Trump watch 9: Trump’s big debate fail and excuses, excuses, excuses (Bee, Noah, Colbert and Maher) (video)


Shortly before the first Presidential debate, Politico analysed a week’s worth of Trump’s speeches and found that the Republican nominee averaged one lie every three minutes and 15 seconds. It was no surprise therefore that Trump lied his way through … Continue reading

Trump watch: surrogates, extreme vetting, and John Oliver has some advice for Donald Trump (video)


Is there a job worse than being a surrogate for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump? Trevor Noah doesn’t think so. On last Monday’s episode of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show, Noah expressed heartfelt sympathy for the people whose job is … Continue reading

John Oliver signs-up to be a Trump “election observer” (video)


Recapping another week in the life of the ever-pivoting Donald Trump campaign, HBO’s John Oliver pointed out that last week was definitely supposed to belong to the GOP presidential nominee. “This was the 53rd consecutive week he was going to … Continue reading

Trevor Noah explains the real truth about gun rights and terrorism (video)


“Daily Show” host Trevor Noah last night gave an impassioned analysis of the weekend’s deadly mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. “This is a clearly complicated incident with elements of terrorism, homophobia, mental health,” Noah said. “But it … Continue reading

The United States of Jihad (video)


In the wake of the ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in Brussels, European and US media have predictably gone to town with their fear and speculation machines, delivering a 24/7 diet of fear mongering interspersed with occasional facts. Fear and blood sell … Continue reading

Stephen Colbert skewers Donald Rumsfeld over Iraq and the rise of ISIS (video)


On Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert interviewed former George W Bush henchman Donald Rumsfeld who had agreed to visit the Late Night with Stephen Colbert studio primarily to talk about his new “Churchill Solitaire” app. After some initial soft soaping, Colbert … Continue reading

The Channel programme: helping vulnerable people or nudging them towards radicalisation? (The Conversation) (video)


Stephanie Petrie, University of Liverpool Referrals to the British government’s deradicalisation programme Channel are on the rise, it has been reported. The Channel programme was imposed on all local authorities in England and Wales as part of the 2015 Counter-Terrorism … Continue reading

ISIS the world’s richest terror army (BBC This World documentary) (video)


In September, I blogged about the hollow morality of the UK & US refusing to pay hostage ransoms to ISIS because it “rewards” the crime and “puts others lives at risk”. Apart from saving lives, among the key reasons for … Continue reading

“A million ways to die in the US” and Republicans aren’t interested in preventing any of them (video)


America’s border is “so porous, Ebola on the backs of ISIS could come through” says Fox News’ Eric Bolling.  Between them, Ebola and ISIS have killed maybe half a dozen American’s, nonetheless, Republican’s are demanding that the federal government must do … Continue reading

Are you kidding me? “Pure political calculation” is why Republicans refused a congressional debate about war with ISIS (video)


The Republican party in congress has turned rejecting any policy proposed by the Obama administration into an art form and made partisan political calculation their raison d’être.  That is why the current congressional term has been the least effective in … Continue reading

Jon Stewart: You cannot fix the Middle East by waving a magic bomb (video)


“Jon Stewart doesn’t like the ‘Crusade-y vibe’ of Obama’s coalition against ISIS America has two choices when it comes to ISIS, said Jon Stewart on Thursday night’s Daily Show: President Obama’s traditionally “nuanced vision of a non-omnipotent America projecting power selectively,” … Continue reading

Fox News: Obama’s announcement of military action against ISIS is “blowing an uncertain trumpet” (video)


If you think that, having called for an escalation in the military campaign against ISIS, Fox News and the Republican party would be pleased with President Obama’s speech on Wednesday night in which he announced his intention, with a “broad … Continue reading

Raising the UK terror threat level from “be afraid” to “panic” feeds public fear and that is what the government wants (video)


Theresa May has raised the UK government‘s official measure of the likelihood of a terrorist attack on British soil to “severe” from “substantial”.  Exactly what are ordinary members of the public supposed to do with that information?  There is nothing meaningful … Continue reading

Does refusing to pay ransoms to ISIS prevent further terrorism? (video)


The US Treasury Department estimates that various European nations have paid around US$168m in ransom money to jihadist abductors, including Islamic State (IS), since 2008 – an average of US$28m per year.  This number is denied by the German, French, … Continue reading

We all want peace and democracy in the Middle East and that’s why we sell them so many weapons – what could possibly go wrong? (video)


The US, UK, Russia and France amongst others are engaged in a competition to sell as many advanced weapons systems as we can to any state that can afford to pay for them anywhere around the globe. Unfortunately, most of … Continue reading