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From the Archives: The New Year’s War in Gaza

November 16, 2012


With it kicking off in Gaza again, I thought I’d post an unpublished article I wrote in late 2009 about what I called the New Year’s War in Gaza. Some of the observations are understandably dated, but I think the piece is still relevant. At eleven o’clock Saturday morning, on December 27th 2008, the New […]

Understanding the Pakistani dimension

May 2, 2011


I woke up this morning to a text from a friend saying, ‘That’s Obama re-elected in 2012…’ M’boss at Egremont, Nik Darlington, had also texted me asking if I wanted to write something on Osama Bin Laden. Why, I wondered. The news came as a pleasant surprise. I listened to this song to celebrate, because, […]

Iran, murder and reason of state

December 15, 2010


There is a new article on the Newsweek site about the ‘covert war’ going on inside Iran to destabilise its nuclear programme, noting the suspicious attacks on its nuclear scientists recently. It brought me back to the discussion about murder and reason of state: are Iran’s scientists ‘fair game’ for targeted killing? Xavier says no: […]

Can you tell when it’s peacetime and wartime anymore?

December 6, 2010


Wikileaks has released ‘probably the most controversial document yet’, according to the BBC. It is a list of facilities around the world that the United States considers vital to its national security. ‘This is the kind of information terrorists are interested in knowing’, the former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind has said. My reaction was […]

Assange, murder and reason of state

November 29, 2010


I caused something of a hoohah this weekend when I suggested Julian Assange should be bumped off, if possible. My argument was that publishing diplomatic cables is more destabilizing to the international order than an occasional foiled bomb plot by al-Qa’ida, and is aimed to be. Wikileaks are thus fair game for our intelligence agencies […]