Month: May 2015

Iran’s people

I know not a single Iranian who is supportive of Khamenei and his revolutionary guards. The religious ones think he’s a parvenue who abuses Islam to hold onto power. Grand Ayatollah Montazeri who passed away in 2009 and who was supposed to succeed Khomeini was a leading proponent of this view and was most explicit …

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China’s challenges in the South China Sea

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d0d6bc1a-fafa-11e4-9aed-00144feab7de.html The CFR’s report seems accurate enough, China has not signed up to become a “responsible stakeholder”, it doesn’t share the risk assessments made by the west. Instead it is building islands over a thousand kilometers from its southernmost point and claiming these as sovereign territory, upsetting states as far away as Malaysia and Brunei …

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The British role in the EU

That’s what I mean, “Britain, [then] responsible for brokering a compromise.” Britain has been at the forefront of fixing the EU to be flexible enough to accommodate the great diversity that is Europe from the start. The harmonizing drive led by Germany, France and in no small part Belgium (which shares a capital with the …

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India thinks it can overtake China.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/aa70eb04-fc71-11e4-ae31-00144feabdc0.html Yes India may achieve greater economic growth shortly than China, but China is only now landing from three decades of almost 10% average annual growth. We’ve waited for India to reform for the same three decades but nothing came of it, plenty of excuses abound but where’s the investment in infrastructure and education, where’s …

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