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Neil Berry

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Disaster of British bombast

Published in July of this year, the Chilcot Inquiry’s report on Britain’s role in the Iraq war recounted how the UK helped to plunge Iraq into chaos.

September 22, 2016

‘Prevent’ and its dangers

A 17-YEAR-OLD British Muslim with a flair for communication, Rahman Mohammadi, recently made a 10-minute video for the online Guardian that raises disturbing questions about ‘Prevent,’ the British government’s counter-terrorism strategy.

September 12, 2016

In the name of free speech

French attempts to ban the burkini, to police how Muslim women dress at the seaside, have met with incredulity in the UK. The incredulity is understandable. Yet it is also understandable that the conduct of the British state vis-à-vis Muslims sometimes inspires disbelief in France.

September 01, 2016

Bizarre contradictions

Normally the start of the new English Premier League season in the second week of August matters only to football fans. This year, however, in the aftermath of “Brexit,” the June referendum vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, it is perhaps of larger significance.

August 18, 2016

In the age of deceit

The new UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, reacted swiftly to the Munich killings, emphasizing the need to tackle the “cancer” of terrorism at its source in the Middle East.

July 28, 2016

Blair’s deadly fantasy politics

A hundred years ago this summer, British troops, together with troops drawn from across the then British empire, were fighting the Battle of the Somme. Over 400,000 men died believing that they were facing down evil in the shape of the Germany of Kaiser Wilhelm II.

July 14, 2016

The disunited kingdom

The resignation of Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron following the referendum vote to leave the European Union (EU) has left Britain with a zombie government presiding over what may soon be a zombie state.

July 03, 2016

Brexit’s first victim

The murder in broad daylight and in full public view of the 41-year-old Labour MP for the Yorkshire constituency of Batley and Spen, Jo Cox, has extinguished a shining light.

June 20, 2016

Brexiteers begin to dream

Politicians who are campaigning for “Brexit,” British exit from the European Union in the referendum on UK membership of the EU on June 23, assert that their aim is to reclaim British democratic rights forfeited to Brussels bureaucrats.

June 09, 2016

Alleged rise of anti-Semitism

Historically the British Labour Party has been famous for its philo-Semitism. So it is an extraordinary irony that the party has become mired in a bitter row over alleged anti-Semitism among its MPs and wider membership.

May 30, 2016