It would be mackerel stupid to believe that the international campaign to expel Saddam Hussein’s army from Kuwait in 1990 was undertaken, at vast expense in lives, treasure, and political-system capital, to defend democracy — or for what then passed, and still does, for democracy in the Middle East. There was other, far more lucrative skin in that game.
Security forces in Colombia have killed one of its most-wanted drug fugitives, the alleged number two leader of a ruthless criminal network that arose from disbanded right-wing paramilitary groups to become the nation's largest drug-trafficking organisation.
Irish union officialwas one of the international observers invited to Venezuela by the National Electoral Council for this weekend’s poll. He tells the Irish Examiner of what he saw in the troubled South American state.