Month: April 2013

Russia and China will block any intervention in Syria.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/3cbdbd4a-ae8e-11e2-8316-00144feabdc0.html There will never be indisputable evidence. It is in the very nature of today’s international relations that no evidence is not in dispute. One may find beyond dispute that people were gassed but one will never find a unanimous verdict as to who did the gassing. The Russians don’t mind a few hundred thousand …

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French socialists attack ‘selfish’ Merkel

The French socialists are angry and desperate as they’re seeing their mandate evaporate in the polls. So they try this. They might as well have reproduced the swastika and moustache. This is almost as tasteless and vile as what many Greeks did. Can a French President be deposed? Playing populist politics with the leading alliance …

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George Orwell strikes again

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2013/04/the-syrian-electronic-army-an-introductory-reading-list/ Western public perception is driven by the media, and the media can be influenced by repeating a proposition often enough so that it acquires momentum. Especially if that proposition is passed along as the ‘alternative’ explanation that journalists want to contrast versus the ‘official’ one. This passes a huge power to those who seek …

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Dong Feng anti carrier missiles

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2013/04/taiwans-return-to-the-security-spotlight/ The (DF-21D) missile’s estimated range is 1700km (far beyond Japan, up to Brunei), the maximum claimed range could have it hit a carrier in the Java sea and (from far-western China) the Persian Gulf. Still, imagine the Chinese would be so bold. Even if the response wouldn’t be crushing, China actually needs the US …

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Britain, Boston and terrorism.

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2013/04/boston-bombing-suspects-the-search-for-a-motive/ The British have more experience rooting out dangerous extremism? What a baseless claim. Muslims are much better integrated in the US than in Britain. The US-Pakistani, Syrian and Lebanese communities in particular value higher education and its members are wealthier than the US average. Unemployment amongst US Muslims is the national average. Not so …

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Wither Hezbollah?

It may be difficult for Hezbollah to disengage from Syria once the Assad regime topples. Damascus may be lost but Hezbollah could be instrumental for surviving regime elements to secure a non-Sunni statelet along the coast. To what degree does Iran really control Hezbollah? Hezbollah learned to its detriment that following Tehran dictates isn’t always in …

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New victims for Cyprus to blame?

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/39748f8a-9e01-11e2-bea1-00144feabdc0.html David Gardener please find your place in the long line of outside people and countries who can be blamed for this island’s infernal troubles. Please Cypriots take charge of your own affairs and finally now create a government representative of your own interests. Not those of bankers, Greeks, Russians, Germans, local elites or others. …

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