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Extremists – what us?

‘A recent book edited by Tertrais and Henry Sokolski, a former Pentagon official, describes how a group of French generals plotting a coup against President De Gaulle in the spring of 1961 tried to obtain a nuclear device that France was about to test in the Algerian desert. “Refrain from detonating your little bomb,” one…

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Hit for a Six!

A Tale of two Cordobas There is the Cordoba Foundation (TCF) in London, ‘a prominent UK based think tank, with an established and significant track record in conflict resolution, hostage negotiation, and the promotion of dialogue over the last decade.’  Then there is the Cordoba Institute (TCI) in New York, aiming to elevate ‘ the discourse…

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Torture – a shared value?

                  ‘A Pakistani man can sue the UK government over claims he was unlawfully detained and tortured by British soldiers in Iraq, the High Court has ruled. Yunus Rahmatullah was captured in 2004, then sent from British to US custody and held for 10 years without charge.…

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Islamophobia – the facts – 2014

Updated 17 November – London Mayor’s gratuitous insult THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK – Three part dossier:  FIRST THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS,  THEN THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK  AND FINALLY THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE   Islamophobic talk inevitably leads to anti-Muslim hate crimes – it is time an irresponsible media and populist politicians recognise how their loose…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

  Dave Smith writing in the Guardian, 11 November 2014: ‘… The role of Netcu [National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit] was to spy on “domestic extremists”, which apparently includes union activists. Responses to freedom of information requests claim that not a single document from Netcu was transferred after the spying unit was subsumed into the Metropolitan police.”…

Revolving Doors

There seems to be a seamless progression of public servants and politicians pursuing lucrative second careers…and vice versa. “It is a curious coincidence that Assistant Chief Constable Anton Setchell, head of the entire UK domestic extremism spying operations between 2004 and 2010, is now head of security for engineering firm Laing O’Rourke…”. Dave Smith, the Guardian,…

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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…  Carly Nyst in the Telegraph: “Destroying online freedom in the name of counter-terrorism will make the world a more dangerous place..Just as the trade off for a truly democratic society is that dissent, insecurity and even hatred…

That Special Relationship

    What is the nature of the special relationship between Britain and the US? “Britain’s special relationship with the US is so special only one side knows it exists” – Helmut Schmidt October 2014 Michael Clarke of RUSI: …the British took responsibility for Helmand in 2006. It was a move dictated as much by…