Monthly Archives: January 2007

January 20, 2007

The Liberal Racism

The tendency to divide the world into simple, opposing groups has always been with us, and continues to colour our perceptions today. Entrenched in the worldview of a vast swathe of Western thinking, it helps explain why some find legitimate …

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January 18, 2007

The Death of Idealism?

As the United States and United Kingdom flounder in Iraq with an increasingly stillborn local government failing to provide the unity that it was founded to bring, Washington has turned on itself seeking solutions wherever they are to be found. …

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January 16, 2007

The Iraq ‘Surge’

New year, new Iraq policy. And President Bush’s announcement of a 20,000-troop surge into Baghdad and Anbar province is clearly not the initiative the defeatist ‘pull out of Iraq regardless of the consequences’ lobby has been hoping for. Pinning their …

Posted in Defence, Democracy & Development, Middle East, News Coverage, Opinion Editorial, War in Iraq
January 11, 2007

Mr. Abe in Europe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his popularity at home continuing to plummet in the wake of a series of scandals involving senior advisors and other members of his governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), has embarked on a trip to the …

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January 9, 2007

No more turning away

2006 has overall been a grim year for freedom and democracy. What follows is a selective review of last year’s events, with recommendations for the liberal democracies, international agencies and other concerned parties of possible paths to take in 2007. …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Publication
January 5, 2007

Appearance is everything: the Iraq Study Group Report represents the triumph of style over substance

At New York’s Museum of Modern Art, until the end of January of 2007, there is an exhibition of some of the work of Edouard Manet (1832-1883), on loan from the National Gallery in London. The centrepiece is a series …

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January 3, 2007

The Black Sea: Creating a European Pond

On New Year’s Day, two former satellite states of a deceased empire removed the final vestiges of their unfortunate history during the twentieth century, and joined one of the world’s foremost political and economic powers. Amid much display in their …

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