Month: January 2012

I, Pet Goat II

by Heliofant   Preface I would like to start off by saying that the film came to me in its visual form, much like a painter who sees colors and forms in his mind’s eye. And I tried to be faithful to what I saw visually without necessarily understanding what the symbols were alluding to. Some of the symbols were […]

Syria: Libya 2.0

21st Century Conflict and Connections to the Past It should come as no surprise that the UK is in breach of international law yet again. With its not-so-covert intervention in Syria, under the umbrella of the same ‘responsibility to protect’ (R2P) mantra which justified the murder of over 100,000 innocent Libyans, the UK government is happy once again to flout […]

Liam Byrne’s call for a new welfare state: panel verdict

In January, 2012, BSN editor, Alison Banville joined a panel discussion in The Guardian about benefit reform: The panel discusses the shadow work and pensions secretary’s return to William Beveridge in his comments on reform Diane Abbott: ‘Benefits are just part of the picture’ My colleague Liam Byrne is absolutely right to say that we need a debate on social […]