Abu Qatada is Not Guilty

Mr Abu Qatada, who spent twelve or thirteen years fighting extradition to Jordan where he faced criminal charges, and was finally extradited, has been tried in Jordan and found not guilty. the gentleman has been the focus, perhaps unnecessarily so, of the British Establishment, and the British media, who have defined him as a supporter of terrorism and responsible for many crimes. the courts in Jordan have found him not guilty of any charge, and so the narrative about Mr Abu Qatada now changes.  Continue reading

Problems in the Pipeline

Energy is so critical to every nation and in troubled times energy not only becomes more critical, but it also becomes more expensive and harder to get. Continue reading

The Dead Sea is dieing and the River Jordan becoming a small stream

The shores of the Dead Sea are the lowest part of dry land on this planet. The sea itself has no life, apart from some forms of bacteria that can live in its salinity. Salt constitutes about a third of its water content and as a result the Dead Sea is buoyant. When I was young, fifty years ago, I saw pictures of people reading newspapers while effortlessly being kept afloat in the Dead Sea by its high salt content. I resolved to see if it really worked when i visited the Dead Sea, so when I finally did I borrowed an Italian newspaper from a friendly Italian and had my photo taken in the classic pose. Continue reading