What does France’s recognition mean for the Syrian coalition?

This post was originally published at Your Middle East. A ruthless dictator, failed negotiations and a fragmented and disjointed opposition have plagued the ongoing crisis in Syria. Learning from mistakes made in Libya, stronger efforts must be made to bring the different rebel groups together in order to strengthen the opposition. Rebel groups in Libya were, … Continue reading

Rationalising the irrational: A step-by-step guide

Ever wondered what kind of rationale goes behind the policy-making decisions executed by the coalition government? Well look no further. Here is a detailed step-by-step guide on how to devise and execute a sound security policy. Step 1 Fear. Without it your security policy will mean nothing. How will the general public accept your plans … Continue reading

Big Society Capital launch

David Cameron announced his latest Big Society re-launch today: Big Society Capital. The £600m fund (financed by dormant bank accounts and high street banks) will serve as a fund for local charities and the now largely defunct Big Society idea. What dangers could this fund pose to charities and local social associations? In one word: … Continue reading

Not so pure and simple: What the riot report tells us

The latest report on the riots published by the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel reveals nothing new. The main points made about bad parenting, lack of social access, the issue of police, communication and the role of schools are not new ideas, but perhaps the publicity that this report has received will finally make the … Continue reading

The decline of the politician: What we can learn from Cash for Cameron

British politics at the moment is in a complete state of disarray. I often don’t know whether to collapse laughing or cry endlessly whilst ripping my hair out. It’s not just about the cuts to our system being generously dished out by the coalition government, or the unceremonious stripping of our NHS, or the botched … Continue reading

You never know what tomorrow holds

Well, as you can tell from the lack of posts over the last few months, I haven’t been around. Just as I was resigned to disappearing into the abyss of unemployment, my hopes were answered in a way I never expected. Within a week of launching this blog and posting my woeful outlook on youth … Continue reading

Unemployment Gloom Worldwide

Following on from my post about youth unemployment yesterday, I wanted to look at how the rest of the world faired on the unemployment front. To my utter delight, The Week posted an article today comparing unemployment statistics from different countries in Europe, as well as including figures from Australia, South Africa and the US. The UK is going … Continue reading

2012: The Year of Doom…For Youth Unemployment

The doom and gloom of 2012 has well and truly arrived. Whilst the next few months may bring with them warnings about the impending doom that is the end of the world and everything you must do to protect yourself and your loved ones (everyone get your old ‘How to Survive the End of the … Continue reading

The road ahead for the Republican candidates: what to expect

The last few weeks have seen Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney come under attack in every which way; a film has been released about his time as CEO of Bain Capital; he has been accused of being a moderate (god forbid) and yesterday’s debates backed him into a corner over his tax returns and his ever … Continue reading

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