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The Hizbullah Phenomenon

December 31, 2014

By Mohammad I. Aslam: Lina Khatib, Dina Mater and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication, Published by Hurst, 2014. New from £18.84 (Amazon paperback). ISBN: 1849043353. In Hizbullah: Politics and Communication, a trio of authors endeavour to shine light on the evolutionary transformation of arguably the most powerful sub-state political and military movement in the … Continue reading “The Hizbullah Phenomenon”

Interview – Iain Morley QC on prosecuting war crimes

December 29, 2014

By Dora Robinson: On 5 December the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) withdrew the charges against Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, who had been charged with crimes against humanity in the wake of the disputed 2007 Kenyan elections, when over 1000 people were killed. This has renewed scrutiny into the challenges of prosecuting international … Continue reading “Interview – Iain Morley QC on prosecuting war crimes”

Is this the end of the Kuomintang in Taiwan? Ma Yingjeou, China, and the KMT electoral defeat

December 22, 2014

By Jeroen Gelsing: Many have observed that Barack Obama’s presidency has aged him beyond his years. As much, if not more, holds true for Taiwanese president Ma Yingjeou. Since coming to power six years ago, deep furrows and dark shadows have marred the 64-year old politician’s once boyish good looks, whose disastrous second term has … Continue reading “Is this the end of the Kuomintang in Taiwan? Ma Yingjeou, China, and the KMT electoral defeat”

Over 130 Children Killed in Tragic Peshawar Attack

December 16, 2014

By Zoha Waseem: Heart-breaking images from Pakistan’s north-western city of Peshawar flooded news channels around the world today as over 140 people, including 132 children, were killed in one of the deadliest attacks ever to take place in the country. In a rescue operation that lasted over eight hours, six militants associated with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan … Continue reading “Over 130 Children Killed in Tragic Peshawar Attack”

Why won’t the USA leave the Persian Gulf? The story of the ultimate ‘frenemies'

December 15, 2014

By Mazhid Kat: In 1945 Franklin Roosevelt was the first President to admit that the United States had become oil-dependent.[i] This occurred because the American government had introduced a ‘conservation policy’ aimed at reducing the production of domestic oil and saving reserves for future generations by substituting it with imports.[ii] As a result, Roosevelt and King … Continue reading “Why won’t the USA leave the Persian Gulf? The story of the ultimate ‘frenemies'”

Did torture cost American lives?

December 11, 2014

By Christopher D. Kolenda: “The enemy is the enemy, until he becomes my prisoner,” I remember Lieutenant General Hal Moore saying, “then he is my responsibility”. Moore was with co-author Joe Galloway at Fort Hood, Texas, in 1993. They were talking to officers from 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry, Moore’s unit in Vietnam, about their book … Continue reading “Did torture cost American lives?”

The tortured narrative of a nation at war: USA & the CIA Torture Report

December 10, 2014

By Tyrell Mayfield: What is more important: truth or trust? Are they mutually exclusive? Does one require the other? These are the questions that America is struggling with as it finds itself once again standing at the crossroads of legal, moral, and social justice. The recent release of the summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s … Continue reading “The tortured narrative of a nation at war: USA & the CIA Torture Report”

CIA Torture Report released: 'torture doesn't work'

December 9, 2014

By Charlie de Rivaz: A few hours ago the Senate Intelligence Committee released parts of the long-awaited 6000-page ‘CIA Torture report’. The report has revealed the extent and the brutality of the torture used by the CIA during the ‘War on Terror’, initiated in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the USA. The report … Continue reading “CIA Torture Report released: 'torture doesn't work'”

It's time for Colombia's President to stop poisoning his people

December 8, 2014

By Victoria Fontan: President Santos has championed a change in strategy in the ‘War on Drugs’, yet he continues to allow glyphosate fumigations in parts of Colombia. Since he came to power in 2010, Colombia’s President Santos has been a strong supporter of a change in the international strategy against drugs. Up till now the strategy … Continue reading “It's time for Colombia's President to stop poisoning his people”

The Difficulty of Remembrance in Germany

December 3, 2014

By Sarah Katharina Kayß: They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old[1]               … and we don’t like to think about you This past Remembrance Day crowds gathered the streets of London to remember the millions of fallen British armed personnel. More than 5 million people, … Continue reading “The Difficulty of Remembrance in Germany”


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