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Extremists – what us?

India BBC report, “Police in the western Indian state of Rajasthan have arrested a man who allegedly hacked another man to death and set him alight before sharing video of the apparent religious attack.In a second video, the man is seen justifying the incident to “protect the honour of Hindus against Muslims”. Police have identified…

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Torture – a shared value?

                  Owen Bowcott in the Guardian, 4 December 2017, “The chief prosecutor at the international criminal court in The Hague, Fatou Bensouda, has declared there is a “reasonable basis” to believe that UK soldiers committed war crimes against detainees during the Iraq conflict. The announcement on Monday…

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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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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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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,…

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RICU in focus

RICU remains in the news… Posted by CAGE, 9 August 2017, ‘. . . The witness statements in the Dr Butt’s case provided by Paul Willis from the EAU and Matt Collins from RICU provide an unprecedented look into the workings of the Home Office. These units help determine who is an “extremist”  in the…

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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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In these sceptered isles . . .

Every now and then, a scrutiny of the Catholic press provides indications of a super-sensitivity – but perhaps it is glib to dismiss these as a  post-Reformation sense of victimhood! For example, it is incredible that the first Catholic to hold the chair of divinity at the University of Cambridge since the bloody and dramatic events of the 16th Century,…

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A timely encounter!

Thanks to The Tablet for this story: “Pope Francis was being driven through St Peter’s Square when he spotted a group enthusiastically waving the Argentinian flag. Ordering the popemobile to stop, he chatted to his fellow countrymen and took some sips from the traditional cup of mate tea that they offered him. Afterwards, his security…