Thursday, 22nd August 2013

One of Scotland’s finest artists recognised with European Citizen’s Prize

The following article appeared on the website ThinkScotland on 21 August 2013.

On Monday this week, I had the pleasure of presenting influential Scottish artist and pioneering art impresario Professor Richard Demarco CBE with a European Citizen’s Prize during a ceremony in Edinburgh in recognition of his decades-long efforts to bridge cultural divides between Western and Eastern Europe. 

Tuesday, 6th August 2013

Spiraling violence in Iraq

The following article appeared on 2 August 2013

Continued bombings, repeated terrorist attacks and spiraling daily casualties in Iraq have given rise to grave concerns in the international community.

The number of victims of violence in Iraq since the beginning of July has more than 700 dead and 1,500 wounded, an average of almost 90 killed and injured every day.

Thursday, 1st August 2013

The Forgotten Mass Execution of Prisoners in Iran in 1988

The following article appeared in The Diplomat on 31 July 2013

The massacre of political prisoners by the Iranian regime, which took place in the summer of 1988 has never been acknowledged by Tehran and remains one of the darkest stains in recent history, although it is relatively unknown in the West.

The executions began in late July and continued for several months. As many as 30,000 political prisoners or more, the overwhelming majority of them activists of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK) were slaughtered.

Monday, 24th June 2013

Glasgow deserves to win green prize

The following article appeared in Parliament Magazine on 24 June 2013. 

I was delighted to see earlier this year that Glasgow had been shortlisted for the 2015 European Green Capital award. Though the other nominated cities – Bristol, Brussels and Ljubljana – are all worthy contenders for this distinction, Glasgow’s reinvention from industrial powerhouse to leader in green innovation puts it head and shoulders above the rest.

Sunday, 23rd June 2013

How turbines lay waste to a rural haven

The following article appeared in the Sunday Express Scotland on 23 June 2013.

Monday, 27th May 2013

Iran’s election: A choice between Satan and the devil?

If there was ever any doubt that the Iranian regime of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei was on its last legs, his government has now presented the necessary evidence. It has barred the candidacy of the two men who might have displayed anti-regime credentials. Unlike countries where fair elections are held, Iran has rules that guarantee the results. If the ruling mullahs don’t like or fear a candidate, they simply don’t allow them onto the ballot paper.

Monday, 13th May 2013

Heliex Power

Many scientists argue that we could save 75% of the energy we use by improving energy efficiency. Indeed the most effective way to reduce carbon emissions, instead of covering Scotland with useless and costly industrial wind turbines, would be to reduce the amount of energy we waste. A Scottish company is about to explode onto the world’s business pages by putting this theory into practice.