Six months and on almost 100,000 casualties, over half murdered by Gaddafi, what’s next for Libya? The first thing is for the National Transitional Council to unite the separate factions. While most Libyans support them the ‘rebels’ are still very un-united in how Libya will be ruled. They will have to ensure Libya remains one country and that people do not try to take advantage. The other major obstacle will be to ensure Continue reading
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
The situation in Syria grows worse as the government massacres its own people during Ramadan. Why is Britain not intervening in Syria’s Arab Spring Revolution when she keenly humiliates herself in Libya? James Garry reports.
I oppose all wars that are not in the national interest and condemn them as a waste of life. The wars that Britain has fought in the last fifteen years – Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya – leave me perplexed. They are all liberal-interventionist wars. Wars waged by a nation Continue reading
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
The war against Libya is all wrong. Britain has the wrong military equipment and no understand of Libyan society. If we must get rid of Colonel Gaddafi, he must be replaced with another member of the Gaddafa tribe, namely Saif al-Islam Gaddafi. Harry Raffal reports.
The recent revelations from the foreign office that Britain would be willing to countenance an outcome in Libya which did not require Colonel Gaddafi’s exile has inevitably raised questions as to how Britain became mired in Libya.
The first mistake seems to have been to adopt the hard-line towards Gaddafi’s regime which has been missing, or was originally missing, in Continue reading
With Hugo Chavez in ill-health, Venezuela has a chance to rid itself of its corrupt and dictatorial leader. It is time the Chavez administration considered new candidates to view for political power, argues Daniel Willis.
The recent news to come from Venezuela indicated that the populist President Hugo Chavez is suffering from bowel cancer. Despite having a tumour approximately the “size of a baseball” removed in late June he has recently found it necessary to return to Cuba for possible chemotherapy or radiation treatment, as was announced last week. Whilst still maintaining an iron grasp on the country, the recent revelations have sparked debate not only regarding the health of the President, but Continue reading
With all the media smothering us in the phone-hacking scandal, other stories are being under-reported. Harry Raffal casts his eyes about the lower reaches of the newspapers to bring you five stories you may have missed.
With the fallout from the hacking scandal continuing to dominate the news, only briefly broken to inform us that a fat couple from Scotland have won over £160 million on the lottery and that the Beckams have provided a ridiculous name to their daughter (so she won’t be bullied by other celebrity kids), here are the five news stories you may have missed if you were busy fretting over who was going to win the apprentice.
One: The decision has been taken to release funds to the Libyan rebel Continue reading
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
We are going to save the planet. We are just not sure how. That would seem to be the message from our political followers.
There is one minor flaw in this argument – especially when one looks at their track record on achieving anything – they will not save the planet. Remember how the NHS has been saved? Just look at our education system – the best in the world. No doubt there. A transport network that would make Roman road-builders jealous. Our railways whoop the French TGV – and our replacement bus service is the best in the world. International terrorism is now a long forgotten blemish, whilst the Middle East is the edenic paradise of Biblical times. Only last week Lansley cured cancer. Having made the world a better place, our brave boys in Whitehall are now going to save it. Thank God for that. Continue reading
Britain is to become, in the words of International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell, a “foreign aid superpower”. The Department for International Development’s (DfID) budget of £7.9 billion is one of a few select areas of government spending being ring-fenced from the coalition’s cuts programme, and David Cameron recently committed to increasing the budget still further.
It is known that a lot of DfID money is misspent, often given to despots without any real oversight (or serving to worsen the situation the aid is trying to repair, as occurred in the case of Ethiopia). However, this cannot and should not obscure the fact that some of it is spent well and, in those instances, it saves lives. Continue reading