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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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Torture – a shared value?

                  Robyn Wilson in the Independent, 15 August 2017, ‘. . . Like hundreds of other men on that island (Andoman and Nicobar Islands, off the coast of the Bay of Bengal), years of Sushil’s life here would be filled with torture, hunger and loneliness. They would be…

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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…

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Tales from the Past: How information is suppressed

I. How the Guardian censored Nafeez Ahmed on Gaza Nafeez Ahmed writes in medium.com/insurge-intelligence, ‘By late 2014, I saw firsthand how an outlet as reputable as The Guardian was capable of indulging in grievous censorship. I produced a story on how Israeli military operations in Gaza were, according to a past policy paper by the…

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WoT & the deeper malaise

John Pilger in Counterpunch.org.31 May 2017, ‘In the current election campaign, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has made a guarded reference to a “war on terror that has failed”. As he knows, it was never a war on terror but a war of conquest and subjugation. Palestine. Afghanistan. Iraq. Libya. Syria. Iran is said to be…

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In these sceptered isles . . .

Every now and then, a scrutiny of the Catholic press provides indications of a super-sensitivity – but perhaps it is glib to dismiss these as a  post-Reformation sense of victimhood! For example, it is incredible that the first Catholic to hold the chair of divinity at the University of Cambridge since the bloody and dramatic events of the 16th Century,…

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Archives’ sorry tales

An unhappy catalogue of lost (or concealed) archives…. Steve Kerensky in a letter to the Guardian, 19 April 2017 It is hard to see why Tariq Ali (Top 10 books about the Russian revolution, 12 April) still celebrates the epic scale of Lenin’s programme of rape, torture and murder. Just as hard to understand is that…