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Extremists – what us?

United Kingdom Henry Mance in the Financial Times, 20 July 2017, ‘Margaret Thatcher wanted to threaten Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons after the Iraqi leader invaded Kuwait in the 1990 Gulf war, according to a top secret memo that has been declassified. The high-risk gambit that could have led to Britain’s first recorded use of…

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Islamophobia Dossier 2017

Southampton scare attack, 20 July; Glasgow graffiti, 19 July; Manchester Islamic centre attack, 17 July;  Woman’s hijab attack, 16 July; Bacon ‘slap’; machete threat, Cardiff, 30 June; acid attacks, 29 June; Oxford Eid prayer incident, 27 June; Essex incident, 26 June; Hudderfield incident, 24 June, Muslim Welfare House, Finsbury Park, 19 June 2017; Bournemouth incident…

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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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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

29 June 2017 Imran Garda interviewing former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, ‘. . . They (Americans) came, they supported us, we welcomed them. A doctor comes to you and says I want to treat you, and then he gives you the wrong medicine. Do you continue with him? You don’t. He gives you the wrong treatment,…

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Torture – a shared value?

                  Ian Cobain, 29 June 2017, ‘The Foreign Office is asking the high court to sit in secret when former foreign secretary Jack Straw faces a damages claim over his alleged role in the abduction and torture of a Libyan dissident and his pregnant wife . .…

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Lessons from Egypt

Handover  of Red Sea islands Al Jazeera reports (14 June 2017), ‘Egyptian protesters opposed to a 2016 agreement to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia clashed with police in downtown Cairo, just hours after a parliamentary committee approved the deal. Witnesses said plainclothes policemen moved late on Tuesday to disperse dozens of protesters soon after…

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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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RICU in focus

RICU remains in the news… Nafeez Ahmed in medium.com/insurge-intelligence, 30 May 2017, ‘. . . Earlier that year [2016] , I’d been commissioned by the London-based national hate crime charity Tell Mama UK to investigate the trans-Atlantic network dynamics of the far right. The investigation uncovered alarming evidence that the British Tory government had fostered…

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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…