Although I don't personally know Jack Letts, his radicalisation shook everyone in Oxford. It was weird seeing a guy the same age, who grew up down the road, suddenly be plastered across the media as 'Jihadi Jack'. MANDEM have done an excellent interview with one of Jack's friends explaining why he should be allowed back to the UK for a fair trial.
He points out that by turning our back on him, we are only pushing more people into radicalisation. Trying to gain an insight and understanding of why radicalisation is so prominent at the moment is one of our main tools for fighting it.
Yet Sajid Javid and other MPs are insisting we strip former radicals of their citizenship and turn them away from the country that, in many ways, failed them.
Watch the video at www.mandemhood.com
Venezuela seems to simply be another ideological war between Russia and the United States. Could it possibly be that after Syria they were plotting their next target or is that just cynicism talking? Of course, if I were a really cynical bastard, I would say that the US was attempting to regain face after failing to topple Assad, instead focussing on an easier, closer target; Maduro. The political parallels between Syria and Venezuela are too eerie to ignore, albeit without the Middle Eastern geo-political issue, but let's just hope the results are not as equally disastrous.
Putin is taking delight in portraying the Americans as meddling imperialists, whilst keeping quiet the fact that Russian forces are apparently in Venezuela too. Both countries are dangerous imperialists, ready to play with whatever nation best suits their agenda.
Brexit is distracting the UK from its real problems. The recent UN report on poverty and human rights, back in November, found that the government's austerity measures were in breach of 4 UN human rights abuses. The report found 1/5th of the UK's population lived in poverty, with 1.5 million people living in destitute conditions. London's homicide rate also hit a ten year high, after 134 people were murdered in the capital last year. Meanwhile youth centres are being shut down, whilst luxury housing is being continuously built.
Yet, Brexit is taking the necessary attention away from these issues. It appears to be giving politicians an excuse to talk about anything but the blatant repercussions from austerity, staring at us in the face. No doubt they will find something else to focus on post-Brexit...