South Africa under Zuma: The apple falls far from the tree

29th April 2016

“Among our country’s major challenges are crime, joblessness and corruption.” Nelson Mandela The presidential term of the African National Congress’ (ANC) first democratically President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, is widely acknowledged to have had more symbolic importance than legislative importance.  Granted, much was achieved in those years.  Trying to … read more

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Much the same in the South Caucasus

23rd April 2016

April 18 In his fascinating account of the USSR, Imperium, the Polish journalist, Ryszard Kapuscinski describes a flying visit to Nagorno-Karabakh in the early 1990s. The area was sealed off by Soviet troops, attempting to keep the peace between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces. Defying the Kremlin and arguably common sense, … read more

The US Presidential Election: Competing Visions about US Power

31st March 2016

It is often hard to take seriously the hyperbolic language that is being thrown about in the primaries phase of the US Presidential election, particularly on the Republican side.  Marco Rubio, short-sightedly in my opinion, has vowed to repeal the US-Cuban reconciliation.   Donald Trump seems to revel in evermore bizarre … read more

The Untold Persecution of Christians In the Middle East

7th March 2016

The topic of Christian persecution is a difficult and sensitive one in a country increasingly allegoric to any mention of Christianity and especially of Christian repression. The problem is that Christian persecution, particularly in North Africa and the Middle East, has been mostly ignored in recent decades by the political … read more

China on Nuclear High Alert

23rd February 2016

Following the atomic explosion of North Korea’s fourth nuclear test there has been much fallout in the region in both political and military terms. On the 17th February 2016 the United States flew four F-22 Raptors out of Osan Air Base in South Korea as a demonstration of its commitment … read more

The Chagos Islanders: Return to the political arena

17th February 2016

The Chagossians have continued to highlight their struggle in the political arena during the start of 2016 with the Chagos Islands All Party Parliamentary Group conducting its 53rd meeting last week, including the welcoming of two new members of the House of Commons to the cause: Mike Kane MP and … read more

The Chagos Islanders: Their fight for the right to return home

16th February 2016

The turquoise surf clings to the white beaches of Diego Garcia. ‘Fantasy Island’ plays host to two bomber runways, two nuclear-cleared berths, anchorages for 30 ships and over 4,000 US servicemen. Its native population was forcibly evicted in the late 1960s and early 1970s. 2016 offers hope for many of … read more

British Foreign Policy: 60 years after Suez

15th February 2016

“Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow” Lord Palmerston, Prime Minister 1859-65 Few anniversaries will be remembered less fondly than the 60th anniversary of the Suez Crisis.  In 1956 Britain and France invaded Egypt on the pretext of keeping the Israeli’s from doing the same.  The reason for … read more

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