Monthly Archives: December 2006

Dictator Hangs to the Warm Applause of Sycophants

Congratulations America. The UK and international press is today reporting the execution of the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, with an affected solemnity which seems to say “Alas, it is sad that it has come to this, but this is how it had to end.” This approach is perhaps best summed up by the BBC’s John Simpson, who confines criticism of the show-trial which preceded the execution to the following extraordinary understatement: “It proved to be divisive, and certainly did not receive international approval”, before reassuring the reader, in his usual inappropriate verboseness, that “These things will certainly continue to affect the way the world will see Saddam’s death. But now that he has finally been swept off the political chessboard, the Iraqi government hopes that 2007 will be a better year as a result”. Continue reading

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Arming Iraq, by John King

Arming Iraq, 1982 – 1988
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The following chronology is lifted from an article by John King, which first appeared in UN Observer & International Report in March 2003. It is an accurate summary of United States’ involvement in the arming of Iraq during the Iraq-Iran war and beyond. [/I]

September 1980. Iraq invades Iran. The beginning of the Iraq-Iran war. (8)

February 1982. Despite objections from Congress, President Reagan removes Iraq from its list of known terrorist countries. (1) Continue reading

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Rufus Miller @ a boat in Depford, 24th November 2006

Rufus Miller played on a wonky boat on a windy Friday in Deptford, as the equivalent to an advert break between short non-fiction and technical films about contemporary culture. The films spanned from Graffiti to Self-Sufficiency and a file compressor showing five minute compressed versions of Jackie Chan movies, creating a new style of scene transitions.

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture, as quoted Zadie Smith without reference to whom she was alluding. It doesn’t help that he doesn’t have a MySpace either. Rufus is, as manager and second year Goldsmiths student Jean Graham describes “Close to Jeff Buckley.” But beneath his bony exterior is a profound self-avowed “sexaholic.” He sings about a romantic life on an acoustic guitar with skill. When you look at him you’re stuck on him. Continue reading

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