Defence

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Harry’s five of the week: Al-Shabaab, defence, Lib Dems, wind farms, MRSA

al Shabaab

al Shabaab

With the American debt crisis dominating most of the front page headlines at the beginning of the week followed by a dramatic slide in major stock markets you may have been fortunate enough to avoid stories involving Newcastle’s Joey Barton quoting Nietzsche and a Polar bear killing a school boy on an expedition in Norway but amongst this detritus, Harry Raffal reports five of issues which have been left knocking around. Continue reading

The UN and Syria – A hypocrisy in action

Syria Revolution

The UN are hypocrites not intervening in Libya

The United Nations have involved themselves in intervention or peace-keeping in the Balkans, the Ivory Coast, Afghanistan, the Lebanon and in the Israel/Palestine conflict. And, of course, Libya. Yet they are disinclined to intervene in Syria. Is this hypocrisy of the first order? Alex Patnick asks.

As many of you will have read or seen on TV, in recent days, the Assad regime in Syria has been besieging and occupying the town Hama as well as attacking Deraa and committing Continue reading

Harry’s Five Of The Week – Cyprus, Internet Surveillance, Hillsborough, DNA & MoD

Canal Du Midi

Canal Du Midi

Our intrepid Harry Rafal delves into the depths of news to bring you the week’s five (actually six, but who’s counting?) stories that you may have missed.

The events that have unfolded in Norway last week rightfully occupied the headlines at the beginning of the week, supplemented as the week progressed with news of the demise of Amy Winehouse, the sluggish growth of the British economy and the stalemate in the US debt crisis, so here are the five news stories you may have missed if you were fretting over whether Continue reading

Military cuts are going too far – We couldn’t take another military conflict

Military Cuts

Military cuts have gone too far

Is the news today that the Army will receive cuts of another 7,000 men above the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) a sign that things are going too far? With criticism and warnings coming from across the military hierarchy, will Mr Cameron and his government realise their mistakes, asks J. Britain?

When the SDSR was originally announced, it came under intense criticism. The loss of Britain’s only operational aircraft carrier, the entire Harrier fleet gone and cuts to vehicle numbers in all three forces are just a few of the major changes made to the armed forces. It is not all bad, as the Territorial Army (reservists) will be receiving more money. Also, Continue reading

Nato’s Afghan Withdrawal

Afghanistan: Exit Strategy

As Nato’s second handover ceremony took place in Afghanistan this week, many are still questioning how well local forces are up for the task. With over 140,000 Nato troops currently in Afghanistan, the majority American, how well will the Afghan forces deal with this changeover? Will the Taliban be able to take advantage of this? And if things go wrong, what implications will this have for the leaders of the US, the UK, France and others, who wish to move quickly in their withdrawal, asks J. Britain?

Within the last few days NATO handed over the peaceful province of Bamiyan to the Afghan security forces in Continue reading

Requiescat in pace – Is this the end of NATO?

The West’s defensive capabilities are exposed by the war in Libya. The Americans are losing patience, the EU is assuming control of from NATO – Could this signal the beginning of the end for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation? Asks Luke Cahill.

As the conflict in Libya drags on, what was hoped to be Cameron’s and Sarkozy’s Falkland’s – something that would get wide political support and lead to a quick victory – has become a typical Euro muddle. There are serious operational questions to be asked as to whether NATO can survive much longer, or will she rest in peace?

The involvement of the United States has been minimal, at least by the Obama administration, portrayed.  This is partly due to an eye to next year’s presidential election, and partly due to the desire by the Continue reading

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