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The Thread of History – Reactions to Paris


Eric Scott Pickard is a poet, activist, journalist, and thinker. He is a co-founder of Free Radical Media and a host of the Free Radical Media podcast.

I reacted to the recent attacks in Paris like most of the world; with horror, with sadness, and with anger. At the time of the attacks, I was already feeling very maudlin. I was watching a documentary series on the history of the United States, and there was France, Omaha Beach, soaked in blood.

There was the Holocaust.

There was the bomb, and the architect of its destructive terror, Oppenheimer, the man who so loved literature and poetry, quoting the Bhagavad Gita – “I am become Death, destroyer of worlds.” I thought then about how the tread of history is so tenuous, and how we are balanced on its rickety edge. How many tiny things could have been done to prevent Hitler’s rise to power?… Read the rest

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Why ‘National Security’ Is a Fallacy


Ian Sanjay Patel writes at Middle East Eye:

Despite the expiration of a Section of the US Patriot Act on 1 June, the ongoing influence and legacy of the Act continues to be felt around the world. Following 2001, dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe drafted counterterrorism laws in its image. As I write this, controversial new counterterrorism legislation – criticised for its arbitrary fault line between terrorism and political dissent – has been passed or is now being considered in Saudi Arabia, Kenya and the UK.

Deliberate vagueness

UK government guidance on its Counterterrorism and Security Act, which came into force in February this year, refers to “extremist organisations” and “extremist ideology” with a deliberate vagueness that is characteristic of the “war on terror”. The Act – without sufficiently defining terrorism and insinuating itself into a vast number of public spheres in the process – imposes a “prevent duty” on professionals working in schools, universities and the health care system to “prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

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