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Imperial Sunset on the Rocks Please

Imperial Sunset on the Rocks Please

  • August 18, 2021
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Some empires take a long time to die.  The Roman Empire was already in decline centuries before the final collapse of the Western Empire in c.376-476.   By the end of the seventeenth century the weaknesses of the Spanish/Hapsburg Empire that spanned Europe and Latin America from the late fifteenth century onwards were already apparent, but...

Cameron’s awfully big Somali adventure

  • February 24, 2012
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Yesterday’s International Conference on Somalia was billed by the UK government as a turning point in the history of one of the most impoverished and war-torn nations on earth.   In his opening address to the conference David Cameron explained the purpose of the conference in the following terms:

‘In a country where there is...

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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