Why do we stand by and watch Putin?
Published by The Independent (1st September, 2014)
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Published by The Independent (30th August, 2014) Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa had only been in South Africa for a few months when, returning home from a shopping trip with his wife and children, a gunman tried to kill him. The Rwandan general, exiled after falling out with President Paul Kagame, survived after being rushed to intensive […]Sending in Boris is the only solution
Published by The Sun (29th August, 2014) Tory chiefs sent out an invitation to donors yesterday morning asking them to join Douglas Carswell, one of their brightest backbenchers, for drinks and discussion. Yet hours later they were cursing his name after the Essex MP announced his shock defection to Ukip. This was one of those […]Look to France for a vision of life under Miliband
Published by The Guardian (27th August, 2014) History never tires of repeating itself. More than three decades ago Socialists won power in France with promises to revive the economy by raising state spending, reining in finance and nationalising key sectors. Their radical programme had supporters salivating at the chance to prove such policies could solve […]Boasts and brutality of British jihadists
Published by The Mail on Sunday (24th August, 2014) British jihadis involved in the brutal beheading of American reporter James Foley callously boasted of making personal fortunes from ransoms paid for other released hostages. The gang openly talked of making so much money they could ‘retire to Kuwait or Qatar’, according to testimonies by former […]Slaughter after ultimatum exposed by MoS
Published by The Mail on Sunday (17th August, 2014) Islamic State militants have massacred most of the men living in an Iraqi village after the inhabitants, members of the Yazidi minority, refused to convert to their religion. The slaughter was carried out after residents of Kocho refused to bow to a ‘convert or die’ ultimatum, […]James Foley’s brutal death shows the west can’t solve the Iraq crisis
Published by The Guardian (21st August, 2014) The murder of James Foley is sickening. As his grieving parents said, this courageous man had his life terminated for trying to expose the suffering of the Syrian people. And among those causing that awful pain and devastation, as in Iraq, are the very same bunch of zealots who carried […]Please let American jets bomb my prison
Published by The Mail on Sunday (17th August, 2014) The call came in the early hours, the voice muffled, furtive and shaking with fear. ‘If they see me talking to someone they will kill me for sure, maybe kill all of us.’ This was Nisreen, a 17-year-old seized by the vicious Islamic State forces who […]Descent into apocalypse
Published by The Mail on Sunday (10th August, 2014) They arrived bristling with heavy weapons and waving black flags from about a dozen Humvees, seized from the Iraqi army and supplied originally by the United States. When the terrified residents looked out of their windows, they saw that Kosho, their traditional walled village in the […]Our medical advances have outstripped our humanity
Published by The Guardian (8th August, 2014) I can still remember each second of that day just before Christmas when everything changed. The happy family lunch, then the seizure suffered by my tiny new daughter, her eyes rolling and little limbs flailing. The nice paediatrician telling us gently she had “profound brain damage”, then carrying […]When will our politicians realise Africa has changed?
Published by The Independent (4th August, 2014) The dominant headlines out of Africa are as depressing as always in the Western media: a terrifying disease on the rampage, brutal conflict in one basket case of a nation, looming famine in another. But in Washington this week, the president who came to power offering such hope […]Time to tackle the misery of mental illness
Published by The Observer (27th July, 2014) Thrive: The Power of Evidence-based Psychological Therapies by Richard Layard and David M Clark (Allen Lane) ‘I once broke my leg in 10 places. As I was taken to hospital, someone shut the door on my leg. You can imagine the pain. But I can tell you the […]There is an alternative to murky donations from the super-rich
Published by The Guardian (26th July, 2014) The funding of political parties has long been a weeping sore in the British body politic, but it is turning increasingly septic. On one side there are disturbing revelations of influential Russians buying access to our most senior politicians. On the other, union chiefs flex their financial muscles […]With the remains of 200 victims, the train of death finally moves out
Published by The Daily Mail (22nd July, 2014) The freight train filled with its grisly cargo of death last night finally pulled out of the station where it had sat for almost two days. While accusations of mistreatment flew around the world, the stench grew in the heat as two more truckloads of remains were […]The grimmest journey for MH17 victims
Published by The Daily Mail (21st July, 2014) The stench of death is thick in the air as onlookers peer inside a freight train containing the bodies of some 200 victims of the MH17 massacre. The scene, a grim echo of the mechanised slaughter of millions in the Second World War, has been created by […]Goodbye Hollywood, hello Watford
Published by The Mail on Sunday (20th July, 2014) There was a sprinkling of rain as 250 specially invited guests arrived for the party in the courtyard of the Foreign Office in London’s Whitehall, the waiting media cameras catching a smattering of soberly dressed stars from the worlds of acting, broadcasting, comedy and music. Among […]The graveyard of desecration
Published by The Mail on Sunday (2oth July, 2014) There was something almost beautiful about the white ribbons tied to stakes as they fluttered in the wind; some sitting amid a sea of golden corn, others poking from clusters of yellow and blue wildflowers. But then you saw that these were the most macabre of […]Blood on Putin’s hands?
Published by The Daily Mail (18th July 2014) The world may have averted its gaze towards Israel and Gaza, but this week the rumbling warfare in eastern Ukraine has been erupting into something growing daily more dangerous. Three Ukrainian planes have been reported shot down with missiles, scores of soldiers and separatist fighters killed, and […]Israel sends commandos into Gaza after 50 die in air strikes
Published by The Daily Mail (17th July, 2014) Israel sent ground forces into Gaza yesterday for the first time in its latest offensive, launching an amphibious assault with commandos and shelling the coastline from gunboats offshore. As troops and tanks gathered at the border for a possible land offensive, the air force dropped leaflets telling […]So familiar, so forlorn and so fantastically self-defeating
Published by The Mail on Sunday (13th July,2014) Olga Neiman was asleep when the missile struck shortly after 9pm, exhausted by the daily exertions of looking after her two-year-old daughter. She was woken by the explosion. The bangs and booms of war have been commonplace in recent days, but she realised instantly this one was […]The folly of the 0.7% foreign-aid solution
Published by the Wall Street Journal (10th July, 2014) Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki won global applause when he introduced free primary-school education over a decade ago. Who could doubt that the brave policy—backed by tens of millions of dollars in pledges by foreign donors and introduced in support of the United Nations’ millennium goals—would transform […]