One Turbulent Ambassador 195

It is really wonderful to be back home again after almost six weeks travelling. It is also a tremendous pleasure to be able to announce this:

A play by
Robin Soans
A World Premiere
Directed by
Jessica Swale
One Turbulent Ambassador follows the career of Craig Murray on
his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador and Plenipotentiary
to the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2001.
Murray’s proximity to post 9/11 Iraq forces him into a political
minefield that neither he nor the Foreign Office could have
envisaged. When he walks into a bar in Tashkent late one
Monday night and sees a beautiful belly dancer arching her
limbs, his personal life threatens to become as turbulent as
the political landscape around him.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see the world premiere of Robin
Soans’s newest play, researched and developed in collaboration
with LAMDA students.
Please note that this production contains strong language and
scenes of an adult nature.
Lyric Hammersmith Ticket Office:
0871 22 117 22* (Mon – Sat, 9.30am – 7.30pm, 5.30pm on
non-performance days) or book online at**
* Calls cost 10p per minute, plus network extras. **Agents, industry guests and LAMDA
Angels should continue to book through The LAMDA Linbury Studio Box Office.
Venue Lyric Hammersmith
Dates 7.30pm Mon 02 July
& Times 7.30pm Wed 04 July
2.00pm Thu 05 July
7.30pm Fri 06 July
2.00pm Sat 07 July
7.30pm Mon 09 July
2.00pm Tue 10 July

195 thoughts on “One Turbulent Ambassador

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  • Mary

    I agree with the foregoing from Nevermind and Komodo, especially on the BBC’s continual use of the term ‘Islamification’. It is being used extensively by their Matthew Price who did sterling work for them in the Libyan ‘intervention’.

    Breivik was a keen game player on World of Warcraft which has 10 million ‘players’ worldwide. Enough said.
    Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. is an American video game developer and publisher founded on February 8, 1991 under the name Silicon & Synapse by three graduates of UCLA,[3] Michael Morhaime, Allen Adham and Frank Pearce and is currently a subsidiary of American company Activision Blizzard, which itself is owned by French conglomerate Vivendi SA. Based in Irvine, California, the company originally concentrated primarily on the creation of game ports for other studios before beginning development of their own software in 1993 with the development of games like Rock N’ Roll Racing and The Lost Vikings. In 1994 the company became Blizzard Entertainment Inc before being acquired by distributor Davidson & Associates and later by Vivendi. Shortly thereafter, Blizzard shipped their breakthrough hit Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. Blizzard went on to create several successful video games, including the Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo series, and the MMORPG World of Warcraft. {Wikipedia}
    Another contribution from Hollywood just like this new video by Katy Perry (whoever she is).
    Katy Perry and the military-pop-cultural complex
    Asking whether the US military’s PR offensive is subsidising the entertainment industry with taxpayer dollars is not unpatriotic

  • nevermind

    Gameplaying and reality are merging, Mary, have done so for some time I believe.
    Controlling one’s war game via a joystick or pad and directing a camera on an armed drone over Waziristan, are activities easily comparable. I would not be surprised to find game software helping out in reality, and I’m sure that the department for defense and corrections, funds research into gaming as much as into cyber security and remote control systems that are secure from cyber attacks.
    Absolutley agree with the guist of the article, Katy Perry go home to Papa!

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq Association

    Nevermind – Gameplaying is used to single out prospective drone operators – pilotless killing machines are future MIC money spinners.
    Last time I looked there were just 7 regular respondents on the Litopia thread; this has surprised me somewhat considering Craig has revealed British government/establishment espionage, intimidation and character/actual assassination attempts, all against a backdrop of complicity in torture and murder.
    Craig named a possible witness within the FO and intimated/revealed further peers live in a fantasy work environment where wrong is right and truth is cloaked in lies.
    Such evidence I believe must be exposed in a court of law and any decent barrister should be willing to take the case and ultimately expose the rot growing and widespread throughout the intelligence services.
    Mercifully Craig survived the tribulation and stands tall alongside Assange, Kelly RIP, Ellsberg, Katharine Gunn and Joe Darby, men and women of great courage, guts, tenacity and back-bone.

  • John Goss

    Thanks Mary for posting the Lionel Charlton link. Some people do act on conscience. My only criticism is if it had been a Tommy who rebelled, instead of an officer, he would have been shot at dawn!

  • nevermind

    Just watched the interview, wasn’t very rivetting, the questions seemed contrived, especially the one about silk robes, fast food and SUV’s, but Nasrallah came over far more moderate than what he is protrayed as by the MSM.

  • Mary

    Open letter to CEO Lufthansa* on the airline’s recent refusal to take booked passengers to Palestine. Will he reply?
    Open Letter to CEO of Lufhansa

    by Felicity Arbuthnot

    *Also with effect from 1 January 2011, the members of the Supervisory Board appointed Carsten Spohr to the Executive Board of the Lufthansa Group. As head of Lufthansa German Airlines he shall also occupy the position of CEO and Chairman of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board.

  • nevermind

    Its still an excellent letter mary, whether there will be a response is questionable, depends on whether they realise who has written it.
    All these carriers should be boycotted, end off, until they sto[p acting like the foreign policy arm to countries with dubious regimes.

  • Frazer

    Update…several bars visited in Cardiff and all staff and customers found to be very nice and accommodating …. verdict … great place for an evening out, but the chocolate cake was rather past it’s sell by date !

  • Clark

    Request for Help!
    Are there any Wikipedia editors here? Please take a look at the articles for Alisher Usmanov, Uzbekistan, and Human rights in Uzbekistan. Look through article histories. The problems should be obvious. All critical comment is repeatedly removed from the Usmanov article. The history section of Human rights in Uzbekistan only goes back to 2004, and there is no mention of the Andijan massacre.
    I have a Wikipedia account, but I really don’t have much experience as an editor.

  • Courtenay Barnett

    @ Jay,

    The words of the President of Costa Rica are important – as are the questions:-

    – How do we as a species survive with the socio-economic systems we rely on vis-a-vis application to use of the earth’s resources?

    – How do we reduce the wars, war-machines and delimit those who profit from wars?

    – How do we use available global resources in service of human need and not in service of human greed?

    Sounds idealistic? I don’t think so. Not if one’s child is sent off to Afghanistan – or – Iraq – to fight for what? Then – now – consider the questions posed above.

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  • Jay

    @ courteny

    The elephant in the room is the bond market.

    Read A Hitlers last will and testament.

    I have been reading the chronicles of the 20 century the arms race was orchestrated who is writing the music and conducting the piece.

  • Mary

    Straw’s legal team will be doing overtime. Would be good if he did ‘time’.

    Jack Straw faces legal action over ‘rendition’
    Sapna Malik: ”Renditions such as this would have been sanctioned at the highest level”
    A Libyan military commander is taking legal action against Jack Straw, to find out if the ex-foreign secretary signed papers allowing his rendition.
    Abdel Hakim Belhadj claims CIA agents took him from Thailand to Gaddafi-led Libya, via UK-controlled Diego Garcia.
    His lawyers have served papers on Mr Straw after the Sunday Times reported claims that he allowed this to happen.
    UK ministers have denied any complicity in rendition or torture and Mr Straw did not comment further.

  • nevermind

    Today is a very good day for attempting justice,Mary, and the announcement that Jack Straw had ‘no comment’ to make to the case brought against him, in itself speaks volumnes.
    The next election in Blackburn will be crucial to him and the locals who have upheld his reign will now ask themselves who his replacement will be. My guess is that a new Labour party candidate will be introduced to his ‘guile and cunning’.

    This has made my day, I’m mentally skipping down Audley Range, past those houses were chaps emerged with carriers full of postal voting envelopes, what a great day. I’m sure this will lift Craigs hight by at least two shoe sizes.

  • Komodo

    Re. Luke Harding ( may his feet fall off) and the Assange interview – Mary, comments are enabled for the piece, and an encouraging number of them have spotted that the article is not about the interview but about dissing Assange. Several comments have been removed for breaching the Guardian’s community guidelines, i.e. mentioning (censored*), however.
    *Small Middle Eastern apartheid state built on stolen land.

  • Mary

    Yes Komodo comments went up a good hour after the piece appeared. Garudian probably read some of the criticism on the article on Medialens and elsewhere. What a pathetic rag it now is.

  • Mary

    Lastly things are not looking so good for the current despots in Qatar.
    ‘The news about the military coup attempt coincided with a statement issued by certain figures in Qatar’s ruling family, who oppose the current regime, announcing they do not recognize the legitimacy of Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, while they backed his brother, now exiled in France, Abdul Aziz bin Khalifa Hamad Al-Thani. The statement was signed by 66 opposition figures, including 16 from the ruling Al Thani family. They directed serious charges against the Emir, including the establishment of relations with Israel, total coordination with the United States of America and breaking the Arab ranks. They also claimed his close family members and his wife’s family members are involved in cases of corruption and social injustice.’

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