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Extremists – what us?

Germany David  Olusoga  writes in the Guardian, ‘. . . one morning last summer, I was ushered into a little office in the Botswana National Archives. I’d asked the archivists to dig out a document that I had wanted to see for 20 years. After a couple of phone calls, the file was brought in.…

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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

12 January 2017 Mujib Mashal in the New York Times, ‘A United States military investigation into claims of civilian casualties during a joint operation by Afghan and American forces found that 33 civilians were killed and 27 others were wounded during a firefight and airstrikes in Kunduz Province last year, American military officials said on…

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WoT & the deeper malaise

Samuel Osborne in the Independent, ‘George W Bush’s administration saw Iraq as “unfinished business” and had their “minds made up from day one,” a former CIA analyst has said . . . “You know, they had their minds made up from day one. And then after 9/11, that’s when the death warrant for Saddam Hussein was…

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De Gaulle & Churchill: The Shame.

When the Allies were victorious in World War II, much was owed to Afro-American GIs and colonial subjects serving in the British Army. Yet the treatment received was shocking: . . . the liberation of Paris on 25 August 1944 was seen as a “whites only” victory . . . The leader of the Free…

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Knocking at another door!

So there are Britons so disturbed by the socio-economic consequences of  the Brexit vote that they are contemplating emigration! According to Sam Jones of the Guardian (31 December 2016), ‘The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has fueled an 80-fold increase in the number of British Sephardic Jews seeking Portuguese citizenship under a recent…

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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. Anushka Asthana in the Guardian, 25 December 2016, ‘Councils were given permission to carry out more than 55,000 days of covert surveillance over five…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

The canaary.co.uk observes (December 2016), ‘The Home Office has admitted an astonishing fact before heading off for the Christmas break. On 15 December, it released figures relating to terrorism arrests and charges since the fall of the Twin Towers in September 2001. It turns out that since that momentous date, arrests in the UK for suspicion…

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Islamophobia Dossier 2016

Three part dossier, with 6 year history. Recent updates: North London attack 16 December; Forest Hill stabbing, 12 December – see ‘Abuse, Physical Damage, Violence’ section THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL DAMAGE, VIOLENCE  THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK  THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS   For 2015 Islamophobia log, click here For 2014 Islamophobia log, click here For 2013 Islamophobia…

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A reflective Churchman

The ever-reflective former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams responded as follows to a question on Darwin and the conundrum of human evolution put to him by Nick Spencer of the Christian think tank Theos, One of your key points is that human beings “live in an environment where intelligible communication is ubiquitous – where there is…

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A Personal Impression: Celebrating a special people

The Palestine Book Awards ceremony in London on Friday, 18th November, required the judges panel to select from 40 titles – when this annual event commenced five years ago, there were only a handful to consider. The increase is testimony to both the determination of a growing number of writers to make Palestine a centre…