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The wisdom of youth

“What I can't work out about this place,” she says, “is whether they're genuinely oblivious to what their policies are doing, whether they're so out of touch that they honestly don't see how much damage it's doing, or whether they just don't care.”

— Source: Mhairi Black (age 20), quoted in Cadwalladr, Carole (12 July 2015). "The SNP 56: a breath of fresh air… or a timebomb at the heart of Westminster?". The Observer. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 

Essential viewing

... and non-essential viewing

Source: Jonathan Cook, Why do critics love American Sniper?, 26 January 2015.

"Speaking Peace on the BBC"

About me

This is the part of the world I grew up in – pity the weather there isn't usually this good!
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My name is Neil Hall. I am a Quaker and like most Quakers am concerned with peace (see Quaker Peace Testimony) and social justice (see Social responsibility).

I have a degree in mathematics from the University of Warwick and am an Associate of the Institute of Actuaries.

Current recreations include marathon running and cycling.

I am also a volunteer visitor with the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group and support several other organisations which help refugees and asylum seekers. I think the practice of imprisoning refugees or asylum seekers, who have committed no crime, is an obscenity.


Cutting through the confusion about Israel/Palestine

... a letter by Richard Forer, a former member of AIPAC, 21 June 2010 (useful reading list at the end).

"If truth is the first victim of war ..."

from the preface to Arrigoni's book
Arrigoni, Vittorio (2010). Gaza: Stay Human. (trans. Daniela Filippin). Kube Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-84774-019-9. ; originally published 2009 in Italian as Gaza: Restiamo Umani

Broken promises

From the Stephen Cohen Lecture, “The Ukrainian Crisis: A New Cold War?” on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Program, Fairfield University, February 5, 2015

      (emphasis in original)

"Israel will not sign a peace deal"

I have reformatted and copy edited the following quote for clarity - NSH001


A poem

Another poem

Reading lists

on the joint U.S.–Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip, commonly (but inaccurately) known as the Gaza War
  • from here, for easy reference before it gets archived (15:53, 24 January 2009 (UTC))
  1. Anthony H.Cordesman, ‘The War in Gaza: Tactical Gains or Strategic Defeat,’ Center for Strategic & International Studies, January 9,2009
  2. Henry Siegman, 'Israel’s Lies,' London Review of Books, 29 January 2009
  3. John J. Mearsheimer 'Another War, Another Defeat,' The American Conservative, January 26, 2009
  4. Richard Falk, ‘Winning and Losing in Gaza,’ The Nation, February 9, 2009.
  5. David Bromwich, 'Self-Deception and the Assault on Gaza', Huffington Post, January 16, 2009
  6. Gideon Levy, 'The next step,’ Haaretz 24/01/2009
  7. Avi Shlaim, 'How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe,’ The Guardian, 07/01/2009
  8. Tom Segev, ‘Cruel and meaningless wars,’ Haaretz, 23/01/2009
  9. Eric Hobsbawm, 'On Gaza' , London Review of Books, 15/09/2009
  10. Geoffrey Wheatcroft, 'How Israel gets away with murder,' The Independent, 11/01/2009
  11. Gershom Gorenberg, 'The Ignored Choices in Gaza,’ The American Prospect, January 7, 2009
  • updated and expanded version here
follow up
  1. Hass, Amira (6 January 2011). "Gaza on the edge of no return". New Statesman. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  2. "Gaza "More Dire Than Ever"". Institute for Public Accuracy. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
and not just Gaza
  1. Cook, Jonathan (30 July 2012). "Israel Rewarded … For What?". CounterPunch. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
Reading list on the (even worse) 2014 atrocities in Gaza
Chomsky's recommended reading list


Scientists on Wikipedia

Geek stuff

The Signpost
29 September 2016
Centralized discussion
Proposals: policy other Discussions Ideas

For a listing of ongoing discussions, see the dashboard.

Note: entries for inactive discussions, closed or not, should be moved to the archive.

Other wiki projects

Retrieving dead links from web archives


Checking for dead links

CSS classes

Bias categories discussion

Template messages

My gongs

Credits - click on [Expand] for details
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For your fine edits to the James Miller article which significantly improved the flow, accuracy, and sourcing of the article.Tiamat 10:40, 28 August 2007 (UTC)
The quality of your contributions matters more than quantity. I'm honored to be the first to have taken notice of your attention to detail and fine work. Tiamat 12:26, 28 August 2007 (UTC)
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dreams of peace
Thank you, friend, for quality articles such as Gerhard Fischer (diplomat), for striving for peace and social justice, for having dreams, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:44, 29 September 2013 (UTC)

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For your contributions to WPMED changing the list structure and performing tidy-ups on the templates. Very useful work, which hasn't gone unnoticed! LT910001 (talk) 03:38, 8 February 2014 (UTC)
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This Calatrava Medal of Merit is awarded to NSH001/002 for creating Template:Districts of Stuttgart and thus participating in Operation Stuttgart. Vami IV (talk) 22:51, 12 April 2016 (UTC)
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Thank You very much for tidying-up the Template:Chief of the Naval Staff (India). Actually I wanted to create the template the same way as it now. But I couldn't and I was looking for assistance. Thanks again for your help. KCVelaga ☚╣✉╠☛ 00:22, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

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  • I also own an alternative account, NSH002, which is intended to be used for repetitive edits (for example, with AWB) to avoid cluttering up my contributions record on this account.

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