Royal Navy medic Michael Lyons has been jailed for seven months after declaring that he was a conscientious objector because in his view the war in Afghanistan is unjustified and immoral.
It was meant to be David Cameron's mission-soon-to-be-accomplished visit to Afghanistan. Instead the spin was upstaged by yet another UK soldier killed and 'security' concerns cancelling his trip to Lashkar Gah.
How did Sheikh Raed Salah, revered by many Palestinians and by millions of Muslims across the Middle East, come to be arrested in Britain as a "vile militant extremist"?
Obama's troop "surge" is clearly failing: the United Nations reports violence up 51 percent, civilian deaths and injuries up, number of refugees up.
The flotilla is a refusal to accept Israel's message to Gaza: We own you, determine what you can or cannot do, where you can and cannot live and go, who can and cannot be part of your lives, you have no freedom save what we give to you.
Greece and Turkey have done Israel's dirty work and stopped the Gaza Freedom flotilla sailing. Over 500 humanitarian activists, who include the writers Alice Walker and Henning Mankell, have been blocked from travelling to Gaza with aid from Europe and North America.