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AB105: the large rules of 2013
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Bionomics > Economics
Stephen Collis on innovation and disaster
Scott Atran at the start of Hamas
Darren Fleet on monetary algorithms long past wild
Franco “Bifo” Berardi on imagination
Gareth Peirce on why we torture
Pankaj Mishra at the CIA in Iran
Binyavanga Wainaina on Saving the kids of Africa
Welcoming within the 12 months of the Snake

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If not, why? From where will food and freedom come? Richard Neville is an Australian writer and troublemaker. In August 2001, the Howard government of Australia refused permission for a Norwegian freighter carrying 438 rescued refugees from 12-10-19 4:34 PM canada still stand for something? -Gen. Romeo Dallaire hadn’t been so screwed up from the UNAMIR mission in Rwanda, he could have run for Prime Minister of Canada and won. In 1994, as Canada’s UN peacekeeping mandate entered its twilight, he was the poster boy for what was still possible within the politics of humanitarian altruism, and by extension what was possible in Canada.

Protests by Russia, Iran’s neighbour and Britain’s great rival in the region, sank this particular arrangement; Reuter had other irons in the fire anyway. Coming only eight years after the British occupation of Egypt, the award of the tobacco concession struck al-Afghani as ominous. Expelled from Iran by the shah, he kept up a barrage of letters to leading Shiite clerics in the shrine cities of Mesopotamia, asking them to rouse themselves out of their apathy and move against the shah. A few months later, Shirazi wrote his first ever letter to the shah on a political subject, denouncing foreign banks and their growing power over the Muslim population as well as the commercial concessions given to Europeans.

And there is little sign in the mainstream press here or in the US that anyone is paying attention to de Bellaigue or any other knowledgable writers on Iran. At the same time, liberal opinion ignores the effects that sanctions have on ordinary citizens, just as they did in the 1950s, and governments choose not to see that they offer a lifeline to a semidiscredited regime by radically shrinking the possibilities for any political or economic change – which is why the Green Movement strongly opposes them.

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