torture

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…

wot

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…

Afghanistan Museum Artifacts

Fancy that! Who is civilised?

Shock and horror on acts in Afghanistan, yet this is what every American needs to know… March 2001 1. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell describing the damage to ancient Buddha statues in Afghanistan as a crime and a tragedy: “It’s horrible. It’s a tragedy. It’s a crime against humankind, and I deplore it”. 2.…