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Gaza’s Drowned Refugees

  • September 18, 2014
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How many people must die in the Mediterranean migrant graveyard before Europe decides that the human cost of its ‘migration management’ policies requires a change in these policies?     Or to put in another way, at what point does the ‘collateral damage’ of the EU’s migration wars become so high that European governments can longer maintain the fiction that they are trying to stop it,   and finally take some kind of concerted action to try and ensure the safety of the men, women, and children who undertake these lethal journeys towards the...

Europe’s Ghosts

  • June 02, 2014
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I’ve been walking in the mountains of Andalucia for the last week, and staying in a hotel with really poor Internet reception.     As a result I wasn’t able to blog, and was barely able even to grasp what had taken place in the European elections until I got back to the UK over...

Whatever Happened to the Future?

Whatever Happened to the Future?

  • April 17, 2014
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There was a time when the future seemed like something you could rely on, at least if you were lucky enough to live in the ‘developed’ world; when you could look at your life twenty or thirty years down the line and know that you would have a job, and that if you worked for...

Ukraine: A Suitable Case for Treatment?

  • March 28, 2014
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Good morning Ukraine, and how are you today?   I am Doctor Christine Lagarde from the IMF, and this is my assistant the European Union.       We are standing in for Doctor Putin, who is away on holiday in the Crimea at the moment.     We have examined your test results, and...

The Crimea Votes for Russia

The Crimea Votes for Russia

  • March 19, 2014
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The US and the EU have huffed and puffed and waxed indignant, but the population of the Crimea has voted massively in favor of union with Russia.     According to the referendum statistics, 95.5 percent of the population voted for secession in a referendum with an 83 percent turnout.

These figures may have been exaggerated,...

Russia: Under Western Eyes

  • March 05, 2014
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Just to be clear:   I regard Russia’s quasi-occupation of the Crimea as a dangerous gambit,  and a violation of international law that opens the possibility for a range of potentially dire outcomes.     That said, I can’t see how any state in Russia’s position would allow such a vital economic and strategic asset...

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