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Indefinite detention on undisclosed grounds is “the stuff of nightmares”, British judge says: US Supremem court may decide whether “war on terror” is a real war

Posted by gasweek on 9 October, 2007

The Pentagon has said it hopes eventually to put up to 80 detainees on trial for war crimes by special military commissions. Even if acquitted, they may still be held as enemy combatants for the rest of the “war”, reported The Economist (6/10/2007, p.61).

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Posted in Defence, Security, UK, US, Volume 2603 | Leave a Comment »

Innocent man killed as “terrorist”; police operation goes wrong, London jury hears

Posted by gasweek on 5 October, 2007

In an unprecedented health and safety pros­ecution that was launched yesterday, the Metropolitan Police were accused of overseeing a “catastrophic” operation that led to the death of the 27-year-old Brazilian electrician who had been mistaken for one of the bombers involved in failed suicide attacks on London’s subway trains on 21 July 2005, wrote Charlotte Gill in The Courier Mail (3/10/2007, p.36). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Australia, Defense, Europe, Gas, UK, Volume 2603 | Leave a Comment »

Echoes of Eisenhower in new ‘security-industrial complex’: weak Western leaders fuelling paranoia

Posted by gasweek on 5 October, 2007

Commentators have ascribed the chaotically belligerent aftermath of 11 Sep­tember to weak Western leaders crav­ing popularity in the glamour of war, wrote Simon Jenkins in The Sydney Morning Herald (20/9/2007, p.13). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Australia, Defense, Gas, UK, US, Volume 2603 | Leave a Comment »

Bank of England offered emergency loans to Northern Rock; customers ignored assurances that bank was solvent, but raced to withdraw more than £2 billion

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

Last week the Bank of England offered emergency loans to Northern Rock, the nation’s fifth-largest mortgage lender, in­sisting that it was willing to help British banks overcome the liquid­ity crunch but would not under­mine market discipline by bailing out the shareholders of banks that ran into trouble. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Finance, UK, Volume 2601 | Leave a Comment »

Phone call that cost British Airways all of £270 million ($643 million); criminal inquiries to come: Departments could by themselves co-ordinate the setting of fuel surcharges

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

On 9 August 2004, the airline’s then head of communications, Iain Burns, contacted his opposite numbers at Virgin Atlantic and said British Airwaves was minded to increase the levy it put on tickets to cover the rising costs of oil – its fuel surcharge, reported The Australian Financial Review (3/8/2007, p. 55).

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Posted in Price, Regulation, UK, Volume 2520 | Leave a Comment »

Locals see British forces as ‘defeated’ in Basra, not ‘withdrawing’, says ICG Iraq analysis

Posted by gasweek on 20 September, 2007

Britain had 45,000 troops in Iraq during the invasion and a peak of 18,000 in the occupation, reported The Australian (4/9/2007, p.13).

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Posted in Iraq, UK, Volume 2520 | Leave a Comment »