Category Archives: Foreign Journalism

Obama gets personal: President claims credit after killing of Bin Laden

When he was running for President what so many people liked about Barack Obama was his willingness to pass praise on to others. When he would be hailed as a great orator he would go to great lengths to stress that he was the voice of a movement. When asked about his popularity he would point out that he was nothing without the grass roots.

Not any more. Today the President claimed personal credit for the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

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Cameron’s statement is the final nail in Gaddafi’s coffin

So far the govt have been hedging their bets a little across the Middle East. They have tended to condemn governments like Mubarak’s in Egypt and Ben Ali’s in Tunisia only when it is certain that they were going.

So tonight’s statement by David Cameron must be the final death knoll in Gaddafi’s coffin.

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7 leading thinkers react to the ‘turmoil’ in the Middle East

Tonight I went to an Intelligence Squared event entitled “Turmoil in the Middle East: Is the genie of democracy out of the bottle?” where 7 key academics and journalists on the Middle East reacted to the events in recent weeks.

On the panel were Oxford academics Tariq Ramadan and Eugene Rogan, brilliant SOAS academic Deniz Kandiyoti, City Uniersity academic Rosemary Hollis, journalists Nabila Ramdani and Roger Cohen and American military strategist Edward Luttwak.

I can’t go into too much detail as it was a two-hour event but I wanted to summarise the top 5 points I took away.

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How the rest of the Arab world didn’t cover Mubarak’s speech

Those expecting a knock-on effect of the Egyptian Revolution across the Middle East should look away now. The true extent of misinformation in some of the region’s dictatorships was revealed when President Mubarak gave a speech to his people and it was completely ignored by state media in several of the Arab  countries where regime change has been urged.

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Sinn Fein MP: Queen’s trip to Ireland would be a ‘disaster’

At a talk in parliament last night the Sinn  Fein for West Tyrone Pat Doherty reacted to the news that The Queen may be about to visit Ireland for the first time. If she were to visit she would become the first British Monarch to go to Dublin since Irish Independence in 1922. Doherty, unsurprisingly perhaps, was fiercely opposed to the visit.

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Al-Megrahi’s release may have been wrong, but so was his imprisonment

There is so much being unsaid in the continuing debate over the ‘Lockerbie bomber’ Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi that I felt I had to write something. It now appears that the British government may have been pressuring for the release of Al-Megrahi in order to secure economic deals with their new allies in Libya, which is contrary to international law and despicable behaviour. But this is obscuring a wider debate about whether Al-Megrahi was guilty in the first place.

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Egyptian protests in London: a tale of two potential futures

Today at the Egyptian protests in London there were two separate and hostile protests that indicate the issues facing a post-Mubarak Egypt; one was secular and pro-democratic in its aims while the other was religious and supportive of a  pan-Islamic caliphate.

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Hague’s suprisingly supportive statement on Egypt

Watching William Hague’s latest statement on Egypt I felt it was surprisingly supportive of the protesters. While he obviously didn’t advocate the cause of revolution he accepted those on the streets had “legitimate economic and political grievances.” He also stressed that the British government had a relationship with Egypt not with the government and condemned the repressive measures used in the country.

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Why I am beginning to believe in the Egyptian revolution

Earlier today I went to the Egyptian Embassy in London to view the protests against the Mubarak regime. I have only limited knowledge about Egypt so I cannot talk with much authority about the forces within the country but I was impressed with the turnout in London – especially considering it was a cold, wet Tuesday afternoon.

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Front pages reviewed at midnight: Thursday 6 January 2011

The Mail continues its government waste season with a scoop about the UK Trade and Investment, The Times congratulates itself on last night’ good story, The Telegraph reports on limited numbers of flu vaccinations and the Indy focuses on the UN Index of Food prices.

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