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August 29, 2014 5 Comments

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

We are so used to politicians spinning, weaving and ducking that when they present us with the naked truth it comes as a nasty shock. It undermines our world of expectations. It’s a bit like watching your parents cry for the first time.

And so it was with President Obama last night, who faced the piranhas of the White House press corps and said that, when it came to IS in Syria or Northern Iraq, “we are still working on a strategy”.


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August 27, 2014 5 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.

July 20, 2014 25 Comments

MH17 – the absence of bodies, valuables and diplomacy

Four days after the downing of flight MH17 this remains the biggest crime scene in the world, with the suspected criminals in charge of guarding it. That is one of the many astonishing facts about

July 19, 2014 16 Comments

At the MH17 crash site: the tragic collision of two worlds

A tragic accident was always going to happen under the inflamed circumstances in this neighbourhood. But who could have imagined an accident like this against this ill-fated airline on such a

July 14, 2014 2 Comments

Proud to be Kraut – but what to do with all those flags?

Now that the football is over, what to do with the millions of German flags, wing mirror decorations, rattles, bottle warmer or coolers?

July 9, 2014 7 Comments

Will Brazil descend into a kind of catatonic, post-traumatic stress?

Defeat by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals may trigger unintended but widely feared consequences in Brazil.

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