Tory Conference

Some people say image is everything in politics. It is certainly true that professional politicians care very deeply about image and devote significant resources to its management. The Tory Party Conference at Birmingham is projecting a very clear...

War and Climate Change

When war is the topic people often seem to hold unexpected positions. One example of the phenomenon is just how many people who believe in the Climate Change ideology are perfectly content to support wars. Given the massive carbon footprint of even...

A sad day for parliamentary democracy

As I write this post, the House of Commons is debating a government motion to allow military action in Iraq. It is clear from the debate that the government motion will be passed. This is a sad day for parliamentary democracy.   The debate has...

On strategy and sense

Obama's strategy to degrade and destroy the Islamic State is so flawed even a child could see it is doomed to failure. The idea that the strategy is a result of incompetence is hardly credible. The US has smart people, with massive resources and...

Projection, Herr Freud

The Ukraine crisis narrative propagated by Washington's masters of spin and reiterated by the corporate media chorus is that Putin orchestrated the crisis as part of his aggressive, expansionist policy. This narrative is so far from the facts, it is...

The myth of endless growth

The first Europeans to stumble across the land we know as Easter Island were baffled. What they found were three thousand people living in squalid conditions. They lived in reed huts or caves and were engaged in perpetual warfare. They practised...

US military bases in foreign lands

Afghanistan Albania  Algeria  Angola Antigua Argentina  Armenia Australia  Austria  Azerbaijan  Bahamas  Bahrain  Bangladesh  Barbados  Belgium  Belize  Bolivia Bermuda  Bosnia and...

Supporting yet more terrorists

The ironies of the imperial war in the Middle East are an endless source of wonder. The US, and its allies, funded and armed and trained the Islamic State Jihadists to wage war on Syria. However, not content with attacking the people of Syria, the...

Ebola: Obama responds

The ebola outbreak in west Africa is a serious public health crisis. There is a clear need for international aid. The United Nations has asked for assistance. The World Health Organisation estimates that ten thousand health care workers are...

Scotland's referrendum

Tomorrow the people of Scotland will be faced with a question: should Scotland be an independent country? The ballot paper will allow the elector to vote either yes or no. Yet, as is so often the case in contemporary politics, the reality is not...

Video: image and illusion

When I saw the video of the purported beheading of James Foley it struck me as odd. It was nothing like the videos of Islamic beheadings. More Hollywood than Jihad. It was obviously staged, scripted, smooth. Videos of actual Islamic beheadings are...

Jihad as a weapon

Jihad is an unreliable weapon. It is just as likely to harm innocent bystanders or even its users as the intended target. One would have thought the smart people in Washington might have noticed this flaw. They do have, after all, decades of...

The mystery of US foreign policy

On Wednesday President Obama declared to the world that the US will bomb Syria. The fact that such attacks would be contrary to international law did not seem to concern the president one iota. I guess this should come as no surprise as Washington...

A preference for lies

The world is full of mysteries. One of the most puzzling is the number of people who so obviously prefer lies to truth. Take the US invasion of Afghanistan, for example.   The government of Afghanistan had nothing to do with the terrorist...

MH17 and evidence

The crash of passenger flight MH17 evoked a chorus of "Putin's Missile". The West's political eliite and the corporate media incessantly reiterated the claim that they had evidence that Russia was to blame. Yet the Preliminary Report presents no...

Short memory or worse

When it comes to US foreign policy, many Americans appear to have remarkably short memories. And they certainly need them to swallow the propaganda of their political elite and the corporate media. In the current crisis in the Ukraine, Washington,...

Before war, propaganda

Propaganda is amazingly effective, as is well known by the West's war mongers. Whenever they want a war, they roll the propaganda machine into place. The political leaders and the corporate media chorus reiterate lies, misrepresentations, rhetoric and...

The purpose of anti-terrorism policies

The past week has clearly illustrated the purpose of anti-terrorism measures. A European arrest warrant was issued for a couple. They were arrested and detained by the police in Spain. Yet, there was no suggestion that the couple had broken any law....

Ceasefire in the Ukraine

This morning the coup government in Kiev announced a permanent ceasefire. In a tweet, President Poroshenko stated that he had had a telephone call with President Putin and agreed a permanent ceasefire. Moscow immediately responded by pointing out that...

Fear destroys sense

When people are afraid, they are terrible. Fear brings out the worst in anyone.   Yesterday, the House of Commons provided an object lesson in why fear should never be allowed to determine policy. Prime Minister David Cameron announced a list of...