John Kerry

US Politician Wants To 'Bomb Iran' For Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- Michele Bachmann, perhaps the least hinged Republican serving in a Congress in which sanity passes as voting to repeal a healthcare law 33...

Obama's Iran Nuclear Policy of Self-Delusion

Nehad Ismail | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

According to Reuters (16 October) a senior U.S. official said some progress was made in high-level nuclear negotiations with Iran on Wednesday but much work remained to be done, adding the goal was still to reach a deal by a late November deadline.

A Strategy for Degrading and Defeating ISIS Must include the Overthrow of Syria's Assad

Nehad Ismail | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

Prime Minister Cameron was right to rule out any co-operation with Assad in the fight against ISIS. He was also right not to seek Parliament's support for possible action in Syria. In the House of Lords, former Chief of the General Staff Lord Dannatt warned that "attacking ISIL in Iraq but not in Syria is dealing with half the problem"...

Jordan Plays a Key Intelligence Role in the Fight Against ISIS

Nehad Ismail | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

Jordanian leaders at the highest levels are alarmed. Jordanian political analysts are taking the ISIS threat very seriously. According to Middle Eastern security officials, defences have been reinforced at the borders of Iraq. The Jordanian air force has been on high alert for several days.

Teaming Up with Assad to Fight ISIS Is a Very Bad Idea

Nehad Ismail | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

Last year David Cameron pledged his support to President Obama in confronting the Syrian regime. The pledge was wrecked by Ed Miliband, for narrow political advantage. Had action been taken a year ago, we wouldn't have heard of ISIL/ISIS and its latest incarnation, so-called IS.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Dave Vs Vlad

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday 21 July 2014... 1) DAVE VS VLAD The shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane, MH17, an...

Palestine: Something Must Be Done, But What and By Whom?

Gregor Cubie | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Cubie

As Israeli military operations reignited in Gaza on July 8, the familiar indignant echo of "something must be done" rang out around the liberal and non-interventionist quarters of the Western world in a show of solidarity with the trampled Palestinian people that, while admirable, all too often fails to delineate exactly to whom the appeals for reason should be addressed.

Will Britain And Iran Make Up To Deal With ISIS?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK

Britain will move towards closer ties with Iran by reopening the UK embassy in the country - as the West courts its historic enemy to help deal with t...

'We Could Go Back To Iraq,' Says Ex-Defence Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK

The consequences of a victory for extremist insurgents in Iraq are so "potentially catastrophic" that the possibility of sending British troops should...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Is Cable Toast?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Thursday 29 May 2014... 1) IS CABLE TOAST? The Lib Dems are in the midst of a proper political cris...

EU, US And Russia Agree 'Concrete Steps' To Defuse Ukraine Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK

Foreign ministers from Russia, the US and the European Union say they have agreed steps to "de-escalate" the crisis in Ukraine, after urgent talks in ...

Selling Bangladesh

Leo Cendrowicz | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Politics
Leo Cendrowicz

Bangladesh's foreign minister Mahmood Ali has been touring Europe in a bid to overcome perceptions that his four-decade-old country is tumbling into a vortex of factionalism...

Algeria's Election: A Date With Destiny

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

You might say 17 April is a date with destiny for Algeria. Under pressure to secure the Maghreb and important oil and gas fields, surely Algeria in 2014 won't be tempted to swerve toward Egypt's current draconian behaviour. Will it?

Brinkmanship Risks Taking Israelis and Palestinians to the Edge

Toby Greene | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Toby Greene

The wider international community can play a role at this critical moment. To keep open the window for a negotiated solution, Europe and the United States must make clear their expectation that the Palestinians should refrain from unilateral steps and stay at the table.

Some Pity for Putin

Gregor Smith | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Smith

Good old Vlad is propping up the news again as the shiftiest world leader. Apart from Kim Jong Un. Or Xi Jinping. Or King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Or - who's that bloke who controls the biggest, most notorious 'intelligence' agency in the world? Oh, of course, US President Barack Obama. Or, for that matter, his chum David Cameron...

Kerry And Lavrov Meeting Ends With Cold Stares, Icy Words And No Deal

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics

Intense talks aimed at defusing the Ukraine crisis have ended with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov insisting the result of a controversial refe...

'Formidably Difficult' For Any Progress On Ukraine Crisis, Says Hague

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK

Camped out outside the US Ambassador, two women holding the now ubiquitous yellow and blue Ukrainian standard had a message for Russia's foreign minis...

What's The Sun Putin On Its Front Page?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK

The Sun's topless model has finally made it from Page 3 onto the front page. Oh no, wait, that's Vladimir Putin. The splash on the red-top today, '...

Russia Has 'Complete Control' Of Crimea, US Concedes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK

Moscow has “complete operational control of the Crimean peninsula”, US officials have conceded, as Secretary of State John Kerry announced plans t...

Could Russia Be Thrown Out Of The G8?

PA | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Politics

Russian premier Vladimir Putin has been warned that nations are preparing to boycott the G8 summit he is hosting this summer and may kick the federati...

Four-Letter Diplomacy and European Provincialism

Ragnar Weilandt | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
Ragnar Weilandt

The United States is deliberately sidelining the EU as a partner. After being appointed Secretary of State, John Kerry's first trip to Europe included stops in four EU member states but none in Brussels.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Coalition Cronies?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 3 February 2014... 1) COALITION'S CRONIES? The Guardian and the FT both splash on the Gove '...

'John Kerry Can't Teach Me Anything About Conflict With Palestinians'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Israel's defence minister has caused a rare rift with his country's closest ally by describing US Secretary of State John Kerry as "obsessive" with a ...

US Secretary Of State Hits Snoop Dogg With A Passable Fist Bump

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, hit rap star Snoop Dogg with a passable fist bump earlier this month, showing that when it comes to politicians...

A Regime Implicated in War Crimes Must Not Be Involved in the Rebuilding of Syria

Nehad Ismail | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

Can we trust Bashar al Assad and his regime, which systematically destroyed the country over nearly three years, with the re-building of Syria? Thanks to Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama, Bashar al Assad is staying on until at least the summer of 2014 under a dubious deal to dismantle and destroy al-Assad's stockpiles of chemicals and gases.