International affairs

A quick glance at the tabloids shows anti-Russia hysteria in full-swing. A careful bit of news management (MI5’s forte) has released into the public domain that Sergei Skripal was poisoned with a ‘nerve agent’. That’s enough to make everyone who thinks casually about these matters think ‘Russia’ and ‘state actor’. But not enough to enable […]

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In the 1990s at the time the Western war machine was justifying its intervention in Somalia to its ‘democratic’ populations we could not sleep without hearing the mantra used to justify the intervention: “failed states breed terrorism”. This mantra has been much less in evidence recently. This may be because it is evident to everyone […]

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