John Altvater

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The Kurds are our allies against Isis, but we bow to Baghdad’s shameful treatment of them<p>Online, you can watch a jihadi driving one of the thousands of armoured vehicles Islamic State plundered from the Iraqi army toward Kurdish troops.<p>They are frightened of a suicidally ferocious fanatic, so …

Middle East

Tony Blair agreed to act as Iraq war cheerleader according to newly released US memo

Memo from Colin Powell to President George Bush in the latest batch of Hillary Clinton's emails to be released outlines the former Prime Minister's willingness to back America against Saddam Hussein<p>The controversy over Tony Blair’s decision to back George Bush over the Iraq war has been rekindled …

If Britain’s 'other deficit' doesn’t worry policymakers, it certainly should

The UK's current account deficit is the largest in the developed world, with growing worries about how it is financed<p>Most of the news on the British economy right now is good. Unemployment is low and labour participation is at a record high. Growth is back to pre-crisis trend, investment is rising, …