November 18, 2011 | Haiku - November 2011

The sun rises: contrails -
pink, gold, chalk-white – twisted and smudged
by winds unseen

Sky pale: staircases
Of cloud – white contrails spread
Like smoke: dark grey

I remember when
an afternoon carried on and on –
time for a lifetime

Soaring – the gull
is meditation in flight
above Central London

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November 18, 2011 | Missile Defence

Missile Defence and NATO commitments.

NATO has undertaken to back – and significantly fund – US plans for Missile Defence in Europe. This would be both hugely expensive, and politically (fierce Russian opposition) and strategically (a new arms race) counter-productive. Moreover the whole programme involves a global system: elements in Europe, in the Middle East, [...]

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November 18, 2011 | Proliferation

Letter to an official – 24-10-11

I am not at all IN FAVOUR of proliferation, but I am sorely alarmed at the now quite immediate dangers that ANTI-PROLIFERATION is presenting – even worse now both the President and the Secretary of State have been giving credence to this latest (presumably CIA? charade. With the CIA [...]

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