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So said Judge Peter Beaumont.
His words were to Samina Malik, a former Heathrow shop assistant, who was found guilty last month of writing poetry of such danger as to constitute a threat to the British state. Samina was a teenager when she wrote the poetry. The legislation fell under the British 2000 Terrorism Act. Here […]

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Saifedean Ammous, writing in 3quarksdaily has a great piece on the Arabic TV show The Prince of Poets, which uses the same format as American Idol. Except instead of the competitors being wannabes popstars they’re young poets who recite their poetry before the Simon Cowells of the Arabic Verse world.
The judges are ‘5 […]

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Good news today as Alan Johnson, the BBC’s Gaza correspondent held hostage for 114 days in the Sabra neighbourhood of Gaza city, has been released. A relief too as I can now take down the photo of him on the sidebar of Dublin Opinion.
Hamas, of course, are trying to capitalize on its part in […]

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I had to return to this story of the US’s support for Jundallah against Iran because just providing a series of links to stories from 2004 that suggested that the Baloch nationalists are connected to Al Quida at the same time as getting support from the US smacked too much of conspiracy theory to me. […]

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“I’m absolutely ecstatic … I heard in Asda … I think everyone thought I had gone mad … we thought it would drag into next week.”
So says Sandra Sperry, mother of Royal Marine Adam Sperry, on hearing the news today that Iran are releasing the 15 British sailors and marines captured almost a fortnight ago. […]

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Letters From Iran

A third letter has been written by Faye Turney, the female lead sailor belonging to the 15 strong British crew currently residing at the pleasure of Mr Ahmadinejad in Iran, the Guardian reports. British tabloids have barked in horror at her being ‘forced’ to wear a headscarf while appearing on Arabic TV telling an international […]

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Musical Windfall

It’s quite astonishing. For the last week I’ve been mainly listening to The Best of the Miles Davis Quintet (1965-68). It’s weird because I’m not a jazz fan. I’ve tried from time to time, but could never cut it. For me it often veers dangerously close to easy listening or reminds me of those appalling […]

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Last night Newnight had an extraordinarily revealing piece about an offer made by Iran to the White House in 2003 in which they agreed to terminate their nuclear research program, stop supporting Hezbollah and Hamas and help to suppress the rising insurgency in the recently invaded country. What they wanted in return was US assistance […]

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Would you believe it, I had another article loitering in my memory stick. This thing is great. I only wish everytime I looked in it that there were a couple of articles ready to go. Unfortunately, I have to write the fecking things first. Now lets see, is there anything else in there I can […]

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