Nostalgia for Sovereigns: The King is Dead, but Maybe New Ones on “the Horizon”
Even before this latest crisis began, there had been a distinct trend of people in democracies losing faith in their political systems. When this wave of disillusionment happened back in the 1920s and 30s, as the problems of the era overwhelmed liberal democratic structures, fascism or communism were seen as being the answer. Many countries […]
Brexit Timetable: The Cult Must Go On, For The Common Evil
Whenever someone has achieved pre-eminence in a field, people look for a successor. Boxing awaits the next Muhammad Ali, acting wants the next Laurence Olivier, car makers want the next Henry Ford, etc. But this also works the other way. No one wants to believe there will be a next Charles Manson, or Adolf Hitler, […]
What’s Here Today Won’t Be Left To Be Gone Tomorrow!
With most of the world now in or near to lockdown due to Covid-19, and the intelligent spending their time in isolation reading this journal, people’s daily realities are changing. As we can all observe, expectations and priorities are changing as much as personal routines, and with them their perception of what the world was, […]
When the Going Gets Tough, the US Runs to its Criminal Friends
Donald Trump’s consistent use of the term “Chinese Virus” when discussing Covid-19 has raised a few eyebrows. Having been locked down and had the foreseeable future taken away, the world has no choice but to defer to his leadership. But rather than leading the world, he leads a chosen part of it against another part […]
The Israeli-Indian Arms Deal
With Covid-19 dominating everyone’s thoughts and actions, it is also dominating the news media. At first glance, this would seem obvious. But is it? Clearly people need to be updated with the latest information about this killer virus, particularly when governments are trying to wreck lives and economies over it, and blaming their citizens for […]
Post Brexit: BoJo the Clown Creates “A Land Fit for Morons”
Brexit supporters are very fond of invoking the Second World War – or rather, a particular mythology about it. In this, the UK alone saved the world from the evil Germans, and all its troops were white British people, as if the UK did not work with its many allies, and the millions of non-white […]
How Convenient: Saudis Attacked by the Houthis?
Say you ran a country famous for human rights abuses. It would be difficult for other countries to deal with you without facing so many awkward questions, so many so, they might decide it wasn’t worth it. Even your old allies, who would otherwise defend you on principle through “thick and thin,” might start contemplating that […]
Ireland: The Old Guard Tries to Ignore a Bomb
The country most affected by Brexit, apart from the UK itself, is the Republic of Ireland. The border between the Republic and British-controlled Northern Ireland will now be the boundary between the UK and the EU, and what that actually means, and how it relates to other international treaties, was one of the sticking points […]
Great Land Grab: Two-State Solution or a Two-State Problem?
Analysis of Donald Trump’s proposed “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian problem has followed a predictable pattern. Trump supporters have hailed it as a realistic attempt to bring peace to the region. His opponents say it is a means of distracting from his impeachment and helping his ally Benjamin Netanyahu, who is facing multiple corruption charges […]
Trump and Kim Jong-un, a Time for Change?
Up until just before the Soviet Union collapsed, very few people in the West thought it ever would. The system was so tightly controlled and repressive that there was no apparent that the people could overthrow it and if it remained change would come at a snail’s pace. Such was the power of propaganda that […]
All Those Missiles Pointed at Russia: Who Are They Trying to Hit?
As the Serbs never tire of pointing out, international diplomacy is often driven by irrational prejudice. Whenever Serbs try and create a country of their own, which includes all the predominantly Serb population areas, the rest of the world thinks this is a bad thing and does everything it can to prevent it. When asked […]
UK Elections: A Time Warp Which Solves Nothing!
The dystopian nightmare in which Boris Johnson is Prime Minister of the United Kingdom – I will repeat that, BORIS JOHNSON is Prime Minister of the United Kingdom! – has taken another unexpected turn. The December 12th general election has produced what should have been the result of the previous election, in 2017. It is […]