Category Archives: Other World

Unjust and dysfunctional: Asylum in the UK

Dysfunctional UK asylum system Graham Peebles argues that the British asylum system, which is slow, inadequate, cold and indifferent towards some of the world’s most vulnerable people, is causing hardship to thousands of innocents and is in need of urgent, far-reaching reform. Read more [...]

On the down side of institutionalised religion

Religion cartoon Lawrence Davidson explains why religion should be confined to the individual and local charity work, and points to the lethal consequences when religion claims for itself the trappings of secular power or attaches itself to the institutions of power. Read more [...]

UK’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign blocks call to expel Israel from UN

Wither PSC? Stuart Littlewood asks where does the Palestine Solidarity Campaign – the UK's leading pro-Palestine campaign group – go from here, now that it has rejected a proposal to seek Israel's expulsion from the UN for persistently violating international law? Read more [...]

Famine and government neglect in Ethiopia

Ethiopian famine 2015 Graham Peebles says the Ethiopian government’s priority is not drought avoidance but control, holding onto power and the accumulation of personal wealth, and he urges donor countries to ensure that Addis Ababa puts in place visionary plans to mitigate the impact of future droughts. Read more [...]

Will the US fall for Saudi Arabia’s deliberate provocation?

Saudi King Salman Trita Parsi warns that if the US falls into the Saudi trap and sides with it against Iran, in a confrontation manufactured by Saudi Arabia, the price is likely to be the possibility of peace in Syria and the Iran nuclear deal. Read more [...]

Economic anxiety, public safety fears and the rise of demagogues in the US and Europe

Politics of fear Lawrence Davidson examines how economic anxiety and fears over public safety, fuelled by the Islamist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, are creating the environment for demagogues and militarists such as Donald Trump to flourish. Read more [...]

What was the point of Obama’s message to Israel’s president?

Reuben Riven and Barak Obama Alan Hart examines what could be either a warning or an expression of despair from President Obama to his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlen, and wonders what Obama’s game plan for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict might be in what remains of his presidency. Read more [...]

Market-driven homelessness in London

Homelessness in London Graham Peebles highlights the growing problem of homelessness in the British capital, and the criminalisation and marginalisation of homeless people by a central government that is focused on serving the rich and powerful. Read more [...]

Terrorism and some hard truths 

US gun culture Lawrence Davidson says much of the hysteria in the US about Islamic terrorism is politically motivated and that if politicians were serious about addressing the violence and terror in American society, they would tackle the country’s gun epidemic. Read more [...]

Message to Jeremy Corbyn: dump the baggage, build from new

Conservative and Labour Party After his very public humiliation by pro-war rebels in the House of Commons, and with more to come from the dysfunctional Blairite rump of the Labour Party, Stuart Littlewood argues that Jeremy Corbyn might do well to cut his losses and go his own way. Read more [...]