Is Libya just Iraq or Afghanistan with better PR?

By and large, most of us seem to have accepted the version of events in Libya that suggests that Gaddafi was a clear danger to citizens of his own country, that the rebel uprising was an expression of outrage by those citizens, and that we stepped in to help. Sure, we might have some...

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New ‘Smart’ CCTV records the erosion of civil liberties in even greater clarity and detail

The aftermath of recent riots in the UK has led, amongst other consequences, to a push in some quarters for greater usage of CCTV. The rationale for this approach seems to be that, if the UK’s enormous preponderance of CCTV cameras hasn’t yet made the country safe,...

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10th anniversary of 9/11: a time for sanity

You may have noticed that there’s a significant anniversary approaching. Ten full years since an appalled, baffled populace watched open-mouthed as first one aeroplane, then another, hurtled into the twin towers of the World Trade Cente, what has now become known as Ground Zero....

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Blair and Murdoch, sitting in a tree …

We suspect that Wendi Deng may not be the most popular member of Clan Murdoch right about now, having spilled the beans about Tony Blair being godfather to Rupert’s daughter, Grace. Far be it from us to accuse the man who presided over invasions of — at best —...

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Libya: who exactly are the ‘good guys’, again?

The more we explore the situation in Libya, the less convincing the ‘official’ narrative appears. While we’ve always been skeptical of the way in which NATO countries have exceeded the mandate accorded them by UN Resolution 1973, this article suggests systematic...

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That was quick: the scramble for Libyan oil begins

It seems that we were correct in suggesting that the commercial value of Libyan oil reserves might be a substantial motivation for the NATO nations who have played such a prominent role in the campaign that has all-but-unseated Muammar Gaddafi from his role as figurehead and dictator...

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Libya: a liberal war, or just a commercial one?

Tim Stanley, writing today in the Telegraph, claims that American intervention in Libya constitutes a liberal war, essentially on the basis that it’s apparently motivated by a desire to free the populace rather than a desire to enslave them. Well, OK, ‘free’ them to...

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Libya: moments of truth approaching

With Muammar Gaddafi apparently on the run, and rebels appearing close to taking control of Tripoli, the fight to unseat Gaddafi’s dictatorial regime appears to be drawing to a conclusion. While we’ve drawn comparisons with the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan over the...

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Is this man now more or less likely to commit crime in the future?

Justice is being done! The heartless youths who have lately been decimating the moral values of this country are being meted out suitably punitive sentences. That’ll learn ’em. And, while we’re at it, it’ll act as a deterrent to any other ne’er-do-wells...

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Harsh sentences for rioters are sleight of hand

Vera Baird writes in today’s Guardian that apparent government intervention in the sentencing of those convicted of offences relating to the recent riots is “a sinister attempt to upend the judicial process“. We agree with her. The whole purpose of separation of...

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