The clock is ticking – no time to lose in Syria and Iran

2011 was not a good year for dictators and tyrants, as Ben Ali, Mubarak and finally Gaddafi were all successfully unseated from power. But let us not forget that many are still killing, torturing, and raping their own people – right now.

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The Euro Deal: EU’s Closer Integration; UK’s Isolation

Summits. With all the fanfare and hours of squabbling, you have to give it to the European Union. They do it best and they do it often. With the gruelling negotiations on addressing the looming Euro tragedy one can’t help but as why oh why must the EU’s answer to everything be to call a … Continue reading

The necessity of the Brownian downfall

“27 June 2007, the day when the skies darkened and the country went to the dogs! (…) Tony Blair’s far better than anyone else in politics today.” My friend John Rentoul hit the mark in today’s Independent. There is no one quite like Tony Blair. He’s in a class of his own, not a mere … Continue reading

Obama’s Devastatingly Mixed Signals

For better or worse, each passing day the Middle East is becoming more unstable. Regimes that have clung to power for decades are now being overthrown and threatened. Others are preemptively cracking down on their opponents or seeking to appease them.

While no one can say with certainty what the future will bring to the radically altered Middle Eastern landscape, it is becoming increasingly apparent that US influence over events here will be dramatically diminished.

Egypt: The Word from the Streets

by Bob Cavalcante As someone who lived and worked in Alexandria, Egypt for the last year and was in Alex when Khaled Said was assassinated by the corrupt police; witnessed the running gunfights outside my apartment window every night for the past week; saw every day non-political and non-protesting Egyptians stay up all night protecting … Continue reading

Starting Over: What Builds a Nation

by Caela I’m a very big fan of moving on. I’ve cheered new administrations on for not dwelling on the past and moving straight to the dirty task of governance and talk on the high road of bipartisanship for nation-building. The thing is, I believe this country have moved on far too often. I could … Continue reading

More Summits: The EU Solution

Why oh why must the EU’s answer to everything be to call a pow-wow at which they can take yet another group picture to set on their mantelpieces? No wonder capitals around the world are thinking that the EU is just about huff and puff.