September 12, 2014
The Securitisation of Oil and the new Islamic State

The Islamic State (of Iraq and the Levant – ‘ISIS’) currently controls key parts of an area larger than the U.K., and a not insignificant population base. This territory holds oil, which is then sold on the black market and is ostensibly used to fund terrorist operations. This is important because other terrorist organisations that are often funded near entirely by donations that can be easily…

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March 5, 2014
"There should be no place for such cynical bullying in a 21st-century world order"

'There should be no place for bullying in a 21st-century world'

I am starting to lose this one. How dare anyone excuse a great power hurling brute force against a small one, justifying it with some nonsense about extremists and a “responsibility to protect”. There should be no place for such cynical bullying in a 21st-century world order. And for what? So a leader with a virility complex can play to his domestic gallery. The whole thing is utterly…

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January 30, 2014
After Assad: Three Future Scenarios for Israel

NOTE: This policy briefing paper is focused on Israeli interests and potential policy routes. Executive Summary
  • The current Syrian crisis, a complex and violent civil war that grew from a localised insurrection, creates both threats and opportunities for…

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November 3, 2013
Reporters Without Borders map of World Press FreedomView Post

Reporters Without Borders map of World Press Freedom

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October 27, 2013
I now have superpowersCorrection, I have glasses. I never realised I needed glasses until this Monday, and now I have…View Post

I now have superpowers

Correction, I have glasses. I never realised I needed glasses until this Monday, and now I have…

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October 14, 2013
Saudi Arabia and the U.S. as an example of complex interdependenceSimply put, America is reliant on continued Saudi output of oil and Saudi Arabia is reliant on…View Post

Saudi Arabia and the U.S. as an example of complex interdependence

Simply put, America is reliant on continued Saudi output of oil and Saudi Arabia is reliant on…

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October 13, 2013
The Logic of Empire

Athenian:

For ourselves, we shall not trouble you with specious pretenses—either of how we have a right to our empire because we overthrew the Mede, or are now attacking you because of wrong that you have done us—and make a long speech which would not be…

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October 7, 2013
I thought the Blurred Lines song was about rape.The song is at least a trigger.
I listened to it first a while ago, saw the naked girls and the…View Post

I thought the Blurred Lines song was about rape.

The song is at least a trigger.

I listened to it first a while ago, saw the naked girls and the…

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September 24, 2013
Arbitrary and Unlimited Power, Thrown AwayThe monarch’s job is to continue arbitrary and unlimited power, and hand most of it over to…View Post

Arbitrary and Unlimited Power, Thrown Away

The monarch’s job is to continue arbitrary and unlimited power, and hand most of it over to…

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September 22, 2013
German Election 2013

German Election ‘13

Background reading/in-depth articles.

Live blogs (in English):

Infographic - http://wahl.tagesschau.de/wahlen/2013-09-22-BT-DE/wahlmonitor/index.shtml (in…

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