2017, ‘ . . . From the late summer of 2003, as the war in Iraq began to go badly for the US and its allies, it became increasingly clear that Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction – the WMD programme that officially justified the invasion of Iraq –…

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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

31 October 2017 Sune Engel Rasmussen and Aziz Ahmad Tassal in the Guardian, 30 October 2017, ” . . . The Taliban was always outnumbered and technologically outmatched by its foreign adversaries, but is arguably at its strongest since 2001, threatening several provincial capitals.” click here. 20 September 2017 Simon Jenkins in the Guardian, ‘An…

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Archives’ sorry tales

An unhappy catalogue of lost (or concealed) archives…. Jamie Doward in the Observer, 29 October 2017 In 2014 David Cameron ordered a review after the accidental release of secret documents revealed that a British SAS officer had been drafted in to advise the Indian authorities on removing armed Sikh militants from the Golden Temple at…

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Terrorism Laws – crows come home to roost?

The misuse of Britain’s hastily conceived anti-terrorism/counter-terrorism laws and security regimes is now affecting society as a whole… a climate of suspicion permeates, with an impact on individual and collective behaviour. Owen Jones on Schedule 7, 26 October 2017, “My twin sister, Eleanor, is not a terrorist. It is absurd to have to write this.…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

Ryan Gallagher in intercept.com (23 September 2017),  ‘Between 2009 and 2016, British authorities carried out 400,058 “examinations” of people under Schedule 7 — an average of about 50,000 per year, or 137 every day. But few of these individuals were arrested or charged with a crime. Through the same seven year period, according to government statistics,…

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The Energies of anti-Semitism have been transferred . . .

Ritchie Robertson reviewing ‘The End of Jewish Modernity’ by Enzo Traverso (Pluto Press), Traverso argues, that at least in Western Europe, anti-Semitism has dwindled A good test case, he avers, is the worldwide excitement aroused by the much publicized conduct of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, accused in 2011 of sexually assaulting a hotel maid. A century earlier,…

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‘Stakeknife’ to account

Henry McDonald in the Guardian,  ‘An alleged British secret agent in the IRA who is accused of being linked to at least 20 murders while working for military intelligence could be charged with perjury for denying in court he was a spy, a senior UK police officer has told the Guardian. Stakeknife, whose real name…

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RICU in focus

RICU remains in the news… Posted by CAGE, 9 August 2017, ‘. . . The witness statements in the Dr Butt’s case provided by Paul Willis from the EAU and Matt Collins from RICU provide an unprecedented look into the workings of the Home Office. These units help determine who is an “extremist”  in the…

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Pakistan’s water resources scenario

It is not just cricket and the Nawaz Sharif corruption drama that should focus Pakistanis’ attention. Hamish Pritchard, writing in Nature (11 May 2017) warns, The high mountains of  Asia – encompassing the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush, Karakoram, Pamir Alai, Kunlun Shan, and Tian Shan mountains – have the highest concentration of glaciers globally, and…

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Reckless Scare Tactic!

The Samson Option was the name Israel has given to its nuclear arsenal, according to veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh in his book of the same name – the title referring to the Biblical figure Samson, killed when by pulling on the support pillars of the Philistine Temple in Gaza. It conveyed the desperate measures the Israeli political leadership…