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05.01.16: The Deep End

Maduro gave a speech today outside of the Miraflores Palace in Caracas in which he addressed the looming recall referendum vote against him, and urged his supporters to remain steadfast by his side in the coming months. 1,055 more words

Daily Update

Gangland killings timeline:

April 25 2016: Thomas Farnham (37) shot dead by a lone masked gunman in Clondalkin, west Dublin. Motive unclear.

April 25 2016: Michael Barr (35) shot dead by two masked men at a bar in Ballybough, north inner city Dublin. 8,969 more words


The bodyguard

Mai stood still besides Zlhna’s chair as the woman wove her magic. The audience watched in awe and that was who Mai watched – the watchers. 222 more words


To whom is the UK government accountable?

The question seems simple and the answer seems obvious. Yes, the UK government is accountable. If we understand being accountable as fitting one of the four types that Lord Sharman recommended, then it appears accountable. 1,149 more words


Debunking the Notion of Good Wars

In the following video author David Swanson discusses his book War is a Lie. As a long time anti-war campaigner, Swanson’s purpose is to demolish the widespread belief that some wars (eg the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War and World War II) are “good wars. 165 more words

Things That Aren't What They Seem

What If John Wilkes Booth Had Lived?

As President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train wound its way through the northern United States in late April 1865, Americans learned that the two-week manhunt for Lincoln’s assassination abruptly ended when… 780 more words



My foray into non-fiction has led me down some interesting paths.  I mentioned that I was now interested to find out more about America and its links to Britain during the Cold War. 169 more words