Unsurprisingly, critics of various political persuasions are already rushing to pin down Dark Knight Rises as propaganda.
Anyone who has ever had dealings with a marketing or PR department will probably have experienced at the time feelings similar to when they first encountered a foreign language. “Our new line of streamlined products will enhance our client-focused approach”, was how it was put to me a few days ago by a particularly polished “blue skies thinking” sort of person.
State-sponsored foreign assassinations of military, religious, ideological and political figures are an ugly reality of world history.
I remember being strip-searched at passport control in Stockholm’s Arlanda airport. It was an unpleasant experience, transiently degrading, though frankly I do remember being more concerned at the vigour with which my suitcase’s contents were being muddled than with standing butt naked in the middle of an international air terminal.
Atheists must learn that religion has a great deal to teach us, while religious leaders must reform Religion to better connect with and inform people of their faiths’ inner meanings, argues Omar Shaheed.
Went to hear Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of the foreign intelligence service MI6 (right), speak today at the Henry Jackson Society about 9/11.
He said that the surprising thing about the decade since 11 September 2001 was the “relative failure of political Islamism”. He said: “The al-Qa’ida narrative is losing its purchase on the Arab [...]
This may have been the ‘9/11 decade’, but it was also a decade in which the most pertinent issues facing humanity were subverted.
Al-Qai’da’s despicable killing spree had to be stopped, but we could have done it within the law and without abandoning our principles. And the tragedy is that by overreacting and throwing away basic civil liberties, our politicians have failed to do justice to the victims of 9/11 or honour their memory.
This week, as the ten year anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the Lancet medical journal launches a landmark issue focussing on the effects of 9/11 from a health perspective.
Philip Zelikow, the main author of the 9/11 Commission Report, has written an afterword called The Twilight War to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 11 September 2001. Prospect magazine carries an extract (pay wall), which is a good analysis of the different ways that [...]
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