The dangers of sabre-
rattling in Syria
The spread of the Syrian war to Turkey shows how lethal the internationalisation of conflicts can be.
|Monday 8 October 2012|
Another fine mess NATO has got us into
As the mayhem in Syria shows, NATO does little but destabilise the countries that it threatens to intervene in.
|Tuesday 18 September 2012|
What’s motoring this ‘Muslim rage’?
The Islamic world’s fury over a YouTube film speaks to something profound: the hollowing-out of the politics of state and diplomacy.
|Wednesday 15 August 2012|
Are we willing to die to save the past?
Archaeologist Alex Joffe on how Western empowerment of Islamists threatens precious antiquities.
|Monday 13 August 2012|
Syria: how the West is sanctioning sectarianism
In the name of making a PR performance of their moral resolve, Western governments are meddling in Syria in an ever-more lethal way.
|Wednesday 4 July 2012|
A Libyan election on NATO’s terms
The first election in 47 years should have been momentous, but Western meddling warped Libya’s democratic struggle.
|Thursday 19 April 2012|
The imperial narcissism of the F1 boycotters
The activists who say the race shouldn't be staged in Bahrain are only interested in displaying their decency.
|Wednesday 11 April 2012|
Why Syrians should
say no to Annan
The UN ‘peace plan’ is about enforcing stability, even if that means keeping Assad in power, not liberating Syrians.
|Thursday 1 March 2012|
How the West wrecked Libya
Far from being a model for future interventions, Libya shows that meddling strangles the democratic impulse.
|Tuesday 7 February 2012|
Let’s veto the West’s moral posturing on Syria
There is more logic to Russia’s and China’s veto of the UN resolution condemning Assad than there is to William Hague’s sixth-former antics.
|Thursday 12 January 2012|
Treating Libya like a troublesome child
Who gave Amnesty International and other human rights groups the authority to boss about the new Libyan government?
|Tuesday 3 January 2012|
The Syrian uprising: it isn’t all about us
The vanity of those calling for the West to intervene is matched only by the navel-gazing of those who claim to be opposed to intervention.
|Thursday 15 December 2011|
Benghazi: the battle for democracy resumes
The protests against the transitional government in Libya show the West can’t just hand down democracy from afar.
|Thursday 24 November 2011|
Three cheers for the second Egyptian uprising
Those confused by the return of the masses in Cairo have failed to learn a key lesson of history: democratic protesters are not easily placated.
|Wednesday 23 November 2011|
Legal justice: too fine a pursuit for Libyans
The International Criminal Court’s insistence on controlling the trial of Saif Gaddafi reeks of neo-colonialism.
|Wednesday 16 November 2011|
Putting the Syrian Spring on ice
From EU sanctions to Arab League posturing, external meddling in Syria is weakening the democratic uprising.
|Monday 24 October 2011|
The leeches and legalists squabbling over Gaddafi
Neither Western leaders trying to wring moral mileage out of Gaddafi's death, nor UN officials denouncing it as illegal, deserve our backing.
|Wednesday 31 August 2011|
Libya and the shameless rewriting of history
The repackaging of NATO’s reckless intervention as a clever war for liberty would make Orwell’s Ministry of Truth beam with pride.
|Thursday 25 August 2011|
It’s a civil war, Jim, but not as we know it
The rebel forces in Libya have not so much won Tripoli as they have tiptoed into a vacuum left by the disintegration of the Gaddafi regime.
|Thursday 11 August 2011|
Speaking freely in the Middle East
The Doha Debates suggest that people in the Arab world could teach Westerners a thing or two about freedom of speech.