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Responsibility To Protect at Ten Why Are Humanitarian Workers Targeted? Living Ordinary Lives? European Muslims After Charlie Hebdo Will Corruption and Income Inequality Scupper India’s Economic Revival? Radicalism in the Modern World Reza Aslan Slams Bill Maher for Facile Arguments’ About Muslim Violence Merkel Iraq in 2015: An Interview with Iraq Analyst Joel Wing Forget the SNP Is the Aral Sea Disaster Reversible? Berlin, 1989 by Michael Penhallow Independence: the Nationalist Lottery
 

Responsibility To Protect at Ten

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine was agreed by UN member states in the 2005 World Outcome document. As we near the tenth anniversary of its adoption, how successful has it been? R2P replaces humanitarian intervention as a way in which the UN has justified state intervention. Implementation of R2P has come in 3 forms: i) […]

Why Are Humanitarian Workers Targeted?

Why are humanitarian workers targeted? On World Humanitarian Day this year the United Nations reported that in various conflict zones in 2013, 155 aid workers were killed, 171 were injured and 134 were taken as captives. We have to ask, what is the justification for such acts? Let us begin with the illegal occupation of […]

Living Ordinary Lives? European Muslims After Charlie Hebdo

The tragedy of Charlie Hebdo has provoked an immense response from Muslims and non-Muslims all over the world. Almost all who have written about this issue have condemned the killings in Paris, equating them to other similar terrorist threats and attacks such as the Rushdie Affair and the 7/7 bombings in Britain, the 9/11 attacks, and […]

Will Corruption and Income Inequality Scupper India’s Economic Revival?

As anyone who has spent any length of time travelling in India will attest, it is a country of stark contrasts. In few ways is this more obvious than the vast disparities in wealth between 500 million of India’s total 1.27 billion citizens living on less than $1.25 per day and a small but increasingly wealthy elite […]

Radicalism in the Modern World

The main source of hostility in the modern world is the widening gap between the most and least developed segments of human civilization. While some societies are exploring potential life on other planets, life has not changed much for others over the past millennium. Unlike in previous centuries, the permeation of modern day technologies makes […]

Reza Aslan Slams Bill Maher for Facile Arguments’ About Muslim Violence

Reza Aslan Slams Bill Maher for Facile Arguments’ About Muslim Violence

This isn’t a new video but in the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo and the standard rush to judgement on the nature of Islam, Reza Aslan is worth listening to.   Related Posts:Living Ordinary Lives? European Muslims After Charlie HebdoWhy Are Humanitarian Workers Targeted?Iraq in 2015: An Interview with Iraq Analyst Joel WingWhat Happens When the […]

Merkel’s Warning to the Germans a Lesson for UK Politicians

I haven’t been wildly impressed by how Angela Merkel has handled the eurozone crisis, but this speech to the German people shows why (for my money) she’s easily the most impressive political leader in Europe, if not the world, right now. At a time when too many UK politicians have been pandering to extreme tendencies in a craven attempt […]

Iraq in 2015: An Interview with Iraq Analyst Joel Wing

Robert Tollast sits down with Joel Wing, author of the excellent Musings on Iraq blog, to discuss the coming year in Iraq. Joel has made his blog an expansive online resource for Iraq analysis and it is now one of the main on-line forums for academic discussion of Iraq, recently hosting a 24 expert review of the […]

Forget the SNP’s Rhetoric About the People. It’s All About the Party.

After the brave new world rhetoric and the endless claims about social justice from the SNP, I’m unclear how any of the Party’s new membership intake can be encouraged by the treatment of prospective SNP parliamentary candidate and former UK ambassador, Craig Murray. Read here for Murray’s reasoned and eloquent account of his treatment by the SNP […]

Is the Aral Sea Disaster Reversible?

Once the fourth largest lake in the world, the Aral Sea has shrunk by 90% over the past 50 years. Perhaps a paragon of unsustainable development and mismanagement, it has been described by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as ‘one of the planet’s worst environmental disasters’. Is there hope for the people and the environment affected […]

Berlin, 1989 by Michael Penhallow

Ronald Reagan did not bring the Berlin Wall down, not even close. How do I know? Because I was there. I remember his speech at the wall, right in front of the Brandenburg Gate. It was June 12, 1987 and despite the media reports to the contrary there were relatively few in attendance. We stood alone in […]

Independence: the Nationalist Lottery

I’m voting ‘No’ this Thursday. I’ve been leaning ‘Yes’ for a while, but as the referendum approaches I’ve found myself changing my mind. There are real potential benefits to a ‘Yes’ vote: I believe that a parliament based on proportional representation will give us better (though more boring) governance over the long term and more accurately […]

Responsibility To Protect at Ten

by Luke Charters-Reid, 27 January 2015

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine was agreed by UN member states in the 2005 World Outcome document. As we near the tenth anniversary of its adoption, how successful has it been? R2P replaces humanitarian intervention as a way in which the UN has justified state intervention. Implementation of R2P has come in 3 forms: i) […]

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Why Are Humanitarian Workers Targeted?

by Hashmat Moslih, 25 January 2015

Why are humanitarian workers targeted? On World Humanitarian Day this year the United Nations reported that in various conflict zones in 2013, 155 aid workers were killed, 171 were injured and 134 were taken as captives. We have to ask, what is the justification for such acts? Let us begin with the illegal occupation of […]

Read the full story

Posted in Humanitarian Intervention, Iraq, Islam, Middle East, Religion, Syria, UN, World1 Comment

Living Ordinary Lives? European Muslims After Charlie Hebdo

by Mastoureh Fathi, 24 January 2015

The tragedy of Charlie Hebdo has provoked an immense response from Muslims and non-Muslims all over the world. Almost all who have written about this issue have condemned the killings in Paris, equating them to other similar terrorist threats and attacks such as the Rushdie Affair and the 7/7 bombings in Britain, the 9/11 attacks, and […]

Read the full story

Posted in Europe, Islam, Religion, World0 Comments

Will Corruption and Income Inequality Scupper India’s Economic Revival?

by Nick Watts, 21 January 2015

As anyone who has spent any length of time travelling in India will attest, it is a country of stark contrasts. In few ways is this more obvious than the vast disparities in wealth between 500 million of India’s total 1.27 billion citizens living on less than $1.25 per day and a small but increasingly wealthy elite […]

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Posted in Asia, India, Uncategorized, World0 Comments

Iraq in 2015: An Interview with Iraq Analyst Joel Wing

by Robert Tollast, 31 December 2014

Robert Tollast sits down with Joel Wing, author of the excellent Musings on Iraq blog, to discuss the coming year in Iraq. Joel has made his blog an expansive online resource for Iraq analysis and it is now one of the main on-line forums for academic discussion of Iraq, recently hosting a 24 expert review of the […]

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Posted in Interviews, Iraq, Middle East, Syria, World0 Comments

Radicalism in the Modern World

by Huseyn Panahov, 14 January 2015

The main source of hostility in the modern world is the widening gap between the most and least developed segments of human civilization. While some societies are exploring potential life on other planets, life has not changed much for others over the past millennium. Unlike in previous centuries, the permeation of modern day technologies makes […]

Read the full story

Posted in Asia, Europe, World0 Comments

Reza Aslan Slams Bill Maher for Facile Arguments’ About Muslim Violence

Reza Aslan Slams Bill Maher for Facile Arguments’ About Muslim Violence

by David Miles, 14 January 2015

This isn’t a new video but in the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo and the standard rush to judgement on the nature of Islam, Reza Aslan is worth listening to.   Related Posts:Living Ordinary Lives? European Muslims After Charlie HebdoWhy Are Humanitarian Workers Targeted?Iraq in 2015: An Interview with Iraq Analyst Joel WingWhat Happens When the […]

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Posted in Culture, Global Politics Videos, Islam, Middle East, World0 Comments

Merkel’s Warning to the Germans a Lesson for UK Politicians

by David Miles, 02 January 2015

I haven’t been wildly impressed by how Angela Merkel has handled the eurozone crisis, but this speech to the German people shows why (for my money) she’s easily the most impressive political leader in Europe, if not the world, right now. At a time when too many UK politicians have been pandering to extreme tendencies in a craven attempt […]

Read the full story

Posted in Europe, Germany, World0 Comments

Forget the SNP’s Rhetoric About the People. It’s All About the Party.

by David Miles, 28 December 2014

After the brave new world rhetoric and the endless claims about social justice from the SNP, I’m unclear how any of the Party’s new membership intake can be encouraged by the treatment of prospective SNP parliamentary candidate and former UK ambassador, Craig Murray. Read here for Murray’s reasoned and eloquent account of his treatment by the SNP […]

Read the full story

Posted in Scottish Independence, World1 Comment

Is the Aral Sea Disaster Reversible?

by Adil Khan, 22 December 2014

Once the fourth largest lake in the world, the Aral Sea has shrunk by 90% over the past 50 years. Perhaps a paragon of unsustainable development and mismanagement, it has been described by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as ‘one of the planet’s worst environmental disasters’. Is there hope for the people and the environment affected […]

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Posted in World0 Comments

Berlin, 1989 by Michael Penhallow

by Michael Penhallow, 10 December 2014

Ronald Reagan did not bring the Berlin Wall down, not even close. How do I know? Because I was there. I remember his speech at the wall, right in front of the Brandenburg Gate. It was June 12, 1987 and despite the media reports to the contrary there were relatively few in attendance. We stood alone in […]

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Independence: the Nationalist Lottery

by Christopher Flaherty, 16 September 2014

I’m voting ‘No’ this Thursday. I’ve been leaning ‘Yes’ for a while, but as the referendum approaches I’ve found myself changing my mind. There are real potential benefits to a ‘Yes’ vote: I believe that a parliament based on proportional representation will give us better (though more boring) governance over the long term and more accurately […]

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Scottish Independence: The Die was Cast from the Beginning

by David Miles, 07 September 2014

Will Hutton has probably been the most influential writer on the British constitutional state over the last two decades. Last night he issued a call to arms arguing that the party leaders at Westminster have just 10 days to announce a constitutional settlement to ‘save the Union’. Personally I think it’s a bit late in the day for […]

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What Happens When the Islamic State isn’t Defeated?

by Rowan Kane, 05 September 2014

Since overrunning swathes of Iraq from its strongholds in Syria earlier this summer, it has been made relatively clear how American defense and counter-terrorism officials feel about the Islamic State (a.k.a. IS, ISIS, ISIL). In a word: spooked. The Islamic State is not only well organized but it is incredibly well financed and is now well equipped with American-made weaponry. This […]

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