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Discrediting The Lancet

Medical journal The Lancet last week reported the number of dead in Iraq since the 2003 invasion as 655,000. I treated this figure with suspicion upon its release. I’m no expert on statistics, but a very similar study concluded that

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Beware the tide of marchers

In addition to my esteemed visit, Manchester also played host on Saturday to an anti-war march. 60,000 protesters (at least, according to the organisers – the police put the figure more at 20,000) walked through the city to oppose, oooh,

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Knock me down with a feather, Clever Trevor

I had the pleasure this morning of listening to John Humphrys interviewing Abu Izzadeen on the Today programme. Abu Izzadeen (also known as Omar or Trevor Brooks) was the protester who on Wednesday heckled Home Secretary John Reid during a

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At last, something good happens in Iraq

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the serial beheading, Islamofascist barbarian leader of the Iraqi franchise of al-Qaeda, has been killed in a US air strike. This is great news for the Iraqi people, their fledgling government and anyone who wants to see

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Clarity versus incoherence in the Iraq debate

Two very different viewpoints on Iraq today. Firstly, an unapologetic piece by the essential Oliver Kamm: We were right to invade Iraq. (This article also appears in today’s Guardian.) Kamm is always an intriguing read, being a self-declared left-wing supporter

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Hunger strike cancelled due to extreme hunger

Couldn’t let this pass without comment: Saddam Hussein has ended his hunger strike after 11 days. For “health reasons”. In other words, he was fucking starving. That’s the trouble with deliberately denying yourself food – it does tend to be

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Stuck between Iraq and a hard place

There seems to be a never-ending stream of stories about bad news in Iraq: every day there’s another suicide bomb and the impression that the whole country is descending further and further into violent anarchy with every passing hour. Maybe

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