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British Alt Rocker: Kids, It’s Time to Get Political

After England’s summer of unrest, Billy Bragg, folk- and punk-rock icon of the British protesting classes, recalls the musicians who politicized him after London’s 1976 Notting Hill riots and summons a new generation of artists to raise their voices against social and political convention. (more)

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 READ MORE


Tony Blair
Flickr / World Economic Forum

Blair: ‘I’d Do It Again’

Sticking with a position that appears based more on pride than empirical reasoning, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair waded through six hours of questioning at an inquiry in London with a resilient defense of the decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


Tony Blair
Flickr / World Economic Forum

Blair Would Have Invaded Iraq Even Without WMD Issue

No longer in public office, Tony Blair has acknowledged in a BBC interview that he would have invaded Iraq and disposed of Saddam Hussein with or without evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

Posted on Dec 12, 2009 READ MORE


Tony Blair
Flickr / World Economic Forum

Blair Bows Out of EU Race

In a surprising last-minute move, Tony Blair has dropped out of the race for the European Council’s presidency, a position for which he was an early favorite.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE


tony
AP / Sang Tan

Blair for EU President?

Tony Blair has apparently set his sights across the English Channel, as he is a contender to become the first president of the European Union. While he has yet to officially announce his candidacy, the British government has already declared its support for Blair, and he is seen as a front-runner for the position.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009 READ MORE


British Foreign Secretary Criticizes ‘War on Terror’

David Miliband has written a sour review of the “war on terror,” challenging the worldview pushed by George W. Bush and Miliband’s former boss, Tony Blair. War is not the answer, Miliband warns. Instead, “We must respond to terrorism by championing the rule of law, not subordinating it. ... We must uphold our commitments to human rights and civil liberties at home and abroad.”

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Rina Castelnuovo, pool

Obama Will Back Israel

The president-elect has struggled to stay out of the Gaza fight, but based on everything he said during the campaign, he appears determined to stand up for Israel.

Posted on Jan 8, 2009 READ MORE



CIA

Obama Picks Top Spies

The president-elect has reportedly chosen Leon Panetta to head the CIA and retired Adm. Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence. Both men bring a mixed bag. Panetta is an experienced bureaucrat, but he’s no James Bond. Blair has been praised for his terrorist-fighting skills, but he was criticized for a supposed conflict of interest that benefited defense contractors.

Posted on Jan 5, 2009 READ MORE


Stewart and Blair

Blair Shows His Charmingly Imperialist Side

Tony Blair went to “The Daily Show” to talk about politics but found himself defending the Iraq war much more than he might have liked. The former politician, who still seems desperate to sell the nobility of invading and occupying Iraq, also managed to include some of the tired 9/11 rhetoric from Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign.

Posted on Sep 19, 2008 READ MORE



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New York Times Up for Grabs?

There was the Jason Blair scandal, the Judith Miller WMD fiasco, the John McCain (yawn) brouhaha and the appointment of neocon “never-get-it-right” William Kristol as an Op-Ed columnist, to mention a few New York Times blunders. All that and a shareholders’ assault make the Sulzbergers’ lock on ownership of The New York Times seem not entirely impregnable, explains Vanity Fair’s Michael Wolff.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


Tony Blair

Blair’s Closeted Christianity

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair reveals why he kept a lid on his “profound” religious faith while in office: “You talk about [faith] in our system and, frankly, people do think you’re a nutter.”

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE


Bush’s Best Friends

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Posted on Nov 18, 2007 READ MORE


Guy Fawkes
AP photo / John D. McHugh

Commemorating ‘Counterterrorism Day’

Has the meaning of Guy Fawkes Day changed, for this particular moment, in England?  A holiday that traditionally had more to do with celebrating the squelching of a plot to blast England’s government to smithereens may take on a different significance these days, according to Harper’s columnist Scott Harper.

Posted on Nov 5, 2007 READ MORE


Bush praying
whitehouse.gov

Bush’s Holy War

In this thought-provoking opinion piece from the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper, writer Correlli Barnett points out how, in waging his own brand of holy war, Bush (and, by extension, former British PM Tony Blair) failed to comprehend crucial lessons about war that historical examples have repeatedly borne out. 

Posted on Sep 15, 2007 READ MORE


Blair
news.bbc.co.uk

Blair Takes Mideast Job

According to the Irish prime minister, Tony Blair has agreed to serve the quartet—the U.S., the U.N., the EU and Russia—as a special envoy to the Mideast. Earlier reports suggested that Blair bristled at the limited scope of the position, but an aide says the outgoing British prime minister was eager to take the job and continue to work on the world stage.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Carter Disses Blair and Bush

Former President Jimmy Carter is not a fan of the Bush administration’s approach to international relations, calling it “the worst in history” in a recent interview.  While he was at it, Carter took aim at British Prime Minister Tony Blair (above, with Bush), calling his compliance with Bush’s policies “a major tragedy for the world.” 

Posted on May 20, 2007 READ MORE


Blair’s Bittersweet Exit

British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s announcement that he’s stepping down won’t quell the anger felt on so much of the antiwar left. But my own reaction is a deep sadness that he tarnished a formidable legacy.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE


Controversial Report Prevails in Iraqi Death Toll Dispute

British officials won’t publicly question the results of a study that put the estimated Iraqi death toll at 655,000—that’s more than 500 deaths per day—since the beginning of the war.  The dispute over the study, published in The Lancet in October, centered on its methods and the large disparity between its estimates and Iraqi government figures.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


Blair and Bush

Blair Is Urged to Press Bush to Avoid Iran War

Tony Blair is coming under intense domestic pressure to convince Bush to enter talks with Iran—and avoid a war with “unthinkable” consequences.

Posted on Feb 5, 2007 READ MORE


Allies Condemn Saddam Hanging

Adding to a growing chorus of disapproval emanating from Europe, Tony Blair’s official spokesman has said Saddam Hussein’s execution “shouldn’t have happened in that way.” Earlier, Gordon Brown, the man widely expected to be Britain’s next prime minister, said the hanging was “completely unacceptable,” calling it a “deplorable set of events.”

Posted on Jan 7, 2007 READ MORE


Baghdad Diary: Another Planet

As the UK’s Tony Blair extols incipient Iraqi democracy from inside the sheltered Green Zone, the security situation outside—in the “Red Zone”—further deteriorates, making a mockery of Blair’s optimistic prattle.

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


Darfur camp
ICRC.org

Sudan Rejects Darfur Proposals

Sudan was unimpressed by threats from the U.S. and Britain to adopt alternative measures, including a proposed no-fly zone, to address the worsening humanitarian crisis in Darfur, where the U.N. estimates around 200,000 people have died.  Meanwhile, Khartoum continues to prevent U.N. peacekeepers from entering the country.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


bush and blair
nytimes.com

Bush Stalls on Iraq Report

With Tony Blair by his side, the president was careful on Thursday to laud the Iraq Study Group’s report, but maintain his stance on troop withdrawals and diplomacy.  In particular, Bush said he would not compromise on preconditions for talks with Syria and Iran.

Posted on Dec 7, 2006 READ MORE


Tony Blair
politics.co.uk

Blair Moves to Update Nukes

Tony Blair intends to modernize Britain’s nuclear arsenal, including the U.S.-made missiles and nuclear-powered submarines that deliver them.  But the prime minister will have to survive the misgivings of his own party, with critics questioning the utility of nuclear weapons against suicide bombers.

Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE


Tony Blair
news.bbc.co.uk

Blair Backpedals Over Iraq ‘Disaster’ Remark

After Tony Blair agreed with an interviewer that the violence in Iraq since invasion has been a “disaster,” his representatives on Downing Street insisted that the prime minister was simply being polite.

Posted on Nov 18, 2006 READ MORE


Tony Blair
Scotsman.com

Britain’s Alleged Torture Hypocrisy

A new report from Human Rights Watch accuses the British government of softening protections against torture, abdicating its responsibility to pressure the U.S. against the practice and knowingly deporting terror suspects to countries where they are likely to suffer abuse.

Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


Blair Chats Up Olmert and Abbas

Tony Blair has been busy, meeting with both Mahmoud Abbas and Ehud Olmert in recent days?all while fending off controversy at home over when he?ll step down.  For their part, the Palestinian president and Israeli prime minister have agreed to meet with each other.

Posted on Sep 10, 2006 READ MORE


UK’s Blair to Resign in 2007, Says Paper

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told aides that he will step down as the leader of his party on May 31, 2007, and resign as prime minister on July 26, according to the British tabloid The Sun. He had already announced he would not seek a fourth term in office, but this is the first news of a specific resignation date.

Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


Tony Blair

Blair on Lebanon

Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell challenged Tony Blair?s stance on Lebanon during the last ?Prime Minister?s Questions.?  Blair defended his government?s position regarding the conflict, despite growing pressure in Europe to take a harder line toward Israel.

Posted on Jul 25, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: In Politics, Comedy and Tragedy

George Bush at the G8, Katherine Harris in Florida,  Joe Lieberman in Connecticut, Ralph Reed in Georgia, and good old Tom DeLay in the grand state of Texas ...  so bad they’re almost funny.

Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: What Bush’s Open Mike Revealed

In the midst of a Middle Eastern crisis that threatens to destabilize the entire region and perhaps beyond, it was unnerving that what most seemed to interest President Bush at the G8 summit is that China is a long flight from western Russia.

Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


‘Yo Bush!’ Tony Blair Mocked as U.S. Poodle

Responding to Monday’s “open mike” incident in Russia, The Guardian said Blair “all but offers to carry [Condoleezza Rice’s] bags” to the Middle East (Bush denied him), revealing Blair’s subservient role in the relationship. (article, British press reactions)

  • Not to mention the fact that Bush carried on the conversation about one of the most dangerous powder kegs in the world while chewing with an open mouth and barely looking at Blair.
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    Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    Stewart Makes a Prophetic Bush-Merkel Sexual Joke

    “The Daily Show” host was just being playful last night when he joked that President Bush could have been caught on the open mike talking about German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “camel toe” (a lewd sexual reference). But in light of the just-publicized unsolicited massage Bush gave to Merkel, Stewart is looking prophetic all of a sudden.

    Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush and Blair

    Open Mike Catches Bush Blaming Syria for Hezbollah Escalation

    At the G8 summit for world leaders, President Bush was caught on a live microphone telling Tony Blair that he held Syria accountable for Hezbollah’s actions against Israel.
    “What they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it’s over,” Bush told Blair while chewing on a buttered roll.
    Important: This is not a hypocrisy alert. Bush’s unguarded statements were for the most part consistent with his public ones. But it’s still a fascinating glimpse into his manner of interaction with America’s closest ally.

  • Article
  • Best video/audio/transcript combo: CNN.com (The video link “The sh_t hear ‘round the world” in the center of the page—not linkable)

  • Blogger reaction:

  • The Carpetbagger Report: “The president often comes across as an unsophisticated simpleton in public…but incidents like this…suggest Bush is even less impressive in private.
  • Juan Cole: Bush’s comments “astonishingly simple-minded”
  •  

    Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE


    DemocracyFest
    From DemocracyFest

    Join Democracy Fest 2006!

    Shameless plug alert: Truthdig managing editor Blair Golson will be co-hosting a panel on alternative media at this weekend’s DemocracyFest in San Diego. Tickets for the conference are going fast. Panelists and speakers include Howard Dean, Al Franken, comedian Marc Maron, Democratic strategist Dave Sirota and BuzzFlash Editor Mark Karlin.

    Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Rumor: Tony Blair Will Step Down

    The British leader has been battered in the polls as of late, and in the UK it’s a lot easier to remove a head of government than it is here. AMERICAblog has the gossip (and that’s all it is now.)

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Mark Danner
    From MarkDanner.com

    Mark Danner Waves the Smoking Gun

    New Yorker staff writer and Berkeley professor Mark Danner has a new book exploring America’s scandalous indifference to the Downing Street Memo—the “smoking gun” that all but proves Bush was set on going to war in Iraq eight months before the actual invasion.

  • Read the Buzzflash interview

  • Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Ned Lamont
    From nedlamont.com

    Ned Lamont: The Truthdig Interview

    The wealthy cable entrepreneur and darling of the progressive blogosphere discusses his antiwar primary challenge against Connecticut’s pro-war Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman. “The state party brass, they don’t like primaries. Competition is a little unsettling to them.”

    Posted on Apr 25, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Postwar Iraq Strategy a Mess, Tony Blair Was Told

    According to leaked secret memos, top advisors to the British leader gave him explicit warnings three years ago that the U.S. had “No leadership, no strategy, no coordination, no structure and [was] inaccessible to ordinary Iraqis.”
    Not that this kind of thing shocks us anymore, but still it’s eye-opening when it’s confirmed by a staunch ally.
    Daily Kos tees off on this.

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Tony Blair
    John Thys / AFP

    Blair May Tap MP Phones

    The British prime minister is planning on scrapping a 40-year ban on tapping MPs’ telephones. The soon-to-be tapped are jolly cross. | story

    Posted on Jan 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Ex-Top Soldier: Impeach Blair Over Iraq

    Says Blair “should not be allowed to walk away from” going to war on ultimately false grounds | more

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


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