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| June 24, 2013

Politics, the media and the anti-war movement

The People v Tony Blair: Politics, the media and the anti-war movement

by Chris Nineham
(Zero Books,
2013;
$14.95)

On Tuesday, March 11 2003, British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon phoned Donald Rumsfeld, his opposite number in the U.S., and told him Britain might not participate in the invasion of Iraq. "We in Britain are having political difficulties," he said, "real difficulties, more than you might realise." He explained that there was a real chance an upcoming vote in parliament would go against the war, in which case Britain would have to 'disconnect' its troops from the operation. That night, Donald Rumsfeld went public about Blair's problems at a televised White House press conference, admitting Britain might not be showing up for the invasion. He reassured the media "there are workarounds." Blair, Hoon and their colleagues were furious.

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Danielle Smith
| September 18, 2012
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Course à la chefferie du NPD : Mulcair reçoit le baiser de la mort de Québec/Canada Inc

English version available here.

MONTRÉAL - Un article d'André Pratte, chef de l'Éditorial à La Presse, posté sur son blog le 5 mars 2012, a attiré mon attention. Il était intitulé « Mulcair a raison ».

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A Journey: My Political Life

December 23, 2010
| Activist and author Derrick O'Keefe made his way through this 700-page political reflection by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and shares his thoughts on what he found there.
Length: 15:00

Tony Blair's Journey: A memoir with 'balls'

Tony Blair: A Journey

A Journey: My Political Life

by Tony Blair
(Knopf Canada,
2010;
$40)

There's a grassroots campaign under way to move copies of Tony Blair's memoir, A Journey: My Political Life, from the biography to the crime sections of bookstores. I trust that's true crime and not mystery, because the 700-page reflections of the former British PM who infamously stood "shoulder-to-shoulder" with George W. Bush contain precious few twists or unexpected insights. No mea culpa here.

Considering that Blair's journey begins with the whole-scale rebranding of the Labour Party and its landslide 1997 victory, then declines slowly and steadily through the Iraq War disaster, the duel for power with Gordon Brown, and finally the bursting of the neoliberal bubble, the book is remarkably strident and unapologetic.

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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.

"I can't understand that Blair has an afterlife at all. It seems to me that any politician who takes his country to war under false pretenses has committed the ultimate sin," he told me when I sat down with le Carré recently in London. "We've caused irreparable damage in the Middle East. I think we shall pay for it for a long time."

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Blowback: What did Tony Blair expect?

Tony Blair has published his memoirs, A Journey. He is getting a lot of publicity for it, though probably not the kind that he was looking for. In Dublin at a book signing he was pelted with eggs and shoes by protesters who see him as a war criminal. His next event in London was cancelled for fear of more of the same. What did he expect? He involved the U.K. in an act of aggression against Iraq based on lies and is an accessory to the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of people, including his own soldiers. Never mind the unnecessary invasion of Afghanistan which he is also a party to.

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Tony Blair feels the heat over Iraq

Something astonishing, even historic, is happening in the United Kingdom. Former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair is being accused -- so far unofficially -- of very serious crimes. The shadow hanging over him makes questions about Brian Mulroney's creepy past pale in comparison.

Although Blair (called Bliar by some) was, according to reports, "defiant" and "predictably slick" during his recent appearance at the Chilcot Inquiry into Britain's role in the Iraq war, the walls seem to be closing in.

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Another war criminal visits Canada

Rather than spending the rest of his days behind bars for war crimes in Iraq, Tony Blair could become president of the EU. The former UK PM visits Surrey, B.C. this weekend.

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