Entries by Matt Carr from 05/2012

Bin Laden Day

| Posted 05.02.2012 | UK Politics

Obama has an election to win and he needs to spin the Afghan war as victory and also to take credit for it... and the idea that Bin Laden's execution has paved the way for the defeat of al Qaeda is false for various reasons.

Au Revoir Sarko

| Posted 05.07.2012 | UK Politics

Even by the dismal standards set by so many European rightwing governments in the last decade or so, Nicolas Sarkozy was a uniquely repellent politician. Brash, vulgar, ostentatious, ruthless and arrogant, his appetite for power was untempered by any moral scruples.

Spain's Surplus People

| Posted 05.12.2012 | UK Politics

In our era of no-choice austerity, we are often told that politicians are obliged to make tough decisions, but some governments are setting new standards in callousness and inhumanity in their attempts to put their country's finances in order.

Spain's Year of Miracles

| Posted 05.20.2012 | UK

For Spanish and European politicians therefore, 1992 was a year or promise and achievement in which things really looked as if they could only get better. Of course, there were shadows hovering over this bright panorama - to those who wanted to look.

Italy Turns Left

| Posted 05.23.2012 | UK

Berlusconi's People of Liberty party has taken a hammering, and so too has the corruption-tainted Northern League, which lost in all seven of the mayoral races in which it had candidates. All this represents another stake in the dark heart of Berlusconism and a shift leftwards, of which the traditional centre-left Democratic Party (PD) has been the primary beneficiary.

The al-Houla Massacre: Syria as Algeria?

| Posted 05.28.2012 | UK Politics

Al-Houla is likely to prove a defining moment in a political confrontation that began as a protest against the dynastic entitlement of the Assad family and now increasingly overlaps with sectarian tit-for-tat savagery, and whose violence is likely to get much, much worse until - or if - it stops.