torture

Torture – a shared value?

                  Phil Shiner in the Guardian: ‘But the debate should not be about mere UK involvement or complicity in torture. It is the UK’s actual use of torture – most notably in Iraq – that needs judicial scrutiny in public. That is the story, despite the fact…

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.…