Migration, and the Law of Unintended Consequences

The contrast between the pictures of starving, desperate Syrian residents and those of drunken migrants rampaging in Cologne on New Year’s Eve is stark, but both situations are a reminder of the powerful Law of Unintended Consequences.

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Shades of Syria in Ukraine: a Time for Restraint

The crisis in Ukraine has sad similarities to what occurred in Syria: in both situations Russia and the US (along with other western allies) supported different sides; civil war has been an outcome in Syria and is threatened in Ukraine; each country is or was a civilised land of historical, geopolitical and economic significance; and the two incumbent regimes  have inflicted great harm on their people. What has happened in Syria serves as a stark warning for the players involved in the potential collapse of Ukraine.

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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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Syria – Closer to Home than We Realise

It is a still grey day in mid-Wales, so misty that even the voice of the river is muted, and all I hear is the call of young blackbirds and the mew of kites. The promise of a hot day seems impossible in this damp coolness, but I know it will come.

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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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Syria – Truth versus Appearance

Humans have a tendency to turn the appearance of a truth into the truth they desire, for their own purposes, and the distortion can have unanticipated consequences; Syria may be the latest unfortunate example.

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The New Consciousness Absent over Syria

The New Consciousness is the heart of the changing world, and it is Spirit’s intention that it will be epitomised through humanity, if man so chooses. More and more I find myself looking at what is happening around me to see how far current events are influenced, at least, by a new consciousness, and as I view Syria, today, it is as if the old consciousness is becoming ever more entrenched.

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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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Lifting the Syrian Arms Embargo – the Path to Peace?

I have listened carefully to William Hague’s weary defence of his insistence on the option to supply arms to Syrian rebel forces, but I am unconvinced it will assist the prospects of peace in that shattered country: it is more likely to exacerbate a conflict which is fast becoming regional rather than national.

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