30 November 2017 A lens on the week UK BREXIT: Posturing, grandstanding and a smattering of mischief making, all the usual ingredients of the U.K.’s relationship with the Republic of Ireland, have been on display in relation to Brexit. The problem is the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. While no physical border is… Continue reading Issue 131:2017 11 30:A lens on the week
Issue 129:2017 11 16:A New Peace Plan For Palestine And Israel(Neil Tidmarsh)
16 November 2017 A New Peace Initiative For Palestine And Israel Surprisingly viable, surprisingly ominous. By Neil Tidmarsh So the White House is preparing a plan for peace between Israel and Palestine. That’s a good thing, isn’t it, whatever we might think about the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC? But it’s bound… Continue reading Issue 129:2017 11 16:A New Peace Plan For Palestine And Israel(Neil Tidmarsh)
Issue 129:2017 11 16:Lens on the Week
16 November 2017 A Lens on the Week UK BREXIT: There is gang warfare in the Cabinet. Foreign Secretary Johnson and Environment Secretary Gove have got over the animosity caused by Gove undermining Johnson’s leadership bid and now stand back-to-back in their shared concern that the Government is not putting sufficient energy into the… Continue reading Issue 129:2017 11 16:Lens on the Week
Issue 109:2017 06 15 Terror in Tehran (Neil Tidmarsh)
15 June 2017 Terror In Tehran Isis strikes at the heart of Iran. by Neil Tidmarsh President Trump’s one success so far has been his visit to the Middle East last month, where he delighted both his Arab and Israeli hosts by denouncing Iran as a sponsor of terrorism and a dangerous destabilising influence in… Continue reading Issue 109:2017 06 15 Terror in Tehran (Neil Tidmarsh)
Issue 103:2017 05 04: Israel and the Syrian Civil War (Neil Tidmarsh)
04 May 2017 Israel and the Syrian Civil War An increasingly difficult balancing act. by Neil Tidmarsh A massive explosion shook Damascus international airport last Thursday. The blast was heard 15 miles away, in the centre of Syria’s capital city. It was an air-strike on an arms depot – but by which of the powers… Continue reading Issue 103:2017 05 04: Israel and the Syrian Civil War (Neil Tidmarsh)
Issue 44:2016 03 10: Week in Brief International
10 March 2016 Week in Brief: INTERNATIONAL Europe EU: At the EU summit in Brussels, Angela Merkel backed proposals to double the amount of EU funding from €3 billion to €6 billion to be given to Turkey and to grant its citizens the right to visa-free travel within the Schengen zone, in return for its… Continue reading Issue 44:2016 03 10: Week in Brief International
Issue 22:2015 10 01:SYRIA: A DILEMMA FOR OBAMA OR PUTIN?
1 October 2015 Syria: A dilemma for Obama, or for Putin? by Neil Tidmarsh This week, President Putin appealed to the United Nations on behalf of President Assad of Syria. How should President Obama and the West respond to that appeal? Before we consider that question, it’s worth reminding ourselves who is fighting who in… Continue reading Issue 22:2015 10 01:SYRIA: A DILEMMA FOR OBAMA OR PUTIN?
Issue 16:2015 08 20:TOURISM v. TERRORISM
20 August 2015 Tourism v. Terrorism by Neil Tidmarsh Summer holidays, August 2015. The sun is hot, the swimming pool is invitingly cool and fresh, the sunlight glitters and sparkles on the warm waters of the Mediterranean which meets a cloudless blue sky on a shimmering horizon. Sicily… the South of France… the Balearics… Gaza… … Continue reading Issue 16:2015 08 20:TOURISM v. TERRORISM
Issue 10: 2015 07 09: Negotiations? Which Negotiations?
9 July 2015 NEGOTIATIONS? WHICH NEGOTIATIONS? by Neil Tidmarsh Protracted and deadlocked negotiations between Western powers and an obdurate ‘rogue’ state drag on in a European capital. A deal to bring the state back into the international fold should have been signed this week but a deadline was missed and the talks have been extended… Continue reading Issue 10: 2015 07 09: Negotiations? Which Negotiations?