July was the deadliest month in the Iraq for more than two years. Is this the same country that Barack Obama declared to be a “sovereign, stable and self-reliant”?
A year after the US attack that saw Osama bin Laden killed, efforts to crush the remnants of al-Qa’ida are at a pivotal stage.
As Obama nears the end of his first term as President, Chris Pleasance says he has done little to live up to the terms of the Nobel Peace Prize. Instead, his is a legacy of continued war, questionable drone strikes and pandering to hawkish neocons.
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 [...]
As the world was preoccupied with the ongoing fiscal debate in Washington, DC, important news that could have serious consequences for global security and U.S. national security passed by with little notice. After years of speculation, debate, unconfirmed reports and intelligence, the Treasury Department announced last week that Iran had struck an agreement with al-Qa’ida, allowing its operatives and facilitators to function there freely.
A bomb goes off at the office of the Norwegian Prime Minister’s office. Hours later, a lone gunman goes on a killing spree on the island of Utoya. The news are quick to pin the blame to Al-Qa’ida, or in fact, any Muslims. Kurdish organisations, Muammer Gaddafi and Afghanis are mentioned. All without a shred of evidence. Another terrorist attack. Or as Murdoch’s Sun newspaper ran with the following morning, “Norway’s 9/11”.
A worthy entry at number 602 in the chart of Questions to Which the Answer is No is supplied by Aditya Chakrabortty at The Guardian.
It is actually an interesting article about research by psychologists and economists into the motivations of suicide bombers. Although it is spoiled by Chakrabortty’s apparent endorsement of the facile conclusions one [...]
I thought justice was about bringing people to trial for crimes they have committed, not targeted assassinations. It seems I was wrong. I thought disdain for Britain and the US was born from our imperialist foreign policy, not one man recording video messages. It seems I was wrong. First, NATO bomb Libya and kill three [...]
The previous government’s controversial programme for preventing violent extremism is currently being reviewed by the Home Office. How did it happen that programmes which were introduced with the aim of promoting “community cohesion” and preventing the influence of violent extremists ended upachieving the opposite of what they set out to achieve?
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