WoT & the deeper malaise

Dossier started in  October 2008 (Regularly updated)  There is a growing awareness of a deeper malaise….the botched and dishonest War on Terror (WoT) is a saga of authoritarianism, war mongering, political opportunism, commercial interests, manipulation and a means of deflecting attention from real social challenges… Eric Margolis in Commondreams.com: “Back in the Cold War, almost…

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WoT and the deeper malaise

                    John Naughton in the Observer, 29 December 2013:”…The ‘war’ on terror is …a rhetorical device aimed at engineering consent for a particular political strategy. But it was enough to provide legislative cover for the acquisition by the US intelligence-gathering agencies of warlike powers, which included…

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Baroness Cox, any advice?

…there was little surprising or revealing about the external dimensions of the conflict imposed upon Sudan….the national dialogue conference (Khartoum, November 1989) noted the part played by the pre-Independence British administration in separating the two parts of Sudan from each other, using and exploiting the South as a missionary ghetto, and leaving it backward and…

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RICU in focus

RICU remains in the news… The Foreign Office’s Information & Research Department (IRD) played a significant role in Western news and cultural media management from 1948-1977. It financed a publishing house ‘Ampersand’ and at one time employed a staff of 300. A secret Foreign Office memo in February 1948 described its establishment as a response…

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The ‘shy’ killer

There is a marked discrepancy in the media’s treatment of killer and mosque bomber Pavlo Lapshyn and the way the Muslim ‘threat’  is highlighted by British populist politicians and media. In the case of Lapshyn, here is very much the ‘lone operator’. The Police, so preoccupied with hunting ‘Muslim terrorists’,  were amazingly slow in picking…

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Democracy as we define it!

Even before anti-Morsi coup! The French encouraged the Algerian generals to subvert the FIS victory in 1991…the US plotted to do something similar in Turkey against Erbakan’s democratically elected Refah Party in 1996-97 The Zaman newspaper reports, “The parliamentary Commission to Investigate Coups and Military Memorandums is due to investigate a claim that the military…

Blair – the tired/tiring record

Tony Blair does not tire of calling on Muslims to show leadership! More than once he has claimed that the acts of political violence in Britain involving Muslims has nothing to do with international conflicts, but because of their religion…but his statements are more often portray a twisted logic… TONY BLAIR: I think if we’d—if…

Britain’s Formal Apologies

        Political leaders are to be commended when they acknowledge the State’s responsibilities for misdemeanor and criminality. However the process seems selective – some events merit contrition, but not others…   David Cameron apology over Hillsborough cover-up, September 2012: “Mr Cameron told the House of Commons the panel found the safety of…

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   August 2013 “When Miliband made it clear in the call he would not support the government motion without more conditions, an…

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Political Engagement is not for You!

One would have thought that Muslim participation in electoral politics would be welcomed as a sign of engagement and interest in the national conversation. However some would prefer Muslims to remain docile; the ‘best Muslims’ are those who stay out of politics…see former Labour Cabinet Minister Hazel Blears’s statement below….. May 2012 “An analysis of…