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Downgrading Iranian-British relations
Downgrading Iranian-British relations

By Maysam Behravesh 19 January 2012 Iran trudged into 2012 under unsettling circumstances. Severe international sanctions have already been taking their toll on its economy while a combination of sabotage activities, targeted killings, and covert operations against Iranian military initiatives and figures are bedeviling its national security. The controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear programme has never […]

Downgrading Iranian-British relations
Downgrading Iranian-British relations

By Maysam Behravesh 19 January 2012 Iran trudged into 2012 under unsettling circumstances. Severe international sanctions have already been taking their toll on its economy while a combination of sabotage activities, targeted killings, and covert operations against Iranian military initiatives and figures are bedeviling its national security. The controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear programme has never […]

Abolish Oxbridge
Abolish Oxbridge

By Owen Jones It’s time to abolish Oxbridge. The idea of having two reigning monarchs of the university system, whose students are automatically regarded as being of a better quality than anywhere else, is completely anachronistic and has to go. Despite repeated – and noble – attempts, both universities remain the preserve of the wealthy […]

How right-wingers jumped the shark over Diane Abbott’s tweet
How right-wingers jumped the shark over Diane Abbott’s tweet

Friday, 06 January 2012 18:14 By Sunny Hundal Most commentators and activists on the left think/write about race through the prism of power, privilege and historical context (slavery etc). In the last few years I’ve started using an additional prism – civil liberties. So the controversy around Diane Abbott’s tweetgate gives me a delicious opportunity […]

Both barrels locked and loaded
Both barrels locked and loaded

Friday, 20 January 2012 15:52 By Irfan Husain What does a country down on its knees economically do to recover? What does it do when it isn`t in the middle of natural disasters like earthquakes and floods? In the case of Pakistan, we whip up a manmade crisis out of nowhere to amuse ourselves. Consider […]

The Saudi response to the ‘Arab spring’: containment and co-option
The Saudi response to the ‘Arab spring’: containment and co-option

By Madawi Al-Rasheed Friday, 13 January 2012 22:28 Saudi Arabia’s response to the ‘Arab spring’ has been an attempt to co-opt movements for change in a bid to maintain the status quo. Madawi Al-Rasheed talks to Deniz Kandiyoti about the contradictions of a ruling elite that promotes a conservative Islam, that threatens women’s existing rights abroad – […]

Inequality must be ended to prevent another financial crisis
Inequality must be ended to prevent another financial crisis

By Stewart Lansley Friday, 13 January 2012 22:46 In power, one of Labour’s most significant moves was to drop the party’s traditional commitment to a more equal society. In the election manifesto, Tony Blair wrote that he had ‘no time for the politics of envy’. He wanted a society that encouraged as he put it, […]

The quiet war in Saudi Arabia
The quiet war in Saudi Arabia

By Joshua Jacobs Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:15 There are good reasons not only for the media, but for western governments to begin taking an active interest in the ongoing street conflict in Eastern Province. While western powers have been happy to use Saudi Arabia as an ally to ratchet up the pressure on Assad’s […]

Win or lose, Scottish independence referendum heralds revolution in UK politics
Win or lose, Scottish independence referendum heralds revolution in UK politics

By Ed Jacobs Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:20 As the debate over the future make-up of the United Kingdom rumbles on, with Alex Salmond using an interview on the BBC’s “Sunday Politics Scotland” programme to call for a meeting between him and the prime minister, one former Labour cabinet minister has called for the debate […]

Occupy London needs to catalyse a new Left
Occupy London needs to catalyse a new Left

We’re starting to get used to the sight of people camping out in tents throughout a number of cities in the world. We have a pretty good idea of what the ‘Occupy movement’ wants; Occupy London has issued its own mini-manifesto. The movement has even won support from some unlikely circles. In the US, a […]

Pakistanis do not learn from history
Pakistanis do not learn from history

“A Phenomenom noticeable throughout history regardless of place or period is the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests. Mankind, it seems, makes a poorer performance of governmentthan of almost any other human activity. “In this sphere, wisdom, which may be defined as the exercise of judgment acting on experience, common sense […]