Seumas Milne

  • TIt's almost never discussed in the political mainstream. But thousands of foreign troops have now been stationed in Britain for more than 70 years. There's been nothing like it since the Norman invasion. With the 15-month Dutch occupation of London in 1688-9 a distant competitor, there has been no ...

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  • TMore than four years after Barack Obama pledged to close the US internment camp at Guantanamo, over half of its 166 inmates are on hunger strike — 16 are being violently force fed and soldiers last week used rubber bullets against “noncompliant” prisoners. Guantanamo, along with ...

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  • T After a decade of calamitous western wars in the wider Middle East, the signs are becoming ever more ominous that we’re heading for another. And, hard as it is to credit, the same discredited arguments used to justify the disasters of Iraq and Afghanistan – from weapons of mass ...

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  • TAs the most hopeful offshoot of the Arab spring so far flowered this week in successful elections in Tunisia, its ugliest underside has been laid bare in Libya. Thats not only, or even mainly, about the YouTube lynching of Gaddafi, courtesy of a Nato attack on his convoy. The grisly killing of the ...

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  • TTwo years after the eruption of the greatest global economic crisis for 80 years, its aftershocks are continuing to make themselves felt throughout Europe. Across Britain today, thousands of school and university students staged multiple demonstrations and occupations against the tripling of ...

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  • TIn a quiet street in the Sheikh Jarrah district of occupied East Jerusalem 88-year-old Rifka al-Kurd is explaining how she came to live in the house she and her husband built as Palestinian refugees in the 1950s. As she speaks, three young ultra-orthodox Jewish settlers swagger in to stake their ...

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