Author Archives: R-Europe

Parliamentary exchanges on ISIS & Iraq

A few weeks back when Parliament was still sitting the Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Revd Christoher Cocksworth, tabled a series of written questions in the House of Lords pressing the Government as to how it was responding to the … Continue reading

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Looking beyond the Mosul tragedy

As the full horrors of what has happened in Mosul slowly begins to sink in, the question of how we might respond surfaces. This blog attempts to sketch out a first response. Acknowledging the deep psychological trauma that has been … Continue reading

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Gaza: a plague on all our houses

I’m not a pacifist, but the conflict in Gaza sickens me. The indiscriminate military tactics of both sides dehumanises all parties. The shelling of innocents erodes rather than legitimiates the moral narratives both sides are frantically promoting over the airwaves. … Continue reading

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Cameron’s European Void

Travelling by train from London to Strasbourg this week gave me the rare opportunity to catch up on some long intentioned reading. My book of choice for the journey through the sun kissed French countryside was Peter Mair’s Ruling the … Continue reading

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Syria – preparing for a decade of conflict

Syria There is a growing recognition that despite its brutality, the civil war in Syria is going to be with us for some time to come, maybe as long as a decade. This conclusion is based on both an understanding … Continue reading

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Ukraine and the politics of discontent

In my last blog I looked at Russia’s annexation of Crimea and tried to unpack some of the reasons why Russia took the decisions that it did. I suggested that if we can look into Putin’s soul and fathom the … Continue reading

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Resolving the Crimean Standoff

In Musings of a Restless Bishop, the Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, poses the million dollar question as to why Russia is doing what it is doing and why is it doing it now? The question reminds … Continue reading

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