Monthly Archives: November 2013

New poll: a plurality of Libyans think they’re now worse off since overthrow of Gadaffi.

The poll was carried out by the National Democratic Institute (a U.S. State Department funded ‘NGO’) and JMW Consulting. The background of the people who carried out the poll isn’t necessarily relevant, of course, but this is who carried it … Continue reading

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On common causes and ethical compromises.

Pulse Media have recently released an open letter, apparently authorered and circulted by people associated with the Syrian opposition, addressing why they feel the inclusion of Mother Agnes Mariam at the upcoming Stop the War Conference should be ‘a “red … Continue reading

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The Guardian on Obama’s political victory in Afghanistan.

From a news article punished 20th November 2013, about the recent security pact agreed between the U.S. and Afghan regimes: ‘The draft text published by the Afghans explicitly states that “US military operations to defeat al-Qaida and its affiliates may … Continue reading

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A bit of context on why some minorities in Syria might support the regime.

This written in light of the Mother Agnes/Stop the War/Owen Jones-Jeremy Scahill debate: It is of course far too simplistic to say that support for one side or the other in Syria splits along sectarian lines: that minorities like Christians … Continue reading

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On Owen Jones and the Stop The War Coalition.

On Saturday the 30th November, the Stop The War Coalition will host a conference to discuss the most effective ways to resist the drive to war against Syria – stalled for now, but not necessarily indefinitely. Due to speak (at … Continue reading

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Rolling Stone on the Dirty War in Afghanistan.

A long article which expands (via interviewing the locals themselves) on previous allegations that U.S. Special Forces and their Afghan proxies have been carrying out death squad activities in Wardak province, Afghanistan. I bet this kind of thing is happening … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch’s hypocrisy over the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Today sees the publication of a new report by a coalition of human rights NGOs, as publicised by Human Rights Watch Executive Director Ken Roth on Twitter: The release opens by saying that ‘The international community should ensure that States … Continue reading

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