Posts by Gary Kent

Remembering all those who secured peace in Northern Ireland

Marking the 23rd anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement as one of the greatest successes of Tony Blair’s Labour government is an excellent initiative. The GFA ended an apparently intractable conflict and saved countless lives and more marred by physical and psychological traumas. It showed the historic difference Labour made in power. Blair, Jonathan Powell,…

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Why Kurds matter to the Middle East

If Britain is an island made mainly of coal surrounded by fish, as Aneurin Bevan said, then landlocked Iraqi Kurdistan is made mainly of oil and sometimes surrounded by sharks.   Covid has given Kurdistan’s oil and that of the wider Middle East a proper kicking by suddenly slashing demand and revenues. Action on climate change…

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