UK air strikes, Syrian rivers of blood, and no dam in sight

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The government has passed the motion permitting air strikes on ISIS positions in Syria by 397 to 223. The UK will join the US, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other nations already involved in Syria. The Prime Minister David Cameron delivered his argument as one of two choices; attack or wait to be attacked, a far cry from …

Osborne’s Stamp Duty Reform Explained

Soumaya Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

On Wednesday, George Osborne went some way towards attempting to boost the chances of a Tory electoral victory by announcing changes to the stamp duty system, which he claims will benefit 98% of house buyers. The change sees a move away from the ‘slab’ system of stamp duty charges to a gradual system similar to how income tax is levied, …

Along Came UKIP

Pritam Anada Middle East/North Africa

The UK Independence Party has now secured two parliamentary seats in the space of a few weeks, effectively setting them to be the key power broker in the next election. What has been most surprising is the general meekness and kow-towing of the main parties to UKIP’s stance on the EU and immigration. They could, in various ways, have exerted …