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Is Richard Dawkins a Terrorist?

  • April 03, 2014
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I’ve always thought that Richard Dawkins is more arrogant than anyone has a right to be, and some of his statements suggest that he isn’t without a streak of bigotry.   But now, thanks to the Saudi Arabian government, I know that he is a far more sinister character than I had realisedt.

This is because...

Cameron Condemns Egypt’s Persecution of the Muslim Brotherhood

  • April 01, 2014
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In a powerful demonstration of its commitment to democracy and the rule of law, the British government has reacted strongly to the 529 death sentences handed out to Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters last week.   Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned what he called a ‘politicized show trial’ and a ‘travesty of justice’ based...

Saudi Arabia’s Game of Thrones

  • January 05, 2014
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It was always one of the most glaring contradictions of the ‘war on terror’, that the United States declared its ‘war’ on states belonging to an ‘axis of evil’ that had nothing to do with the 9/11attacks, while continuing and even intensifying its strategic relationship with the two states that had most to do with...

Tangled Web: the US and Saudi Arabia fall out

  • October 23, 2013
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Watching John Kerry trying to mollify Saudi Arabia isn’t a particularly edifying spectacle, but then the relationship between these two countries has never been one to warm the heart.     On the one hand you have a superpower that claims to believe in freedom, democracy, religious tolerance, human rights and the rights of women,...

Saudi Arabia Stamps its Foot

  • October 22, 2013
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The House of Saud is angry with the United Nations.     So angry in fact, that it has taken the historic step of turning down the opportunity of a two-year rotating seat on the Security Council.     This is an unusually dramatic and public move from a state that has generally preferred to...

Obama’s New Arms Race

Obama’s New Arms Race

  • December 30, 2011
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Is it possible to take back the Nobel Peace Prize?   I only ask because the award given to Barack Obama may well go down as one of the dumbest decisions the Nobel Committee has ever made, even worse than the prizes given to Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat for a treaty that enabled Begin...

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