International Relations, politics, foreign affairs, diplomacy, international events, United Nations, European Union, war, borders, nationalism
David Cameron is flying to Riyadh to pay respects to the late Saudi King, Abdullah, a man who has ruled over a country that comes down hard on women's rights, supports extreme religious courts and suppressed by force initiatives to move away from an absolute monarchy.
Cameron is going as the official representative of the British People. If he asked us, what would we think?
As Vladimir Putin tightens his grip over the state of Russia and some worry that he is eyeing up his beloved old Soviet territories, are we soon to see a new Iron Curtain descend across the continent of Europe?
But this will not be a curtain built from the corrupted fabric of idealism, but one built from greed and control and using the cold blade of economics - assuming Russia does not go broke first.