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The New Cold War NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Days, 5 Minutes ago
The murder in Moscow yesterday of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was a cruel reminder of just how far the values of Vladimir Putin’s Russia differ from the European mainstream. Many other critics of the Kremlin — not least journalist...
MPs for Hire NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 7 Minutes ago
Channel 4’s sting operation that entrapped Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind has yet again highlighted the dangers posed to Britain’s parliamentary democracy by the temptations of cash for questions or of lucrative consultancies. Both me...
Tangerines or the Children of Death NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 6 Days, 15 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Abkhazia is, I suspect, a name most Europeans half remember half forget: a breakaway region of Georgia that has been effectively annexed by Russia (despite an internationally spurious declaration of independence) with the consent of a significant pro...
Is the UKIP Balloon Deflating? NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 2 Hours ago
According to an ICM national opinion poll in today’s Guardian, UKIP (on 9%) has fallen behind the Liberal Democrats (on 10%) for the first time in a long while, Of course one must not make too much of one individual poll, especially as this may...
An Historic Moment for the Kurds? NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 16 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Thousands of Kurds from across Europe gathered in Strasbourg this afternoon for a rally by the city’s stadium. As one of their foreign guests I gave the following short speech in English, simultaneously translated into Kurdish: We are gathered...
Kurds Petition for Abdullah Ocalan’s Release NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 19 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Kurds from all over Europe — including many who had matched long distances — converged in Strasbourg today to mark the handover to the Council of Europe of a petition signed by more than 10 million people calling for the release of Abdull...
Sargent’s Portraits of Artists and Friends NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 19 Minutes ago
The American artist John Singer Sargent was often dismissed in the latter half of the 20th century as a darling of high society who was commissioned to produce sumptuous portraits of the rich and famous. In recent years, the critical appraisal has te...
The Theory of Everything NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 53 Minutes ago
When a film is tipped for the Oscars I often go to see it with a sense of dread that it won’t be as good as the critics say. And I confess that theoretical physics is about as far away from my comfort zone of interests as anything could be. So...
Two Feisty LibDem Women for Tower Hamlets! NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
This evening Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrat members gathered at Oxford House in Bethnal Green to choose our two candidates for the general election in May, for the constituencies of Poplar & Limehouse (which I fought in 2010) and Bethnal Green &a...
UK Misses the EU Boat — Again! NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 22 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande are in Kiev today and tomorrow will move on to Moscow — all in aid of trying to mediate a peace deal between the Ukrainian government and Russian-backed rebels on Eastern Ukraine. They are to be congratulated...
London 4 Europe NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
London is without doubt Europe’s premier city, as well as being one of a handful of truly global cities. Its population has now topped 8.6 million and a third of the inhabitants were not even born in the UK, let alone in London. Immigration has...
Keep up the Pressure to Free Al Jazeera Journalists NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 8 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
It is great news that for once the rumours proved to be true and that Peter Greste, an Australian former colleague of mine at the BBC, currently employed by Al Jazeera, has indeed been released after 400 days in a Cairo jail. He is now returning home...
Donizetti and Dementia NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Days, 17 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Dementia is a growing problem in the UK as the population grows older, but at least there is a growing understanding of the needs of people with dementia and of their carers. It affects people from all walks of life, even the affluent burghers of May...
Holocaust Memorial Day NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 5 Days, 4 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Every year on Holocaust Memorial Day I go to a commemoration of some kind, usually at an embassy of one of the central or eastern European states, but this year was special — and not only because the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschw...
Re-engaging with Iran NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 6 Days, 11 Hours ago
It is 35 years since the Iranian Revolution and the US hostage crisis, yet the rhetoric between Tehran and the “Great Satan” America hardly seems to have varied during that time. Attempts to bring about a rapprochement faltered when it wa...
Matthew Oakeshott Is Right NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Lord Oakeshott has often made himself unpopular with the Liberal Democrat leadership, not least for the way that he has criticised Nick Clegg’s handling of the Coalition with the Conservatives. While I think Matthew’s views are sometimes...
ISIS and the London Conference NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Yesterday the Foreign Ministers of 21 nations gathered in London to discuss how to respond to Islamic State. There were not only representatives of major Western countries, including John Kerry from the United States, but also delegations from five o...
The Writers’ Guild Awards NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 5 Days, 15 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Last night I was at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for the Writers’ Guild Awards, of which ALCS (on whose Board I sit) is a sponsor. The setting was suitably glitzy and the host, Sandi Toksvig, in scintillating, cheeky form. A...
Another Coalition but Which Coalition? NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 15 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
A new UK national opinion poll from YouGov this weekend puts Labour on 32%, the Conservatives on 31%, UKIP on 18%, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens both on 7%, and Others on 5%. Once again neither of the two main parties has managed to muster the...
The Charlie Hebdo Debate NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 17 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Last night, at short notice, I was asked to take part in a live TV debate on the Charlie Hebdo affair on PressTV, the Iranian channel, to give a European perspective on things. There was incomprehension from some of the interactive viewers as to why...