Russian Interests

26 09 2015
MiG-25 'Foxbat'

MiG-25 ‘Foxbat’

Soviet troops are entering the carnage in Syria on behalf of ‘President’ Assad (I put quotes around that because you can’t be president  of a country that fails to function). Click here for a report about their role.

If Russia is directly intervening, it is not the first time and shows Russian continuity of Soviet policy in the region. Read the rest of this entry »

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BBC in Denial

22 03 2014

Category; Middle East, Media

©AFP

©AFP

It’s not just what’s in the news; it’s also what’s not. The BBC has solidly ignored the speech by Iran’s Supreme Leader denying the Holocaust – reported here.

Instead they have a positive story on Iranian statements about the prospects for a nuclear deal, with a photograph of the smiling Foreign Minister – see here.

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Stay Home Sami

28 04 2011

Category: Middle East, Law, Politics

Syria finally understands the power of the international community. It has seen what happens to a state that unleashes tanks against its own people: Sami Khiyami, Syrian Ambassador to London, has had his invitation to the Royal wedding withdrawn.

KAPOW – that’s shown them not to trample on human rights. KABOOM – they’ll think twice before killing another 450 citizens.

While the West intervenes in Libya – and it is the West doing the intervening – with Syria there is a struggle to secure even measured and mumbled condemnation. Read the rest of this entry »





Hypocrisy

15 07 2010

Category: Law, Middle East, Politics

Weeks have passed since it was revealed (click here for article) that Russian agents had used forged British passports.

As already noted this has not met with quite the indignation that arose when Israel was accused of using forged UK passports.

To be a little more scientific about things I’ve had a look at all specific questions about misuse of passports in Parliament in the past month or so, and the country to which they relate.

Here they are. (click on the headline or under the photo to see the list) Read the rest of this entry »





The Saucy Spy

6 07 2010

Category: LawMedia, Privacy

Anna Chapman is, allegedly, a Russian spy. She’s also young and  good looking, which makes it acceptable for her British ex-husband to sell intimate photographs of her to a British newspaper and for that newspaper to publish them.

Now that we have laws protecting privacy we still need to counter the idea that someone who is alleged to have done something ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’ loses all those rights. They don’t. Read the rest of this entry »