Preemptive attacks

George Bush and Tony Blair must be very proud that they have created the precedent, through their action in Iraq, which has allowed the Russians to announce today that Russia will take pre-emptive strikes anywhere in the world.

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Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke, former counter-terrorism coordinator in the White House and author of Against all Enemies, spoke at Berkeley last night to a packed auditorium.

He came across as civilized, well-informed, thoughtful; and genuinely contrite that he and his colleagues had … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Firing blanks

After a vasectomy, you have to give two semen samples, two weeks apart, to confirm that the operation has been a success. In a small number of vasectomies, the tubes join themselves back together; and it takes some time for … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Seven habits for effective marathon training

In 1998, I made a New Year's resolution to run a marathon in less than 3 hours. It has taken me six years to achieve this goal.

I've tried many different approaches to training; looked for shortcuts; made mistakes; and … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Targets in public services do more harm than good

Targets for the management of businesses, including public services, do more harm than good. Target setting is based on a command and control mindset which assumes that the job of managers is to find a way to “get the workers … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Vasectomy update

It is now 6 weeks and a day since I had the snip.

I now have only very occasional discomfort when running – usually just at the start, when I still sometimes feel as if I need to urinate. When … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Another World is Possible: Thoughts from the World Social Forum

I attended the World Social Forum in Mumbai in January 2004. It became clear to me during the five days of the WSF that there is a common theme underlying many of concerns and campaigns that make up the anti-globalisation … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Update on the snip

After ten days, the stitches are beginning to dissolve, and the incisisions seem to be healing well. However, there is still some inflammation in the groin area, on either side of the base of my penis, and at in the … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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More on the vasectomy

3 days later, I still feel as if someone has gripped my balls and given them a hard twist. I am not in pain exactly – more of a dull ache, really. As a result, I feel a little nauseus. … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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I had a vasectomy today

Today I had a vasectomy. I realise that this is relatively unusual for a man of only 36 with no children. But I have absolutely no doubt, and nor does my partner, that we do not want to have children, … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Abortion: why the 24 week rule is absurd

The Reverend Joanne Jepson has been given permission to seek a judicial review of the decision by West Mercia Police not to prosecute a woman who had an abortion of a foetus that would have been born with a cleft Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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The myth of intellectual property rights

Thirteen million people died last year of curable diseases. Of these, three million children died from diseases that are preventable with currently available vaccines (see GAVI). This is 35,000 people every day – seven times as many deaths each … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Why this blog?

I guess my first blog should explain why I’m doing this. That way I (and you) can look back to see whether my expectations have been met. Is this just an electronic form of vanity publishing?

I was impressed by … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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