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April 14, 2015 2 Comments

Foreign policy: the ignored debate of election 2015

Is British aid effective? Is the balance of forces in the British military right for the 21st century? Is there really nothing we can do about the unfolding tragedy in Syria? Could we at least admit a few more Syrian refugees?

These are the non-issues of the British election, the critical questions that won’t be debated.

14 cam manifesto g w Foreign policy: the ignored debate of election 2015

I suppose Labour don’t want to say much about international affairs because under Tony Blair they did too much, and the Tories shy away from it because they have done so little.


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April 4, 2015 11 Comments

Islamic State destruction of history spreads to ancient city of Hatra

We are running out of words to describe the vandals of the Islamic State (IS) who not only show merciless cruelty to the living but are seeking to destroy the heritage left by the long dead. A new

April 3, 2015 4 Comments

‘Victory for us': interpreting Iran’s nuclear agreement

Unlike the US, the Iranians are not releasing fact sheets about the scale of nuclear reduction because they would rather be a little vague on the compromises they’ve made.

April 1, 2015 3 Comments

The Rolex ticks at Iran nuclear talks

Geneva, under UN auspices, was the Iranians choice to hold talks, but what about the date? With a deadline of midnight 31 March a new danger arose: the April Fool’s Agreement.

March 31, 2015 1 Comment

Iran nuclear deal could have unintended consequences for US

For the Saudis, Iran – not Islamic State – is the greatest danger in the Middle East. So nuclear détente between Iran and the US will not be cost-free.

March 30, 2015 No Comments

Iran nuclear talks: another 36 hours to make harmony

The mood music coming out of Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne may be positive, but there are more variations to be played through before a harmonious finale can be achieved.

March 29, 2015 4 Comments

Nuclear deal: Netanyahu’s call to halt ‘Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis’

Diplomats are trying to decrease tension in Lausanne and put a brake on Iran’s nuclear programme. The fear is what could happen if the talks fail.

March 16, 2015 5 Comments

On the front line of Islamic State’s war on history

Graffiti sprayed last year on the ruins of Cyrene, in Libya, reads: “Destroy the Idols”. Islamists, including Islamic State militants, see such pre-Islamic structures as sacrilege.

March 9, 2015 No Comments

Stephen O’Brien: UN opts for ‘pretty good candidate for important job’

Too often UN appointments are made entirely on political patronage and not at all on competence. This time the former has been tempered by the latter.

March 6, 2015 2 Comments

New dark ages as Islamic State wreaks destruction in Mosul

Visitors to the British Museum can see the magnificent winged bulls taken from Nimrud, in northern Iraq. But Iraqis living there are cowering in terror as their history is annihilated.

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