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November 19, 2014

There is no doubt that the US presidents and British prime ministers are at the top of ‘world’s most powerful leaders’ list. Therefore, their actions have always had long lasting global consequences. These consequences are not just a matter for local domestic politics but for the entire world. The governments of Bush and Blair were no exceptions and the entire world had to live with the consequences of their decisions and actions.

Looking back at the world of last 10+ years, Bush and Blair should be declared as ‘international criminals’ and put on trial for the very serious problems we are facing today.

There is no doubt that the US presidents and British prime ministers are at the top of ‘world’s most powerful leaders’ list. Therefore, their actions have always had long lasting global consequences. These consequences are not just a matter for local domestic politics but for the entire world. The governments of Bush and Blair were no exceptions and the entire world had to live with the consequences of their decisions and actions.

September 8, 2013

Antioch, the ancient land within Turkey's border that stretches out into Syria, is a place I went to many times. I fell in love with the place, its people and its complex and multi-cultural history. When you reach the seashore of Seleucia Pieria you are in all places at the same time, divided by modern borders: Syria, Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea. The struggles of Antioch of the past are shining a light to the struggles in the region today...

Antioch, the ancient land within Turkey's border that stretches out into Syria, is a place I went to many times. I fell in love with the place, its people and its complex and multi-cultural history. When you reach the seashore of Seleucia Pieria you are in all places at the same time, divided by modern borders: Syria, Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea. The struggles of Antioch of the past are shining a light to the struggles in the region today...

October 13, 2012

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the European Union for "six decades of work in advancing peace in Europe". The committee said that "the EU had helped to transform Europe 'from a continent of war to a continent of peace'. The award comes as the EU faces the biggest crisis of its history, with recession and social unrest rocking many of its member states. The last organisation to be given the prize outright was Medecins Sans Frontieres, which won it in 1999.(i)

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the European Union for "six decades of work in advancing peace in Europe". The committee said that "the EU had helped to transform Europe 'from a continent of war to a continent of peace'. The award comes as the EU faces the biggest crisis of its history, with recession and social unrest rocking many of its member states. The last organisation to be given the prize outright was Medecins Sans Frontieres, which won it in 1999.(i)

October 9, 2012

Last week Turkey's parliament authorised military action in Syria in response to Syria's deadly shelling of a Turkish town. Since then there have been more incidents of artillery exchanges and it has been widely reported that Turkey deployed additional tanks and missile defence systems to the Syrian border as artillery units responded to fire from Assad’s armed forces for a sixth day.

Last week Turkey's parliament authorised military action in Syria in response to Syria's deadly shelling of a Turkish town. Since then there have been more incidents of artillery exchanges and it has been widely reported that Turkey deployed additional tanks and missile defence systems to the Syrian border as artillery units responded to fire from Assad’s armed forces for a sixth day.    

September 6, 2012

Turkey is right in the middle of the situation in Syria. Not only because it is the only NATO member with a strong army bordering Syria but also politically and ideologically, especially because of the politics developing around the Syrian refugee camps in Turkey.

The refugee crisis in Turkey is growing and there are potential dangers ahead. It is estimated that there are now around 80,000 Syrian refugees in the camps in South-eastern border district of Hatay. Like many Irish, many Turks also express the sentiment of a “million welcomes”, but it looks like the nationalist left is not willing to offer this to the refugees in these camps.

Turkey is right in the middle of the situation in Syria. Not only because it is the only NATO member with a strong army bordering Syria but also politically and ideologically, especially because of the politics developing around the Syrian refugee camps in Turkey.

July 3, 2012

A few years ago, in Iran, a university student told me that "Each time the US and the West threatens Iran with military attacks, the regime tightens its grip on various social/political elements of life. They use the "being under attack" argument and call for national unity and support for the regime. There are various political elements challenging the government in Iran and the government uses every excuse to disable these, including the sentiment of unity of the nation under attack"

A few days after this conversation there were two news items in one of the Iranian TV channels. The first one was about Hilary Clinton’s statement on how US will "obliterate" Iran. The following item was a warning from the government. It issued a warning to the people about their relaxed dress code, and said that "non compliance" with the regimes dress code will not be tolerated". The news channel went on about the great state of Iran and the bad foreign influences on some people...

I think this little episode is very relevant to the current situation in Syria.

A few years ago, in Iran, a university student told me that "Each time the US and the West threatens Iran with military attacks, the regime tightens its grip on various social/political elements of life. They use the "being under attack" argument and call for national unity and support for the regime. There are various political elements challenging the government in Iran and the government uses every excuse to disable these, including the sentiment of unity of the nation under attack"

September 13, 2011

Brannigans Pub Upstairs | Cathedral Street (Off O Connell St opp. Tax Office)

Libya's revolt began like others- as a movement of the poor on the streets. The Gaddafi regime doled out vicious repression and the revolt quickly became an armed conflict. It was at this point that NATO intervened.

Brannigans Pub Upstairs | Cathedral Street (Off O Connell St opp. Tax Office)

August 7, 2011

After one of the deadliest day for the invading soldiers in Afghanistan where Taliban is reported to have shut down a Chinook helicopter, killing 30 US special forces and 8 Afghan army personnell, The United States government has said that "it will stay the course in Afghanistan".

After one of the deadliest day for the invading soldiers in Afghanistan where Taliban reportedly  have shut down a Chinook helicopter, killing 30 US special forces and 8 Afghan army personnell, The United States government has said that "it will stay the course in Afghanistan".