Cover Page, 2 September 2021, Issue 291 Welcome to our latest edition. This week we consider: cash for assets; the Taliban and Political Islam; decline and stumble in the USA; definitions of childhood; what now for Afghanistan; a theory of everything; plus of course a Corbynista’s diary and cartoons from AGGro.
2 September 2021 Cash for Access A part of the system. By John Watson Some things never seem to go away. When the Shaw Sheet suspended publication for the summer break, we hoped that we had escaped having to deal with the boring subject of “cash for access” which was then all over the political
02 September 2021 The Qatar Connection The Taliban & Political Islam. By Neil Tidmarsh The Taliban leadership has returned from exile in Qatar; Qatar and Turkey have offered to run Kabul airport for the Taliban; it is rumoured that Turkey is about to officially recognise the Taliban as Afghanistan’s legitimate government; the Muslim Brotherhood and
2 September 2021 Decline and Stumble By J.R. Thomas If anything proves that politicians have become as yobbish as many of their electors, it is the reaction of those in the UK to Joe Biden’s disaster in Afghanistan. It is, one might assume, never a good idea to upset your next door neighbour, especially one
2 September 2021 What is a Child? Should there be more clarity? By Lynda Goetz At first sight this seems like a rather strange question. After all, we all know that a child is a young human who is not yet an adult. Depending on eras and cultures, the point at which a child is
2 September 2021 Diary of a Corbynista Failures of the State by Don Urquhart 29 July Message Board responses to Corbynista in Shaw Sheet 290: Sunlounger: Starmer is increasingly looking like a Moebius strip. There is an appearance of continual forward movement but in reality no progress is made. I voted for him to be
2 September 2021 Voices of the Taliban Where now for Afghanistan? By Robert Kilconner One of the striking things about the news coming in from Afghanistan is the inconsistency in the views and actions attributed to the Taliban. Sometimes they talk about the place of a woman as being in the home: at others they
2 September 2021 The Theory of Everything By Paul Branch Much has been happening this past month while Shaw Sheet has been dormant, with many issues left over and still undecided as we say farewell to so-called summer. Will Paddy Power pay out on Boris Johnson’s gamble of lifting Covid restrictions? Has Joe Biden played