Saudi Arabia is Going to Execute a Poet

There are few occasions on which the United Nations is able to disgrace itself more effectively than when it comes to making appointments to committees and sinecures. Iraq, for example, was due to take the chairmanship of the special committee on disarmament in 2003; a move prohibited not by any common sense on the part of the U.N. but because the US-led intervention in that same year made such an appointment impossible. Iran has recently been re-elected to a seat on the U.N’s Commission on the Status of Women. Robert Mugabe, the subject of a wide-ranging travel ban, was asked … Continue reading

Africa and India “speak in one voice”.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his address to the India-Africa Forum Summit on Thursday: “Today, it is not just a meeting of India and Africa… Today, the dreams of one-third of humanity have come together under one roof. Today, the heartbeats of 1.25 billion Indians and 1.25 billion Africans are in rhythm.” Meeting with 41 African heads of state in New Delhi on the sidelines of the summit, Mr. Modi went on to announce plans to invest $600 million in African development projects. A portion of this money will be allocated to the India-Africa Development Fund and the … Continue reading

Playing chess by Putin’s rules

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Last year, many commentators in the West were aghast at the Russian stance on the Syrian civil war. It was in early 2013 when Russia and China presented a united opposition at the UN Security Council to intervention in Syria. It was also flabbergasted at the Russian opposition, in the summer of 2013, to Obama’s proposed ‘punitive measures’ (read: indiscriminate bombing.)This was after Assad’s use of chemical warfare, which led to Putin pledging more military hardware as a gesture of support. The proponents of ‘humanitarian interventions’ will pretend that Vladimir Putin succeeded in deterring the Americans. In reality, the US … Continue reading