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Torture – a shared value?

                  “Gordon Brown today insisted that the UK did not support or condone torture” – in 2009. However Jamie Merrill and colleagues in the Independent (1st March 2015), now reveal: “According to a well-place intelligence source, the discovery of a printer cartridge bomb on a UPS cargo…

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Fly on the wall

Deep state and revolving doors Perhaps too-little noticed has been the account by the distinguished Guardian columnist, Seamas Milne, on the circumstances that led to Alasdair Milne’s dramatic departure from the BBC in 1986 – it is a tale that reflect’s on Britain’s own ‘deep state': By the time the BBC’s offices in Glasgow were…

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Dodgy Padres!

Wobbly church fathers,monks and rabbis! Patrick Sookhdeo Dr Sookhdeo has been styled as ‘Professor Patrick Sookhdeo, Visiting Professor, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom’ –  for some inexplicable reason, the DA has seen him as an expert on Muslim matters. Other UK institutions with Security expertise have also conferred him with gravitas – such as Cranfield,…

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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…  Joshua Rozenberg in the Guardian, 5th February 2015: Police will be forced to seek the permission of a judge if they want to retrieve the phone and email records of journalists. The ruling comes after the prime…

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Extremists – what us?

Mark Nicol in the Mail on Sunday, 25th January 2015: Thirteen former SAS soldiers are facing possible criminal charges over an alleged ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy against the IRA 30 years ago, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Senior police officers are investigating claims that the elite troops executed terror suspects in cold blood in a series…

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Immigration – Britain cannot do without!

          Niki Chesworth in the Evening Standard, 24 November 2014: ‘…the London Ambulance Service (LAS) has been forced to look abroad to fill its vacancies as a result of the shortage of paramedics in the UK, hiring paramedics from Australia and New Zealand after a recruitment drive…However, nursing and midwifery has…

Revolving Doors

There seems to be a seamless progression of public servants and politicians pursuing lucrative second careers…and vice versa. “It is a curious coincidence that Assistant Chief Constable Anton Setchell, head of the entire UK domestic extremism spying operations between 2004 and 2010, is now head of security for engineering firm Laing O’Rourke…”. Dave Smith, the Guardian,…

That Special Relationship

    What is the nature of the special relationship between Britain and the US? “Britain’s special relationship with the US is so special only one side knows it exists” – Helmut Schmidt October 2014 Michael Clarke of RUSI: …the British took responsibility for Helmand in 2006. It was a move dictated as much by…

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Censorship is OK for some!

So there are limits to freedom of expression after all! But not if it applies to Muslims. If Muslims protest, then it becomes a battle to preserve artistic freedoms and the rights of expression, regardless of the insult caused. Catholic theologian banned A female Catholic theologian has been banned by the Archbishop of St Andrews…

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Gaza: merely a retaliation?

Ilam Pappe was brilliantly incisive in his recent contribution to Electronic Intifada: The present genocidal wave has, like all the previous ones, also a more  immediate background. It has been borne out of an attempt to foil the Palestinian decision to form a unity government that even the United States could not object to […]…