Abdullah Öcalan should be dead, but instead he is suing for peace. The renewed efforts at Turkey-PKK peace show that pragmatic politics remain strategically superior to the Manichaeism of zero-sum 'counter-terrorism'.
Abdullah Öcalan and a strategic case for mercy
- 01 March 2015
- Dr Phil Leech
Refugees from Syria seeking asylum in the UK may be welcome, but they must risk a perilous journey first
- 24 February 2015
- Amelia Smith
Ahmed Zakri is from the village of Jalin in the Daraa province of Syria, just north of the border of Jordan. The road that leads out of the violence and into the neighbouring country has been closed since summer 2013.
Tomb raider, Turkish style
- 23 February 2015
- Tallha Abdulrazaq
Turkey has raised quite a few eyebrows with its latest foray into foreign affairs. In the early hours of Sunday morning, the Turkish government authorised the army to deploy across the Syrian border, travel through Ayn Al-Arab (Kobani) and gain access to the tomb of Suleyman Shah about 22 miles into Syria.
Theresa May's latest crackpot election scheme
- 22 February 2015
- Yvonne Ridley
One of the most uncertain British General Elections for decades is looming and creating panic among the major political parties who can no longer take the electorate or their votes for granted. To win hearts and minds at the ballot box, politicians are having to come up with all sorts of crackpot schemes which they think will appeal to the masses.
How Britain’s pro-Israel lobby invests in young parliamentary candidates
- 16 February 2015
- Alastair Sloan