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Top Secret Satire, Eagle Eye

Top Secret Satire

High quality satire from the Mail on Sunday today. Simon Walters reports that a former Cabinet Secretary who served under Tony Blair,* “speaking on condition of anonymity”, said it was “unfair” to keep the Blair-Bush memos secret.
I have tried to explain the constitutional principle of confidentiality as it applies to communications between the British prime minister [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 23 January 2011 at 3:55 pm

A Biased Question, Eagle Eye

A Biased Question

The BBC series The Big Questions is re-asking number 180 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No tomorrow:
Should Tony Blair stand trial for war crimes?
Another step down the slope. In the past I have objected to studio guests on the BBC casually misusing such language to mean “I disagree with the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 22 January 2011 at 8:14 pm

Prone to Error, Eagle Eye

Prone to Error

I am not alone in seeking to correct errors in the antiwar reporting of the Iraq Inquiry. My excellent colleague Guy Keleny makes an important point in his Errors & Omissions column today:
A leading article on Wednesday, commenting on the Chilcot inquiry, spoke of Tony Blair’s “supine stance before a US president intent on invasion”. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 22 January 2011 at 4:53 pm

The Postbuttal Service, Eagle Eye

The Postbuttal Service

It looks as if my prebuttal on Thursday anticipated most of the nonsense in the biased media coverage of Tony Blair’s appearance at the Iraq Inquiry. This was made easier by the absence of anything new of substance in either the questions or his answers.
I have already taken issue, rather unnecessarily, with my colleague Ben [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 22 January 2011 at 4:41 pm

IPC World Athletics Championships: Ready for the start line, Sport

IPC World Athletics Championships: Ready for the start line

The opening ceremony has now finished, the Championships have begun.
We landed in Christchurch on Tuesday afternoon, setting off in pouring rain and landing in pouring rain. I thought we’d escaped that! Approximately 15 earthquakes later (only two of which I felt, having slept through the bigger one at 5.1 on the scale) here we are, [...]

By | Sport | Saturday, 22 January 2011 at 4:29 pm

“The Calculus of Risk”, Eagle Eye

“The Calculus of Risk”

My good colleague Ben Chu is taken by the opening paragraph of Tony Blair’s written statement to the Chilcot inquiry, published yesterday:
Following the attack of September 11th 2001, the calculus of risk on global security had radically and fundamentally changed.  In this context, the issue of Saddam Hussein and his long-standing defiance of the UN [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 11:52 pm

Why Iraq?, Eagle Eye

Why Iraq?

Why did Blair choose to regard Iraq as the most pressing security threat facing the world in 2003, more dangerous than the likes of North Korea, Libya, Iran etc? Unlike the members of the Project for a New American Century, Blair had exhibited no obsession with Iraq before.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 7:00 pm

Iran, Football and Violence – Whose side is the regime on?, Sport

Iran, Football and Violence – Whose side is the regime on?

Although not given much coverage in the Western media, the Asia Cup is well underway. Iran has had a surprisingly good start, beating defending champions Iraq and World Cup qualifiers North Korea. Despite such good form, the Iranian regime will be feeling increasingly uneasy as the tournament progresses.

By | Sport | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 4:45 pm

I’ll be chairing an event at Jewish Book Week where the great Gideon Levy will be speaking, Notebook

I’ll be chairing an event at Jewish Book Week where the great Gideon Levy will be speaking

It’s on Sunday, 6th March. Please do come along – there’s a really ugly campaign going to boycott the event due to Levy’s brave stance defending Israel from those within the country who are leading it on a path to self-destruction by ramping up the occupation and further wars. You can book tickets here.

By | Notebook | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 4:35 pm

Who are the current Mark Kennedys?, Notebook

Who are the current Mark Kennedys?

I wish I could have expressed an ounce of surprise when I heard the story of Mark Kennedy, the police officer who infiltrated environmental activist groups for seven years. Since then, the stories of three more undercover police spies have been exposed. But this is not a surprise, the police have a history of infiltrating political movements in order to crush them.

By | Notebook | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 4:10 pm

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