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Hit for a Six!

A note for Mr Shawcross William Shawcross landed the job as Chair of the Charity Commissioners having served on the board of the Henry Jackson Society. It helps to be friends of Michael Gove, a fellow trustee of HJS, an institution that purports to be a think tank but arguably a home from home for…

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Islamophobia – the Facts, Part V

Charity Commissioner’s discriminatory talk -  Daily Mail on Ibrahim Hewitt – see THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK, 20th April/Jack Straw’s pontification – see THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS, 21st April See below for a three-fold classification based on media coverage FIRST THE CLUMSY ACTIONS & STATEMENTS, THEN THE MOCKING, ALARMIST TALK AND FINALLY THE ABUSE, PHYSICAL…

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Torture – a shared value?

  “British soldiers committed “gross violations of the Geneva conventions“, including mock executions, during a fierce battle in which 20 Iraqis were killed and nine others seriously mistreated after they were captured, a public inquiry into the incident has been told. The allegations were made by lawyers representing the Iraqis and their families.” Richard Norton-Taylor in the Guardian,…

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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

  12th April 2014: “Rory Stewart argues that ‘the ability to recognise failure, and then to reform, is a defining mark of a serious country”. Over the past seven years, the UK has suffered two conspicuous military setbacks. The first came in Basra in 2007, where after four years of post-Saddam occupation our troops withdrew…

Dodgy Padres!

Wobbly church fathers,monks and rabbis! “There is a Roman Catholic priest at a medieval church an hour’s drive from Paris who has been indicted by a United Nations court for genocide, extermination, murder and rape in Rwanda. Father Wenceslas Munyeshyaka was notorious during the 1994 genocide of 800,000 Tutsis for wearing a gun on his hip and colluding with…

Revolving Doors

There seems to be a seamless progression of civil servants and politicians pursuing lucrative second careers…and vice versa. “The former chief executive of BT, who is now a senior Government trade minister, is at the centre of a row over Britain’s alleged role in America’s secret drones’ war. Ian Livingston was head of the telecoms…

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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…  Rajeev Sayal reports in the Guardian: “MPs have criticised Britain’s leading tax official after HM Revenue & Customs used powers meant to catch terrorists to hunt down an employee who exposed a secret multimillion-pound ‘sweetheart’ deal with…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

“Since last April at least 940 people have been referred for assessment under the Channel programme  because of concerns they are at risk of being drawn into terrorism, according to official figures.The numbers, disclosed by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) via a Freedom of Information request, include 467 under-18s – representing more than…

We Did It! Assassinations…Regime change…

  “Relatives of unarmed rubber plantation workers killed by British troops in Malaysia said on Wednesday they would appeal to the supreme court after three senior UK judges said they had “forged the first link in the chain” in their campaign for an independent inquiry into the massacre.” Richard  Norton-Taylor in the Guardian, 19 March…

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Lessons for socio-political activists

              Yahia Hamed, minister in the overthrown Morsi government: “If only the country was maintaining some sense of social cohesion while it was being hurtled towards economic disaster, perhaps the Sisi regime could have claimed some victory. Instead, the country is hurtling towards economic disaster under the most repressive…