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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

15  March 2017 Steven Morris in the Guardian, ‘. . . British marines who fought alongside Alexander Blackman were out of control and “gung-ho”, abusing Afghan citizens, treating local allies with contempt and showing little regard for the rules of engagement, a former senior officer has claimed. In an extraordinary attack on his former comrades,…

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Extremists – what us?

Greece A woman has been injured by a parcel loaded with explosives that was posted to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) offices in Paris . . . The attack bore all the hallmarks of a Greek anarchist group known as the Conspiracy of Fire Cells (Synomosia Pyrinon Tis Fotias), which claimed responsibility for another package…

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Torture – a shared value?

                  Iain  Cobain in the Guardian, 15 March 2017, ‘. . .The operation, codenamed Aston, was considered something of a triumph for MI6 and British special forces . . . The two prisoners were held initially at a secret detention facility at Baghdad airport that British troops…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

Harriet Agelhorm  in the Independent (March 10, 2017), ‘A record number of  white people were arrested last year on suspicion of terrorism, amid a rise in far-right extremism. Official statistics show that 91 out of a total 260 people held on suspicion of terrorism offences were white – a rise of 20 from 2015 and the highest number since 2003.…

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Lessons from Egypt

Repression in prison – Osama Morsi From middleeastmonitor.com: ‘ . . Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s son Osama is being abused in the notorious Scorpion prison, statement released by his family said yesterday.  A security source dismissed the family’s accusations as “false”. The family attributed Osama’s arrest on 8 December to a statement he had published a few…

Quick to serve!

The Prime Minister has been rightly castigated for not being forthright in criticising Trump’s ban on nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entry to the US for 90 days (Executive order, 27 January 2017). According to press reports, she may even have been informed about the country ban in advance of meeting President Trump.…

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Islamophobia Dossier 2017

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 For 2011 Islamophobia log,…

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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. PREVENT and infringement of liberties, reported in the Guardian, 20 January 2017, ‘One of the UK’s most prestigious universities has warned students and staff…

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First World Corruption

Remember Halliburton’s role in Nigeria in the 1990s, when huge sums were funnelled to accounts of officials in order to obtain construction contracts? Now Richard Millard in the Daily Mail reports (16 January 2017) on the corrupt actions of a company closer to home, ‘Rolls-Royce has agreed to pay a record £671million to British, US and…

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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…