A nation in need of reconciliation

Gareth Thomas MP  |  8 November 2016

I am privileged to represent a significant number of Sri Lankan Muslim, Sinhalese and Tamil constituents who often tell me that Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Having been fortunate to visit the island twice, I know this to be true, yet it has one of the ugliest of …

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A more progressive world

Mike Gapes MP  |  29 October 2015

The new Labour government in 1997 was immediately internationalist in its approach, recalls Mike Gapes The 1997 government hit the ground running – on aid, ethics, Ireland and Europe – and brought a new dynamism to Britain’s relationship with the rest of the world. The Department for International Development was established by Tony Blair on …

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Ed watched Dallas but to win our next leader must be a Trekkie

Gareth Horrocks  |  11 August 2015

In Star Trek, the Kobayashi Maru is a simulation to train wannabe captains at the Starfleet Academy. The goal of the exercise is to rescue the Kobayashi Maru, a disabled civilian vessel, which is under attack from the Klingons. The Kobayashi Maru is a no-win scenario. If the wannabe captain attempts a rescue, the Klingons …

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Non-intervention in Syria is not an option

Meg Munn MP  |  13 January 2014

The situation in Syria and the surrounding area is catastrophic. The numbers killed and maimed continues to climb. The United Nations now supports three-quarters of the country’s 20 million population. There are over 2.3 million refugees across Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordon and Iraq. This month the Geneva 2 conference will attempt to bring together many …

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Forgotten, but not gone

James Bloodworth  |  11 December 2013

Inaction is intervention by another name —The most depressing thing since August’s vote in the House of Commons on military action in Syria has been the speed at which the topic appears to have dropped off the political agenda entirely. Publicity for the Stop the War Coalition’s annual conference last month triumphantly proclaimed that: ‘In …

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We need to talk about China

Kirsty McNeill and Andrew Small  |  28 November 2013

A Chinese government that is more self-confident externally, more insecure internally, and in a more powerful geopolitical position than at any time since the 19th century poses perhaps the single greatest challenge to Britain’s ability to be a progressive force in the world. Yet China’s transition from object of western power to rival to it …

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‘The Life of Nations in the 21st Century’

George Robertson  |  18 September 2013

St Andrew’s University 600th Anniversary 2013 14 September 2013 ‘The Life of Nations in the 21st Century’ Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen KT GCMG honFRSE PC MA(Dundee) honLLD (St Andrews) It is 600 years since this great university was founded and this weekend we celebrate and commemorate in style. I add my personal …

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The Kurdish renaissance

Gary Kent  |  21 August 2013

Twenty-two years ago, many thousands of Iraqi Kurds fled to the mountains to escape the wrath of Saddam Hussein. Some of the stories of survival take your breath away. One father and his two daughters climbed a high mountain where their dilemma was simple: stay and freeze or return and die. The only way out …

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Exploring the unknown

Bob Glaberson  |  22 April 2013

The most recent talks between Iran and five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Britain, France, Russia, China and the United States plus Germany, over Iran’s nuclear programme took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 5 April and ended a day later without agreement and no date set for further discussions. Iran is a signatory …

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Marking World Water Day

Glenys Kinnock  |  22 March 2013

Today is World Water Day, the official United Nations Day for raising awareness of the vital role that water plays in communities around the world. The theme for this year’s activities is ‘water cooperation’, with the aim of highlighting the cross-border nature of both challenges and solutions to ensuring universal access to clean water. This …

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