Libya: who’s fighting who?

By now, we expect that you’re familiar with the ‘official’ narrative describing events taking place in Libya. A spontaneous uprising against the repressive regime of Muammar Gaddafi sparks brutal retaliatory attacks from the dictator; Britain, France, and the US step in to...

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AV: All rise for a representative parliament

We seek to remain as neutral as possible in matters of politics. Inevitably, we find ourselves campaigning against specific government policies (including legislation introduced by our previous government and now being carried, relay-style, by our current one). We do so without declaring...

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Libya: Will escalation lead to freedom, or just more bloodshed?

Come the Italians, come further airstrikes. Silvio Berlusconi has authorised the use of Italian jets in “targeted military action” against Muammar Gaddafi. Meanwhile, Gaddafi has withdrawn his forces from Misurata in a move rebels suspect precedes an attempt to obliterate the town...

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Libya: A new Afghanistan?

On a day in which news of the death of another British soldier — this time Captain Lisa Head, who was killed in an explosion while clearing bombs from a roadside in Helmand Province — filters out to the world, we’re also faced with news of the deaths of photojournalists Tim...

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Libya: Between a rock and a hard place?

It’s abundantly clear to us, from following people in Libya who are — possibly at great personal risk — tweeting about their predicament and encouraging greater intervention from NATO, that there are plenty who would rather see more action from coalition forces rather than...

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Public sector cuts: Are the police too keen on putting the kettle on?

We’ve written previously about the apparent enthusiasm for heavy-handed and authoritarian tactics amongst police officers in the UK. A paper by Liberty, (reported here in the Independent) who were brought in as independent observers of the protests against the public sector cuts that took...

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Libya: Hands up who saw this coming

It was with considerable sadness that we noted the state of events in Libya today. This piece from the Telegraph describes the havoc being created by the apparently random launching of cluster bombs into the streets of Misurata by forces loyal to Gaddafi. This one from the Daily Mail details...

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Misuse of authority: Are the police taking the law into their own hands?

We came across two disparate articles with significant similarities today. The first, George Monbiot’s comment in the Guardian, reels off a list of examples of British police apparently manipulating the law to suit their own ends. The killings of Jean Charles de Menezes and Ian Tomlinson...

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Public sector cuts: Will government debt become public debt?

You know the story by now. Feckless Labour government spends all our money. Brave Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition rides into parliament on a white horse to rescue us all from fiscal collapse. It’s a narrative that has been recapitulated more times than we’ve felt like...

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Iraq: damning report finally surfaces

A couple of weeks ago, we posted about the MoD’s attempts to suppress information about inept practices in Afghanistan, and Toby Harnden’s revelations in the Telegraph that they sought to sabotage the publication of his book: Dead Men Risen. Now a report acknowledging what many of...

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