WINSTON CHURCHILL – in a radio broadcast from October 1939 – famously made this observation about Russia: “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.”
President Obama says that he prefers a peaceful solution, and he is willing ‘absolutely’ to pause a military strike on Syria if Bashar Assad accepts Russia’s proposal to hand over its chemical weapons to the international community.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has called for members of Congress to vote in favor of a resolution giving President Barack Obama express authority to launch strikes against Syria. AIPAC, the biggest Zionist lobby group in the United Sates had previously maintained a public silence on the issue.
The coalition government is offering a range of sweeteners for local communities who support fracking in their areas. These inducements include offering funding for new sports clubs or community centres if the communities agree to allow fracking in their backyards.