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Today Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will give a dramatic speech to the US Congress outlining how within months Iran could build a nuclear weapon. It would sound more frightening if he and other Israeli leaders hadn’t been predicting similar time frames for more than 20 years.
A combined force of Iraqi army, Shia militia and Kurdish peshmerga is trying to retake Tikrit from IS. But it is more likely to want vengeance than an orderly retaking of the area.
Better that at least some vestiges of previous civilisations be kept safe in the great museums of London, Berlin and New York, courtesy of the colonial looters of yesteryear.
What do you do when the only person standing up to your worst enemy is a thug and a bully? Not a playground problem but the realpolitik of the Middle East today.
The Syrian government knows it’s in a strong position. If the rebels don’t agree the ceasefire, they may be crushed. Previous ‘local ceasefires’ have been a euphemism for
The disaster of Libya provided much of the reason for not aiding Syrians who rose against dictatorship in 2012. But is the best course of action to do nothing?
Many Libyans who fought to overthrow Colonel Gaddafi are in despair. They know their failure to curb the rise in Islamic State could be deadly for their disintegrating country.
The UN is frequently accused of waste and incompetence. Maybe if they started appointing senior people on merit that might change.
Today’s attack on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, is a symbol of the anarchy that has come to characterise the country.
With Iraq riven by sectarianism and corruption, don’t expect any public statements from today’s London meeting of anti-IS nations to bear much relationship to reality on the ground.