Articles By Graeme Mackay

From Politics & Policy Dec 07

Scottish Independence: Alex Salmond's Ludicrous Nuclear Weapons Ban

On 29 November 2013 a Police Scotland helicopter came down and crashed through the roof of the popular and crowded Clutha Bar. At the time, there were about 120 people in The Clutha and the accident left nine people dead and 32 injured - 14 seriously.

From Politics & Policy Nov 19

Chinese Communist Party Plenum Barely Addressed Corruption Problem

The Third Plenary session of the 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress commenced in Beijing on 9 November 2013 and concluded on 12 November.

From Politics & Policy Nov 07

Grangemouth: A Game Changer for Unions and Governments?

Petroplus Holdings AG (Switzerland) was, not so long ago, Europe's largest independent refiner. In January 2012, the company defaulted on its senior notes and filed for bankruptcy. The refinery had a capacity of 11 million tonnes per year and had been running at about 88 per cent capacity shortly before its demis.

From Politics & Policy Oct 19

Vietnam and General Giap - 'Red Napoleon' or 'Red Terror'?

On 04 October 2013, the man some refer to as Vietnam's "Red Napoleon", Senior General Vo Nguyen Giap, died at the Central Military Hospital in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, at the age of 102.

From Politics & Policy Oct 08

Xi Jinping and the Crusade Against Corruption

What, or rather who, is the link between the small town of Muscatine, Iowa, and Zhengding County, Hebei, China?

From Politics & Policy Sep 19

Syria: UN Ghouta Gas Attack Report Changes Nothing

All-important question of where the blame lies has not been answered, says Graeme Mackay

From Politics & Policy Sep 02

A Brotherhood That Didn’t Push its Luck: Tunisia’s 'Moderate' Revolution

Contrast between Tunisian Revolution and what has happened in Egypt, Lybia and Syria could not be more stark.

From Politics & Policy Aug 20

Egypt in Crisis: Not Yet Ready for Democracy?

On 18 August 2013, General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi appeared on Egyptian state television calling the unrest, verging on civil war, which the world has been witnessing since the overthrow of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi on 03 July, "terrorism"

From Politics & Policy Jul 22

Will Mali Vote in Presidential Elections on 28 July? The Tuaregs Could Hold the Key.

Another Bastille Day (14 July) over and this year's pride of place in the military march past went to detachments of the French, Malian and other West African Army forces which had saved Mali from imploding and falling into the hands of Islamic extremists in January 2013. Troops from 13 African nations that had supported France's Opération Serval in Mali, participated in the parade.

From Politics & Policy Jul 06

Mali and the Long Road to Recovery and Reconciliation

Coup leaders apologizing for the consequences of their actions is not something that happens very often. In Bamako, the capital of Mali however, a rare example of it took place on 26 June 2013 when Captain Amadou Aya Sanogo did just that in front of an audience which included Interim President Dion...