Karma in Ukraine – and Putin’s Revenge

As events in Ukraine spiral out of expectation, while President Putin speaks his mind, other countries seem content to observe and to comment but with the clear intent of non-involvement. It is easy to stand back and utter platitudes that achieve nothing, but not so easy to accept the share of responsibility for this critical situation that is due from all of us. We have created karma, and Ukraine too is in its own distinct karmic pattern.

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Syria and Beyond – Confusion and Light

It is a sign of the advent of autumn when I am up before the birds, and it is half-dark still. So it was today, with rustling from the hedgerows as I woke sleepy blackbirds by putting out their food, as bats returning home swooped over my head and a late owl hooted in the oaks.

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Cameron’s Parliamentary Defeat: a Welcome Precedent

David Cameron’s defeat by MPs over his intent to bomb Syria is a welcome demonstration of the growing power of public opinion, and of common sense. It is right that the most important political decisions that a country’s leader can take, reflects the will of its people.

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Putin: a Blessing in Disguise over Syria

It is not often that I feel gratitude for President Putin, but his intransigence over Syria and its effect on future Western involvement in the war could be called a blessing in disguise.

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Obama under Fire

It is surprising that the growing scandal in America about corrupt practices in its Inland Revenue Service has not attracted much attention in the UK and beyond – so far.

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Syria: not a Time for Action

Since its beginning, the Syrian war has been marked by confusion, misleading information and hints of promise of assistance for one side or another, which was extraordinary in view of the danger of escalation beyond the borders of that once noble, civilised country.

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Guantanamo Bay – a forgotten stain on the world

The growing hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay has drawn the attention of everyone who cares for justice and decency to the inexcusable indefinite detention without charge of prisoners who have been held there for years. Perhaps now something will be done.

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Prospects for this Second Term President

I wonder what President Obama thinks about his second term in office, and how will he feel when he looks back on his tenure? Pride? Satisfaction? Or regret?

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