Monthly Archives: May 2012

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May 31, 2012

Egypt’s possible next President: 9/11 conspiracy theorist

Taking up the theme of my last blog concerning the grim state of play in Egypt, here is another piece of information about Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate.
Speaking about al-Qaeda’s attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. on 9/11 – …

Posted in Egypt, The Scoop

Just how serious is Derna’s “Islamist problem”?

You can get a good signal from 100.2 Malta XFM on the approach to Derna, and on clear nights, the lights of nearby Crete can be seen twinkling in the distance.
But if some recent reports are to be believed, the …

Posted in Libya

Ministry of Culture and Civil Society to regulate relationship between foreign and domestic NGOs

The Ministry of Culture and Civil Society is to enact a series of new rules designed to regulate the relationship between foreign and domestic Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Libya.
The regulations are due to take effect from 1 June 2012.
Once the …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage
May 30, 2012

We Are All Persian Grammarians Now

As the Iranian mullahs’ nuclearization drive reaches its end goal, Western policymakers face a narrowing range of bad options. There are difficult choices ahead, and those choices are made all the more difficult by Tehran’s long …

Posted in Defence, Iran, Middle East

Russia’s Syria Win

After 15 months and upwards of 13,000 dead, perhaps we should be grateful that the UN Security Council managed to condemn the Assad regime of something, even if only in a “non-binding” presidential statement. So far, the council has not issued a …

Posted in RSC Editorial, Russia, Russia Studies Centre, Spotlight, Syria

Russian oppositionists fight back against anti-protest legislation

Since making his official return to power earlier this month, Vladimir Putin has made it clear that he has no intention of compromising with the demands of Russia’s ongoing popular protest movement—let alone with the opposition politicians and activists who …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Russia, Russia Studies Centre, The Scoop, The Square

Audio- ‘Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: What’s Next’

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Posted in Democracy & Development, Middle East, Syria

‘Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: What’s Next’

with Dr Michael Ignatieff, Author and Former Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Gregg Hands, MP for Chelsea and Fullham
1 – 2pm, Wednesday 30th May 2012
Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, London, SW1A 2LW
To attend please RSVP to:
The on-going …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Event, Human Rights, Syria

Constitutional legality of Law 37 to be debated in open court

The Supreme Court has ruled that the constitutional legality of Law 37 should be debated in open court, and has called for a public session to be held in the Tripoli Supreme Court on 3 June.
The challenge to the law …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage

What Bashar Assad Knows

British Foreign Secretary William Hague described the killing of at least 108 people last Friday in the Syrian town of Houla as “deeply disturbing.” The U.K. talked of summoning the Syrian chargés d’affaires to the Foreign Office. Meanwhile Deputy Prime …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Spotlight, Syria, United Kingdom, United States
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