One thing that is said to you when you are ill with cancer is that you are fighting cancer, people cheer you on saying that you must fight it and you push yourself on saying that you are fighting till your last breathe to try and win the battle. I even say that this is a war and while I will win many battles by fighting, I know that in the end cancer will win the war.
My name is Stephen Valentine and I was born in November 1969. At the age of 18, I decided to enlist in the British Army as a driver in the Royal Corps of Transport (RCT). I completed my basic training in February 1988 and was then posted to eight Squadron, 27 Regiment RCT, at Buller Barracks in Aldershot.
The British often make a fuss about nothing, and sometimes we’re afraid people will think that’s what we’re doing, but conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can legitimately command our sympathy.
Time to get the old logo out. Amazing how the further delay announced yesterday by Sir John Chilcot, chairman of the Iraq Inquiry (and first reported by, oh, me), proves that Tony Blair is guilty, according to all reports in all newspapers today.
Tony Blair made a tentative return to politics last week as an advisor to the Labour Party. For a number of people on the left, including your humble servant, this did not sit particularly well. Many of us had hoped that under the stewardship of Ed Miliband the Labour Party would move beyond the privatisation and political cowardice of the “triangulation” years to a more confidently social democratic outlook
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.
In the play “Malvinas, islas de la memoria” about the Malvinas / Falklands war, currently running at the Cervantes National theatre in Buenos Aires, writer / director Julio Cardoso and his team make it clear that parody is the only possible way to look back and laugh.
A group of Cuban-Americans are stepping into the public arena in an attempt to get the USA to “engage” with a rapidly-changing Cuba and end a decades-old embargo.
Reality isn’t black and white, let alone arguable situations like battles, human greediness or evilness.
Director Alejandro Tantanián’s version of writer Carlos Gamerro’s Las islas – which premiered last year in state-run San Martín theatre in Buenos Aires – sheds some light on the “grey” zones of war, on why winners and defeated parties have more than a thing in common and why we should still be debating the current consequences of our recent past.
A few weeks ago, the Argentine government, led by president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, declassified a report written in December, 1982 by a specially commissioned military committee headed by lieutenant general Benjamín Rattenbach, who lends his name to the document.
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