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Another Guantanomaly

Independent – MI5, Camp Delta, and the story that shames Britain: Bisher al-Rawi and Jamil el-Banna are among eight British residents who remain prisoners at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They are jailed because British officials … Continue reading

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Responsible foreign policy

Independent – Britain and US complicit in Jericho raid, says Abbas: Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, condemned the armed Israeli raid on Jericho’s prison as an “ugly crime that cannot be forgiven” yesterday and strongly implied Britain … Continue reading

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A very strategic withdrawal

How fortunate it is that the planned withdrawal of some troops from Iraq overlaps so neatly with the local elections. Cynical? Moi? Pah!

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Blair is finished

BBC – Met chief in phone recording row: Britain’s top policeman is being urged to explain why he secretly taped a phone call with the attorney general. 1. Oh, come on… you know the answer to that as well as … Continue reading

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Let freedom ring

Chicken Yoghurt – The rough with the smooth: Marina Hyde in the Guardian today on Foreign Office’s satellite phones stolen in Iraq (one of the phones was used to run a sex chat line, running up a bill for £594,000)… … Continue reading

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On being wrong, on being Right, and on finding someone to blame

Three from the Indy first: Independent – NeoCon allies desert Bush over Iraq Rupert Cornwell – At last, the warmongers are prepared to face the facts and admit they were wrong Adrian Hamilton – You can’t vote for war and … Continue reading

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Let’s show them how it should be done

Amnesty International – Iraq: Thousands of detainees denied their basic rights: Thousands of detainees being held by the US-led Multinational Force (MNF) in Iraq are trapped in a system of arbitrary detention that denies them their basic rights, Amnesty International … Continue reading

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Guantanamo names released

BBC – Pentagon reveals Guantanamo names: The US defence department has released the names and nationalities of some of the inmates detained at its Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. 1. Some. Not all. 2. And not without some kicking and … Continue reading

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When will they arrest Steve Coogan, I wonder?

ComingSoon.net – Winterbottom & Coogan Reunite for Murder: Director Michael Winterbottom revealed this week that his company Revolution has optioned Murder in Samarkand, the memoirs of Craig Murray, the former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan. Comedian Steve Coogan is in the … Continue reading

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A slow hand clap for Mr Blair

Independent – Destruction of holiest Shia shrine brings Iraq to the brink of civil war: Iraq took a lethal step closer to disintegration and civil war yesterday after a devastating attack on one of the country’s holiest sites. The destruction … Continue reading

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