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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International Nuisance

6 09 2013

Category; Law, Middle East, Politics

Chaos in Syria drags on, the international community struggles to work out what they should do and on what basis. There is an answer; from the English Common Law concept of Nuisance.

One of the main arguments against intervention is that there is no basis in international law to act in the internal affairs of another country without UN approval.

A doctrine of International Nuisance would create a just and legal framework for dealing with situations just like Syria. Read the rest of this entry »





And Don’t Come Back

18 03 2012

Category: Middle East, Politics

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Farewell then Sami Khiyami, Syrian Ambassador to the Court of St James, formerly an electronics engineer, latterly a ludicrous apologist for evil. Click here for details of his departure.

He has returned to Syria, permanently it seems; a country he recently described as ‘the nicest and most beautiful state in the Middle East’.

In that interview he went on to blame Israel for disorder in Syria because ‘they could be behind any bad thing in the world’.

In October he was ordered by the UK Government to stop harassing Syrians in the UK – see here.

See him justifying the unjustifiable in a previous post – click here





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tanks against its own people: Sami Khiyami, Syrian Ambassador to London, has had his invitation to the Royal wedding withdrawn.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 »





Buffoonery and state killing

3 04 2011

Category; Media, Middle East

I can understand why people are sometimes scared of clowns. There’s a frightening buffoon appearing in the British media at the moment; Sami Khiyami, the Syrian Ambassador to the UK.

Jeremy Paxman did an excellent job trying to impose a sense of reality on a man who describes his country, in the grip of civil unrest and which has seen more than a hundred of its citizens killed by their own government, as ‘the nicest and most beautiful state in the Middle East‘.

As to the cause of the unrest, it is nothing to do with the authoritarian regime of President Assad, but it may be the work of the Israelis; ‘they could be behind any bad thing in the world‘.

You can watch the interview here:

Paxman handled the surreality of the interview well. His colleagues on the Radio 4’s Today programme did not.

Evan Davis interviewed Khiyami on the Today Programme on 1st April 2011. It is a negligent piece of journalism. In a programme known for combative questioning, Khiyami was handled with kid gloves.

It’s a dreadful interview. Davis even sums up for him, have a listen: Read the rest of this entry »





Why the Middle East should remind us of the Falklands

28 01 2011

Category; Middle East, Politics

Almost 30 years ago an Argentinian military oligarchy went to war with Britain over the Falkland Islands to divert its people from domestic issues.

Those same pressures are at work in the Middle East today and we should be concerned.

Read the rest of this entry »