The West

Syria May Not be Panem, But It's Full of Mockingjays

Dilly Hussain | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK
Dilly Hussain

I have previously ignored the continuous advice and recommendations from many film enthusiasts to watch The Hunger Games trilogy, based on the best-se...

The Eurasianist Answer to Russia's Discontents

Richard Cashman | Posted 17.09.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Cashman

'Scratch a Russian and you find a Tatar', so the Napoleonic proverb goes. The comment was no doubt meant as a slight, and for many Russians that is st...

Interview with Imran Khan, Part Two - (From His Sit-In in Islamabad)

Nauman Khalid | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nauman Khalid

You speak of Nawaz Sharif's failure to deliver, which is one of the reasons you think he should resign. So if you become PM., what would be the tangible measure of your failure after one year? And if you do fail according to your own standards, will you honorably resign after one year?

Black Friday Sales - A Fine Example of Unadulterated Capitalism

Dilly Hussain | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
Dilly Hussain

Everyone loves sales. Whether it's the latest Xbox game, kitchen appliance or electronic gadget, people are always looking for bargains, especially during the run up to Christmas. But there's a stark difference between lining up for Boxing Day sales and the animalistic behaviour witnessed last week during the "Black Friday" sales...

The Heroes of Kobane

John Wight | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
John Wight

On the Turkish frontier, around the town of Kobane in northern Syria, the world is witnessing the very best of humanity alongside the very worst.

Why Democracy Won't Win in Hong Kong, But Why You Should Watch the Show Anyway

Alessandro Fiorotto | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics
Alessandro Fiorotto

It is unlikely that these demonstrations seen today in Hong Kong will bring about significant change. Nevertheless, whether you are a democracy advocating global citizen, a government looking at how best to peacefully manage demonstrations, or just someone interested in international politics and what life in a future, more developed, China might look like, today's protests are a significant event worth watching closely.

My Enemy's Enemy is My Friend - Bashar al Assad and The West

Dilly Hussain | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

If there is any lesson to be learnt from history, it is that political alliances always shift according to self-interest. This is also apparent in playground politics between children - you change friends and foes according to benefits.

The Muslim Blame Game - 'Not In My Name'

Dilly Hussain | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

Since 9/11 and the subsequent terrorist attacks which have taken place in the West, Muslims have been entrapped in a vicious circus show called "Not in my name". This circus show entails guilt by association of faith, and the never-ending apologies and condemnations that Muslims are forced to make for crimes allegedly committed in the name of Islam.

Unprecedented Images of Western People Looking Just Like You and Me

Karl Sharro | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Karl Sharro

We have all wondered how Western people look like in everyday situations, behind the veil of exoticism that surrounds their mysterious culture. Photographer Adam Vaijan has spent years documenting everyday life in the West and the results are a startling mix of the magical and the ordinary...

Russia's Ukrainian Intervention in Historical Perspective

Jonathan Cook | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Cook

Russia's intervention in the Crimea region of Ukraine in recent days follows a sadly familiar pattern in Russian foreign policy...

With Neo-Nazis In Power In Kiev, Crimea Looks to the East

John Wight | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

Neither Russia nor the West is contemplating going to war over Ukraine. There is far too much to lose for both sides for this to be a serious proposition. However, until the West changes a mindset which cannot conceive of a world in which its hegemony does not hold sway, crises such as the one that has unfolded in Ukraine will continue to occur, along with the dangers inherent in them.

Putin Is Playing Chess While the West Is Playing Checkers

John Wight | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

The sight of Russian soldiers in the Crimea is evidence that western hegemony, long held as the sine qua non of global affairs, is no longer a given. It is also further evidence that when it comes to foreign policy, Vladimir Putin is playing chess while his counterparts in Washington, London, and throughout the EU are playing checkers.

In the Ukraine Powerplay, the West Has Much to Answer For

Paul Embery | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

It wasn't just Russia that breached the sovereignty of Ukraine. The West did it too. And, in doing so, it set the scene for one of the most precarious international crises for a generation... The Eurocrats and oligarchs have failed Ukraine. Its people now need to look to each other in the fight for justice and liberation.

The Stakes Involved in Syria as the Conflict Shows No End In Sight

John Wight | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

On a geopolitical level, Russia and to a lesser extent China's support for Iran and Syria is part of a struggle against the West's objective of maintaining Washington's writ as leader of a unipolar world against a multipolar alternative in which Russia, China and the other BRIC group of developing economies enjoy parity... The stakes involved in the Syrian conflict, therefore, could not be higher.

Assed Baig's Skin Deep Analysis of the West and Malala

John Sargeant | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

What "saved" Malala was not a knight in shining armour, but a skilled experienced team of specialised trauma surgeons and intensive care staff in the UK. That a 15 year old being shot for writing about civil rights might strike a chord with activists on these global universal human rights issues should not surprise us, except perhaps Baig and others that suggest a Western saviour complex.

The Dying Art of Beauty: Skin Bleaching

Naila Missous | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Naila Missous

The glamorisation of the 'white face' because of western values inflicted upon Asian and Black cultures contribute to low self-esteem, mental illness and always wanting to be like the 'others'. How did being light or fair-skinned ever evolve to becoming the standard of beauty?

How Multiculturalism Can Work

Ben G. Jones | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ben G. Jones

Cultural diversity has played a key role in forming the multicultural Britain of today, far more so than adherence to one set of 'national values' has. The role of the state is to enforce this tolerance through laws and expose children to the true diversity of the world they are entering in the education system.

Some Muslims Have Been Denigrating the Prophet's Legacy for Years

Faisal Hanif | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK Politics
Faisal Hanif

But even such occurrences are subject to a revisionism that is the hallmark of such a sectarian mindset. A recent example from my own experience was being told that Sufism is a load of nonsense as it is only, "what two or three hundred years old."

Why Are Muslims So Angry? Ask Donald Rumsfeld

John Wight | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK Politics
John Wight

These violent protests and scenes of uncontained anger are not only in reaction to a bigoted, anti-Islamic film. They are the latest manifestation of a world in which the doctrine of might is right is lent legitimacy by the word democracy.

North Korea: Victim of Western Media Conspiracy?

Emily Dyer | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK
Emily Dyer

Despite Watson's claims, it is not 'one-sided', sensationalist or impartial to state the truth - that North Korea is, in fact, 'a rogue, propaganda led state' that enforces absolute control over its people through extreme brutality and fear. That is the reality, and Watson would be better served facing it than creating his own. Guardian readers, the Left, and- most importantly- the North Korean people, deserve far superior journalism than this.

There Is Hope For Russia's Stance On Syria

Tomas Hirst | Posted 10.06.2012 | UK Politics
Tomas Hirst

The United Nations Security Council is now crucial for Russia to achieve its foreign policy aims, and this should provide grounds for optimism over Syria.

Putin's Perverse Fear of Soft Power

Tomas Hirst | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Politics
Tomas Hirst

Vladimir Putin's preoccupation with shadowy political manoeuvring betrays a self-defeating unwillingness to engage in an open debate with the public.

How the Syrian Crisis is Being Exploited by the West

John Wight | Posted 11.04.2012 | UK Politics
John Wight

The decision by both China and Russia to veto the UN Security Council Resolution on Syria last week, supporting the Arab League plan for a swift trans...

NATO'S Leaked Report: A Breakdown in Relations With Pakistan

Dr Gareth Price | Posted 02.04.2012 | UK
Dr Gareth Price

While the leaking of the report may have been intended to discredit Pakistan, the apparent lack of detail in exactly how its intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI, helps the Taliban is telling, and positive.

The Corruption of Western Liberal Democracy

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 13.11.2011 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

The people of the US and Britain have become victims of the corruption of their democratic institutions that are no longer serving the interests of or...