British Prime Minister David Cameron has been asked to intervene “as a matter of urgency” over the fate of prominent Egyptian political prisoner Gehad Al-Haddad. Well known internationally as the Muslim Brotherhood’s spokesperson, Al-Haddad became the centre of attention two years ago at an event at Chequers, the historic country house retreat in Buckinghamshire used by British prime ministers since 1921.
Is David Cameron just a fickle friend?
- 07 October 2015
- Yvonne Ridley
Russia’s invasion of Syria and its strategic impact on Turkish national security
- 06 October 2015
- Mahmoud Othman
Despite the fact that President Vladimir Putin claims that his invasion of Syria and military activity in the country aims to combat Daesh, the Russian airstrikes targeted various groups of the Free Syrian Army in a number of provinces. Furthermore, military analysts stress that Moscow’s announced motives are not in line with the advanced air defences placed by the Russians at Humaimam Base; they cannot be directed at Daesh because the extremist group does not possess any aircraft or missile systems. The real purpose of these systems is the establishment of a full air buffer zone in the area, which has coincided with NATO’s withdrawal of its missile defences and Washington’s initiative to withdraw its Patriot missiles from the Turkey-Syria border under the pretext of modernising the batteries. This was followed by the withdrawal of the only aircraft carrier in the region, leaving the air space east of the Mediterranean open to Russian aircraft.
Britain’s approach to Yemen has been both naïve and duplicitous
- 06 October 2015
- Alastair Sloan
The British government resigned itself to war in Yemen long before the Saudi-led coalition carried out its first sorties against Houthi-held targets in March this year. That's according to a series of damning British government documents I have seen regarding “Friends of Yemen”, a diplomatic effort supposedly spearheaded by Britain to aid peaceful transition in the country. A joint initiative between the Republic of Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UK, its last meeting was in September 2014.
Russian political supremacy in Syria
- 01 October 2015
- Abdul Sattar Qassem
Russian support for the Syrian regime has not stopped since the start of the events in Syria. Russia has not stopped providing political and diplomatic support for the regime. Russia even used its vetoing power in the UN Security Council to defend the regime. It is difficult to image the regime surviving this entire period without Russian and Iranian support, and it is also difficult to imagine the opposition’s and militias’ survival without the Arab, Turkish and western support. However, Russia has been very cautious in its tone and continued its support quietly without noise or threats, and it proved its strong presence on the military and diplomatic levels.
Corbyn must oppose an attack on Syria; lives may depend on it
- 30 September 2015
- Alastair Sloan
The Labour Party has changed forever the way that British foreign policy is conducted. This process has taken nearly fifteen years and began with Tony Blair's hysterical reaction to the 9/11 attacks in 2001. It continued with Ed Miliband's unprecedented parliamentary victory against Syrian intervention in 2013. It has been completed through the election of Jeremy Corbyn, a long-term peacenik, who has said that he is ready to apologise on behalf of the Labour Party for its small but important role in the invasion of Iraq. The circle has been completed.