The latest reports from Yemen suggest that largely local forces trained, equipped and supported by the UAE and with air cover provided by the Saudi-led coalition, have made significant progress toward Hodeidah, securing most of the airport area and advancing on the port.
June 29, 2018
A headline on a prominent news site suggested that US President Donald Trump was wrong to make overtures to North Korea about denuclearization because it is a murderous regime that persecutes its people at home and abroad, and has a profoundly destabilizing influence in its region.
June 15, 2018
Elections are like London buses: You wait impatiently for one to turn up and then a whole fleet arrives at once. This year we have already seen Egypt’s latest presidential election, and in May we’ll have parliamentary elections in Iraq and Lebanon.
April 04, 2018
Just over 100 years ago, the great Anglo-Polish novelist Joseph Conrad published “The Secret Agent.” The story’s central character is a man called Verloc, who is in the pay of a foreign power represented by a diplomat named Vladimir, who presses him to commit an act of violent provocation against
March 22, 2018
The UN Security Council last month adopted Resolution 2401 calling for an immediate ceasefire, the protection of civilians and unrestricted humanitarian access across the whole of Syria.
March 06, 2018
Signs of the times; you know things are changing when you find Saleh Al-Hamwi, a founder of Jabhat Al-Nusra now reportedly affiliated with Ahrar Al-Sham, tweeting his welcome for recent Israeli military action in Syria and urging them to do more to combat Iranian influence there.
February 17, 2018
I wrote about the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State last August, after the murderous attack on a police post by self-proclaimed Rohingya militants and the massive and often brutal military response.
January 30, 2018
In what is perhaps his greatest tragedy, King Lear, William Shakespeare depicted a king who surrendered power without really meaning it or thinking through the consequences.
January 23, 2018