Archive for March, 2003

Turkey puts the brakes on again

March 1st, 2003 – 8:42 pm
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“Turkey’s parliament has narrowly failed to approve the deployment of US troops on its territory for a possible war with neighbouring Iraq. MPs voted 264-250 in favour of the deployment, but the motion fell four votes short of the required majority of deputies present in the chamber.” Maybe this will be a short-lived victory, as […]

The Virtual March

March 1st, 2003 – 8:35 pm
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“Backed by a number of celebrities, volunteers jammed switchboards in Washington DC in an effort to force US politicians to think again over the prospect of war in the Gulf. Organisers online democracy group MoveOn say more than 250,000 people signed up to take part in the protest and that many more joined in during […]

A timely quote

March 1st, 2003 – 8:29 pm
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“Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought […]

Keep out

March 1st, 2003 – 7:39 pm
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“Bernadette Devlin McCaliskey, the world-renowned Irish civil rights leader was refused entry into the United States of Ashcroft. At Chicago’s O’Hare, she was told that she presented a danger and wouldn’t be permitted to step foot on American soil. She begged them to recheck their computer. She insisted there had to be a mistake. She […]

False generalizations

March 1st, 2003 – 7:39 pm
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“The estimable Calpundit says ‘My sense from reading the anti-war left is that they don’t really take the danger of terrorism and unstable states seriously.’ Not to be too cranky about it, but ‘terrorism and unstable states’ blew up a big chunk of my home town. Watching the ashes and personal debris of several thousand […]