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WATCH: Blair on Iraq

WATCH: Blair on Iraq

Milton June 15, 2014 0

Controversial ex-PM, Tony Blair, spoke earlier today on Dermot Murnaghan’s Sky News show about the “sorry state of Iraq”, the Arab Spring, and the decisions made during the former Labour leader’s administration. We have three

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Thoughts on Recent Developments in Syria and Iraq.

Thoughts on Recent Developments in Syria and Iraq.

Backbencher June 12, 2014 1

About this time last year the US, UK and French governments were looking into the possibility of offering support to rebel groups in Syria. I made my opposition very clear on this Blog and

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Influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon poses political and demographic risks to Lebanese state

Influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon poses political and demographic risks to Lebanese state

Mesrob Kassemdjian April 24, 2014 1

(Photo of Syrian refugees in Lebanon) Mesrob Kassemdjian reports on Lebanon’s reluctance to assist Syrian refugees. Lebanon has a population of 4.7 million, which presently includes in excess of 960,000 registered Syrian refugees in

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Jordanian regime eager for internal and external security

Jordanian regime eager for internal and external security

Mesrob Kassemdjian April 17, 2014 1

(Photo by Vyacheslav Argenberg) Mesrob Kassemdjian analyses the security situation in Jordan and recent events in Syria. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a constitutional monarchy. The Hashemites have ruled Jordan for four generations,

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Putin’s Spluttering Petro-Empire

Putin’s Spluttering Petro-Empire

Lee Jenkins February 27, 2014 2

The breakneck pace of events in Ukraine are part of a much larger geopolitical story of Russia and its post Soviet place in the world. When Vladimir Putin came to power (the first time)

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Britain Is Great With Refugees

Britain Is Great With Refugees

Lee Jenkins December 30, 2013 2

The law, the facts, and our history make a compelling case for accepting refugees. Following a somewhat confused and contradictory flurry of UKIP positions on Syrian refugees, Facebook and Twitter descended into their time-tested

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Western Sahara conflict overshadowed by Libya and Syria

Backbencher November 18, 2013 1

Disarray in post-Gaddafi Libya and the ongoing political turmoil in Egypt and Tunisia has inadvertently overshadowed events in neighbouring North African countries. Yet a realistic prediction of what the future holds for the volatile

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Is It Time To Just Let Assad Win?

Is It Time To Just Let Assad Win?

Lee Jenkins October 3, 2013 0

A regime victory is now the least bad outcome for Syria and the world. It’s cost over 100,000 dead, with millions languishing in refugee camps and swaths of ancient cities heartbreakingly destroyed by all

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Syria: The World’s Worst Night Club

Richard Elliott September 25, 2013 0

I’ve now made up my mind about Syria. It’s taken me a considerable amount of time to do so, and I have written a number of non-committal pieces on the ongoing civil conflict previous

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Vladimir Putin – the smartest guy in the room

Vladimir Putin – the smartest guy in the room

Backbencher September 24, 2013 0

James Evans reflects on Vladimir Putin’s enduring political skill. September: the season of conferences and political waffle. Behind the scenes, however, one politician has been doing most of the business – Vladimir Putin. As

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