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Dispatches from the corridors of British power

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Europe's Fear of the UnKnown

over 2 years ago

As paralysis continues to grip the corridors of power in Brussels and Berlin, even the dark humour for which central Europeans are noted is in short supply. But at least, so the line goes, the Greeks managed "to get it right" at the ballot box on Sunday and won't be forced to vote in another ...

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Britain: Inching towards a referendum on Europe

over 2 years ago

A quiet suburban street set in the leafy suburbs of Cheadle, Manchester, Northern England on Monday, witnessed a coming together of a former Leader of Manchester City Council, Labour MP Graham Stringer and a local Conservative MP with a strong independent streak, David Nuttall. This unlikely couple ...

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What Labour's Gains Mean

over 2 years ago

In Britain, the main Opposition Labour Party  leader, Ed Miliband was pleased at his party’s strong progress in the mid term council elections in England – and especially Wales. Gaining well in excess of 800 councillors, while watching the wretched Nick Clegg (leader of the Liberal Democrats and a ...

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History is Made in Burma

over 2 years ago

United Nations Secretary General, Ban ki moon, was this week in Myanmar, or Burma as Western and some domestic opponents continue to call the country. It is not the first time, nor is it likely to be the last, yet Ban’s visit is likely to be recalled as being the most constructive so far by any ...

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What is a Newt?

over 2 years ago

  In all of the hyperbole surrounding Newt Gingrich's storming victory over Mitt Romney in South Carolina, little or no attention has so far been given to the slippery amphibian that bares the same name as the far Right Republican President wannabee.   Readers may therefore be somewhat ...

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Crisis Averted. World Slumbers

almost 3 years ago

It was an innocuous enough statement. The fact that it referred to an event that had occurred while much of the World – and particularly the Western media – was on holiday, explains why it received such little coverage. But then good news, especially if it is associated with the United Nations ...

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North Korea, More Isolated Than Ever

almost 3 years ago

News of the demise of Kim Jong Il, leader of the ‘hermit kingdom’, or the World’s last Stalinist State, North Korea, shouldn’t have come as a surprise; after all, he had been quite ill for some time. But his death comes at a highly inconvenient and potentially dangerous time, with his son and heir ...

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The Iranian Spark That Could Start a War

almost 3 years ago

A former British Prime Minister, James Callaghan, once warned that sudden squalls could blow into major storms and often from unexpected places. Not very long afterwards, the Argentinians began to make bellicose noises towards the British ruled Falkland Islands, which they claimed as the Islas ...