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Wasn’t the Gaza aid flotilla just a stunt?

Why we posted this: It’s a commonplace that the pro-Palestinian activists who sailed in a convoy toward Gaza really were on a humanitarian mission.  But it is almost self-evident that they were nothing of the kind.   More »

Themes: Campaigning / Interrogating the Media / Media / Politics / Rights. Posted by Richard D North on September 14th, 2010

HRH Charles blows the constitution

Why we posted this: Prince Charles has intervened once again, but this time for real. Lord Rogers is right to say it’s a constitutional disgrace. The Telegraph should know better than to cheer Charles on. More »

Themes: Campaigning / Media / Politics / Rights. Posted by Richard D North on June 17th, 2009

Trudie Styler: Worth the airlmiles?

Why we posted this: There’s much fun to be had at the expense of Trudie Styler and the helicopters and private jets she uses to defend the planet and its people. But suppose she’s worth the airmiles? Or is she barking up the wrong tree? More »

Themes: Campaigning / Green / Rights. Posted by Richard D North on May 25th, 2009

UN admits Israel did not shell Gaza school

Why we posted this: It’s official: the Israeli military did not – as widely reported at the time – shell a United Nations school in Gaza, killing 43 in its grounds. Time for an apology by the reporters? More »

Themes: Campaigning / Green / Interrogating the Media / Media / Politics. Posted by Richard D North on February 4th, 2009

Class warfare and flying

Why we posted this: George Monbiot is quite funny – if a tad over the top – on the way the middle classes are taking most of the advantage of cheap flights. But the squabble over flying is also mostly a middle class affair – like most arguments. More »

Themes: Campaigning / Global Warming / Green / Money / Rights. Posted by Richard D North on January 14th, 2009

A crackdown on protest – why not?

Why we posted this: The idea that protest is almost always good and being strict with it almost always bad is not necessarily sensible. So why shouldn’t the UK government consider blocking a legal loophole used by lawyers and juries to let protesters off? More »

Themes: Campaigning / Food / Green / Politics / Rights. Posted by Richard D North on December 31st, 2008

Greenpeace guilty of criminal disingenuousness?

Why we posted this: Greenpeace have again exploited a legal loophole which makes it impossible to curtail their “right” to damage property. More »

Themes: Campaigning / Green / Media / Rights / Society / Truth & Trust. Posted by Paul Seaman on September 11th, 2008

Blimey, now the PRs are fighting each other over Georgia

Why we posted this: Public relations people are supposed to be like lawyers, aren’t they? They don’t have to agree with their clients’ messages or be too fussy who they work for. The system may have suffered some collateral damage in Russia’s “August War” in Georgia. More »

Themes: Campaigning / Media / Politics / Rights / The Good Corporation / Truth & Trust. Posted by Paul Seaman on September 6th, 2008

International kangaroo court?

Why we posted this: we all have to work out whether we agree that “the international community” can impose justice on leaders who abuse human rights. It’s not as obvious as you may think. More »

Themes: Campaigning / Media / Rights. Posted by Richard D North on August 4th, 2008

International justice – or a cock-up?

Why we posted this: You can’t have too much international law – right? Wrong. Whilst one hopes for a nice global order of decency, it may be wise to let things stay untidy. More »

Themes: Campaigning / Politics / Rights. Posted by Richard D North on July 9th, 2008