Lord Hylton

Book Review

Lord Hylton

“Taliban” by Ahmed Rashid  – published I B Tauris 2000 with revised and enlarged edition 2010: This paperback, with excellent notes and appendices by a Pakistani journalist, is essential reading for understanding Afghanistan and its neighbours, especially Pakistan.  It underlines the trauma caused by continuous warfare from 1979 to 1996, followed by the Taliban rule,…

Middle East Refugees (An article in ePolitix)

Lord Hylton

The United Nations Relief and Works Administration (UNWRA) was set up in 1948 as a temporary measure to assist Palestinians, who had fled from the new state of Israel and its armies. Because no long-tem solution has yet been found for this problem, UNWRA now has 4.8 million people registered with it. Of these, about…

Economic Cuts

Lord Hylton

In the present financial difficulties ways and means must be found to keep essential local institutions functioning.   This will require innovation and creativity. I am giving below two examples from my neighbourhood in Somerset Letter to the Somerset Standard : With reference to the proposed closing of Frome Magistrates  Court , if this happens,  Mendip District, with…

Women in the Church – the text of my letter published in “The Tablet” of 28th August

Lord Hylton

The Catholic Church appears not to have noticed the significance of two recent developments.  Women have been accepted not only as readers, but also as ministers of the Eucharist.  They are thus involved in the biblical word and in the distribution of the sacraments, two main components of worship.  The general acceptance of girls as altar…