Category: Analysis

Nelson Mandela knew that to succeed you sometimes need to climb down from things you had previously regarded as strategic, unchangeable and unthinkable. The South African leader’s first [press conference reminded us of the need to compromise in politics.

4 November 2021 By Paul Martin

The 30th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release reminds us of the need to compromise in politics | The Independent | The Independent It was a balmy afternoon on Nelson Mandela’s day of liberation, February 11, 1990. I rolled down the back window and stretched out an arm to have my hand slapped again and again […]

A mother in torment. It’s twenty years since the 9-11 attacks. The mother of an admitted Al Qaeda would-be terrorist –Zacarias Moussaoui, jailed for life in the USA — speaks of her pain and his guilt.

10 September 2021 By Paul Martin

An extraordinary interview was filmed with Aicha El Wafi at her home and in a park in Narbonne, France, before her son Zacarias Moussaoui was jailed for life. It’s still relevant today – full not only of her personal pain, but also of insights into very mixed-up minds.

Pakistan stands accused of facilitating the Taleban takeover of Afghanistan, says former British commander there.

18 August 2021 By Paul Martin

The Taliban could not have sustained its campaign or secured victory in Afghanistan without the active support of Pakistan, a former Commander of the British Army in Afghanistan claimed. Colonel Richard Kemp also raised concerns over jihadist elements getting control of nuclear material in Pakistan to add to its arsenal of weaponry. . Addressing an online […]

EXCLUSIVE: Al Qaeda ‘regrets’ its mass terror attacks on 9-11 and is unlikely to repeat this sort of mass attack, says Al Qaeda confidante.

18 August 2021 By Paul Martin

Al Qaeda, now potentially resurgent after the stark collapse of Western support to the defence of Afghanistan, is unlikely to resort to new mass terror attacks on the West, according to a senior source who has worked closely with Al Qaeda for decades. A former senior jihad fighter claimed yesterday that Al Qaeda loyalists made […]

Introducing SportZones

16 July 2021 By Paul Martin

With meticulous attention to detail and personal interaction, SportZones provides owners of sporting events and rights-holders with the tools to drive forward sponsorship for their events. SportZones also works to secure the best possible coverage of the sport, projecting it as a desirable, exciting and motivational brand. This in turn has a powerful effect on […]

‘Butcher of Baghdad’ becomes Iran’s President.

22 June 2021 By Paul Martin

An Iranian academic argues: In picking a mass murderer as his potential successor, Iran’s supreme leader hopes to make the United States a willing partner in the repression of his country’s people. By Mariam Memarsadeghi, Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. As the Biden administration gives every indication of removing most sanctions on the world’s […]

Saudi Arabia signals it will clamp down on hardline interpretations of Islam.

10 June 2021 By Paul Martin

         Hardline interpretations of Islam are preventing economic progress and threatening Saudi Arabia’s ability to develop a modern economy, the country’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman declared. Saudi Arabia’s rulers have had a pact for decades with hardline Islamists who follow a strict form of Islam called Wahabism. But in an interview broadcast […]

I met Ratko Mladic and gave evidence at The Hague. This is how it feels to see a mass murderer finally jailed for life for his war crimes.

9 June 2021 By Paul Martin

Of all the war criminals and mass murderers I have encountered in 40 years of reporting in conflict zones, Ratko Mladic was the most chilling. The United Nations ex-Yugoslavia Tribunal’s final verdict — life imprisonment for genocide — brings back memories that even a hard-bitten war reporter finds hard to erase. ** Dead children’s graves […]