Lord Hylton

Foreign Office Ministerial reply to me re Israel/Palestine

Lord Hylton

I am giving below the full text of the reply to me of 4th June 2009 by the then Minister of State at the Foreign Office.  It is similar to many previous replies. “Thank you for your recent letters about the issues of movement and access in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Palestinian prisoners and humanitarian…

Elections in Iran

Lord Hylton

If anyone reads this in Iran I would like them to know that I feel for them very much at the present time.  The Presidential elections appear to have been stolen.  Otherwise why would so many unnecessary additional ballot papers and ballot boxes have been produced? I am an independent member of our Parliament and…

The wars of mankind are like children's fights….

Lord Hylton

“The wars of mankind are like children’s fights – all meaningless, pithless and contemptible.  All their fights are fought with wooden swords, all their purposes  are centred in futility.” – Jalaleddin Rumi This quotation comes from a 13th Century Islamic mystic, one of the great  men of the Sufi tradition.   He was born in modern Afghanistan,…

Encouraging Political Dialogue within Turkey

Lord Hylton

I have visited Turkey at intervals since 1994, as an informal observer of elections and other sensitive events. This spring I was present at the local elections in south-east Turkey.  The nationwide results got much more media coverage than local elections here. Since 1984, despite various ceasefires, there has been a prolonged, armed uprising by…