Syria: The story so far?
Jan31

Syria: The story so far?

Europe, not just the European Union, continues to blunder through policy and practice vis à vis Syria and its refugees as the turmoil in the country continues and the death toll mostly of the innocent mounts daily. And now there’s President Donald Trump of the United States, and the future for Syria, the Middle East and indeed the whole of Europe and the West looks uncertain. Amidst these multiple imponderables comes a new book...

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Europe’s refugee crisis and post-truth response
Jan24

Europe’s refugee crisis and post-truth response

More than three decades have passed since being ‘economical with the truth’ regained currency. It was of course that notorious if riveting exchange between Robert Armstrong and Malcolm Turnbull during the 1986 Spycatcher trial that brought the phrase back into vogue after recurrences from biblical times. Then ‘economical…’ was swept away by the more potent ‘post-truth’ era of the UK Brexit referendum and the US election that...

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London confident it can hold post-Brexit pre-eminence
Aug18

London confident it can hold post-Brexit pre-eminence

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is confident the British capital continues to command pre-eminence as a global metropolis despite the setback of a controversial vote to leave the European Union in a June referendum. That pre-eminence, Khan indicated in an address at the launch of an Autumn festival, will be sustained with greater emphasis on London’s allure as a tourism destination cherished by people of all cultures and creeds. The...

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Law firm seeks Parliament debate and vote on Brexit
Jul04

Law firm seeks Parliament debate and vote on Brexit

British law firm Mishcon de Reya says it is taking action to ensure the formal process for the UK leaving the European Union is not started without an act of Parliament. Mishcon de Reya, which said it is acting for a group of business people and academics, pointed out it would be unlawful for a prime minister to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty without a full debate and vote in Parliament. The legal action comes after the UK...

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Can procrastination save Britain from Brexit?
Jun24

Can procrastination save Britain from Brexit?

Can a delay in invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty save Britain from what many now see as the impending disaster of Brexit? Analysts increasingly seem convinced that, if there’s a will to somehow reverse what in their view clearly has been a foolhardy,  primitive and suicidal referendum vote to end Britain’s membership of the European Union, Brexit can indeed be thrown out as a result obtained largely by...

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