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As Aleppo Goes, So Goes Syria?

Aleppo

Were a visitor to arrive at the embattled city of Aleppo these frigid and bleak days from the western government controlled side of the 7000 year old city, even if blindfolded and wearing tight earplugs the sightless and deaf traveler would likely sense something very different from what he experiences in Damascus and other cities in Syria.

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Terrorism, Torture, and the Problem of Evil in Our Time

Confessions of a Terrorist: a novel by Richard Jackson

Reading Confessions of a Terrorist: a novel by Richard Jackson (published by Zed Books, London & New York

Richard Jackson, a professor of peace studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, has written a probing political essay that takes the form of an imagined dialogue between his British interrogator and an Egyptian terrorist who is apparently thought at the time of their conversation to be the mastermind of an imminent attack on Great Britain. Jackson is a well-regarded expert on the politics and tactics of terrorism and counter-terrorism.

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Bahrain: Profile of a Police State

bahrain

Monarchal despotism runs Bahrain. Democracy is verboten. None whatever exists. Neither human nor civil rights. Anyone criticizing Al Khalifa rule risks arrest, imprisonment, torture, even death. Repression persists. New "Protecting Society from Terrorism Act" legislation the latest example.

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Where to now: Iraq Today?

Chilcot Inquiry

With Soraya Boyd

“I thought Nick Clegg’s reaction was very disappointing. His reaction should not be of ‘openness’ to a judicial enquiry. He should be actively pushing for a judicial enquiry. The Government came to power four years ago. He’s had ample opportunity to uncover, as Deputy Prime Minister, what was going on. We’ve now pushed it off to a rather pitiful parliamentary committee with no … teeth and again it just goes into the long grass.” -Philippe Sands

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Why Is the West Intent in Making Vladimir Putin Its Villain?

Vladimir Putin

American corporate press has firmly established its second identity in the Internet: its twin, or its alias, one might say. It does apply, although perhaps not as vividly, in much of Western Europe, this time to the beating of war drums… where only common sound in the cacophony is the current displeasure for that daring devil: Vladimir Putin.

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