MH17 investigation non-disclosure agreement

The downing of a passenger jet over the Ukraine on July 17 resulted in a media frenzy. The West's political leaders and the coporate media immediately blamed Russia for the tragic event. President Putin called for a thorough, impartial investigation....

Blame Putin

The West's political leaders and the corporate media chorus are full of claims that Russia has invaded the Ukraine. Given all the words, time and space devoted to propagating this accusation, one might have thought there would be room to present the...

Belief is blind

It was back in the nineteenth century when the legal doctrine of wilful blindness was first annunciated. A judge told a jury that the defendant could not be convicted unless he knew the goods were government property or had wilfully closed his eyes....

MMR vaccine whistleblower

At the beginning of the century, Dr Andrew Wakefield published a paper in the Lancet, which claimed that the MMR vaccine caused some children to develop autism. The research was widely reported in the media and this resulted in a significant decline...

Rotherham Inquiry

An independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013 has just been published. Obviously I have not read the report (only someone with a pre-publication copy could have done). However, just watching the press...

The benefits of war

War brings many benefits to the ruling elite. One of those benefits is the legitimation of domestic repression. The War on Terror is perfect for this purpose.   The video of the alleged beheading of James Foley has provided the West's political...

Russia delivers aid

On Saturday, Russia finally delivered humanitarian aid to the east of Ukraine. It had taken weeks for the aid to be delivered, with the convoy sitting on the border for ten days. Finally, losing patience with the bureaucratic delays, Russia delivered...

Beheading is barbarous

Whilst the civilised world resiles in shock and horror at the beheading of a human being, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ramps up its murderous programme of domestic repression. This month alone, the Saudi state has beheaded twenty-two people and is...

Jihad without Islam...

The world is full of wonders. One of those wonders is the ease with which the West's political elite and corporate media swallow the Islamic propaganda that claims Islam is the religion of peace, Jihad has nothing to do with Islam, etc. A very nice...

How to create terrorists

If one wished to increase the number of terrorists, one could hardly do better than to study the realpolitik of the United States of America. For decades the country has been busily promoting terrorist organisations across the globe.   For the...

How to restore peace in Ferguson

The scenes of violence in Ferguson, Missouri, in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, present a picture of the United States that would not be out of place in any authoritarian police state. A police officer shot and killed an unarmed man....

Cats, curries and yarns

On Friday Manchester City Council workers found a bin bag containing the severed heads of cats in an area of the city locally known as curry mile, due to the many Indian restaurants in the area. This story was reported over the weekend by the media,...

Cameron learns a lesson

Last year, Prime Minister, David Cameron, decided to launch a military attack against Syria. He made his intention perfectly plain and recalled parliament from its summer recess, fully expecting to have his position rubber-stamped. It did not happen....

News media credibility

The Guardian is a highly regarded British newspaper. Its readers certainly expect factual claims that appear in its pages to be accurate. And this trust is generally well placed. However, reading an article today on a Russian military incursion into...

An inconvenient law

It must be a great reassurance to have a constitutional lawyer as president. I make this observation on the basis that in terms of realpolitik the law can be very inconvenient. After all, who knows better than a lawyer how to get around inconvenient...

Genetics, just-so stories and logical fallacies

Back in May I wrote a critique of a book, A Troublesome Inheritance, by Mr Nicholas Wade, former science editor of the New York Times. I wrote the post because Wade had produced a work of pseudoscience, claiming to prove that races exist and that they...

Oil by the dollar

The twenty-first century is confusing. Well, it certainly makes no sense if one listens to the West's political leaders and corporate media. Invading Afghanistan to capture a Saudi terrorist, who the government of Afghanistan was prepared to hand over...

With all the majesty of law

So President Obama admitted that the US had "tortured some folks". However, he made it perfectly clear that none of the people involved in this criminal conspiracy will be held accountable. What was done was done lawfully. What kind of justice is...

Self-righteous Power

The situation in eastern Ukraine is a humanitarian disaster. More than ten thousand people have been killed since the coup government in Kiev commenced its military operation in April. More than a hundred thousand people are internally displaced....

Good for the goose...

It seems the leaders of the West are incapable of understanding even the most simple aspects of social behaviour. This fact is neatly, if ironically, illustrated by the reaction of Western leaders to the sanctions Russia has announced.   The...

Leni on propaganda

Leni Riefenstahl was the maker of highly innovative propaganda films for the Nazi regime. Her film of the 1934 Nuremburg rally, Triumph des Willens, is widely recognised as masterpiece of the art of propaganda. Indeed, some have argued that it is one...

Exporting freedom and democracy

Many Americans respond rather defensively (to say the least) when foreigners criticise the US. Often they will claim that foreigners hate the US because of its love of freedom and democracy, its economy, its wonderful life-style. But, all that is just...

On ending a war

One does not have to be particularly observant or astute to see that war does terrible things to people's innate moral sense. The Birmingham pub bombings are a case in point.   In 1974 the Provisional Irish Republican Army denotated bombs in two...

War and moral sense

There is an old adage that claims truth is the first victim of war. Yet it would be far more accurate to say that moral sense is first victim of war. This was underlined yesterday when both The Times of Israel and 5 Towns Jewish Times published an...