….and Beijing makes moves on possible Afghan Taliban peace talks
China is winning, of that there can now be no doubt at a time when most world powers are falling in with its plans, either in kow-tow mode like the UK or with a somewhat more upright stance like India, or somewhere in-between.
The weakest-looking country in [...]
The capture of a dog belonging to US troops provokes an unexpected reaction
Everyone knows that crazed warmonger Tony Blair “took us to war” in Afghanistan and Iraq, and that professional British soldiers did the best they could to carry out the foolish orders of political donkeys, do they not? One person who does not know this is James de Waal, a visiting fellow at Chatham House, who [...]
A poll quiz question asked by Hopi Sen on Twitter: Supporters of which political party are most likely to agree invading Iraq/Afghanistan was wrong & increased the risk of terror attack?
He was referring to a YouGov poll for The Sunday Times.
I couldn’t decide. It could be the Liberal Democrats, because they were the anti-war party [...]
A boy from Afghanistan born without arms has revealed his desire to one day compete in the Olympics.
A year after the US attack that saw Osama bin Laden killed, efforts to crush the remnants of al-Qa’ida are at a pivotal stage.
As Obama nears the end of his first term as President, Chris Pleasance says he has done little to live up to the terms of the Nobel Peace Prize. Instead, his is a legacy of continued war, questionable drone strikes and pandering to hawkish neocons.
Clara Cullen thinks Obama’s drone strategy is a betrayal of all who supported him. In turn, the silence of all those who voted for “hope” and “change” is worrying; it suggests that the US liberal electorate would rather support Obama, who they perceive as a lesser political evil than his Republican adversaries, than actually questioning the political hypocrisy his foreign policy entails.
The discovery last week of the beheaded body of Khalil Dale, a British humanitarian aid worker in Afghanistan, marks yet another tragic fatality in a rapidly accelerating line of murdered neutral and impartial health professionals. The immediate and obvious response to Dale’s death has been to ask whether more could have been done to negotiate the ransom demanded by his captors. But a far deeper level of disquiet has also emerged.
When you are the most powerful leader in the world, you want to be seen to be manipulating events, not the other way round.
Unfortunately for President Barack Obama, he’s in trouble on the foreign policy front, seven months from a presidential election. At best the situation is unpredictable, at worst, it’s a disaster.
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