Foreign Office: How not to handle a Black Sea crisis By Mark Almond

7 March 2014 — Crioxblog

Foreign Office: How not to handle a Black Sea crisis“All the assumptions on which… this  policy [was]
based turned out to be wrong….  British  domestic
opinion would prove hard to persuade that seeking
the return… of a fortress on the Black Sea merited
the risk of a war with Russia.”
William Hague on the Anglo-Russian Crisis (1791)

Oxford historian, Mark Almond, recalls the lessons from history once taught by Foreign Secretary, William Hague, in his study of Pitt the Younger’s mishandling of what he called the “Ochakov fiasco” in 1791.

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Israel’s Doomsday E-1 Settlement. Diabolical Encroachment to Prospective Palestinian State By Nicola Nasser

5 December, 2012Global Research

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has definitely crossed an international red line to vindicate a swift and firm rejection from Israel’s closest allies when he announced plans recently to build a new settlement on a corridor of occupied Palestinian land in East Jerusalem, which will render any prospective Palestinian contiguous state territorially impossible. Daniel Seidemann, the Israeli founder of Terrestrial Jerusalem, has condemned it as “the doomsday settlement” and “not a routine” one.

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Can Syria Avoid the Fate of Libya and Iraq? Interview with Issa Chaer by Carlos Martinez

2 October 2012 — MRZine

Dr Issa Chaer is a member of the Syrian Social Club (based in England).

Carlos Martinez: Thanks very much for agreeing to be interviewed.  You have been very active in spreading information about the Syria conflict.  Can you explain why you have chosen to give so much time and energy to this cause? Continue reading

Julian Assange arrest plan revealed accidentally

25 August 2012The Guardian

Julian Assange

A police officer holding a document apparently saying Julian Assange is to be arrested in any circumstances if he comes out of the Ecuadorean embassy. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA

Plans to seize Julian Assange “under all circumstances” the moment he leaves the Ecuadorean embassy in London have accidentally been revealed by a police officer displaying restricted documents outside the embassy.

The document, pictured under the officer’s arm by a Press Association photographer, appears to advocate arresting the WikiLeaks founder whether he leaves the building in a diplomatic bag or in a diplomatic car.

The handwritten plan was recorded at a police briefing and only partially covered by the officer’s arm as he arrived at the embassy in Knightsbridge on Friday.

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William Hague: Following in Churchill’s footsteps By William Bowles

16 June 2011

“I do not understand this sqeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poison gas against uncivilised tribes.” — Winston Churchill in 1920 when referring to Iraqi tribes people.

Now let me get this straight: In order to save civilian lives (the infamous ‘Right to Protect’), the Empire, through its Rottweiller NATO, not only deindustrializes Libya but it also causes a mass exodus of refugees hundreds of whom drowned and many thousands more were left stranded, attacked and abused. The Pirates attempted to assassinate Gaddafi but succeeded in killing women and children instead. The Pirates bomb educational infrastructure, communications, power, agriculture and terrorize the population from the air and sea with the combined military might of the most powerful countries on the planet. So this is what humanitarian intervention looks like?

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Libya newslinks 13-14 April 2011

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Britain Caves To Israeli Pressure; Agrees To Revoke ‘universal Jurisdiction’ Law

4 Nov 2010 — IMEMC

In his visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories this week, British Foreign Secretary William Hague reported being ‘ambushed’ by Israeli officials who cancelled a high-level security briefing with Hague in response to a British threat to arrest an Israeli official for war crimes. Read More…

Afghanistan: Reading between the lines By Eric Walberg

27 May, 2010 — Eric Walberg

The new coalition in Westminster is parsing all the words about Afghanistan and coming up with a very different interpretation, says Eric Walberg

“We have to reset expectations and timelines. National security is the focus now. We are not a global policeman. We are not in Afghanistan for the sake of the education policy in a broken 13th century country. We are there so the people of Britain and our global interests are not threatened.” — Liam Fox, Defence Secretary

The movement to “get the troops out now!” has found unlikely converts in the form of the Conservative-Liberal Democratic coalition in Britain. The election campaign suggested nothing new could be expected from any of the parties on Afghanistan, despite the fact that over 70 per cent of Britons want the troops home.

So eyebrows were raised with the news that Afghan President Hamid Karzai was Prime Minister David Cameron’s first visitor at Chequers. They went higher still when Foreign Minister William Hague made his first foreign destination Kabul, where he called for the withdrawal of troops as soon as possible.

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Love Police ruins Conservative Party Press Statement

12 May, 2010 — Charlie Veitch

Brilliant voiceover the video as George Osborne (personal wealth £4.3 million) and William Hague enter No.10. What Charlie Veitch calls ‘ambush journalism’. Good on yer Charlie!

Postscript: Ken Clarke becomes lord chancellor, George Osborne becomes chancellor of the exchequer, the Liberal Democrat David Laws becomes treasury chief secretary and Theresa May becomes home secretary.