Archive for 'Totalitarianism' Category

A double loss: Havel and Hitchens

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, December 19, 2011

First we lost Christopher Hitchens to cancer. I heard Hitchens speak in a debate at Hay on Wye in 2005 on the motion “History will be kinder to Bush and Blair than to Chirac and Schroeder”. He predicted then the trouble that Assad would have, as well as the Green revolution in Iran, although his […]

The Benghazi six and the UN Human Rights Council

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, September 23, 2010

One of the issues this blog covered from 2004 to 2007 was the Benghazi Six. The posts are here. In summary, 5 Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor were accused of deliberately infecting children with HIV, and after a five year trial sentenced to death by firing squad. It was suggested that foreign intelligence had […]

AN Wilson’s nutty Nazi comparison

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, November 5, 2009

Godwin’s justly celebrated law states that as an online debate grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving the Nazis or Hitler approaches one. After having explained Godwin’s Law Nick Cohen goes on to give an example of Godwin’s law in The Daily Mail, where AN Wilson attempts to equate the recently sacked Nutt with […]

Chinese scapegoats

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Chinese government are executing two individuals in the melamine milk scandal. The contaminated milk killed six babies. Many people’s instinctive reaction might be to welcome this punishment, but the punishment deflects attention away from the failure of the Chinese authorities to properly regulate industry. As I have written here, the unregulated capitalism in China […]

Unrestrained badly regulated capitalism kills

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, September 18, 2008

Capitalism kills. There is no better example of that principle than in China. The most recent example in the news tonight is that of contaminated baby milk. China says it will launch nationwide testing of all dairy products following the deaths of three babies from contaminated milk formula. More than 6,200 babies have fallen ill […]

Health in Zimbabwe: surge in injuries

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The following communication has been sent from the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (from Normblog). Cases of Systematic Violent Assault and Torture Overwhelm Health Professionals 17 June 2008 ZADHR is deeply concerned about the continuing violent trauma being inflicted on the Zimbabwean population. The escalation in numbers and severity of cases of systematic […]

Courting China

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, February 15, 2008

I have just been surprised to hear the audience of Question Time clap Clive James. He said that totalitarian regimes should not be supported in their attempts to gain international leadership. How refreshing to hear the audience applaud such views. His comments came in a discussion about possible boycotts of China over the issue of […]

By the power of Kim Jong Il!

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The North Korean news service has been featured here before, but it appears that the North Korean state are beyond parody now. It would be funny, if it wasn’t indicative of the most repressive and heartless regime that currently exists on earth. The invincibility of Songun Korea ushering in the most brilliant era of prosperity […]

The UN bombers

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The attack on the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) offices in Algeria, claimed by an Al Qaeda “franchise”, has led to the deaths of ten UN workers. A bus of law students was also incinerated in a second attack on Algerian Supreme Court. One might understand the reasoning of terrorists for a symbolic attack on […]