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Look out Europe: the Russian bear is coming

Look out Europe: the Russian bear is coming

  • June 05, 2015
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There is a psychological theory called projection which I have often thought can be applied to international relations.     Essentially, projection describes a tendency in interpersonal relationships by which individuals project onto others certain characteristics that they fear or hate in themselves.

An obvious example might be a sexually-frustrated fundamentalist preacher who persecutes others because...

The Russians are coming!

  • February 20, 2015
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Fancy a war with Russia, chaps?     After more than two decades in which Western leaders have staggered from one foreign policy train wreck to another with the reckless indifference of stag night drinkers on an epic pub brawl, it now looks as though they are lurching dimly towards exactly that outcome.

Of course it’s...

An Afternoon in Belchite

  • September 04, 2014
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Lower Aragon is a very different place to the towering peaks of the Aragonese Pyrenees, where I spent most of last week.   Drive south of Zaragoza and you leave the fertile plain of the Ebro River and pass through a strikingly weird lunar landscape of chalk-white hills that would make a perfect location for...

Flight MH17: A Pretext for War?

  • July 18, 2014
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It is too early to know what happened to Flight MH17.

It may indeed have been shot down by Russian separatists, as the Ukraine government and its Western allies are claiming.   Or it may have been shot down by forces linked to the Ukraine government.    If separatists were responsible, it is likely to have...

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,...

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