NEWNATIONS PRESCRIPTIONS

22 July 2010
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The root problem which will not go away when the western troops leave, is that there is now such visceral hatred and fear between the two rival sects of Islam, and this is not excluded from the Iraqi army and police, who on present form will in the absence of foreign troops, probably be out of civilian control – and of course there are waiting in the wings, the massive  [ Read More ]

22 July 2010
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Georgia has tried to have its long struggle against Russia reflected in being allowed to join the Nato Alliance. They have have shown themselves to be belligerent and unreliable, so membership of Nato would not be an acceptable solution. Yet the corridor for Caspian oil goes through their country en route primarily to Europe. This supply is strategically at risk, which would have real consequences for Europe’s oil Our New  [ Read More ]

22 June 2010
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Iran is either bluffing or telling the truth regarding its nuclear intentions, or perhaps it is still making up its mind. This ancient nation is a signatory of the nuclear non-proliferation pact. It insists that it is only seeking to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, as under that pact it is fully entitled to do. That has not been shown to be untrue. It is the job of the  [ Read More ]

16 November 2009
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Russia must find its own way towards democracy. It has never known anything like this desirable state of affairs. At many levels Russians are deeply suspicious about the implied western values being imposed upon them. Of course this is primarily a top-down attitude but there is little evidence that there is much (remember it has a 300 million population), in the way of public “demand” for the various freedoms, that  [ Read More ]

8 September 2007
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During the conflict it was alleged that the increase of opium/heroin production was funding the Taleban war effort, but this ignored the fact that the Taleban were only resurgent in certain parts of Afghanistan – therefore the Taleban can only be partly responsible. It is also fair to say that in the Taleban’s final year in power before the coalition intervened in their country, the Taleban government, in response to  [ Read More ]