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Afghanistan and Kashmir

It’s been a busy week, what with challenging the shortcomings of the present banking system and the consequent flaws in capitalism, but at last, some blogging. On 9 September, I intervened in respect of Afghanistan, making the point that we should act in the interests of Pakistan and the Afghan people, not just our own interests. On 14 September, I asked about Kashmir, emphasising Britain’s historic role in the region: Steven Baker (Wycombe, Conservative) What steps he plans to take […]

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The European Investigation Order

There is to be a statement on this subject later today. It will be interesting to see what powers are transferred, to what extent British people are subjected to overseas police powers by this measure, and what democratic control is to be exercised over those powers… Update: The Home Secretary’s statement is here. Big Brother Watch wrote about the EIO here, before we opted in: The EIO is intended to make it easier to gather evidence on another member state’s […]

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An Evening with The British High Commissioner to Pakistan

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This evening, Adams Park, High Wycombe hosted Mr Adam Thomson CMG, the British High Commissioner to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. We had a wide-ranging discussion of foreign policy and migration issues, including in relation to Kashmir, India and Afghanistan. Questions covered some delicate issues which go to the heart of community cohesion. In particular, I was asked to contribute concerning what I thought should be done to promote greater understanding between communities. With apologies for reusing my favourite quote, […]

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Meetings to discuss interception of the Free Gaza Flotilla

This morning, I held two meetings to discuss Israel’s interception of the Free Gaza Flotilla. There is justified horror and anger at events. First, I met members of the Wycombe Muslim Communication Forum before meeting Conservative Muslim councillors. Over the next few days, the Muslim Communication Forum will provide feedback to me on the Foreign Secretary’s statement to the House of Commons. I will then send a briefing note to the Foreign Secretary on local views and give an expanded personal […]

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Iraq: The war was illegal – The Independent

The Independent reports: Tony Blair will be quizzed over a devastating official memo warning him that war on Iraq would be illegal eight months before he sent troops into Baghdad, it was claimed last night. The Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war will consider a letter from Lord Goldsmith, then Mr Blair’s top law officer, advising him that deposing Saddam would be in breach of international law, according to a report in The Mail on Sunday. But Mr Blair refused to […]

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A Miliband disgraces himself

Foreign Secretary Milliband disgraces himself with propaganda worthy of the old Marxists: The foreign secretary, David Miliband, today made a politically sensitive attack on the Tories, saying the Conservative party’s new alliances in Europe made him feel “sick”, and meant that the party was run by “a bunch of schoolboys”. Much of Miliband’s annual speech to the Labour conference was devoted to a critique of the Tories’ foreign policy and, in particular, their new relationships being forged in Europe. Miliband […]

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Mohammed Jawad: ‘I was 12 when I was arrested and sent to Guantanamo’ – Times Online

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What a way to grow up: When Mr Jawad was arrested, he was living with his mother in Kabul — his father having been killed fighting the Soviets in the 1980s. “We searched for him for nine months,” said Mr Jalalkhil. “We didn’t know if he had been killed, or kidnapped, or got lost. His mother went crazy.” Finally, a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross visited their house to show them documents proving that Mr Jawad […]

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Troublesome North Korea Strikes Again | Cato @ Liberty

An alternative perspective on North Korea from the Cato Institute: The North Koreans have been busy, testing a nuclear weapon and shooting off missiles.  It seems that nothing upsets North Korea more than being ignored. … However, this really is all old news.  Although the nuclear test reinforces the North’s irresponsible reputation, the blast has little practical importance. North Korea has long been known to be a nuclear state and tested a smaller nuclear device a couple years ago. The regime’s […]

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William Hague interview: Gordon Brown could be forced into European referendum – Telegraph

In an interview with today’s Daily Telegraph, William Hague, the shadow Foreign Secretary, says that Britain urgently needs to renegotiate its relationship with Europe. It will be a priority for the Conservatives if elected. He is particularly angered at suggestions that Tony Blair is being lined up to become the first full-time EU president. via William Hague interview: Gordon Brown could be forced into European referendum – Telegraph.

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Spy chiefs fear Chinese cyber attack – Times Online

INTELLIGENCE chiefs have warned that China may have gained the capability to shut down Britain by crippling its telecoms and utilities. They have told ministers of their fears that equipment installed by Huawei, the Chinese telecoms giant, in BT’s new communications network could be used to halt critical services such as power, food and water supplies. The warnings coincide with growing cyberwarfare attacks on Britain by foreign governments, particularly Russia and China. via Spy chiefs fear Chinese cyber attack – […]

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