Defending Israeli Interests at the United Nations

Interesting addition this week of all weeks to the latest, six-monthly edition of Barack Obama’s Fact Sheet: Advancing U.S. Interests at the United Nations. There is a new section entitled “Defending Israel”… When an effort was made to insert the Security Council into matters that should be resolved through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, … More Defending Israeli Interests at the United Nations

Coltan and Gorillas

Thoroughly enjoyed Sam Kean’s The Disappearing Spoon: And Other Tall Tales from the Periodic Table, but the following on how coltan is killing gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo rather pulled me up short In just hours, a farmer could earn twenty times what his neighbour did all year, and as profits swelled, men … More Coltan and Gorillas

Some More Thoughts on Humanitarian Intervention

I was for intervention in Iraq. Opposed to intervening in Darfur. In favour of getting involved in Libya. But Syria doesn’t seem such a good idea. Watching from the ground as Nato has bombed Gaddafi from power has crystallised for me exactly when humanitarian intervention is a good idea – and when it might cause … More Some More Thoughts on Humanitarian Intervention