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July 28, 2015 2 Comments

Saif al Islam sentenced to death – but Libyan judicial system is far from fair

The death sentences passed down on eight Gaddafi era officials, including the dictator’s son Saif al Islam, are unlikely to cause much outrage in Libya. In fact, they may be a cause for celebration.


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July 14, 2015 10 Comments

Today’s Iran deal is a triumph for international diplomacy

The most astonishing aspect of today’s deal on Iran’s nuclear capability is that neither side is negotiating the terms of its defeat.

July 13, 2015 3 Comments

Why an Iran nuclear deal could have unintended consequences

A deal on Iran’s nuclear programme would be a historic event – but it could come at the expense of angering some of the US’s staunchest allies.

July 10, 2015 8 Comments

There is a corner… mourn but don’t militarise terror deaths

I found myself thinking about Rupert Brooke’s soldier this morning as we mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and think about British tourists who were murdered in Tunisia.

June 29, 2015 2 Comments

Syria: where will the pieces fall?

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men can’t put Syria together again. So now neighbouring countries are preparing to intervene.

June 26, 2015 6 Comments

General Karenzi: bluster and fury won’t change the law

I have never heard President Kagame of Rwanda so angry. As he addressed parliament in Kigali yesterday his words dripped with fury and venom.

Rwandan spy chief General Karenzi granted bail

Rwanda’s intelligence chief has been granted bail by a London court – after he refused consent to his extradition to Spain over alleged war crimes.

June 22, 2015 3 Comments

UK arrests one of Rwanda’s most senior military officers

The detention of General Emmanuel Karake Karenzi will strain relationships between Rwanda and the UK. He is expected to go before a court on Thursday.

June 17, 2015 No Comments

Life under Islamic State: the devotion of some young Syrians

“Were you afraid of Jihadi John?” “No, because I’m a Muslim. He was right to kill those journalists because they were all spies under the cover of journalism.”

June 16, 2015 2 Comments

Islamic State: Syrian child refugees’ reflections

“Islamic State is good,” said 15 year old Mohammed. “The girls don’t like it because they have to cover up but that’s right in Islam.”

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