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Terror

The Games of the XX Olympiad in Munich and their victims

Sunday, 26 August, 2012

On this day in 1972, the Games of the XX Olympiad began in Munich and continued until 10 September. At 4:30am on the morning of 5 September, a group of Palestinian terrorists broke into the Olympic Village and entered two apartments being used by the Israeli team at 31 Connollystraße. The memorial plaque on the […]

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Libyan embassy 1984, Ecuadorian embassy 2012

Thursday, 16 August, 2012

The standoff between the governments of Great Britain and Ecuador because the latter has allowed its embassy to be used as a hideout for the alleged sex offender Julian Assange brings back memories of another London embassy drama, one which resulted in the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher. And the murderer got away with it, […]

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Godard as the spiritual father of Palestinian terror in Munich

Monday, 23 July, 2012

In this clip from 1969, the French film director Jean-Luc Godard orders a cheque to be made out to his account by ZDF, the German public broadcaster, to buy weapons for use against Israel. And it is duly done. He brandishes a six-pointed Swastika as the German narrator declares that Godard believes “America has become […]

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Reading Camille Paglia reading Yeats

Friday, 29 June, 2012

After reading The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats, Camille Paglia wrote: “Yeats’s ‘The Second Coming’ has gained in prophetic power with each decade of the twentieth and now twenty-first century, from the rise of fascism and nuclear warfare to the proliferation of international terrorism. It expresses the melancholy realization that man, yearningly drawn to […]

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The horror, the horror of Syria

Thursday, 31 May, 2012

There are images too graphic even for those who are confronted daily with examples of human barbarity. Most newspapers, magazines and TV outlets won’t publish photos from the Houla massacre in Syria, but Rainy Day will link to them. (WARNING: These photos are extremely distressing and poignant.) One could write thousands of words to condemn […]

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Saving the Laphroaig from the Taliban

Thursday, 19 January, 2012

Brrrr! It’s cold and dark, wet and windy out there. Looks like it’ll be a weekend for a good book and generous glasses of single malt whisky. Up for a rereading is News From No Man’s Land by the legendary BBC foreign correspondent, John Simpson. This is the third in a series of three autobiographical […]

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