Saudi’s changing diplomatic role in the wake of the Syria Crisis and Iran and the US’s newfound ‘friendship’
International

Saudi’s changing diplomatic role in the wake of the Syria Crisis and Iran and the US’s newfound ‘friendship’

  By Hugo Corden-Lloyd   In a column for the New York Times on December 17th 2013, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United Kingdom – Mohammed bin Nawaf Bin Abdulaziz al Saud – attacked inaction over the crisis in Syria using ‘Western’ as a thinly veiled synonym for British and American governments. He is … Continue reading

Brave New World: Man, the State, and ‘Big Dope’
International / Opinion / Theory

Brave New World: Man, the State, and ‘Big Dope’

  By Francis W. McLoughlin   Everywhere in the English-speaking world, the tendency is one and the same: the abandonment of our mores of self-restraint in favour of a culture of self-enjoyment. Sex, drugs, and dubstep: these are the fixtures of our Dionysian age; and with its radical chic and flesh-pot barracks, adherents of this … Continue reading

The Russian Bear and the Milksop West: When Democracy Eats Its Own Tail
International / Theory

The Russian Bear and the Milksop West: When Democracy Eats Its Own Tail

by Francis McLoughlin The Kremlin has certainly pulled a number on the United States of America. What is it to arouse the ire of a superpower nowadays? After Russia’s foreign minister has gone to work on the U.S. secretary of state, I’d say not terribly much. The poor beast is too busy clutching its neutered … Continue reading

American Free Trade: Atlantic, Pacific and China
International

American Free Trade: Atlantic, Pacific and China

by Brendan Storer The pursuit of free trade deals by the Obama administration with the European Union and the countries of the Pacific Rim, notable omitting China, is evidence of a weakening engagement by the Obama administration towards China. Instead the US continues to show a predilection for strengthen the American position in opposition to … Continue reading

Honest Abe: will Japan’s PM stick to his plan for economic reform?
International / Theory

Honest Abe: will Japan’s PM stick to his plan for economic reform?

by Aiden Depiazzi After a brief and disastrously inept spell as Prime Minister of Japan in 2006-2007, Shinzo Abe was returned to power when his Liberal Democratic Party won a landslide victory at the 2012 general election. Nonetheless, the horizon was bleak. A sweeping majority in the House of Representatives was pitted against a divided … Continue reading

The Zimbabwean Zeitgeist: When ‘Change’ Isn’t a Meaningless Slogan
International / Theory

The Zimbabwean Zeitgeist: When ‘Change’ Isn’t a Meaningless Slogan

by Francis McLoughlin Last month was not a good month for democracy, at least not in all the places our newspaper-men and -women have their eyes on at this point of time. Whether it’s Reuel Marc Gerecht, a man on whose perspicacity I’d put big bucks, writing in the Washington Post that ‘Egypt’s experiment with democracy … Continue reading