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October 1, 2014 8 Comments
September 30, 2014 3 Comments

Hong Kong’s protesters are digging in for the long haul

This is Maidan at 35 degrees and 98 percent humidity. There is the same sense of quiet determination and organisation. They are digging in for the long haul.

September 11, 2014 5 Comments

Scotland sets Madrid and Barcelona on path to confrontation

Events in Scotland have inspired pro-independence Catalans. But if Catalonia does become independent, it could effectively mean the end of Spain.

September 4, 2014 7 Comments

Ukraine and Islamic State crises give Nato new purpose

The threats from Islamic State and the Russian intervention in Ukraine have changed the mood at the Nato summit as leaders face a dangerous new world reality.

August 29, 2014 10 Comments

Faced with Russia’s Putin, ‘no drama Obama’ doesn’t look good

The US may have become more cynical about the impact of a president. But it still cherishes the aura of the office – which means “no drama Obama” simply won’t do.

August 27, 2014 6 Comments

Why there are fewer jihadis from the US than Britain

The authorities think that America has spawned several dozen jihadis as opposed to Britain’s several hundred. This is because America has a totally different relationship to its ethnic

August 24, 2014 7 Comments

Militants, extremists… or murderous thugs?

By calling themselves Islamic State, the killers of James Foley have created a lie since they are neither a state nor very Islamic.

August 22, 2014 6 Comments

Why US foreign policy is like ‘smoking without inhaling’

To America, the Middle East is like a balloon. If you squeeze it in one corner it will bulge in another. You just can’t be sure where.

August 12, 2014 9 Comments

The day Robin Williams saved my bacon

I remember feeling faint with comic relief and thinking this man was a comical genius whose ability to make the audience laugh was like performance alchemy delivered with hysterical energy.

July 21, 2014 4 Comments

MH17 disaster: Ukraine’s train of despair

Four days after the shooting down of flight MH17, some forensic work is underway, but the progress has been hampered by the nastiest politics.

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