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December 16, 2014 2 Comments

Russia: a belligerent bear with its claws in Ukraine?

Six months ago the IMF predicted that the oil price – then at roughly $100 per barrel – would rise thanks to unrest in Iraq and the crisis in Ukraine. Iraq is still being torn to shreds, Ukraine’s east is still being dismembered but the oil price has imploded by a staggering 40 per cent to just over $60.


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October 29, 2014 11 Comments

The ‘dark secret’ awaiting two Bulgarian immigrants

The boys consulted the village witch about the journey to Germany and they thumbed the car magazines that contained the object of their ardent desire: a second-hand BMW.

October 28, 2014 15 Comments

Is UK letting migrants drown as they cross the Med?

The British government is committing one – yes, one – solitary “debriefer” to the Europe-wide effort to alleviate the worst refugee crisis in Europe since WWII.

October 1, 2014 8 Comments

How mild mannered protest in Hong Kong is rocking China

The Chinese press is branding the protesters extremists and agents of chaos and disruption – but I have rarely seen such a mild mannered mass protest.

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.

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