Category Archives: Politics

Case Preview: R (Lord Carlile & Ors) v SSHD in Supreme Court

In Khomeinism: Essays on the Islamic Republic Ervand Abrahamian argued that populism, and not fundamentalism, toppled the Shah’s regime. Having visited Iran during the reformist Khatemi era, I can say that back then Iranians did crave democracy but were powerless … Continue reading

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New Syria Country Guidance

KB (Failed asylum seekers and forced returnees) Syria CG UKUT 00426 (IAC) (21 December 2012) Once the beating heart of Arab nationalism, Syria is a country in ruins. After achieving independence in 1946, dozens of constitutions and cabinets came and went … Continue reading

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Vietnamese Islamist’s Deprivation Of Citizenship Disallowed

B2 v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Deportation – Preliminary Issue – Allowed) [2012] UKSIAC 116/2012 (26 July 2012) One would rightly think that  the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (“SIAC” or “the commission”) – a creature of statute – is  reserved primarily for … Continue reading

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A letter from Manchester

On any given day of the year Manchester’s streets buzz endlessly with chatter in the Punjabi language which – like headscarves, Qur’āns, shalwar kameez, mosques, miles of takeaways and foreigners – is a local trademark. Things, however, are not quite what they … Continue reading

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Prime Minister’s “speech”

History and political science are odd subjects. I recently posted on an Arab dictator who was universally acknowledged as a hero. But now I am forced, somewhat belatedly, to write about a leader of the western world – the British … Continue reading

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