Over the past fifty years Africa has received approximately £1 trillion of aid from western countries, yet its dismal economic state remains. It seems inexplicable how such vast quantities of capital have contributed to no avail, surely this cannot be true. Nevertheless, the recent publishing of
Israel has consistently oppressed and subjugated the Palestinians. They have brutalised an entire people in an attempt to punish the few who, understandably, want to fight back against years of attacks. It is time the world stood up to Israel, got over Holocaust guilt and started to help the milli
Should we be worried about the size and influence of Sovereign wealth funds as they buy stakes in companies across the globe? Should governments act to regulate such funds and to restrict their activities?
Many western governments are being embarrassed by their previous support for autocratic regimes that are now either toppling or looking precarious. For example Sarkozy’s government in France is under attack for various cabinet ministers accepting holidays with friends of Tunisia’s ex-dictator Be
Water is a vital yet scarce resource, especially in the Middle East. One of the areas most afflicted with this dilemma is Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The distribution of water resources has been heavily criticised in a recent Amnesty International report, though the issue has be
"In 1998 when NATO troops came into Kosovo, Albanians drove the Roma out while the NATO forces stood by. A community of 10,000 Roma had been living for centuries in a mahalla near the river. But the Albanians wanted revenge and the land; they got both.
The Welsh Assembly seems like it is at a half way point between being an insignificant regional forum and being a fully functioning Parliament. The assembly has considerably less power than its Scottish counterpart. However if it was to get all the extra powers in one go there would need to be a ref
Should foreign aid donor nations and the World Bank continue to give the majority of their aid through the direct channel of Official Development Assistance (ODA), or should they instead give that aid indirectly to Charities, NGO’s, PVO’s and microfinance initiatives? (NB. See also Bilateral .vs
The Scottish government's release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only person to have been convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, has prompted accusations that Britain ordered the release as part of an agreement on oil and gas.
The West has long been willing to entertain dictatorial a
It is difficult to argue whether the war in Afghanistan has lost all purpose because the purpose is impossible to define. Quite frankly, how much can we ever really know? Originally, Mr Bush considered it as a means of reaching Osama Bin Laden. Originally, it aimed at unravelling the network across
English has in the 20th century become the global language. It is the language of trade, diplomacy and the internet. However the increase in international languages, in particular English but also Spanish and Mandarin marginalise smaller languages even within their own homelands. In Indonesia Bahasa