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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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The Begum of Bhopal: wise judgement

From a report appearing in the Azad of Lucknow, 20 March 1891 … in Bhopal a Hindu woman, who had an intimacy with a Musalman, appeared before the Qazi and expressed a desire for her conversion to the Muhammadan religion. The Qazi reported the matter through the Prime Minister to Her Highness the Begam, who…

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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…

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Right to Sue!

Asianimage.co.uk reports on the successful claim for damages made by Muhammad Ali Harrath, founder  of Islam Channel, over an article posted on a website operated by Stand For Peace Ltd, which contained the so-easily-made accusation these days –  supporting ‘terrorism’.  Perhaps shoddy journalism by SfP was to blame – relying on a partial reading of a piece in the…

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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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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De Gaulle & Churchill: The Shame.

When the Allies were victorious in World War II, much was owed to Afro-American GIs and colonial subjects serving in the British Army. Yet the treatment received was shocking: . . . the liberation of Paris on 25 August 1944 was seen as a “whites only” victory . . . The leader of the Free…