Hobbesian brutality in Mosul

Gary Kent  |  27 October 2016

Last week I was fifty miles from Mosul in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq where life was fairly normal and safe although its calm was occasionally pierced by the sirens of ambulances speeding wounded soldiers to hospital and American helicopters clattering above. Government officials turned up each day to my course …

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Turkey, Iraq and the possibility of ‘regional war’

Ibrahim Dogus  |  13 October 2016

Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi has said that Turkey’s decision to maintain its troop presence in Iraq could lead to a ‘regional war’. Al-Abadi alluded to military confrontation with Turkey, as well as Turkey’s activities in neighbouring Syria. These comments should not be taken too seriously. They are likely aimed at a domestic Iraqi audience. …

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When we choose to look away has consequences too

Alison McGovern MP  |  12 October 2016

The crisis in Syria has been going on for years. Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime has led to more than 400,000 deaths, millions fleeing for their lives, and hospitals and schools being reduced to rubble on a daily basis. A once developed and educated country is now a battleground where countless innocent people are condemned to …

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‘We have a moral responsibility to help’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  23 September 2016

Standing aloof is not an option in today’s world, Hilary Benn tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison   Within 24 hours of our meeting him in his parliamentary office, Hilary Benn hits the headlines twice. What lay behind both stories was his long-standing internationalism and enduring foreign policy interest. It was no overstatement on Benn’s part, then, for …

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Caring for Calais

Rachel Finnegan  |  20 September 2016

There are currently 608 unaccompanied children living in the refugee camp just three miles outside the centre of Calais. 308 of them have the legal right to live in the United Kingdom. Medical volunteers have reported increasing numbers of young boys, aged between 14 and 16, presenting injuries consistent with rape. In at least four …

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The Last Word … Win when we want to

Jamie Reed MP  |  4 December 2015

In Vancouver for the Parliamentarians for Diabetes Global Network – an incredibly important issue and one close to my heart – I had the pleasure of speaking with progressive Canadian politicians fresh from their resounding general election victory. Aware of Labour’s travails having experienced something very similar not long ago I asked our victorious progressive …

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Stand with Stella

Steve Doran  |  4 December 2015

Some mornings a quick glance at Twitter is enough to make you lose faith in the world. Take the morning of the Syria vote. Stella Creasy had just kicked a puppy into a tree … sorry, she had tweeted that she had not yet made up her mind on how to vote, and the Twittersphere …

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Dramatic, dangerous and historic times

Harry Booty  |  3 December 2015

We are living through dramatic, dangerous and historic times. Last night’s vote to extend airstrikes to terrorist Daesh targets in Syria means Britain is now involved – rightly in my opinion – in one of our world’s most painful and difficult conflicts. It is that prevalent threat of terrorism, the heart of which that will …

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Words are not enough

Robert Philpot  |  2 December 2015

On Syria, Labour has been here before Next July marks the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish civil war. Over three years, General Francisco Franco’s nationalist army unleashed what became known as ‘the white terror’ as it sought not simply to conquer territory held by the Republican government, but to subdue, subjugate and …

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Defeating Daesh

Gary Kent  |  30 November 2015

We cannot hide in the futile hope that Daesh will look elsewhere. Yet, many blame western policy rather than the autonomous agency of this fascism. Jeremy Corbyn argues that, ‘It is the conflict in Syria and the consequences of the Iraq war which have created the conditions for Isis to thrive and spread its murderous …

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