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Jeremy Corbyn Wins Another Battle as the War Against His Labour Party Leadership Continues (Video)

It’s dizzying to try to keep up with the drama of British politics in the post-Brexit era as resignations and elections seem to never-endingly roll in. Through it all, however, one man has continued to weather the storm of betrayals and right-wing plots.

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 READ MORE


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Chilcot Report

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 ENLARGE

The Real Problem With the Iraq War: It Was Illegal

I won’t disguise my impatience with the release of the Chilcot Report on Britain’s involvement in the 2003-2016 Iraq War.

Posted on Jul 10, 2016 READ MORE

Grieving Sister of Slain British Soldier: Tony Blair Is ‘the World’s Worst Terrorist’ (Video)

In the wake of the release of the Chilcot Report, Sarah O’Connor, whose brother was killed in Iraq in 2005, delivered a stunning critique of former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Iraq War, Based on Lies, Rages On

In the wake of the Chilcot Report, there should be a serious effort to hold leaders like George W. Bush and Britain’s Tony Blair accountable for the ongoing death and destruction in Iraq and beyond.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE

Live at Truthdig: Does the U.S. Need Its Own Chilcot Report?

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sat down with his team for a live discussion on the ramifications of Britain’s Chilcot report.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

It’s Time for an Investigation Into George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq

The release of a long-awaited report on the United Kingdom’s role in the Iraq War is prompting renewed calls to try former Prime Minister Tony Blair for war crimes. And many are asking: What about the war’s principal promoter?

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE

Chilcot Report on Iraq War Is ‘Damning Verdict’ for Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair (Video)

The United Kingdom’s official inquiry into the Iraq War has revealed that former Prime Minister Tony Blair “deliberately exaggerated [the] threat from Iraq” and did not exhaust all possibilities before resorting to military action. After the report was released on Wednesday, current Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn issued an apology on behalf of his party for its role in the war. (Updated)

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE

Actor Danny DeVito Endorses Bernie Sanders in the U.S. and Jeremy Corbyn in the U.K. (Videos)

The Hollywood star weighed in on politics recently in a clip that went viral and even prompted Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to pitch a film idea.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE

Moammar Gadhafi Warned U.K.’s Tony Blair That Ousting Him Would Open the Door to Jihadis

Transcripts of two fraught telephone conversations between the men in 2011 show Gadhafi warning that his removal from power would enable jihadi groups to seize control of Libya and use it as a staging ground to attack Europe.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE

‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ Film Review: A Half-Baked Hollywood Version of a Great Documentary

David Gordon Green’s star-studded film is a middling comedy about the humdrum conflicts between American meddlers in Bolivia’s 2002 election. Meanwhile, the Bolivians in it are as invisible as most of the slaves in “Gone With the Wind.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges and John Ralston Saul Discuss Neoliberalism, False Populism and Donald Trump

“I think that the word ‘ideology’ has to be used very carefully. But when people come forward with rather simplistic truths—you already know you’re in trouble when they say they’ve got the truth—and they say: ‘This is what must happen. This is how things work. This is what dominates society.’ That’s an ideology.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Bush’s Lap Dog Tony Blair Can’t Even Apologize Correctly for Destabilizing the Middle East (Video)

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday reiterated some of his previous half-hearted “apologies” for illegally launching a war of aggression on Iraq in 2003.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE

Tony Blair Admits Iraq Invasion’s Role in the Rise of Islamic State

But Britain’s former prime minister offers no real apology for the 2003 invasion or the United Kingdom’s role in helping to remove Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Blew It: He Sold Out Instead of Confronting Clinton

In Tuesday’s debate, the Vermont senator fell into the trap of mainstream politics when he failed to face down the front-runner on her policy positions and record.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 READ MORE

Jeremy Corbyn to Apologize for Labour Party’s Role in Iraq War

Corbyn, a leading member of the Stop the War coalition and vociferous opponent of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s decision to drag the U.K. into the Iraq War, is expected to say that Labour will “never make the same mistake again.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Jeremy Corbyn, Fighter for Social Justice, Peace and Human Rights

Although his feet have barely touched the ground, the Labour Party’s new leader, a man of principle, is already reinvigorating British politics.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

How Left Wing Is Jeremy Corbyn Actually?

The recently elected head of the U.K. Labour Party has been called a “threat to national security” by British Prime Minister David Cameron and “old-fashioned” by former Prime Minister Tony Blair. But there’s something these establishment politicians are not revealing.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Jeremy Corbyn Set to Become Leader of the U.K.’s Labour Party, Against Huge Odds

Long marginalized by his party’s establishment, the unlikely outsider is set to usher in a return to Labour’s more radical values.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE

U.K. Candidate Says He Will Apologize for Labour Party Role in Iraq War If He’s Elected

Left-wing politician Jeremy Corbyn is making quite a stir as he takes the lead in the race to replace Ed Miliband as head of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE

The Great Game in the Holy Land

Almost all the current wars, uprisings and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by an increasingly frenzied competition to find, extract and market fossil fuels whose future consumption is guaranteed to lead to a set of cataclysmic environmental crises.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE

Can Tony Blair Mess Up Egypt Even Worse?

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has agreed to advise the government of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE

Could U.S. Military Action Worsen Sectarian Conflict in Iraq?

As Sunni militants continue their march across the country, Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged Monday that the U.S. is considering launching drone strikes in Iraq. “Democracy Now!” speaks with Iraqi-American political analyst Raed Jarrar for clarity on the developments.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Tony Blair’s Selfie: An Emblem of the Iraq War

A doctored photo of Britain’s former prime minister posing in front of exploding bombs may play a large role in how the Iraq War is recalled; beginning in January, millions of uninsured Americans will receive health coverage under Medicaid; meanwhile, the climate threat we should all be worried about is water scarcity. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE

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The Battleground of Thatcher’s Memory

Thousands of protesters gathered at London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday to celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher. The event marked the end of a bizarre and remarkable week in the U.K., characterized by a polarized response to the demise of the longest serving British prime minister in living memory. But the struggle to decide her legacy continues.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE

Photo by Desmond Kavanaugh (CC-BY-ND)

The ‘Unloved America’

Americans shouldn’t be looking for love abroad. The goal should be respect—and we already have that.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE

One Dove, One Hawk: The Night the Feathers Flew

“What you have witnessed,” recently elected British MP George Galloway said back in 2005, speaking of Christopher Hitchens’ support for the U.S.-Iraq War, “... is something unique in natural history: the first ever metamorphosis from a butterfly back into a slug.”

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

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This Billionaire Likes to Tinker With Government

The Wall Street Journal recently profiled Nicolas Berggruen, a billionaire who has apparently become fascinated with political gridlock and enamored with the smoke-filled room. What makes Berggruen interesting is his ability to summon personalities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joseph Stiglitz, Tony Blair and Condoleezza Rice. (more)

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 READ MORE

Tony Blair
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Blair Realizes Regret Over Iraq

With regret over the loss of life throughout and after the 2003 Iraq war, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has changed his tune of condolence, saying his historically unapologetic statements defending the war were misinterpreted.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE

John le Carré: Calling Out the Traitors

John le Carré, the former British spy turned spy novelist, has some grave words for Tony Blair. More than seven years after the invasion of Iraq, the former British prime minister, now out of office and touring the world pushing his political memoir, is encountering serious protests at his book signings.

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 READ MORE

Tony Blair’s Journey

When a high-profile politician is in office, self-disclosure comes at too high a price, however carefully orchestrated it might be. But now that Blair has left 10 Downing Street, the former British prime minister is telling his story—and trying to protect his legacy—in a new memoir.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE

Bollywood Jesus

Today on the list: How human beings could have made the universe, the movement to move Tony Blair’s memoirs to the crime section, the Social Security con and the Bollywood movie ... about Jesus.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE

Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Looming Doom for the Dems?

Is it all over for Obama or can he revive and ride his ’08 caravan of hope through the upcoming midterm election, not to mention his next presidential bid? Does anyone still think invading Iraq wasn’t a mistake, now that our combat troops have “withdrawn”?

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

AP / Jason Reed, Pool

Mideast Peace Within a Year?

The mood in Washington on Thursday, the first day of revived peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, was decidedly optimistic, with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ...

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Paul Morse

Tony Blair Stands by Bush, Iraq War

The former British prime minister’s fall from boy wonder to lapdog caricature has a lot to do with George W. Bush and their shared Iraq adventure. In his new autobiography, normally the place for reflection and re-evaluation, Blair defends both his relationship with the American president and the mess in Mesopotamia.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Paul White

Good Luck With the Whole Gaza List Thing, Tony Blair

Hey, it’s Tony Blair! Remember him? The former British PM now bears the somewhat unlikely title of special peace envoy to the Middle East, and he’s getting down to business on a project having to do with lists, supplies and Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Simon Dawson

Gordon Brown Says He’ll Step Down

Who’ll rule Britannia? That remains to be seen, exactly, as several unsolved variables are still in play after last week’s election, but no matter how the power-sharing configuration takes shape, one thing’s for sure: Prime Minister Gordon Brown won’t be part of it.

Posted on May 10, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Paul Morse

Inquiring Brits Want to Talk to Bush and Friends

That U.K. inquiry into the Iraq war has already spoken to two prime ministers, but Sir John Chilcot’s panel would like an American take on things. Senior officials from George W. Bush’s administration, and maybe even W himself, have been cordially invited to give evidence.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / anikarenina

Archbishop Chides Blair on Iraq

The archbishop of Canterbury has some choice words for Tony Blair. The public intellectual criticized Blair’s lack of empathy and his defensive posturing regarding recent inquiries into the Iraq war, declaring the former prime minister to be “one of the most un-Dostoevskian characters in Britain.” Ouch.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Jones

Tony Blair Ignored Iraq Warning, Top General Says

Add Maj. Gen. Tim Cross to that growing list of people who foresaw disaster in Iraq but were ignored. The senior British liaison to the U.S. reconstruction effort warned his prime minister before the invasion that insufficient postwar planning would lead to chaos. The rest is history. (continued)

Posted on Dec 7, 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

White House Archive / Paul Morse

Tony Blair Isn’t Conservative Enough to Be President of Europe

The former British prime minister took a hit after France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany’s Angela Merkel agreed over dinner at the Élysée Palace (oh to be a fly on that wall) that the first president of the European Council ought to be more of a right-winger. (continued)

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE

World Economic Forum

Tony Blair, President of Europe?

If all goes according to plan, the European Union will soon have a new honcho, and it looks as if the former British prime minister is the front-runner. But the bloom is definitely off the rose, Tony Blair having been such a Bush lappie during the Iraq war. Even in view of the former PM’s pro-war stance, Europe’s conservatives are the ones miffed at the idea of Blair possibly becoming the “president of Europe.”

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE

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

AP photo / Susan Walsh

Middle East Peace Agreement ‘Within the Year’

According to ex-British prime minister turned Middle East envoy Tony Blair, a Mideast peace deal is possible “within the year.” Following President Obama’s speech in Cairo and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s response in which he finally agreed to the creation of a Palestinian state (under very tight conditions), Blair is confident that with continued discussions and proper mediation Israelis and Palestinians can come to an agreement.

Posted on Jun 18, 2009 READ MORE

Prince Charles and Nouri al-Maliki
AP pool photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth

British Government Gives Iraq Story a Final Spin

“We acknowledge,” the letter says, “that violence has claimed the lives of many thousands of Iraqi civilians over the last five years, either through terrorism or sectarian violence. Any loss of innocent lives is tragic and the Government is committed to ensuring that civilian casualties are avoided. Insurgents and terrorists are not, I regret to say, so scrupulous.”

Posted on May 2, 2009 READ MORE

Tony Blair

Tony Blair Goes Gaga for God

As Britain’s prime minister, Tony Blair played down his religious passions, but he confesses to the BBC, “I’m really and always have been in a way more interested in religion than politics.”  Now that he’s a free man, Blair is launching something called the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which hopes to bring people of different religions together. You could always start by not bombing them.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009 READ MORE

Rafah burning
AP photo / Eyad Baba

Who Believes There Is ‘Progress’ in the Middle East?

If reporting is, as I suspect, a record of mankind’s folly, then the end of 2008 is proving my point.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008 READ MORE

Horrors of War Our Leaders Never Have to Confront

I’m not sure of this, but I think—I suspect and feel—that the Great War, the war of 1914-1918, is beginning to dominate our lives even more than the terrible and infinitely more costly conflict of 1939-1945. The Second World War may haunt our lives. The First World War, it seems to me, imprisons us all.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 READ MORE

Rove at Yalta

Karl Rove’s Ukrainian Sojourn

Since Karl Rove skipped out on his subpoena to appear before the House Judiciary Committee last month, the whereabouts of Bush’s longtime political strategist have emerged—Rove was in Crimea, Ukraine, for the fifth annual Yalta European Strategy summit. Also in attendance: former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE

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