Monthly Archives: July 2009

Afghanistan’s ‘democratic’ election – a Karzai shoe-in aided by Western media indifference?

July 16, 2009

In the interests of transparency, I have made no secret of my support for Dr. Ashraf Ghani’s Presidential candidacy (Thus passim). I don’t know much about the other candidates (and should do) but it appears crazy to endorse the Karzai regime, which has presided over a culture of warlord cronyism and corruption which has increased support for religious fundamentalist elements, simply because he is ‘our man.’ This more or less guarantees an escalation of the phantasmagoric ‘war on terror’ and sustains the very real opium export economy, which does far... More

The extradition of Gary McKinnon to the US is undemocratic, downright stupid and illegal

July 13, 2009

I’m angry because nobody read my post last November and if they did, it didn’t change a thing (so what’s new). So is Sarah Brown, Gordon’s wife, as well she might be, living with a tripehead. But we’re both angry today because yet another miscarriage of justice is poised to be committed in the name of the ‘War on Terror.’ In November 2008, Thus helped draw attention to the long-running battle against the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the US. Today, the government will decide whether to hand him over... More

UK mobile numbers are fair game for spammers, scammers and buggers – not many people know that

July 10, 2009

. . .and that’s the problem. The Directory of Mobile Phone numbers goes live next week. All numbers, including those belonging to children, will be potentially open to cold calling and the general abuse that unscrupulous telesales people subject us to. Unless you particularly wish to be cold called, deluged with text offers and – if you’re a celebrity – bugged by News Corp, I suggest that you take urgent steps to opt out. You can, in theory, do so here: When on the site, click “Home” then “Ex-directory” this... More