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
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
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
The flaws of the Intelligence agencies were exposed by reports of their collusion in torture of terror suspects. There have been calls for more bureaucratic interference in the Intelligence agencies. Paul Brannon asks is it right that Britain’s Intelligence agencies should face increased pressure over transparency?
No, being the short answer. The Intelligence and Security Committee which oversees the work of Britain’s intelligence agencies says it is “out of date” and should be given greater powers across the whole spectrum of the intelligence gathering process, and the ability to oversee operational matters. Continue reading