Syria

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Syria: thank you, Putin

Due to the authoritarian nature of his regime (a format now known as ‘illiberal democracy’, since he actually wins elections), to the way he annexed Crimea and intervened in the Eastern Ukraine, to his homophobia and other similar traits, Vladimir Putin is the object of widespread distaste in the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Syria: tell me what your legal basis is and I’ll tell you who you are

In their approach to bombing Syria, the different major powers are by no means pursuing the same strategic or political ends, or even justifying themselves on the same legal basis. The latest is Russia, which has been accused by the US of ‘throwing gasoline on the fire’. Although one [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Impossible Syria, in less than 600 words

Syria: 320,000 dead (11,500 of them children) up to June and 4,088,099 refugees since 2011, and yet more to come. So, far from being resolved, the three-way civil war has become increasingly complicated. Neither Arabs nor Westerners, nor anyone else for that matter, have a clear strategy. Why? The [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Savage continent: the longer term will not resolve the shorter

Europe, it is now being repeated ad nauseam, is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since the Second Post World War, which after the horror of war underwent a horror of population transfers, well documented in Keith Lowe’s Savage Continent. But Europe seems to have forgotten where it comes from [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The Caliphate, an idea with a territory

The West, and several governments in the Middle East, have made a serious error of judgement with Daesh, the self-styled Islamic State or ISIS. They have looked at it from the terrorist perspective alone, equating it with al-Qaeda. But it is, in fact, a very different kettle of fish. [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Charlie Hebdo: more questions than (provisional) answers

Why France now? Because France is where Charlie Hebdo and its Muhammad cartoons were published. Also, it is the most secular (but not necessarily the least religious) and most republican country in Europe. It is the society with the largest number of Muslims in the EU. It is taking [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Cheaper oil, geopolitical effects

Some see it as the long arm of Saudi Arabia; others as a concerted action with the US; and, finally, there are those who just see the markets move, at a Europe on the brink of recession and a world submerged in a ‘new mediocrity’. The fact is that [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Islamic State: terrorism and insurgency

The Islamic State (IS) is a practitioner of terrorism even more terrible than al-Qaeda as it has recently amply demonstrated. But that does not explain everything. It is also an insurgent movement and an army, and unless that is understood the strategy carried out by the US will fail. [...]
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