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Thursday 29 May 2008
The conclusions of the new political memoir that is creating a stir in Washington are pretty unremarkable. We are told that the Bush administration was engaged in "manipulating sources of public opinion" over Iraq and "downplaying the major reason for going to war". President Bush himself exhibited a "lack of inquisitiveness" and the real driver of policy in the White House was the Vice President, Dick Cheney. So much of this has become conventional wisdom.
Monday 21 April 2008
Friday 28 March 2008
Close your eyes and the years fall away. An inventive arpeggio on a Rickenbacker; a melodic bass line; sharp staccato drumming as the singer attempts to communicate to an unreceptive world. But this wasn't a relatively unknown Georgian quartet playing a cold December night in the pre-Lion King Lyceum; this was the Royal Albert Hall, the best part of a quarter of a century later, and REM were rediscovering a love of spontaneity and precision. That December, the opening song was "Second Guessing"; this time, it was "Living Well Is the Best Revenge", with the band taking their new album's title, Accelerate, to heart and picking up the pace. What followed was the majority of the new album interspersed with a few choice favourites from the Nineties. The band's earlier work, with which the new material resonates rather than repeats, was unrepresented.
Friday 01 February 2008
One of al-Qa'ida's most senior commanders in Afghanistan and a key liaison with Taliban, Abu Laith al-Libi, has been killed in Pakistan, a US official has confirmed.
Friday 02 June 2006
Thursday 01 June 2006
Monday 24 April 2006
Sunday 20 November 2005
Tuesday 01 November 2005
Monday 31 October 2005
Thursday 27 October 2005
Saturday 08 October 2005
Friday 07 October 2005
Wednesday 03 August 2005
Sunday 03 July 2005
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