Please support this protest

Lord Hylton

Sapatan Village near Semdinli, Hakkari Province, SE Turkey – This is a village of some 2000 people in SE Turkey, not far from the frontier. One Turkish special operations police officer had been killed (probably by PKK insurgents) on or just before 6 August 2017. On that day, probably in the early morning, the whole…

Abolishing the Death Penalty

Lord Hylton

I have been opposed to executions ever since I became involved with cases of miscarriage of justice, many years ago.  The struggle against capital punishment goes on across the world, though rather slowly. Some of you may have heard BBC 5 Live’s programme on 8 August.  This had an interview with Kris Maharaj and his wife,…

War Crimes in Iraq

Lord Hylton

Antony Loyd is a veteran war correspondent, who has reported from Bosnia, Chechnya and Iraq.  Following the expulsion of ISIS/Daesh from the city of Mosul in Iraq, he has described the killing of some prisoners by Iraqi forces and the beating and brutalizing of others.  Please see his 3-column article in The Times for Saturday…

Poland – from bad to worse

Baroness Deech

I have written on previous occasions about Poland’s slide towards authoritarianism and its reversion to its past system of dictatorship (sometimes there is little to choose between the fascist and communist regimes, especially from the perspective of the oppressed). http://lordsoftheblog.net/2016/02/18/poland-is-the-problem-continued/ and http://lordsoftheblog.net/2016/01/23/poland-is-the-problem/ The situation is now even worse, to the extent that it would not…

The rotten heart of Europe

Baroness Deech

Despite all the talk about the importance of maintaining our membership of the European Convention on Human Rights, it is increasingly seeming to be a dead letter in other European countries.  Here is a very brief rundown. It is sad that space does not permit coverage of yet more appalling situations in member states of…

“Syria: from Destruction to Reconstruction”

Lord Hylton

This was the title of a conference, organized in London by the Cambridge-based European Centre for the Study of Extremism, director Dr Makram Khoury-Machool, on 5th and 6th April. Lord Williams of Oystermouth (formerly Archbishop of Canterbury) gave the keynote address. Other speakers included Lord Eames, formerly Archbishop of Armagh, Congressman D Kucinich of Ohio,…

“Our Common Good” by John Nickson – book review

Lord Hylton

(published Biteback 2017. Hardback) ISBN 978-1-84954-803-8     411 pages The first 11 chapters in part 1 discuss the problems facing British society – for example concentrations of wealth and inequality; the dysfunctional housing situation, with homelessness and destitution; the reduced role of the state; youth alienation; and dissatisfaction among those barely managing. The second part concentrates…