James Blessing of the Internet Service Providers Association on the ‘Snooping’ Bill

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012 in Attacks On Our Democracy, Civil Liberties, Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP), Internet Freedom, Privacy, Surveillance State | 0 comments

It’s easy to be critical of legislation that proposes to monitor vast swathes of our internet usage, and we are. It’s less simple, however, to understand exactly what the anticipated ‘snooping’ bill will actually demand of ISPs, and how feasible it will be to meet those demands. James Blessing of the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) lays out some of the concerns. He seems to suggest that the Government doesn’t really understand how the internet works,...

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Cameron Falsely Blames Eurozone Crisis for UK Stagnation

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Attacks On Our Democracy, Economic Inequality, Public Sector Cuts | 0 comments

With unemployment figures showing that the government’s growth strategy is moving the UK in the opposite direction to its supposed intention, David Cameron has resorted to blaming the crisis in the eurozone for the continuing stagnation in the UK economy. While we wouldn’t deny that has some impact, it seems to us that the real culprits lie much closer to home ~ those who appear to want to maintain their own vested interests while ‘reforming’ the rest of the UK economy. 30...

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Is Libya just Iraq or Afghanistan with better PR?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Afghanistan, Arab Spring, Asia, Iraq, Middle East, Worldwide Conflict | 0 comments

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 doubts about the overstepping of the mandate offered by UN Resolution 1973, but we might also feel helpless to suggest better courses of action, for fear of seeming heartless towards a people in grave strife. When we...

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

Posted by on Sep 12, 2011 in Attacks On Our Democracy, CCTV, Surveillance State | 0 comments

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, peaceful, and prosperous, that must indicate that there aren’t enough CCTV cameras. The fact that we, as a country, have more CCTV cameras per person than any other nation on the planet, and that all that footage...

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

Posted by on Sep 7, 2011 in The War On Terror, Worldwide Conflict | 0 comments

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. Almost as long since the ‘war on terror‘ was declared and led to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. And Libya? Well, that isn’t couched in the language of the ‘war on terror’ (what...

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Blair and Murdoch, sitting in a tree …

Posted by on Sep 5, 2011 in Attacks On Our Democracy, Censorship | 0 comments

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 — debatable legality in Iraq and Afghanistan of dissembling, but it does rather appear that Blair wasn’t keen on that information reaching the public domain. And we can hardly blame him. Even the most charitable...

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

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Arab Spring, Middle East, Worldwide Conflict | 0 comments

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 deception on a much greater scale than we’ve hitherto imagined. It also shatters the accepted image of the rebels as freedom fighters and Gaddafi as a purely despotic figure. In fact, if everything in the piece is...

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That was quick: the scramble for Libyan oil begins

Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in Arab Spring, Middle East, Worldwide Conflict | 0 comments

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 of the country. Already, as Rachel Shabi writes on the English Al-Jazeera site, “there are no more illusions over how far NATO forces exceeded the UN security resolution that mandated its campaign”. And...

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

Posted by on Aug 25, 2011 in Arab Spring, Middle East, Worldwide Conflict | 0 comments

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 pursue the tenets of Western liberal democracy. Nonetheless, he draws a distinction between the neoconservative agenda that took the US into Iraq and Afghanistan, and the motivation behind the country’s...

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Libya: moments of truth approaching

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 in Arab Spring, Middle East, Worldwide Conflict | 0 comments

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 past few months, we must acknowledge one significant difference: the soldiers on the streets of Tripoli are Libyan, not American or European. In that sense, at least, this is a rebellion sparked by internal unrest...

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