Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kosovo and Ukraine: Compare and contrast

My new column for OpEdge:

There have been at least two countries in Europe in recent history that undertook ‘anti-terrorist’ military operations against ‘separatists’, but got two very different reactions from the Western elite...

You can read the whole piece here.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Iraq- a crisis for the western elites - or is it all going to plan?

My new column for OpEdge.

It has all turned out rather differently from how those very distinguished neocon "experts"’ told us it would, hasn’t it?

In the lead-up to the illegal invasion of Iraq in March 2003, we were assured "regime change" would lead to peace and stability and be good news for the whole region. The war on terror would be won, if only that great monster Saddam- with his world-threatening weapons of mass destruction- was removed from power. When asked by an interviewer: "If we go into Iraq and we take down Hussein?" the chairman of the Defense Policy Board Richard Perle replied: "Then I think it's over for the terrorists."

You can read the whole piece here.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Intelligent Punter's Guide to the 2014 USPGA

My latest IP Guide, for the USPGA, which starts today in Kentucky.

The fourth and final golfing Major of the year - the US PGA championship – starts today. It is being held for the third time at Valhalla, the Jack Nicklaus–designed course in Louisville, Kentucky.

Smart punters should take four factors into account when making a shortlist:

You can read the whole article over at The Week website   here.

Same game for 150 Years- British establishment v Russian bogeyman

My new piece for OpEdge.

It is the wartime alliance that no one in the West is mentioning as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

Britain and Russia fought on the same side in the 'Great War', just as Britain and the Soviet Union did in World War II. But we are not supposed to mention such things in an age when British political elites have designated Russia to be an 'official enemy'.

Instead of reminding people how Britain and Russian were allies a century ago, David Cameron uses the WWI centenary to urge NATO to get tougher with Russia.

You can read the whole piece here.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

'Let's sanction Russia'

My new piece for OpEdge:

Israel shells a UN school in Gaza killing 15. It's the sixth time a UN school has been struck.

'Children, women and men killed & injured as they slept in a place where they should have been safe and protected. They were not. Intolerable', says Pierre Krahenbuhl, commissioner general of UNRWA.

Overall, almost 1,400 people (UPDATE: NOW OVER 1800) have been killed in Gaza by Israeli forces with missiles and military equipment supplied by the US. After the latest UN school attack, it was announced that the US will send more ammunition to Israel. The conclusion is: "Let’s sanction Russia!"

You can read the whole of the piece here. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

MH17 and Gaza- two very different elite reactions

298 people killed in the MH17 disaster. Over 600 killed in Gaza. The elite western reaction to these two different tragedies – one still ongoing – tells us so much about the world we live in.

You can read the whole of my new piece for OpEdge here.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Tunisia- where the Arab Spring has not yet turned to winter

My new piece for OpEdge.

It’s just past ten in the morning and the temperature in Tunis is already in the mid-thirties. Usually the cafes in the Tunisian capital would be full of people, but it’s the start of Ramadan and most of them are closed...

You can read the whole of my piece on developments in Tunisia, here

Friday, June 27, 2014

Iraq - the things warmongers said

Now that Iraq is back in the western news headlines again, with calls for 'intervention' to counter ISIS, it's worth bearing in mind what the architects of the Iraq war and the cheerleaders for it said in the lead up and during the invasion about the 'threat' from Saddam's WMDs and how toppling a secular dictator would help the so-called 'war on terror' and bring peace and security to the region.

Do we really want to take these people's advice on what 'we' should do now in Iraq? Up to a million people have been killed since the illegal invasion and as critics predicted at the time, the war led to enormous chaos and instability and boosted radical Islamic extremism. By their own words, let the warmongers be damned.

You can read the whole of my piece from on the things that the warmongers said, here.