Middle East

The Left rejects it’s historic commitment to international solidarity and protecting the innocent when it embraces a growing neo-isolationism. It’s all very well to say ‘not our fight’ in the face of ISIS terror, but the opposite on intervention isn’t peace. 

Stare at that for a moment.


The international community didn’t intervene to stop Bashar-al Assad dropping chemical bombs on civilians in Syria. I argued they should.

Syrian activists say government launched gas attack; Bo Xilai's trial begins in eastern China; Japanese PM to tour Middle East; China and Kenya sign $5 billion in deals; third bailout for Greece; and more

Top of the Agenda: Syrian Activists Claim Chemical Attack

Keita wins Mali election; South Korean and Russian officials meet to discuss denuclearising North Korea; Pakistan PM urges new beginning with India; US embassies across Middle East and North Africa reopen; and more

Top of the Agenda: Keita Wins Mali Election

US closes embassies in Middle East and North Africa amid heightened potential terrorist threat; Philippines awaits "positive response" to invitation to Chinese foriegn minister; US military helicopter crashes in Okinawa; bomb explodes at Buddhist temple in Jakarta; Zimbabwe opposition supporters say they were attacked by Mugabe supporters; and more

Top of the Agenda: Washington Closes Embassies in Mideast, North Africa

Obama recommits to closing Guantanamo; Japan wants to sell nuclear infrastructure to Middle East; Malaysia to hold elections this week; anti-Muslim violence in Burma destroys mosques and kills at least one person; three British soldiers killed in roadside bombing in Afghanistan; and more

Top of the Agenda: Obama Renews Vow to Close Guantánamo