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  • Drum-Taps: Monday 27 to Friday 31 July

    On this day, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia around noon. Historian Douglas Newton, author of The Darkest Days, writes in the Guardian how "Britain itself was provocative; on 28 July, the fleet was ordered to "War Stations", before news of a Balkan war. The following day its "Warning Telegram" was sent across the empire, two days before the comparable German proclamation." 

    On Monday 27 July, war was just wind in the rafters. A week later, on Monday 3 August, Liberal Minister Sir Edward Grey would make the case in the House of Commons for British intervention in a European war. The next day, Britain would declare war. How did it happen that the last great Liberal Cabinet in British history chose war so quickly in 1914?

    First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, his First Sea Lord, Prince Louis of Battenberg, and the Chief of the Staff, together decided to order the First Fleet north to its war stations at 10am, before the Austria-Hungarian declaration. This decision was made without bringing the matter to the Cabinet, now divided between neutralists and interventionists. With these naval preparations for war, what was the role of the British press?

    Below is an extract from The Darkest Days, from the chapter 'Drum-Taps: Monday 27 to Friday 31 July', focussing on the warmongering Conservative press: The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and the Morning Post—and the press barons leading the charge, in particular 'the Chief', Lord Northcliffe. 

    Russia is now defending a vital interest. France, who is bound to Russia by alliance, and still more by the necessities of her European situation, and political independence, is compelled to support Russia. England is bound by moral obligations to side with France and Russia, lest the balance of forces on the Continent be upset to her disadvantage and she be left alone to face a dominant Germany. A vital British interest is therefore at stake. The Times, 31 July 1914

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  • ‘Reasoned political action – that’s all that’s left to us. But that is already enough’: Esther Benbassa on Gaza

    Verso author Esther Benbassa is a Franco-Turkish-Israeli member of the French senate and a leading voice in comparative histories of minorities. Below is a translation of her discussion of the turmoil in the Middle East and the response of Europe, original published in Le Huffington Post.

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  • ‘Read this, and ponder its implications. I would even venture to suggest you sleep on it’: Nicholas Lezard's Guardian review of 24/7, plus an extract from the book

    The Guardian's Nicholas Lezard considers Jonathan Crary's 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep, which is now out in paperback, a timely and important polemic that demonstrates how capitalism makes us willing connivers in our own sleeplessness. Lezard reflects on the erosion of all distinction between day and night initiated by modern industrialisation which, as Crary points out, is documented in the above painting, Artkwright's Cotton Mills by Night. Crary's critical investigation of technolgoy, Lezard observes, cuts through a lot of the starry-eyed nonsense people talk about the empowering nature of new technologies and keeps in mind the whole time that, as far as late capitalism is concerned, we are nothing more than ultimately disposable units for keeping economies running.

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  • The Case for Sanctions Against Israel

    Leading international voices argue for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel - ebook now available for free on our website.

    Three weeks into Israel's current assault on Gaza, the number of Palestinians killed has already exceeded 750, yet Israel fights on, targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, including minors. The situation, now desperate, is the culmination of seven years of economic siege against the Palestinian population, in which Israel has virtually crushed the Palestinian economy by confining its goods and people to the open-air prison of the occupied territories.

    Palestinians inspect the debris of a destroyed house in Al Sheikh Redwan area in central Gaza City on July 21, 2014. Photo: Emad Nassar/Al Jazeera

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