Privatising Syria

11 Mar

My last political post till April. On Wednesday I leave for Taiwan, so expect only pretty pictures and non controversial words until I return to blighty and the battle for – I don’t much care for postmodernism – truth. Two … Read More »

Graun for regime change in Moscow

10 Mar

Given an alarming intensifying of Russia bashing on virtually every front, however ridiculous, I recommend Kit’s piece today in OffGuardian: The alleged poisoning of ex-MI6 agent Sergei Skripal has caused the Russophobic MSM to go into overdrive. Nowhere is the … Read More »

THE must-read on Syria

9 Mar

Readers of my posts on Syria know that my views on its seven year ordeal could not be further from those of mainstream media. They aren’t much closer to those of their audiences, though of late I’ve noted a growing … Read More »

The Wave, Arizona

7 Mar

My denunciations of America – with “the planet’s most rapacious capitalism” at the kinder end of the spectrum –  refer to its ruling class, not its people. But here’s a thought. Their country’s diversity of climate, and plethora of mind-blowing … Read More »

May tells property dodgers: do your duty!

5 Mar

Capitalism frequently embarrasses its more thin-skinned defenders: a group that, I kid you not, can include leading Conservative politicians. I’m sure Ted Heath, the Tories’ first non aristocratic leader, really meant it when in 1973 he castigated a sanctions-busting Lonhro, … Read More »

And again in snow …

28 Feb

The last half mile of yesterday’s walk brought snow, in light flurries to begin with. For thirty-six hours it fell, frequently a swirling white-out though with occasional breaks. Early this afternoon I kitted up: wellies, merino skinware, layers of down, … Read More »