A military court sentenced 11 supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the deposed Islamist President, to life imprisonment today on charges of attacking the army.
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Friday 17 September 2010
Major-General Israel Tal was a decorated war hero and one of Israel's most influential military strategists, as well as the "father" of the revolutionary Merkava tank. He modernised battleground doctrine and served as an adviser to numerous Prime Ministers and his contribution to Israel's security is viewed as immeasurable. Lt-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said of Tal: "His life's work was the state of Israel's security, the defence of its borders and the security of its citizens." Internationally, Tal ranks as one of the best armoured commanders in history alongside such Second World War figuress as the American General Patton and Germany's Field Marshal Rommel.
Friday 30 April 2010
Nia "had the feeling she'd been smoked over in her crib, both parents pouring out their toxins." A political activist and teacher in her late fifties, her worthy, somewhat preachy presence wouldn't have been missed in this novel at all. Nor would the framing narrative, which tells how Nia travels east in search of her own childhood and her long-dead mother's past. The real meat of the book is her mother's story, a harrowing tale of imperial brutality and forbidden love in the Suez Canal Zone during the run-up to Britain's ignominious expulsion from Egypt in 1956. The adult Nia's story pops up mainly to point up the striking parallels between Suez and today's mess in Iraq, while also allowing for some clumsy exposition on the history and politics of the Middle East.
Thursday 04 February 2010
Can it possibly work? Yesterday's Ministry of Defence green paper suggests that, to save taxpayers' money, Britain and France should co-operate more closely on military matters. It is a fact often forgotten that the two countries ceased fighting each other almost two centuries ago (leaving aside occasional misunderstandings in Africa, the Middle East, Twickenham etc). On the other hand, the history of Anglo-French collusion since the Battle of Waterloo has not been an entente tout à fait cordiale. Here is a brief guide to some of des hauts et des bas (ups and downs) of cross-Channel collaboration in the past two centuries.
Saturday 28 November 2009
Sir Donald Logan: Civil servant who assisted the Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd during the Suez crisis
Tuesday 03 November 2009
Donald Logan's place in post-war political history is assured, as he was the only British representative present at the two secret meetings at Sèvres, near Paris, at the height of the 1956 Suez Crisis.
Tuesday 06 October 2009
Tuesday 01 September 2009
Portsmouth's attempts to bring Amr Zaki back to England have failed after a bid was rejected by his club, Zamalek.
Saturday 08 August 2009
Thursday 04 June 2009
Paul Williams: Right-wing Conservative MP who resigned the whip over Suez and later chaired the Monday Club
Friday 03 October 2008
Paul Williams entered the House of Commons in 1953 at the age of 30, winning a by-election for the Conservatives in Sunderland. It was the first time that the governing party had gained a seat in a by-election since 1924.
Friday 02 May 2008
"He taught me one of the most important lessons of my political life – how best to handle Old Etonians!" So Edward Heath told me in 2001, referring to Anthony Kershaw, a fellow guest, when he invited three Labour MPs, Denis Healey, Tony Benn and myself, to join a select score of Tory MPs and ex-MPs at a dinner given on the occasion of his 50 years in the House of Commons. It has to be said, though, that Heath, when Prime Minister, did not reward Kershaw as he might have done.
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- 2 It’s shameful that our universities have accepted gender segregation under pressure from the most oppressive religious fanatics
- 3 Sir Ian McKellen hits back at Damian Lewis' 'fruity actor' claims
- 4 Kenyan politician Mike Sonko left red-faced after photoshopping himself next to Nelson Mandela
- 5 Selfie at funeral: Cameron squeezes in on Obama snap at Mandela memorial