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G. J. Whyte-Melville: A soldier who fattens a battlefield, encumbers a trench, has his name misspelled in a gazette

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts British writers on peace and war ==== G. J. Whyte-MelvilleFrom The Interpreter: A Tale of the War “Any news, Ropsley?” says Sir Harry, observing the pile of letters at his friend’s elbow; “no officials, I hope, to send you back to London.” “None as yet, thank […]

Do You Want a New Cold War?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Let me make my own position on China all too clear. I’m distinctly “soft” on that country. I always have been. After all, it represents a remarkable civilization, one I studied in graduate school. Among my greatest regrets is never having visited there, never having made it to the Great Wall … Continue reading "Do You Want a New Cold War?"

The Cultural Genocide in Palestine: On Sally Rooney’s Decision to Boycott Israel

The pro-Israel crowd on social media was quick to pounce on award-winning Irish novelist, Sally Rooney, as soon as she declared that she had "chosen not to sell … translation rights of her best-selling novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You to an Israeli-based publishing house".

NATO, Nukes, and Nazis: The Untold Story of West Germany’s Entry Into the Cold War

One of the key events which is often talked about in western (particularly American) histories of the Cold War is the rearmament of Germany. During the early 1950s as the Cold War was ramping up, the West German military was rebuilt following its dissolution at the end of WWII, which ultimately culminated with the country’s … Continue reading "NATO, Nukes, and Nazis: The Untold Story of West Germany’s Entry Into the Cold War"

Ban the Use of Drones as Weapons

Everyone who followed the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan was horrified by the drone attack, called a “tragic mistake” by the Pentagon, which killed ten members of a single family, including 7 children. Zemari Ahmadi, who worked for Nutrition and Education International, a U.S.-based aid organization, became the target because he drove a white … Continue reading "Ban the Use of Drones as Weapons"

Powell Lied, People Died: Justice Delayed Was Justice Denied

On October 19, 96-year-old Irmgard Furchner appeared in a German court to answer charges of aiding and abetting 11,412 murders. The murders took place between 1943 and 1945 at the Stutthof concentration camp, where a much younger Furchner worked as secretary to the camp’s commandant. A day before Furchner’s indictment, Colin Powell, the US government’s … Continue reading "Powell Lied, People Died: Justice Delayed Was Justice Denied"

Fair Trade Is Still a Fraud

American Institute for Economic Research, October 20, 2021 Fair Trade Is Still a Fraud James Bovard The Biden administration is embracing the same flawed “fair trade” mantra that previous administrations used to sanctify protectionist policies. Biden’s team has “largely dispensed with the idea of free trade as a goal in and of itself,” the New […]
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Hilaire Belloc: War, propaganda and lies

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts British writers on peace and war Hilaire Belloc: After the tempest and destruction of universal war, permanence ==== Hilaire Belloc The war has produced propaganda. Truth took to its bed in the spring of 1915 and died unregretted, with few attendants, about a year later. Everything since […]