A bloody writer writes: My patience is at an end

A really interesting discussion on wrier Hari Kunzru’s Facebook page over the weekend, with contributions from Salil Tripathi, Manick Govinda, William Dalrymple and others on Hari’s changing view of cultural sanctions on Israel since the start of the assault on Gaza. Hari wrote how he had been tipped over the edge by a few hideous … More A bloody writer writes: My patience is at an end

Adumbration: Impotent spooks & nationalist kooks with big missiles

“Russia’s intelligence community is simply pandering to killer thugs in Eastern Ukraine in the dumb hope that engagement will pass for real influence. (Ref: Pakistani ISS spooks and the Taliban) Meanwhile Putin persists with the dumb hope that daily FSB reports on violent neighbourhood chaos that keeps other powers at bay will pass as a geopolitical strategy. (Ref: Pakistan and Afghanistan). Moscow thinks that managing the fallout from a long war is a desirable alternative to a long march to a lasting peace settlement (Ref: Israel). But unlike Israel, Russia is simply finding ways to manage its own impotence.” … More Adumbration: Impotent spooks & nationalist kooks with big missiles

Surveillance: Guns for hire

“In light of the absence of guidelines and oversight, together with its clandestine nature, this technology is uniquely vulnerable to misuse, By analyzing the tools and their proliferation at the hands of companies like Hacking Team and Gamma Group, we hope to support efforts to ensure that these tools are used in an accountable way, and not to violate basic principles of human rights and rule of law.” … More Surveillance: Guns for hire

Blustering Colombo winds up the United Nations once too often

I thought it would come to nothing, but I was proven wrong. I underestimated the power of Colombo’s bluster to lose friends and influence where it mattered. The UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva has voted to conduct an independent investigation into Sri Lanka’s conduct of the closing years of its long and bloody war … More Blustering Colombo winds up the United Nations once too often

Ukraine’s government puts on a bad show ahead of OSCE summit

Already devalued by its members’ current records on rights issues from surveillance to homophobia, the principles of the Organisation for Security & Cooperation in Europe will be further tested at its summit in Kiev this week, as demonstrators pack its streets and its Ukrainian hosts violently flout the body’s own guidelines on rights to peaceful protest and media freedom. … More Ukraine’s government puts on a bad show ahead of OSCE summit