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Extremists – what us?

Russia Ashifa Kassam in the Guardian, “Russian special forces are suspected to have used carfentanil after Chechen rebels seized a Moscow theatre in 2002, taking more than 800 people hostage. After three days, elite troops pumped an unknown chemical agent through the building’s ventilation system before storming it. The gas was later blamed for the…

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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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Islamophobia Dossier 2017

Newcastle abuse messages, 7 November. Three part dossier, with 7 year history. Recent updates: THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE  THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK  THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS For 2016 Islamophobia log, click here For 2015 Islamophobia log, click here For 2014 Islamophobia log, click here For 2013 Islamophobia log, click here For 2012 Islamophobia log, click here…

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Torture – a shared value?

                  Ian Cobain in the Guardian, 7 November 2017, ‘ . . . In February 2004 the LIFG commander Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife, Fatima Bouchar, who was four-and-a-half months pregnant, attempted to board a commercial flight from Beijing to London, where he hoped to claim…

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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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Lessons from Egypt

Demise of Muhammad Akif WaelHadara in Middleeasteye.net, ‘ According to his family, he was diagnosed with cancer last year, and despite declining health, was held, nearly incommunicado, by the Egyptian regime. Akef was widely celebrated for refusing to be nominated for a second term as the Brotherhood’s guide, vacating the post in 2010 after the election…

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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,…