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…

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…

The grooming of Agent Badat?

Salaam’s Inventory of Arrests section has been tracking this young man’s adventures for some years. He first came to notice in November 2003 when he was charged for terrorism offences. The Home Secretary of the time David Blunkett did not wait for a court hearing to declare: “it is the belief of the security and special…

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…

Hit for a Six – the first tranche

Our tart MPs So this notoriously Muslim-hostile MP Denis Macshane has had to resign – for “deceiving” Parliament’s expenses authority [November 2012]. Ironical for someone with a PhD in Economics! Where else has this gentleman been economical with the truth? Perhaps in his comments on Muslims in Britain and their institutions: ” The sanctimonious Muslim…