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November 24, 2014 No Comments

Times may have changed for Iran – but US Republicans haven’t

Past the eleventh hour, past midnight, it’s still a race against time. By delaying a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme until next year, negotiators risk missing a real rather than a self-imposed deadline.

In January the Republican majority Senate takes over in Washington. Republicans and some right-wing Democrats, influenced by Israel and to some extent Saudi Arabia, would rather impose more sanctions on Iran than compromise. “No deal is better than a bad deal,” they say.


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November 21, 2014 4 Comments

Monday at midnight: will we see nuclear peace in our time?

Will a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme lead to rapprochement between the US and the Islamic state after 35 years of enmity?

November 16, 2014 4 Comments

What the horrific Kassig murder video tells us about IS

The video is horrific, but it provides intelligence services with clues about how IS leaders think, critically important for those seeking more effective ways to defeat this death cult.

November 8, 2014 3 Comments

Berlin 1989 – the miracle that blinded us to the truth about revolution

My generation was blinded by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Bloodless revolutions are few and far between.

November 4, 2014 3 Comments

‘Asking for trouble’: Libyan soldiers sent home amid rape allegations

The debacle of Libyan soldiers accused of rape while on a training course near Cambridge symbolises the chaos of both post-revolutionary Libya and British policy.

November 3, 2014 1 Comment

Internet firms ‘in denial’ over terror role, warns GCHQ

The GCHQ director Robert Hannigan has accused internet firms of being “in denial” of the role their networks play in terrorism. Lindsey Hilsum reports.

October 26, 2014 2 Comments

Syria: still dreaming of the future after war

The war in Syria has left devastation and despair in its trail. But the students at Aleppo University dare not stop believing a better future is still within their grasp.

October 22, 2014 4 Comments

What I’ll remember from four days in Aleppo

Power cuts, stopped clocks and no school: just another day in the life of the people of Aleppo, which has been devastated by Syria’s war.

October 19, 2014 2 Comments

Armenians in Aleppo regard Turkey as ‘first enemy’

At least half of Aleppo’s Armenians have left the country. Once again, their community is divided and endangered. And once again, they regard Turkey as the chief cause of their problems.

October 17, 2014 No Comments

Living in Aleppo: half-built buildings with no walls

The physical damage to Aleppo is shocking, but the destruction of people’s lives will be much harder to repair.

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