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Foreign Affairs

Obama the neocon liberal

By Dominic Trynka-Watson It is truly frightening just how infatuated the New York Times is with Barack Obama. I cannot imagine for one minute that this article, for example, would have been printed with had John McCain or Mitt Romney won the 2012 presidential election. More worryingly, this article’s message […]

by × August 31, 2013 ×

Foreign Affairs

The sentencing of Bradley Manning

By Jamie Brooke This week saw Army Colonel Judge Denise Lind sentence whistle-blower Bradley Manning to 35 years’ imprisonment. The divisive American, seen as a traitor, political prisoner or folk-hero, was convicted of nineteen of the twenty one charges against him, mostly brought under the Espionage Act 1917. The sentence […]

by × August 29, 2013 ×

Foreign Affairs

Why the West really wants Syria

By Bradley Willis With US defence secretary John Kerry’s statement and David Cameron cutting short his Cornwall holiday, we have been given the strongest indication yet that the West, or at least Great Britain and the United States, is preparing to intervene in the Syrian conflict after the alleged use […]

by × August 28, 2013 ×

Foreign Affairs

Syria: we should, shouldn’t we?

By Thomas Pike Needless to say, as a proud classical liberal, I am most certainly not a fan of Western military intervention in foreign wars. Such intervention can come with an incredible price tag, seriously harmful and unintended consequences, and trample upon a whole host of social and cultural norms […]

by × August 27, 2013 ×

Foreign Affairs

In defence of Russia

I was taught to hate Russians. My grandparents, on both sides of the family, were solidly patriotic Ukrainians and, although they arguably suffered more at the hands of the Nazis (they all did forced labour in Germany), it was the Soviets who occupied their homeland. The stories they told us […]

by × August 22, 2013 ×

Home Affairs

The ‘We Own It’ fallacy

Some who have explored the internet recently may have happened upon what appears to be the left’s latest project, entitled ‘We Own It’. At first glance, the website appears to be as creative as it is factually dubious, with the homepage alone riddled with statements that simply don’t stand up […]

by × August 13, 2013 ×

Foreign Affairs, Liberty

Snowden, Moscow and American
authoritarians

By Thomas Pike Stepping out of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport yesterday, Edward Snowdon began the first day of his new life in the Russian Federation. Having been granted asylum, he may now live where he wishes, legally work full-time,and even take up a job offer he’s already received. Issued with a […]

by × August 8, 2013 ×

Home Affairs

Ban this filth! Sex and the Fem-Con Axis

By Tom Roberts The recently announced ‘anti-porn filter’ has revealed how uncomfortable the British political class and, indeed, wider British society is with sex – at least in the public sphere. Britain is infamous for its prudishness amongst our more lax neighbours on the Continent, with popular theories explaining our […]

by × August 7, 2013 ×

Foreign Affairs

The GOP divided: a lesson for Tories

If American news outlets are anything to go by, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Republicans spend more time at each others’ throats than opposing the Democrats. In its latest incarnation, the feud has manifested itself as a war of words between New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Kentucky Senator […]

by × August 1, 2013 ×

Europe

Put that ruddy light out!

The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health & Food Safety committee sensationally reclassified e-cigarettes as medicinal products this month. The e-cigarette has been instrumental in recent years in aiding thousands of smokers to quit. For those who are unfamiliar with the e-cigarette, it allows the consumer to get their nicotine fix […]

by × July 25, 2013 ×

Law & Order, Liberty

Porn filters are pointless, authoritarian and doomed to failure

Porn filters are pointless, authoritarian
and doomed to failure

By Stephen Hoffman Yesterday I received an email from the Prime Minister, as I’m sure thousands of other Conservative party members did, extolling the virtues of his latest policy. Were I to believe the hyperbole, I would have thought Cameron had declared peace in our time. The truth was a […]

by × July 24, 2013 ×

Europe

Go East, young man!

Ever since its inception, the European project has been dominated by a partnership originally inspired by reconciliation but now predominantly borne out of stone cold realism. The Franco-German motor that has driven the European Union has been largely unshakeable. Today they may disagree over macroeconomic policy but in reality they […]

by × July 24, 2013 ×