Monthly Archives: June 2014


Islamic State – the happy fun group

You might have noticed the tiniest hint of sarcasm in the title. They may not have deposed governments. They may not have been elected. They may not have even been recognised as some form of official opposition by other nations. However, the group now known as Islamic State have established the Caliphate they wanted and […]







Abbott and Harper on the environment

The title might make Tony Abbott (Australian Prime Minister) and Stephen Harper (Canadian Prime Minister) sound like a comedy double act, but they’re far from it. They may be far apart in terms of geography, but they are in the same place when it comes to prioritising the environment. Reuters reports that President Barack Obama has […]


Syria 2014 – It’s Ba’ath time!

You may recognise the name in the title. The Ba’ath Party is a multinational organisation. The former Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein, was a member of the party. In Syria, it is the ruling party and President Bashar al-Assad is a member. This country is certainly no holiday destination. People are advised against travelling there. There are […]


Egypt 2014 – It’s a Democracy. Really. I’m not joking.

There were two candidates that people could vote for. Given the dominant result for Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in the recent Presidential election, you could be forgiven for thinking that there was no-one else. Results this convincing should always be questioned. There were fewer candidates to choose from in comparison to the last election, which would have […]