Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins is a journalist and author. He writes for the Guardian as well as broadcasting for the BBC. He has edited the Times and the London Evening Standard

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 7:05am
Philip Seymour Hoffman and a Double Standard over Drugs
Anyone who saw Philip Seymour Hoffman in the film A Late Quartet could sense an accident on its way to happening. We now know that the actor and the tortured violinist he portrayed were close to the same person.
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Monday, December 30, 2013 - 2:42pm
The Volgograd Bombs Are a Warning over Olympic Excess
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 7:30am
So The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear? After David Miranda We Now Know Where This Leads
You've had your fun: now we want the stuff back. With these words the British government embarked on the most bizarre act of state censorship of the internet age.
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Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 1:17pm
NSA Surveillance Revelations: Osama Bin Laden Would Love This
Washington has handed Osama bin Laden his last and greatest triumph. The Prism files revealed in the Guardian indicate how far his bid to undermine western values has succeeded
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Friday, November 4, 2011 - 9:08am
America's Itch to Brawl Has a New Target – But Bombs Can't Conquer Iran
This time there will be no excuses. Plans for British support for an American assault on Iran , revealed in today's Guardian, are appalling. They would risk what even the "wars of 9/11" did not bring: a Christian-Muslim armageddon engulfing the region.
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Friday, June 17, 2011 - 9:53am
Eisenhower's Worst Fears Came True. We Invent Enemies to Buy the Bombs
Why do we still go to war? We seem unable to stop. We find any excuse for this post-imperial fidget and yet we keep getting trapped. Germans do not do it, or Spanish or Swedes. Britain's borders and British people have not been under serious threat for a generation. Yet time and again our leaders crave battle. Why?
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 9:00am
'No-Fly Zone' is a Euphemism for War. We'd Be Mad to Try It
Happy days are back for the sofa strategists and beltway bombardiers . After the miseries of Iraq and Afghanistan, a Libyan no-fly zone is just the tonic they need. If you zero in from carrier A, you can take out the Tripoli air defences while carrier B zaps the mercenary bases and carrier C zooms with special forces to secure the oilfields.
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Monday, November 29, 2010 - 10:53am
US Embassy Cables: The Job of the Media is Not to Protect the Powerful from Embarrassment
Is it justified? Should a newspaper disclose virtually all a nation's secret diplomatic communication, illegally downloaded by one of its citizens? The reporting in the Guardian of the first of a selection of 250,000 US state department cables marks a recasting of modern diplomacy. Clearly, there is no longer such a thing as a safe electronic archive, whatever computing's snake-oil salesmen claim. No organisation can treat digitised communication as confidential. An electronic secret is a contradiction in terms.
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 4:29pm
A Trillion-Dollar Catastrophe. Yes, Iraq Was a Headline War
Today the Iraq war was declared over by Barack Obama . As his troops return home, Iraqis are marginally freer than in 2003, and considerably less secure. Two million remain abroad as refugees from seven years of anarchy, with another 2 million internally displaced. Ironically, almost all Iraqi Christians have had to flee. Under western rule, production of oil – Iraq's staple product – is still below its pre-invasion level, and homes enjoy fewer hours of electricity.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 3:59pm
The 'War on Terror' Licenses a New Stupidity in Geopolitics
Nothing and nobody can stop bombs going off. No citizen, no police force, no army, no government and no global military alliance can prevent a determined suicide bomber from blowing himself up. It will happen and innocent people will die as a result, horribly, as they do on the roads, from drugs and alcohol, or from natural disasters - again without responsible authority being able to stop it.
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