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Eating bacon bagels on the 171 bus, listening to Johnny Cash while reading Hannah Arendt, the kid next to me playing dubstep on his telephone.
Sep 27, 2018 17 tweets 4 min read
[thread] I'm a big fan of nationalised utilities, universal childcare, green jobs,worker share ownership & other policies unveiled at #Lab18 ...but the whole thing has left a sour taste in my mouth. Here are some of the reasons why:
Sep 18, 2018 10 tweets 4 min read
Couple of tweets re the Putin/Erdogan “demilitarisation” deal on #Idlib: 1. The Syrian regime army is depleted to the point of collapse. Without Russia/Hezbollah support they couldn’t advance against Turkish-backed and properly armed rebels thedailybeast.com/assads-final-o…
Aug 20, 2018 6 tweets 4 min read
@Back2Bataan @DerbyChrisW Fair point, but based on a false premise. Let’s think it through – apologies if this takes a few tweets.

1/ Millions of us opposed the Iraq War, for a variety of reasons, while supporting Vanessa Beeley is a pretty fringe cause in the UK, confined mainly to the far right... @Back2Bataan @DerbyChrisW 2/ Most of us opposed the Iraq war for good reasons: saw it as a war for oil, or opposed wars in general, or had an anti-interventionist default. Others opposed it coz they saw Saddam as objectively the good guy, out of admiration for his brand of authoritarian nationalism...
Jul 26, 2018 21 tweets 6 min read
A short thread in which I read Robert Fisk's latest appalling Syria report so you don't have to independent.co.uk/voices/white-h… 1/ Fisk has been saying the Syrian war is in its end stage for 5 years now. Now he's amped up the rhetoric, while pretending to be smarter...
May 11, 2018 36 tweets 17 min read
This is a thread on the Labour candidate selection for the upcoming #LewishamEast by-election (written by an embarrassingly inactive Lewisham Deptford party member) Before getting to the candidates, a huge thank you to @Heidi_LDN for her years of excellent service to our community, as a Deptford councillor, Lewisham MP, battler to save Lewisham Hospital from Tory cuts, and Shadow Cabinet member.
Apr 17, 2018 8 tweets 4 min read
Robert Fisk's crimes against truth: three detailed case studies by @im_PULSE pulsemedia.org/2016/12/03/rob… An evergreen blogpost by veteran Middle East reporter @Brian_Whit on Robert Fisk's comedy of errors, including some hilarious Arabic mistranslations al-bab.com/blog/2013/10/r…
Jan 18, 2018 22 tweets 6 min read
Really fucked up situation in NW Syria right now, which I'm trying to get my head around. The following is how I understand it - let me know if you think I've got it wrong: 1.a ISIS has played a really smart series of moves in Idlib/Hama. First, in the Autumn, they did a deal with Russia/regime to transfer fighters from Deir Ezzor into Idlib, where they quietly switched to counter-insurgency mode...
Dec 8, 2017 13 tweets 5 min read
There is a growing mainstream narrative that the war in Syria is coming to an end, and that an Assad victory, if not perfect, is a welcome relief after war. Next few links show why this isn't true: 1/ The horrific regime siege of East Ghouta continues, as described in this harrowing piece by Osama Nassar in @aljumhuriya_eng: aljumhuriya.net/en/content/sie…
Oct 31, 2017 16 tweets 6 min read
1/x So, Nigel Farage's comments y'day that Jewish power controls America (HT @adamlangleben)... ... One response seems to be "Labour's worse" or "Farage would be at home in Corbyn's party". Why that's stupid in tweets to follow...