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The Daily Telegraph ‘defends’ gay rights in Ecuador

The Daily Telegraph has discovered gay rights. Not in Britain, where it has argued against the legalization of gay marriage, but in Ecuador:
As well as a poor record on free speech, Ecuador is accused of failing to meet other human rights.
Until 1998, homosexuality was illegal and despite legalising same-sex unions in 2008, there have […]

Reuters misquotes Cameron on Putin and Syria

What David Cameron said (quote begins at 02:37):
Now of course there remain differences over sequencing the exact shape of how the transition takes place, but it is welcome that President Putin has been explicit: he is not locked into Assad remaining in charge in Syria.
What Reuters claimed he said:
There remain differences over sequencing and the […]

Syria - Dead bodies and laughter

As reports emerged of a possible massacre of 80 men, women and children in a village near Hama, this 31-second video of dead bodies was posted on Youtube. At the end of the video the men filming the bodies burst out laughing. Did the “activists” forget to edit that part out? Not to worry, their […]

Dan Rather is a tree

All available evidence indicates that the above statement is completely and utterly false. That puts it on a par with Dan Rather’s description of Hugo Chavez as a “dictator.”
Trees don’t file news reports. And dictators don’t hold regular, free and fair elections. Given Rather’s confusion on this simple political matter, his medical exclusive that Chavez […]

Plus ça change, plus ce n’est pas la même chose

The train from Cambridge slowly pulled into the newly rebuilt and refurbished King’s Cross station.
“It’s not the same now it’s changed, is it?” said an elderly passenger.

Gaddafi ‘regrets he stopped developing nuclear weapons’

When the United States and Britain invaded Iraq in 2003, a number of people pointed out what a terrible message this sent to the world about nuclear weapons. Iraq had dismantled its WMD programmes and it was invaded. North Korea had developed a rudimentary nuclear device and got negotiations. So, if you don’t want to […]

What if Libya’s rebels keep fighting?

Thursday’s Security Council resolution on Libya is both sweeping and limited.
Sweeping: It authorizes all necessary means to enforce a no-fly zone and to protect civilians.
Limited: It does not authorize warfare to overthrow Gaddafi’s government and it upholds the ban on supplying arms to anyone in Libya, including the rebels.
That ban on arms is reportedly […]

Libya - It’s got nothing to do with humanitarianism

Every once in a while the clouds of propaganda part and, for a brief moment, clarity shines through. One of these moments (political activist and comedian Robert Newman is rather fond of this one) came in July 2002 when The Times forgot the official line and excitedly blurted out the naked truth about the impending […]

Glenn Beck thinks (about China) outside the reality box

“Whether it’s true or not … no longer matters” - Glen Beck
Glenn hasn’t been studying his diagram:

If you want to criticize anyone for woolly thinking about anything, Glenn Beck is very, very low-hanging fruit. We should all just ignore him and hope he goes away. But, like everyone else, I have finally succumbed to temptation.
Shanghaiist […]

Why Le Duc Tho refused his Nobel Peace Prize

On Friday, the BBC’s website published the very surpising claim that in 1973 Vietnam’s Le Duc Tho rejected his Nobel Peace Prize “without explanation”.
It’s surprising because Le Duc Tho wrote to the Norwegian Nobel Prize Committee at the time giving clear and precise reasons for rejecting the prize and these reasons were widely reported. I […]