Ian Birrell is a former deputy editor of the Independent/UK
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Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 9:39am
Gaza Grabs the Headlines as Congo Once More Descends into Chaos
Once again, the apparently insoluble struggle between Israel and Palestine has flared up before flickering into uneasy standoff. As usual, world leaders issued fierce warnings, diplomats flew in and the media flooded the region to cover the mayhem as both sides spewed out the empty cliches of conflict.
Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 10:15am
The War on Drugs War is Lost. Now It's Time for a Rational Response
Four decades ago, Richard Nixon was casting around for a new enemy to shore up support for his unique brand of uncompassionate conservatism. Having risen to national prominence as an anti-communist campaigner, then turned his attention to crime, he found a new foe in the counterculture.