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Kurdish Questions in the Commons

Gary Kent | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Abiding by international norms is what most governments do unless and until those norms can be amended and Abadi should understand that without a truly fresh start, pro-Kurdish voices will become louder.

Arm the Kurds

Gary Kent | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Commons returned this week to a major statement from Prime Minister David Cameron on several international crises including Iraq. Denouncing Isil barbarism, he defined his position as providing equipment to the Kurdish forces and supporting US military air strikes...

Learning the Wrong Lessons From Iraq in Syria

Gary Kent | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It is rare for an opposition to stop a government and, given its angst over Iraq, Labour heralded it as a triumph for multilateralism. It also chimes with most British people who, like the Americans, are weary of foreign entanglements.

Foreign Policy on the Fringe of the Conferences

Gary Kent | Posted 18.10.2012 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Leon Trotsky, not someone I usually quote, once said that people may not be interested in politics but politics is often interested in them. British people may be wary of foreign interventions but foreign crises can profoundly affect domestic politics. The suffering that we see every day in Syria won't go away and will have to be addressed, sooner rather than later.

Young People Are Receiving Their Usual Bad Press

Caroline Mortimer | Posted 12.10.2011 | UK Politics
Caroline Mortimer

Young people are so often demonised by the public and the right wing media we have got to the point where we no longer care. We aren't young people, , we are 'youths', the 'dregs' of society.