So That’s What He’s Up To

4 10 2011

Category; Middle East, Politics, Rowan Laxton

Rowan Laxton apparently has a new role: Website mareeg.com is reporting that he has been appointed Senior Political Officer to UNPOS – see here. It’s the UN office for Somalia.

A search of the UNPOS site and press releases reveals nothing, and a search of the UN site reveals nothing. The news does explain why he was meeting Somalis in Starbucks recently – click hereRead the rest of this entry »





Spot the Difference

13 07 2010

Category: Media, Middle East, Politics

Russian spy Anna Chapman has been speedily deprived of her UK citizenship, but there has been stony silence in relation to the use of false British passports by other members of the Russian spy group.

When it was alleged earlier this year that Israeli agents had used UK passports the reaction was quite different. As the Wall Street Journal noted a few days ago:

At this stage during the Dubai affair in mid-February, the Labour government had already summoned the Israeli ambassador and announced criminal investigations amid furious statements from all political parties. It expelled another Israeli diplomat a month later. The Guardian newspaper ran some 17 articles highlighting the passport accusations.

By contrast, a week into the Russian forgery story, there is not a hint of a diplomatic row between London and Moscow. The Guardian mentioned the fake passport allegations in two articles that lacked the breathless condemnation directed at Israel. The paper’s editorial on the Russian spy-ring ignores the passport angle altogether. Read the rest of this entry »