Monthly Archives: January 2012

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January 31, 2012

Putin’s hollow presidential campaign

A lacerating take on Putin’s campaign platform underscores the surprising vulnerability in Putin’s once unquestioned-return to the presidency 
Last week the independent Russian daily newspaper Novaya Gazeta published a lacerating takedown of Vladimir Putin’s recent flurry of campaign literature, laying out …

Posted in Russia, Russia Studies Centre, The Scoop, The Square
January 30, 2012

Telegraph: The Syrian rebels’ war of attrition

Did Bashar al-Assad’s family try to escape Syria only to be stopped by an audacious attack on Damascus International Airport by Syrian rebels? It’d be nice to believe that that feverishly circulated rumour was true, but according to activists, it probably didn’t …

Posted in Middle East, Middle East, Syria

NHS recommends sharia councils in domestic abuse cases

NHS guidance for those suffering from domestic abuse includes recommending the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal (MAT), a UK-wide network of sharia councils founded in 2007. The East London NHS Foundation Trust list of support services states that the MAT can provide “Male and …

Posted in Content, The Scoop, United Kingdom
January 27, 2012

The Iranian regime is a loser

There are rumours—which will probably turn out to be true—that Saudi Arabia is going recognise the Syrian National Council (SNC) as the ‘official representative’ of the Syrian people. If and when this happens, things will not only deteriorate for Bashar al-Assad, …

Posted in Content, Iran, Middle East, The Scoop
January 26, 2012

Why We Have a Responsibility to Protect Syria

I was an early supporter of military intervention in Libya. I called for a no-fly zone on February 23, just 8 days after protests began. Now, we’re nearly 300 days into the Syrian uprising. Very few analysts, myself included, have publicly called …

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The New Republic: Start Worrying

A YEAR AFTER the uprising that overthrew Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, Cairo’s Tahrir Square has become an international symbol of human revolt. In the revolutionary imagination, Tahrir is now a mythical site, much like the battlefields of Massachusetts, the barricades of the …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Egypt, Islamism, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism

Telegraph: The view from Damascus: Assad regime is ‘weak’ and ‘robbing banks’ to finance repression

While the Syrian regime pummels away at long-restive cities such as Deraa and Hama, the new focal point for the revolution is none other than Damascus itself. Rebels, composed now of both army defectors and armed civilians, claim to be …

Posted in Middle East, Middle East, Syria

Libya Torture Reports a Major Cause for Concern

The aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has halted its work in detention centres in Misurata, citing torture of detainees by Libyan authorities as the reason why. According to MSF’s General Director, Christopher Stokes, “Patients were brought to us for …

Posted in Human Rights, Libya, The Scoop
January 25, 2012

The Al Qaeda Factor: Plots against the West?

By kind invitation of John Spellar MP, The Henry Jackson Society was pleased to host a meeting with Mitchell D. Silber, Director of both the NYPD Intelligence Division’s Analytic and Cyber Units.  As part of his responsibilities, he supervises the …

Posted in Boko Haram, Event, Terrorism & Security

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