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Meanwhile James Campion has a winning suggestion for the GOP in the USA. Can a compromise be reached?
Fancy a solo trip to India? Henry K has gone to Australia, Dr Asmar asks what is the future for Gaza?
May the Truce continue and all the hostages be returned alive.
Editorial: War? What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.
Yes there are two terrible wars going on right now – did you forget Russia’s war against Ukraine already? In your rush to donate to Palestine don't forget Kyiv. If for lack of will or attention we allow Ukraine to lose - where do you think Putin will look next? As the lottery says 'It could be you'!
War is horrible and in the end no one wins – it just leaves corpses, ruins and maimed individuals behind. Ordinary people become heroes then are forgotten, especially if they lose their limbs, which is the fate of thousands of defenders in Ukraine. Winter is coming and with Putin supporting Republicans in the USA refusing to allow any more help for them they must be worried.
In the Israel vs. Hamas conflict ordinary Palestinians suffer and die in their thousands because their cynical political leaders park their weapons under schools and hospitals in their 300 miles of well protected tunnels. This is to maximise civilian casualties to create PR opportunities for Hamas. This is pure evil and cowardice. We watch children die daily for nothing. There will be decades of trauma for those who survive.
Nevertheless, Israel could have taken the high road and not responded militarily and gained useful worldwide sympathy for their situation, but of course, they are on a hiding to nothing with whichever choice they made. Anti-Semitism is never far from the surface but Netanyahu didn’t have to pander to the far right in his government just to keep himself out of jail. The internal political distractions played into Iran and Hamas' hands. The surprise attack worked. No one was reading the signs or listening to the warnings. Now Gaza lies in ruins. I don't see any Arab neighbours rushing in to help them. Who will take in two million Palestinians? The consequences of this war will be felt for generations.
Will there ever be a two state solution? It recedes with every bomb or rocket on both sides. I’d like to think this will be all over soon but what will be left of Gaza, where will the surviving Palestinians live? How will they live? Has no one thought about this? How will the medical system, water supplies and pipe infrastructure be put back together? You still see the bombed out cities in Syria and all the Syrian refugees living elsewhere that are still too afraid to return and lack the resources to rebuild if they did. Stop this carnage now.
© Sam Hawksmoor November 28th 2023
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|The Book of Ashes -
Some secrets are meant to be kept forever
Delaney and Asha run their own investigation company now. Hired to find a writer who stiffed a client of $10,000 - things go bad pretty fast.
"This was supposed to be a simple track and trace job. Find the writer, bank the money. Now it's a horror show."
'We Feel Your Pain'
by Sam Hawksmoor
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|We Feel Your Pain –
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Delaney (42) and Asha (22) run the Office of Berg City Oversight. Their role is to expose the scams, keep the city safe from unscrupulous people. When something looks too good to be true – it’s a scam, right? But what if the scam works? What kind of scam is that?
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Gerry is convinced aliens are going to attack on Millennium Eve - Y2K night. Everyone else is preparing for the end of civilisation. That night only Gerry notices aliens land. He and his spacenut pals Jolene and Kali race to be the first to greet them...
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Sixty years after the end of everything the city of Bluette survives, controlled by a malignant sect. A place where men rule, girls receive no education and are matched at 16 to the highest bidder. No one is ever permitted to leave the city and outside is a murderous wasteland of despair. Orphans Kruge and Jeyna have been devoted to each other through all the years of terror in this harsh regime and sworn never to be parted. But the beautiful Jeyna has been betrayed by the Warden. Kruge has been swiftly banished to the Scraps, under the control of the Keeper. Jeyna is heartbroken; she will not accept her fate and escapes to find Kruge.
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Based on a tragic real life event, Marikka flees from an arson attack on her home to the sea, where she meets Starfish boy – a runaway working for Jackson, a scarred man hiding a sinister secret from the world. Meanwhile her real father searches for her with the aide of Anya, ‘the girl who can read objects’. More about the writing of this book
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