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March 3, 2015 No Comments

Why Netanyahu wants to scupper a US deal with Iran

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.


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March 2, 2015 No Comments

Tikrit, where liberation from IS could bring yet more pain

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.

February 27, 2015 2 Comments

Iraq: why looting can be a good thing

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.

February 23, 2015 1 Comment

‘Down with military rule!’ – Sisi and the realpolitik of today’s Egypt

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.

February 18, 2015 1 Comment

Ceasefire in Aleppo: best option for civilians but proof of rebel despair?

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

February 17, 2015 4 Comments

Libya: is it better to leave dictators in their place?

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?

February 16, 2015 1 Comment

Could the rise of Islamic State prove fatal for Libya?

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.

February 9, 2015 3 Comments

Crunch time at the UN as candidates vie for top job

The UN is frequently accused of waste and incompetence. Maybe if they started appointing senior people on merit that might change.

January 27, 2015 No Comments

Libyans hope for law and order as country is torn apart

Today’s attack on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, is a symbol of the anarchy that has come to characterise the country.

January 22, 2015 5 Comments

Today’s anti-IS meeting is fantasy masquerading as policy

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.

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