It is white
"Cod are not very good swimmers so they are easily overtaken by trawlers and nets." - British government report on why cod fish are disappearing from the North Sea.
Done Deals - Presidential election rigging methods in 1960, 2000 and 2004
"Columbus (Ohio)...Franklin County's unofficial results had Bush receiving 4,258 votes to Democrat John Kerry's 260 votes in a precinct in Gahanna. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct.”
Unhappy Second Birthday for the War on Terror
'If you choose to respond to this incomprehensible brutality by perpetrating violence against other innocent human beings you may not do so in the name of my husband'.
A Furious Cycle of Killing
A new poll of Iraqis has been reported as showing that a majority want the occupying forces to stay. If you actually read this poll in full you find out it says something very different.
Tortured use of the word 'democracy'
According to President Bush 'The torture chambers and the secret police are gone forever' from Iraq. Now this is 'double-speak' - stating the exact opposite of the truth as in Orwell's book '1984' - since both secret police and torture cells remain but t
After the death of former US President Ronald Reagan the current President Bush has attempted to take on Reagan's mantle - and in many ways he genuinely is following in Reagan's footsteps in terms of policies, rhetoric - and the gap between the two.
Butler - Will Wash Whiter Than Hutton or Your Backbench Rebels
Blair believes he has been 'vindicated' by the Hutton report but the public disagree.
Exit poll discrepancies and other Electoral Irregularities
Exit Poll discrepancies and other electoral ‘irregularities’ in the Ukrainian and American Presidential elections are being covered very differently by most of the media.
War on terror, war for profits or World War Three? (Part Two)
However democracy isn't just a system - it's an ideology. If people don't believe in it they'll overthrow it or vote it out of existence. Occupation and repression only strengthen nationalist and fundamentalist movements.
Selective Condolences, Unremarkable Genocides
if American soldiers are killed in combat that is held to justify killing civilians. How well would that defence hold up if the accused were Serb or Iraqi forces rather than Americans?
The Anti-War Candidates - Phony and Genuine
If American voters are left with a choice between Wesley Clark and George W Bush it will be no real choice - only a choice of which rhetoric they want to cover the same murderous 'war on terror'.
"Pacifying" Falluja, Again
In the end arguments over to what extent different war crimes are ‘comparable’ and whether the killing of civilians by coalition forces is deliberate or not are completely academic.
Natural Causes and No Third Parties?
Internal investigations by the MoD frequently come to the conclusion that the cause of death was 'natural causes' or 'suicide' whether the deceased are Iraqi civilians or British soldiers.
News they missed
Most of the media avoided reporting what should have been some of the biggest news of 2004. This is an attempt to give a round up of ten major events that didn’t get the coverage they should have.
Democratic Propaganda -
Berg, Pearl, Abu Ghraib, Lancashire & Rafah
Noam Chomsky has argued that dictatorships don’t require sophisticated propaganda – relying on force and threats.
Some Taxing Questions-Our countries become wealthier every day - so why is life getting harder for the majority?
Of course both camps are talking bollocks. The public, as usual, are far more perceptive and progressive than smug newspaper columnists.
Who's afraid of a peaceful world?
On the 22nd of March, in a scene which sounds more like some science fiction of a horrific future conflict than reality, an unmanned drone fired missiles which blew a 67 year old man in a wheelchair to pieces as he returned from his daily prayers
Beginning of the End of the Age of Endless Greed and Endless War
people have had enough of the 'There is no alternative' line at home and the bogey man abroad. As British and American soldiers and reservists continue to die in wars which are of no benefit to anyone but a tiny handful of corporate executives and shareho
President Bush claims that the enemies US troops face in Iraq are 'the exact opposite of Americans'. Are they really? There's a White Man's Burden myth on Iraq that claims our troops are still there to help Iraqis build a democracy.
Denial all over again
Revelations about American and British torture in Iraq echo the shock over the My Lai massacre in Vietnam. Then as now the American government and military claimed that the atrocity was the result of a few soldiers out of control. In both cases senior
I did not have Sexual Relations with that Dossier
Saint Tony went unto the Media and he was very Wroth saying 'Lo I appointed the Judge and decided what charges I should face and Behold has there not been a Miracle for I have been found Not Guilty on all charges.
El Salvador in Iraq
Some of the Americans and Iraqis now running Iraq have a long history of organising torture and massacre - in some cases going back as far as El Salvador and Chile in the 1980s - and Vietnam in the 70s
War on terror, war for profits or World War Three?
That’s Bush and Blair, our modern day Griswalds, lost in the desert of Iraq, seeing ‘weapons of mass destruction’ where there are none, and linking the former Iraqi government to September 11th and anthrax attacks despite the FBI's (yes, that FBI) insiste
Enjoying Freedom - At Home and Abroad
The 'war on terror' is supposedly about defending our freedom at home and providing freedom and human rights to the victims of tyranny abroad - 'humanitarian intervention' just like the Kosovo war. This is a lovely story and sometimes, by coincidence, it
The Gaza Bombings and The War on Terror
The main obstacles to peace are those who remain in power by promoting further conflict - Arafat, Sharon and the Bush administration.
Arming the Axis of Evil -Are British and American Intelligence involved in promoting nuclear proliferation?
The notorious Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) went bankrupt after it's involvement in massive fraud and the laundering of drug money was revealed in 1992. Now it has been linked to funding Pakistan's nuclear programme
The Anti-War Movement , Political Strategy , The Media and The Intelligence Services
The only way to defeat Bush and Blair is to undermine them politically to the extent that they lose elections - that can only be done peacefully and won't happen till new elections are held (probably next year on both sides of the Atlantic).
The people of the Darfur region of Sudan need protection and agricultural assistance - not inaction, sanctions or regime change.
Book Review - 'The Spanish Civil War' by Anthony Beevor
The Spanish civil war of 1936-1939 arguably led to World War Two and also provides many parallels with subsequent events right up to the present.
David Aaronovitch and Tony Blair – Conspiracy Theorists
The truth is that they are two of the most imaginative writers and speakers of the 21st century who would never allow themselves to be tied down by anything so tedious as providing enough of the facts to spoil a good story.
Hunting them Down
Who could oppose this? Terrorist killings of civilians are wrong - no-one could deny that or that those responsible for them should be brought to justice. The only problem is it doesn't work that way.
Would there have been 4 major terrorist attacks in the Russian federation including Beslan within 2 weeks of each other if Russian troops were not killing Chechen civilians regularly?
An Endless Spiral
“More violence will cause more violence and this will be an endless spiral” - Adnan Pachachi, Iraqi Governing Council