International Crisis Group – Syria Statement

The International Crisis Group (ICG) made a very well-balanced statement in light of the US’ and France’s call of an international military intervention. Their point is that any solution should be political. Diplomatic efforts and all parties making concessions should lead to a manageable political consensus. According to the ICG, The only exit is political.…

UK vote on Syria premature

The UK messed up its foreign policy decision making towards the use of chemical weapons in Syria. In the Guardian today: The prospect of British involvement in military action in Syria ended dramatically last night when David Cameron suffered a surprise and humiliating Commons defeat on the issue. Despite concessions by the Prime Minister to…

Nomophobia and technology

I decided to write this post after a confluence of events, of which Al Jazeera’s news item on nomophobia  was decisive. Webster’s dictionary defines nomophobia as a pathological fear or dread of not having one’s mobile phone Now, this is both sad but true for, at least, myself; and, given the fact that it is in Webster’s…

Grand Strategy for Syria. But where is the EU?

Foreign Affairs wrote an interesting article on a strategy for dealing with the seemingly hopeless Syria, entitled Syria’s Collapse, authored by Andrew J. Tabler. He sees a three-tier solution to the crisis — to be solved primarily/solely by the United States of America. Firstly, he proposes the US to deter the use of chemical weapons…

The Bible: Norway’s no 1 bestseller in 2012

This is the power of marketing. In a country, where apparently 72% of the population consider themselves secular, ‘The Church’ managed to republish (updated to make it an easier read) the best-selling book of 2012 in Norway: the Bible. Church officials have acknowledged that heavy marketing was central to its success. It was promoted as…