Why Drones Can’t Win Wars

Why Drones Can’t Win Wars

By Jack Apollo George

November 20, 2013

Double-tap. Explosion. Dust. Blood. Celebrations. It reads like a resume of a more traditional military confrontation but in these modern instances no one has to touch a gun or even look their enemy in the face. Welcome to the world of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Many governments, private firms and...

The Spy Bugged Me

By Jack Apollo George

October 30, 2013

I spy with my little eye, something that begins with the letter “S.” That’s right, scandal. As Edward Snowden nestles up in Moscow using his own father as a media battering ram, and Julian Assange is holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy launching vain campaigns to run as an Australian senator whilst...

Terror Tweets

By Jack Apollo George

October 2, 2013

Somehow, without any U.S. troops being deployed or thousands of civilians dying as collateral damage, both Iran and Syria seem to have given in to international diplomatic pressure. Iran’s new regime, after being democratically elected to succeed that of the highly questionable Ahmadinejad, has lived...

Pandora’s Sarin Box

By Jack Apollo George

September 11, 2013

He didn’t want to tell us the story, but he did. The man at the dinner table this summer had dug up the bodies of murdered Kurds in the early nineties. He had recovered samples in order to help prove that Saddam’s regime had been responsible for using Sarin against defenseless citizens. He was then...

Guns Out: The Serious Business of Syrian Bloodshed

By Jack Apollo George

May 8, 2013

I’ve been writing this column for the whole of this school year. During that entire time there has been one conflict of major international importance which somehow has never been quite topical enough for me to discuss in depth. I refer, of course, to the civil conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic....

Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead

By Jack Apollo George

April 24, 2013

There is a lot to be said about respecting the dead. There is also a lot to be said about how much so many people hated the late Baroness Thatcher. Following the UK’s first and thus far only female prime minister’s death, columnists and intellectuals across England raged war over whether or not one...

Get the Heck Out of My Press

By Jack Apollo George

April 10, 2013

The press, the democratic world’s fourth estate, has never been more effective. In this, the age of information, news can reach us as quickly as it develops. We can now tweet and blog and IM the revolution, not to mention broadcast it. Freedom of the press has long been seen as essential in any free...

Chavez, North Korea, and the Lack of Coherent Anti-U.S. Rhetoric

By Jack Apollo George

March 13, 2013

The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, has died. One of the last bastions of old-school socialism has passed away. He was undisputedly among the most important and frantically adored national leaders during the early years of the 21st century, and hundreds of thousands of his followers have since...

Other Lands

By Jack Apollo George

January 23, 2013

On the 10th of January 2013, after Islamist forces from the north of Mali started advancing south towards the capital Bamako, the Malian government demanded help from the French military. Through either post-colonial guilt or neo-colonial greed, the French committed to ensuring political stability in...

To Be or To Be Theirs?

By Jack Apollo George

December 5, 2012

Self-immolation may have become a somewhat grisly global phenomenon through the Arab spring, notably during the struggles in Tunisia, but recently it has tragically returned to where it has the most traditional associations: Tibet. Four Buddhists have set themselves alight in recent weeks in protest...

Bordering On Bedlam

By Jack Apollo George

November 7, 2012

The potential for an Israeli-Iranian conflict has been boiling for some time, notably escalating in recent days. A military factory in Sudan (one of Iran’s allies) was “mysteriously” bombed this month, and Israel was immediately blamed. Israel, in turn, suspiciously made no comment — this would...

Why the EU Still Has Work to Do

By Jack Apollo George

October 24, 2012

Of the many animals in the presidential debates, the elephant in the room — Europe — has yet to really come up. Foreign policy arguments have centered on the Middle East and the economic disputes have mainly been on a national scale. So whatever happened to the eurozone crisis? It has not disappeared;...

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