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Rich and Getting Richer

Rich and Getting Richer

  • May 19, 2014
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For the last five years we have heard a great detail of rhetoric from British politicians about the ‘tough choices’ that the financial crisis has imposed upon the nation.   Again and again we heard that this crisis affected everyone equally, and that all of us were rowing together, like it says in the Eton...

Negotiating With Boko Haram?

Negotiating With Boko Haram?

  • May 15, 2014
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Is Nigeria intending to negotiate the release of the 276 kidnapped schoolgirls or it preparing to attack Boko Haram?    Throughout the crisis the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has hinted at some kind of behind-the-scenes dialogue with the kidnappers.

The content of these negotiations, if they have taken place, is not known.   But reports...

Thou Shalt Not Tweet ill of Ukip

  • May 13, 2014
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Anyone who has written criticism of Ukip will be familiar with the bug-eyed tweets and comments posted by its rank-and-file supporters that inevitably follow.   In the Internet Ukip often behaves like an angry mob, pouring forth a constant stream of bitter and often openly racist bile.       But is Britain’s...

Britain’s Migrant Revolt: ‘ We want our freedom’

  • May 12, 2014
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For the last week, largely unnoticed in the mainstream British media, migrants in Britain’s ‘immigration removal centres’ have been engaged in one of the largest and most significant protests in many years against the dire conditions in the Britain’s ‘detention estate.’   The rebellion began on Friday May 2, when 150 detainees at Harmondsworth Removal...

Generation War

  • May 11, 2014
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Last night I watched the last part of the German WWII mini-series Generation War.   For those of you that haven’t seen it, the series has provoked strong reactions in Germany and also abroad.   Some German historians have hailed it as an honest and unvarnished account of the war on the Eastern Front, in...

Hashtags, Militarism and the ‘Konyisation’ of Boko Haram

  • May 10, 2014
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In the last week the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram have become the object of the same kind of international crusading zeal that was once directed at Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army.   Hashtag twitter campaigns, celebrity condemnation, political outrage, and now Michelle Obama holding up a placard calling for the release of our girls...

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