Empire, debts, and delusion
Statistics show that over half the British public approve of – and derive pride from – the global impact of the British Empire.
Amongst the most striking elements of Imamoğlu’s ascent to office was a previously unthinkable openness from the historic party of Turkish secular nationalism towards both Muslim voters but, more important still, voters of the Kurdish community.
Britain gets its Trump
The comforting truth is that nobody – outside of the Tory Party – seriously voted to make Johnson the Prime Minister. It is also for this reason that the legitimacy of Johnson’s leadership has to be, if UK politics is to be considered democratic, decried and challenged from the offset..
Whether it is in restarting some enrichment of nuclear materials from its reactors, or actions to disrupt shipping in the Straits of Hormuz through which a fifth of world oil is transported, Iran has been put in a position where some measured retaliation is necessary in order to clearly demonstrate the benefits of peace.
Down but not out - Revolution in Sudan
Political traffic flows out of North Africa and into the Middle East just as it also travels back the other way.
Trump returns to London
Bowing out with a reception for the US President fits with the ceremonial ambition that May relishes and and is seldom able to reach beyond. The welcome she seems keen to extend to Trump is also mostly one-sided, befitting the US-UK alliance that some joke is called a “special relationship” because only one half knows about it.
Europe votes for its parliament
Just as the ability to have and withstand a crisis is often the test of a currency or commodity being deemed relevant, the saga of Brexit is looking like it may be helped to further the permanence of the European Union.
Bringing democracy back in Istanbul
The particulars of what any Imamoğlu mayoralty might look like, however, are less important than broad questions about what the present state of affairs means for Turkish democracy. Media conditions and purges have already, for years, damaged the country’s reputation as a democracy.
Trump risks conflict with Iran
The success of the deal that had been negotiated by the Democratic Party and Barack Obama has – ironically – been made very clear. Without it in place, tensions in the Middle East have risen dangerously.