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Thucydides in Hormuz

  • January 16, 2012
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There have been few periods in history like ours, in which one state or group of states have been able to make war on whoever they want, secure in the knowledge that their own countries are effectively immune to retaliation,  and regardless of whether the objects of military force have made any directly aggressive...

Our Man in Riyadh

  • January 13, 2012
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Today, David Cameron makes his first state visit to that beacon of democracy and human rights Saudi Arabia.     According to the BBC’s ineffable ‘security correspondent’ Frank Gardner

 …the trip is important for both Mr Cameron and his Saudi hosts.   He says Saudi Arabia has been rattled by both the overthrow of its...

Rise of the Swamp People

  • December 10, 2011
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Even by the Republican party’s dismal standards, the current crop of presidential candidates have to be about the most ignorant  collection of  flag-waving, corporate-worshipping, clueless morons that have ever competed for  the Oval office.

This is the party that unleashed  a swathe of wars and global mayhem over the last decade that...

With map and compass

  • November 05, 2011
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I’ve just spent a fantastic week in the Lake District, doing a course on walk leading and navigation.  It’s not a part of the UK I know at all well, but I now see what Wordsworth and Wainwright were on about.  It’s an amazingly dramatic and compelling landscape, with an endlessly variegated terrain...

The Iran Assassination Plot – a Pretext for War?

  • October 13, 2011
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After so many years of threats and sabre-rattling, is the United States trying to provoke Saudi Arabia into a war against Iran?   If so, it must be truly desperate,  because this supposed plot to kill the Saudi Arabian  ambassador  is so wildly implausible that it really makes no sense at all.

First, allow me...

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