Category Archives: The Middle East

Chilcot Vindicates the Global Peace Movement

 Chilcot Vindicates the Global Peace Movement. Kevin P Clements  We were right! The one and half million people who marched against the war in Iraq in London in 2003 and the millions who did the same all around the world … Continue reading

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Oh No, Not More Bombing in Syria?

The reality is that bombing Syria will not prevent disgruntled political actors living in Europe from engaging in lone wolf or even coordinated violent politics as acts of revenge for what they perceive as unjustifiable attacks on their homeland by foreign forces. In other words it does not make Britain and British citizens more secure it might in fact make them more insecure. If this is true Cameron’s principle argument for deeper British military engagement fails. Continue reading

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Tears of Regret, Tears of Fear, Tears of Grief:Its raining tears in Istanbul

Tears of Regret, Tears of Fear, Tears of Grief:Its raining tears in Istanbul Kevin P Clements Its the final day of  electioneering in Turkey before tomorrow’s Presidential election. Erdogan is expected to win  and the opposition is already crying foul, … Continue reading

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Moral Claim – Immoral Practice: Britain and the Arms Trade

Moral Claim-Immoral Practice: Britain and the Arms Trade Kevin. P Clements NCPACS, The University of Otago. Those of us living  in the Commonwealth like to sustain the illusion that our foreign and defence policies are moral and principled. We like … Continue reading

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Gaza Interview- Truthout

Originally posted on Global Justice in the 21st Century:
? [Prefatory note: This is an interview with a knowledgeable Greek journalist covering a range of issues associated with the Gaza ordeal] ? “Blood on American Hands”: Richard Falk on Palestine…

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Violence and Nonviolence in the 21st century

Violence and Nonviolence in the 21st Century Kevin P Clements National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies University of Otago.   We are constantly being told that the world overall is getting more peaceful. Stephen Pinker ( The Better Angels … Continue reading

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Scholar David Shulman on the Gaza Bombings

Originally posted on KAFILA – 10 years of a common journey:
The following is a report from the indefatigable Prof David Shulman, who teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof Shulman works on the history of religion in South India…

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