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Neil Berry

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Tale of two cities

With their concentrations of mass media, Paris and London are perhaps the prime terrorist targets among European cities. Yet this grim distinction is one of the few things they have in common.

January 10, 2016

Trump, prejudice and the Apocalypse

Forty years ago the United States “gonzo” journalist, Hunter S.

December 22, 2015

Lockerbie’s long shadow

The explosion of the Russian airbus over the Sinai desert had sombre echoes of Lockerbie, the destruction in 1988 above the Scottish town of that name of Pan Am Flight 103 by a terrorist bomb.

November 21, 2015

Blair and the wages of spin

Last week, Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper reported that Tony Blair had finally apologized for the Iraq war. This week it claimed that ministers in the Blair government ordered that a written legal opinion that the war was illegal be burned.

November 07, 2015

Israel’s homemade security nightmare

For many years the Israeli peace activist, Jeff Halper, has made heroic efforts to stop the arbitrary demolition of Palestinian homes by the Israeli authorities. Yet the demolitions persist.

October 24, 2015

The speech US prefers to forget

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Syria portends ‘war without end,’ proclaimed a headline the other day in Britain’s Daily Telegraph. Even loyal readers of this famously conservative newspaper may have baulked at this apocalyptic forecast.

October 07, 2015

The friends of Corbyn

British people are remembering the “Battle of Britain,” the great drama that unfolded in the sky over southern England 75 years ago when Royal Air Force fighter pilots faced down the German Luftwaffe.

September 25, 2015

Britain betraying its history

The evasive initial response of UK Prime Minister David Cameron to Europe’s refugee crisis has evoked particular outrage among British Jews. Many believe that Britain is betraying its history as the civilized country that embraced Jewish refugees from Nazi-dominated Europe.

September 12, 2015

Justice done to death

Six years late, the unpublished report of the Chilcot Inquiry into British involvement in the Iraq war is a growing national scandal. Now UK Prime Minister David Cameron is insisting that the inquiry’s chairman, Sir John Chilcot, publish the report without delay.

August 31, 2015

British socialism — coffin creaks open

The British Labor MP, Jeremy Corbyn, was an unswerving opponent of Tony Blair when in 2003 the then Labour Party leader and UK prime minister declared war on Iraq.

August 16, 2015