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.
The anti-war Blair rage is subsiding. The proof is that Lord Sumption’s lecture at the London School of Economics on 14 May went unreported. In it, the Supreme Court Justice said:
The great majority of international lawyers of repute considered it [the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq in 2003] to be contrary to international law.
I know about this only because [...]
I was sorry to learn from Paul Waugh of the death of Brian Jones, the former Defence Intelligence Service official (right) who felt that his doubts about some of the intelligence on Saddam Hussein’s weapons programme had been ignored by the Government before the Iraq war.
He was a decent public servant who thought that some [...]
I am no foreign policy expert, and so until now I have refrained from writing anything about Syria. Until now, I have instead confined myself to tweeting my simultaneous senses of frustration, helplessness and anguish about the situation, whilst faithfully following those on Twitter whom I have deemed better placed, either emotionally or intellectually, to comment on this crisis than I. (I have included here a list of Twitter accounts – some contentious, all compelling – that I have found indispensable to my embryonic understanding of what is going on.)
The US withdrawal from Iraq has produced another blip on the anti-war Blair-rage meter, in which open-minded people considered positions they had previously adopted and reassessed them from first principles.
“The war was based on the false premise that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction,” Mark Mardell, the BBC North America Editor, said on the News [...]
America’s involvement in the second Gulf War in Iraq – whether you were in favor of it or opposed it – is about to end. The Prime Minister of the “new” Iraq was in Washington this week as the guest of President Obama.
Since February 15 2003, when tens of millions of people lined the streets all over the world in protest against the Iraq war, to the recent Arab spring uprising and Occupy movements, director Amir Amirani has been documenting the events of the seemingly unstoppable force of public protest in modern times.
Who remembers the siege of Sarajevo? Today’s world leaders might have forgotten the early 1990s and the four-year encirclement of the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina by Serbian forces.
The media were played for fools ahead of the publication of the UN watchdog’s report on Iran’s nuclear programme, which concluded there was “credible” evidence that Iran had been working on a nuclear weapon.
Step One involved the leak of Israeli cabinet discussions on possible preemptive military strikes last weekend. Then newsrooms across the world [...]
A crisis awaits Iraq following Turkey’s extensive dam building project claims Azzam Alwash, the director of one of the country’s largest non-governmental environmental organisations, Nature Iraq. Yet little attention is being give to his proposed methods to avert catastrophe.
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