The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) avoided a decision to return Iran to its blacklist of countries not doing enough to combat money laundering. Iran’s continued litany of financial crime failings further undermines the future of the country’s nuclear deal with Western governments.
A new version of the UK’s counterterrorism strategy (also known as CONTEST), was unveiled earlier this month. Of the four strands comprising CONTEST, it is the Prevent strand, preventing individuals from becoming terrorists and supporting terrorism, that elicits the strongest reaction from different sections of British society.
The potential political acceptance of tax rises to fund the NHS is beginning to influence the debate on defence spending. Will this provide the impetus to defeat those political leaders who want to abet the decline in British military power?
The policy of institutionalised discrimination against gay and lesbian US service personnel is unjust and detrimental to military effectiveness. It is time for US policymakers to end this policy of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' and join the norms of other Western militaries.
The Coroner presiding over the inquests of those who died on 7 July 2005 has ruled she will hear evidence on whether MI5 and the police could have prevented the attacks. The Government is now deciding whether to go along with this, challenge it in court or even stall the inquests and hold a public inquiry instead.