September 12, 2011 - 'Libya; Chemical Weapons used against Bani Walid':
Allied Participation in Operation 'Iraqi Freedom':
'These, then, are the qualities of my ideal diplomatist. Truth, accuracy, calm, patience, good temper, modesty and loyalty. They are also the qualities of an ideal diplomacy. But, the reader may object, you have forgotten intelligence, knowledge, discernment, prudence, hospitality, charm, industry, courage and even tact. I have not forgotten them. I have taken them for granted.' Sir Harold George Nicolson, Diplomacy (1939)
Photo: Bertrand Russell, Harold Nicolson (the chairman) and Lord Samuel at the London Forum, a weekly discussion programme in the BBC General Overseas Service, 1951.
MacArthur administered "a censorship bureaucracy that extended into every aspect of public expression". Between 1945-49, US censors checked 330 million pieces of mail and monitored 800,000 private phone conversations! Newspapers, books, public broadcasting and cinema were heavily censored. A Tokyo stage show in which one of the cast sang ‘how can we have democracy with two emperors?’ (ie Hirohito and MacArthur) was banned. Taboo subjects included criticism of the US, criticism of the emperor, food shortages, the black market, warnings about World War III, fraternisation and ‘mixed blood children’, and references to censorship. While the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not officially proscribed subjects, eye-witness accounts and other reports were suppressed. Dower notes, "for over six years, Japanese scientists and doctors... were denied access to data that might have assisted them in communicating to and helping atomic-bomb victims".
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Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt was born in 1918 and died in 1970. Nasser was a pivotal figure in the recent history of the Middle East and played a highly prominent role in the 1956 Suez Crisis. Nasser has been described as the first leader of an Arab nation who challenged what was perceived as the western dominance of the Middle East. Nasser remains a highly revered figure in both Egypt and the Arab world.
November 8, 2013
At a packed conference in Ramallah today, the retired general Tawfik Tirawi, once head of the Palestinian Authority's feared West Bank intelligence, squarely pointed the finger at Israel for the assassination of Yasser Arafat. There are lots of reasons to suspect Israeli responsibility. The former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon was vocal over the years in admitting he had tried but failed to kill Arafat. Israel had famously botched its 1997 attempt to poison the political leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal.
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As a reminder:
March 11, 2002
Arafat Headquarters Bombed to Ruin
GAZA CITY — It was a vivid symbol of his power and of the state he expected to create and lead. But much of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's headquarters lay in ruins Sunday after Israeli warships and combat helicopters blasted the building from the air and sea with about 35 missiles in 45 minutes.
The attack came in retaliation for a pair of horrific Palestinian assaults Saturday--a suicide bombing at a crowded Jerusalem cafe and a shooting rampage at a hotel in the town of Netanya that left 16 people dead and about 100 wounded.
March 20, 2002
'Cheney calms Palestinian anger with Arafat offer - US vice-president suggests talks'
The US Vice-President, Dick Cheney, yesterday made partial amends for the Bush administration's boycott of Yasser Arafat, saying he would meet the Palestinian leader once a Middle East ceasefire is achieved. The offer was the more generous of two incentives dangled in front of Mr Arafat yesterday as Mr Cheney weighed in on behalf of Washington's efforts to impose a ceasefire on the 18-month uprising. The Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, had a proposal of his own - although one that appeared calculated to humiliate the Palestinian leader.
November 9, 2013 - 'Mystery around Yasser Arafat’s death deepens with polonium poisoning findings’:
The legacy of imperialism still haunts every street in Rome
The Long View: My dad, I'm afraid, had a soft spot for Mussolini, especially when Benito crushed the "commies".