Category: United Kingdom

British cartoonists show a weakened, over-apologetic USA

Political cartoonists from our nation’s closest foreign ally are skewering the US and its leadership over perceived weaknesses toward Islamist extremists – and Muslims in general who seek to dictate their views. British cartoonists are shredding the White House for what the satirists see as an acommodationist, over-apologetic attitude that diminishes the prestige and credibility of the US around the...

Bicentennial of the Luddites

This month marks the bicentennial of the peak of the Luddites, the movement in Britain of those who feared technological advances. Of course, many of the Luddites of 1812 were talented craftsmen who feared that mass production would trump quality, and that unskilled laborers at the mills would put the skilled artisans out of business. All Luddites were clinging to...

Disinformation meets economic warfare

Forgeries can be used to influence decisionmaking or undermine an enemy, just as they can be used to defraud for financial purposes. Wartime adversaries have used forgeries throughout the ages, both to finance their military and intelligence efforts, and to damage a target economy. Nazi Germany created some of the most perfect forgeries ever made – the infamous fake British...

British cartoons during the American Revolution

This fine electronic collection of historical British political cartoons has just come to my attention. The cartoons and sketches parody and otherwise skewer the American Revolution and its allies. This file contains more than 150 British political cartoons concerning the American Revolution. Each is accompanied by an archivist’s description. The two sample cartoons are representative: One shows American savages hanging...

Threat of lawsuit spiked UK report on ‘head of state’ funding of al Qaeda

Was it a sharp-eyed editor’s discovery of a false story, or outside forms of influence that caused a major London newspaper to spike its story yesterday about an unnamed “head of state” whose inner circle  has been funding al Qaeda? It turns out that threats of a lawsuit under Britain’s archaic “guilty until proven innocent” libel laws, briefly caused the...

Muslim militants in London make repeated threats against Pope Benedict

Mobs of radical Muslims protested Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to London this week, chanting threatening slogans and holding signs vilifying the Catholic church and Christian faith. It is important to understand the importance of what is being said. Even though the protests were not physically violent, they are laden with language that, under sharia law, is to be...