Monday, September 29, 2014

Why we need a new anti-war coalition of the left and right

My latest piece for OpEdge.

World War 1 began with an attack on Serbia by Austro-Hungary in 1914. Today’s ongoing World War 3 – of which the current US-led air strikes on Iraq and Syria are only the latest instalment – began with NATO’s attack on Serbia/Yugoslavia in 1999.
The subject of World War 1, its legacy and the new series of US-led wars of aggression which have marked the era of turbo-globalization, was discussed in depth at the International Science and Public Conference “The Great War and the Beginning of a New World: An up-to-date agenda for Humankind,”which was held in Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia, where World War I started 100 years ago.

You can read the whole article here.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Forget napalm, 'President Wimp' loves the smell of coffee in the morning

My new piece for OpEdge.

Colonel Kilgore, in Coppola’s "Apocalypse Now," said he loved the smell of napalm in the morning. By way of contrast, US President Barack Obama, prefers the smell of coffee.

Kilgore liked to go surfing. Barack Obama prefers a leisurely round of golf. (Instead of ‘Charlie don’t surf!" try saying: ‘ISIS don’t putt!’ – It wouldn’t really cut it in the Marines.)

Kilgore liked the music of Richard Wagner, because it "scares the shit out of the slopes." Obama prefers Marvin Gaye.

Instead of President Macho, we’ve got President Wimp – or so we are led to believe.

You can read the whole of the article here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Vaclav Klaus: 'Europe needs systemic change'. My interview with the ex-Czech PM and President

Václav Klaus has made a habit of saying things others shy away from saying, but it doesn’t seem to have done him much harm in the popularity stakes.

You can read the whole of my interview for The Spectator with the former Prime Minister & President of the Czech Republic, here.

Ryder Cup 2014: how the teams line up, player by player


The Ryder Cup starts today- here's my guide from The Week.

Golf is a game for solo stars. But then, once every two years, it becomes a team sport. On Friday, at Gleneagles in Perthshire, the best golfers from America and Europe will tee off in the 40th Ryder Cup.

What should we expect from three days of top-class golfing action?

You can read the whole of my preview,  here.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blame neoliberalism, not Salmond, if the UK breaks up

My latest piece for OpEdge- on today's Scottish Independence Referendum.

If Scotland does decide to leave the UK, we can be sure that the Westminster elite and anti-Scottish media commentators will be ready to blame Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, and his SNP party for the historic break-up.

But in truth, the reason why so many believe Scotland’s best place is out of the UK is to do with a major political and economic shift which took place in Britain 35 years ago, and which has nothing to do with the SNP or its leader.

You can read the whole piece here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Intelligent Punter's Guide to the 2014/5 Champions League

My latest IP Guide from The Week.

The group stage of the UEFA Champions League begins this week. There are eight groups each consisting of four teams and the top two in each group will go through to the last 16.

Which teams are the best bets in this year's competition? Here are the key factors to bear in mind:

You can read the whole piece here.

Friday, September 05, 2014

​‘George Galloway attack is an attack on all dissenters’

My new column for OpEdge:

Members of Britain’s political and media elite failed to show outrage over the brutal street attack on 60-year old pro-Palestinian British MP George Galloway, and to condemn unequivocally the assault which led to Galloway’s hospitalization.

And that speaks volumes about the type of country Britain has become and how our democracy and the freedom to speak our minds on foreign policy issues has been eroded.

You can read the whole piece here.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Crosstalk: Kiev in retreat

Above you can watch me on RT's Crosstalk programme, (recorded earlier this week), debating western coverage of the crisis in Ukraine.