Foreign Policy

Israel needs a ‘civil rights revolution’

Two days after Daniel Levy finished his compulsory service in the Israeli Defence Force, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated.  As part of his service, Levy had been working as a negotiator attached to the Oslo accords. The years leading up to this moment had been a small window of optimism in the struggle for peace between Israel and Palestine, and Rabin’s…

Abolish Trident

It was under Clement Attlee’s great postwar Labour government that the United Kingdom, in the early stages of what was to become the Cold War, conducted a successful atomic weapon test and established itself as a nuclear power. The aftershock also caused a seismic rift in the Labour Party. Lifelong disarmament campaigner Michael Foot publicly fell out with fellow giant of the…

Nicaragua: The Need for Moral Clarity

On September 10th last year, my friend Amaya was kidnapped from her safehouse by the paramilitary police in Leon, Nicaragua. She was taken to El Chipotle prison, notorious for human rights abuses, and transferred shortly afterwards to La Esperanza women’s prison, where she remains. A student leader in the anti-Ortega movement, she was charged with terrorism. Her trial has been delayed several…