Articles & Published Letters - 2006
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A challenge to Chavez's rule - Bangkok Post, November 29th 2006
In Venezuela's presidential election set for Dec 3, those opposed to the rule of incumbent Hugo Chavez have joined forces behind candidate Manuel Rosales, whose presidency would represent an entirely different sort of government for Venezuela, one that would seek to undo the demagogic legacy of Mr Chavez and his Bolivarian Revolution.
Why not try some creative thinking over Kazakhstan? - Financial Times, November 29th 2006
Your article on how the European Union can build trade, stability and democracy on its borders ("Brussels to work harder at being a good neighbour", November 27) implies that when the EU extends the trade and aid benefits of this policy to countries such as Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia it expects little immediate in return. Is it not time for the EU to seek practical policy benefits now rather than affection later?
Iraq's Christians at risk of annihilation - Japan Times, October 5th 2006
The world is consumed by fears that Iraq is degenerating into a civil war between Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds. But in this looming war of all against all, it is Iraq's small community of Assyrian Christians that is at risk of annihilation.
EU policy from the Urals to the Pacific - European Voice, August 31st 2006
The first key question on EU-Asia relations is where does today’s EU definition of Asia begin and end? Arguably Asia’s countries are all so different that there can be no common EU strategy. Asia Minor in eastern Turkey is the traditional European border with Asia and the current role of Turkey is important, with its strong links with the Turkic countries of Central Asia ranging from strategically important Kazakhstan with vast energy resources to impoverished Kyrgyzstan bordering China.
The roadmap includes Damascus - Jordan Times, August 31st 2006
Powerful countries know that it is dangerous to be seen to flinch, because enemies take heart and allies’ knees begin to knock. A great power also knows that if it sets out on a military adventure without setting achievable goals, it can get into bad trouble.
La feuille de route passe par Damas - Le Matin, August 29th 2006
L'es grandes puissances savent qu'il est dangereux de donner l'impression de faiblir, car leurs ennemis sautent sur l'occasion et leurs alliés commencent à trembler. Une grande puissance sait aussi que si elle se lance dans une aventure militaire sans se fixer des buts réalistes, elle risque de se retrouver dans une situation difficile.
Israel is on the front line against Islamist terrorism - The Daily Telegraph, August 14th 2006
My colleague Dan Hannan neglects one vital factor that should also be in the calculus of developing Conservative foreign policy. (When we question Israel, we question democracy itself - August 12th)
The Uribe model for ending intractable conflicts - Bangkok Post, June 28th 2006
A left-wing tide has supposedly been sweeping Latin America. But Alvaro Uribe's re-election in Colombia may not only have begun the process of reversing that tide; it has perhaps also shown conservative and liberal parties across the continent a way forward, one that may soon be tested in Mexico's presidential vote on July 2.
Montenegrin independence - The Daily Telegraph, May 25th 2006
Your leading article on probable Montenegrin independence ("Montenegro must clean up before it joins the EU'', May 23) did not mention the potential problems posed by the proliferation of mini-states in a future enlarged European Union
Iraq's Christians face ethnic cleansing - The Independent, May 24th 2006
Patrick Cockburn (20 May) is right: the ethnic cleansing going on in Iraq is terrible but he hardly mentions the plight of the Assyrians. The indigenous Iraqi Assyrians community is nearly a million strong and represents nearly 10 per cent of the population centred on the Nineveh plain.
Poland's shame - The Daily Telegraph, March 10th 2006
Poland is unique among new EU member states in failing to take measures to restitute land confiscated under communism to its rightful owners. We had pressed the previous Polish government, led by President Kwasniewski, to make amends, but nothing was done.
With Hamas Europe Reaps What It Sowed - The Wall Street Journal, February 20th 2006
To say that the outcome of the Palestinian elections has presented the European Union with a thorny problem would be an understatement. But the navel-gazing and bewilderment that Hamas's victory has caused in Brussels is more than a little melodramatic. It should not have come as a shock.
EU, US keen on exploring the India option - Taipei Times, February 26th 2006
French President Jacques Chirac's visit to India this month to complete the sale of six attack submarines to India will confirm once more India's emergence as an economic and diplomatic powerhouse. The "strategic partnership" that both the US and the EU have at times sought with China looks both more plausible and more desirable with democratic India.
Africa's leaders must stick to their part of the deal - The Guardian, February 13th 2006
Your imaginative reports (Hear Africa, February 6) highlight the frequent failure of developed countries to live up to their promises on aid, trade and healthcare. But what about Africa's promises?
The EU must not fund terrorism - Jerusalem Post, February 13th 2006
The European Union has reacted with a collective gasp of astonishment at the scale of Hamas's victory in the Palestinian elections. I remember vividly the same sense of bewilderment at the "No" votes on the European constitution last summer by France and the Netherlands.
The EU's new Palestinian dilemma - European Voice, February 6th 2006
To say that the electoral success of Hamas in the Palestinian territories has presented the EU with a thorny dilemma would appear to be an understatement (The EU's new Palestinian dilemma, last week). But the navel-gazing and bewilderment in Brussels at Hamas' victory is more than a little melodramatic.
To the Palestinian Electoral Commission - Open letter, January 23rd 2006
We, Members of the European Parliament signatories of the present letter, particularly concerned about the smooth running of the next Palestinian parliamentary elections and for the consequences that a victory of Hamas may have on the Peace Process and on the future of the relations between the European Union and the Members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, wish to draw your attention to the following:
Policy challenges ahead for Cameron's Tories - The Times, January 11th 2006
The Home Secretary is planning to upgrade the criminal classification on the basis of fresh evidence on the link to psychosis (report, Jan 5; letters, Jan 9).