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Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill

Following on from his book on the mercenary force Blackwater, Jeremy Scahill delves into the Dirty Wars of the Bush and Obama era in the War on Terror. The main theatres covered include Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Scahill writes about the excesses of the Bush administration, in particular the detainee programs and he deals with how Obama has ratcheted up the campaign against terrorists with the heavy use of drones and targetted killings. There is a focus on American citizen Anwar Awlaki and his rise within the terrorist ranks and how his targetting by the US raised all kinds of legal dilemmas in terms of assassination by his own government. The Osama Bin Laden death is covered in detail, and perhaps extremely relevant, in light of the Kenya bombings this week, the book analyses the rise of Al Shebab in Somalia and also Al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen. The book is very well researched, although I feel that the author is somewhat sympathetic towards the Jihadists and critical of the US government measures to contain them. Obviously, the killing of civilians is wrong from whatever side, and some of the US actions can be compared with those of the terrorists. It is frightening to witness how clandestine operations are from the White House down and the way in which the JSOC has been totally unleashed over the years to a status where it has virtually no oversight, is a scary fact. Since September 11th 2001, the War On Terror has been a real issue to most citizens of the world. Dirty Wars is a book which details this struggle in a very readable, interestign and enlightening manner. I highly recommend this book and believe it is a step up from the Blackwater predecessor. I look forward to future work from the author.

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Sandcastles In Africa

DJ Set 08 Sandcastles In Africa

Listen to Wez G – Sandcastles in Africa byWez G on hearthis.at    A fresh, funky mix of chilled beats and bang it up tribal and progressive, perfect for an African sunset. Let me take you on a trip…SO HIGH!!! :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance (Fast Pop Mix) [Circa Records] 2. Underground Sound Of Lisbon – African Dream [Twisted] 3. Barrio Jazz Gang – Linda Cançao [Sonic 360] 4. Nicolette – No Government (Tocadisco’s Lazy Days Remix) [Great Stuff Recordings] 5. The Reese Project – Direct Me (Sasha’s 3am Drop mix) [Network] 6. Gabriel & Dresden – Serendipity [Organized Nature] 7. Sebastian Ingrosso – Cha Cha [White] 8. Octave One feat. Ann Saunderson – Blackwater (String Vocal Mix) [Vendetta] 9. Hujja & Pufo – Fire (Marco Bellini and Val Weller Sittin’ Bull On Acid mix) [Plastica Red] 10. Luke Dzierzek – Echo (Original Mix) [Data] 11. Punched – Return To Santrancisco [Global Grooves] 12. Cirez D – Teaser (Deadmau5 Mix) [White] 13. Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence (Matt Samuels Remix) [White] 14. Sydenham And Ferrer – Sandcastles (Pete Heller Re-edit) [Defected] 15. Mellefresh & Deadmau5 – Hey Baby [Play] Wez G – Sandcastles in Africa by Wezg on Mixcloud

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