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July 23, 2014 5 Comments

Gaza conflict: is it too late for negotiated peace?

Have I awoken to a swarm of bees in my lightless hotel room? The electricity is off, again. The bees are drones, devised in America, manufactured in Israel, overhead in Gaza at all times in this war.

Crump, crump, boom. boom. You hear the shells fired, and the boom of impact and wonder who has died?

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July 22, 2014 9 Comments

Inside Gaza’s Al-Shifa hospital

Al-Shifa Hospital, the main medical facility in Gaza, has opened its doors for thousands of Palestinians fleeing an ongoing Israeli shelling of eastern Gaza City.

July 21, 2014 35 Comments

Gaza conflict: in transit to war

“Welcome to Israel. We wish you a pleasant stay. If this is not your final destination, we wish you a pleasant onward journey.” Can the British Airways captain be referring to Gaza?

July 9, 2014 13 Comments

Child abuse, cover-ups and public schools

The NSPCC has finally said that turning a blind eye to child abuse should be a criminal offence – and they are right to include public schools.

July 1, 2014 15 Comments

How Savile and Harris must have haunted their victims

I have already described how I was abused as a child – but my abuser did not haunt me because, unlike Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris, he was not constantly in the public eye.

June 23, 2014 8 Comments

Felix Dennis – symbol of a revolution

Poet, rebel, publisher extraordinaire and as generous as he was rich – Felix Dennis was the symbol of an era.

June 17, 2014 10 Comments

At last, Washington’s poodle asserts itself on Iran

Britain must make up its own independent mind as to how to behave towards Tehran, now that a thaw in UK-Iran relations is underway.

June 16, 2014 14 Comments

Sex and the over-60s – just what do I know?

My dad was nearly 50 when I was born … so he was clearly in an OK state when it came to whatever bit of sex was required to produce me.

June 13, 2014 16 Comments

Things fall apart in Iraq – are we to blame?

The entity of Iraq – invented by Britain – cannot hold, and the utter foolhardiness of 2003′s Shock and Awe adventure has been exposed.

June 9, 2014 2 Comments

When life in cyberspace becomes horrifically real on earth

By chance in New York over the weekend, I happened upon the continuation of a modern phenomenon. The internet is coming back to earth.

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