Afghanistan: Civilian casualties and conscientious objection

Two stories about Afghanistan have particularly caught our eye this week. The first is the revelation, in the Los Angeles Times, of the incredibly high numbers of civilians who are dying in the country: 30 in one 48-hour period. According to the article: The Taliban and other...

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Libya: A Week of Indignity

Gaddafi is a war criminal. That much seems a fair assessment. In that context, the International Criminal Court warrant that authorises his arrest seems welcome. On the other hand, it’s highly debatable whether Gaddafi is alone in the commission of such atrocities. Current...

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Libya: which way forward?

And so the efforts to unseat Muammar Gaddafi continue. As former US ambassador to Morocco, Marc Ginsberg, writes in the Huffington Post, the current strategy — keep up a heavy barrage on Gaddafi’s fortress in Tripoli, and hope that something gives — is hardly looking...

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Afghanistan: making sense of the madness

The US and the UKĀ  have now been embroiled with the war in Afghanistan for ten years. To mark this less-than-glorious anniversary, BBC2 yesterday screened John Ware‘s film Afghanistan: War without End? Tom Sutcliffe, writing in today’s Independent, calls it “not a...

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