Tony Blair, seen by some as one of the worst because of the so-called illegal and immoral war in Iraq, last week offered a stark analysis of Radical Islam, this century's "biggest threat to global security" on a par with environmental and economic challenges. The speech was derided by those who think that shouting warmonger suffices but merits close inspection.
Anyone who has listened to a Tony Blair speech in recent years would not be surprised that he is concerned about radical Islam. On that front, his speech on the Middle East at Bloomberg yesterday broke little new ground...
There is no denying the fact that violent extremism and terrorism - caused by a tiny section of extremists - has been a blight on Muslims in recent times. Their actions are totally unacceptable and have been rejected by the overwhelming number of Muslims here, from all traditions of the faith. These faceless and nameless violent extremists are a major thorn to Muslims worldwide.
For the most (white) privileged of lands, Australia, the price of rejecting authentic stories about itself - like how central aboriginality really is to the national consciousness - is a superficiality, and a strange boredom that fills the spaces where there should be meaning.
The former prime minister gives speeches pontificating about the threat from radical Islam in the Middle East, ignoring the fact that his invasion of Iraq helped bolster that threat. And so too does his support for the military junta in Egypt.
Labour must ensure that as many young people as possible are eligible to vote in the next general election. This is the demographic that are most likely to vote Labour - and the demographic who are most ignored by politicians.
There have been few electoral bright spots for the centre-left internationally since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Social democratic parties in Britain, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Portugal have all gone down to defeat...
We live, 20 years after the murder of an estimated 800,000 people, in the shadow of Rwanda. And this weekend, on the anniversary of the start of the Rwanda genocide, is a good time to contemplate the significance of that shadow.
The reforms France needs however are massive and require a revolutionary casting aside of vested interests and old thinking, Valls does not lack ambition but whether he will have the support in French parliament and in the Socialist Party remains the big unanswered question. If he doesn't, c'est la fin.
Do you want my alternative take on the reaction to Bob Crow's death; David Cameron's visit to Israel and meeting with Tony Blair; and the explosive allegations against Ukip leader Nigel Farage? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.
There are a huge number of activities going on around the world to improve the situation for women, and there are places where men are working with women to achieve this. There's no doubt that this movement is gaining momentum and makes nonsense of the idea that men cannot see women as equals. It's an outdated way of thinking, and increasingly governments, businesses, communities and families are all coming to recognise the positive benefits to be had when women and men are working together and treating each other as equal partners. Of the numerous ways to change women's lives for the better, I've picked out five things that you can do to help make that change today:
Miliband's approach to the special conference of 1 March could cast him as the hero of the party, the leader who unleashed the popular voices of disillusioned and excluded Britain. In just over a year we shall find out if it worked.
The destruction of David Owen's career was a personal tragedy for him - jeered at, spat upon, abused and threatened, he settled for a quieter life. But his story is our tragedy, too. In our politics, the way we run it, the way we like it, the righteous are mashed up and spat out.
Do you want my alternative take on David Cameron's row with the bishops over benefits, John Bercow's attack on yobbish MPs and Tony Blair's advice to Rebekah Brooks and the Murdochs over phone hacking? With a special guest appearance from author and activist Owen Jones thrown in for free?
The comical jolt to the awards podium of news You'd think a George Clooney film being released on Valentine's Day would garner a very familiar torren...
With the Sochi Winter Olympics well under way and the conduct of our global leaders and their policies firmly in the spotlight, I thought it'd be helpful to produce a guide to some abiding political principles, quotations and notes that aspiring politicians and politicos can use to make sense of the madcap crazy political world we live in. Enjoy.