Monthly Archives: February 2012

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February 29, 2012

New 7/7 link emerges in Kenyan terrorism case

Duncan Gardham in the Telegraph today reports on an intriguing development in the case of Jermaine Grant, the Muslim convert from Newham, East London, who has appeared in court in Kenya on charges of possessing explosives and preparing an attack.
Kenyan …

Posted in Africa, Islamism, Somalia, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, United Kingdom

An eyewitness account from besieged Homs

I’ve just had a chilling Skype conversation with a resident in Homs who wishes to be identified as “Sammy”. He’s in an area of the city close to Baba Amr, though for his safety I won’t disclose it.
Sammy told me …

Posted in Syria
February 28, 2012

A Keynote Address by the Chief of the Air Staff

This meeting with Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton offered a unique opportunity to examine the role of the Royal Air Force in the 21st Century, an age of austerity when European governments are grappling with large budget deficits and …

Posted in Content, Europe, Event, United Kingdom

The state of Libya: One year beyond the revolution

Executive Summary:

Libya is not collapsing. The desire of Libya’s people to see their revolution succeed is extremely widespread, and this sense of collective ownership is compelling Libyans to take responsibility for the success or otherwise of their country’s transition to …

Posted in Briefing, Libya, Spotlight

Proud & Prejudiced

Last night Channel 4 showed the first episode from its new series, Proud and Prejudiced, following the lives of two very different, yet strangely similar, extremists in Luton.
Filmed over the course of a year the programme follows two extremists: Tommy …

Posted in Islamism, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
February 27, 2012

Russian political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky condemns Putin in the Guardian

Until recently, the imprisoned former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky had kept a low profile regarding Russia’s recent spate of protests; this past month, he has released a succession of public statements culminating in an intriguing opinion piece in today’s edition …

Posted in Russia, Russia Studies Centre, The Scoop, The Square
February 24, 2012

Libya Instability & Chaos – The Story that Isn’t

According to much of the international media, it’s only a matter of time before Libya disintegrates into post-Revolutionary chaos. “As Libya celebrates a year of freedom, evidence grows of its disintegration” warned the Guardian last Sunday, insisting that the “first …

Posted in Content, Democracy & Development, Libya, The Scoop
February 23, 2012

Not just sanctions, but intervention in Syria is needed

A United Nations investigation has found that ‘crimes against humanity’ were ordered by the highest levels of the government and military in Syria. This comes amid yesterday’s news that two Western journalists were killed in Homs, an attack which increasingly …

Posted in Middle East, Syria, The Scoop | Tagged ,

Telegraph: If you want to learn about the Assads, study The Sopranos

Those who naively cling to the idea that a “peaceful” or “negotiated” transition is possible in Syria need only consider one of the points made by the late Marie Colvin in one of her last dispatches from Homs. (It’s a testament to …

Posted in Human Rights, Middle East, Syria

Audio: The Middle East in Transition: A Chilling Spring

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