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  • Putin-gun

    Putin a bit of stick about

    The West should bring Russia inside the tent with an anti-ISIS entente. Whilst our waffling wimps are wringing their hands and wondering what to do next, Putin is putting a bit of stick about. Just what we need

    by Robin Mitchinson - 20 November 2015
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    The Muslim Council of Britain and terrorism

    The Muslim Council of Britain's forceful condemnation of the Paris terror attacks is welcome. But anyone can condemn slaughter, and doing so does not make you "moderate". What is needed is a radical change in key Muslim narratives

    by Jeremy Havardi - 20 November 2015
  • Tel_aviv

    Start-Up Nation: Israel's market reforms

    It seems that Israel's tax cuts under Prime Minister Netanyahu provide a real world example of how to increase investment and wealth. Paradoxical as it may sound, phasing out U.S. economic aid may also have made Israelis better off

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 19 November 2015
  • Chinese_dredging

    U.S vs China: Showdown in the South China Sea?

    The U.S. seems wary about provoking China even as it builds militarised outputs astride the world's most heavily trafficked waterways. There is a real threat here to peace in Asia, and the U.S. must not allow allies such as the Philippines to be browbeaten

    by Michael Auslin - 18 November 2015
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    Extra Virgin? The olive oil scandal

    Italy is the world's second largest producer of olive oil, after Spain, but, incredibly, is a net importer. Always go for quality, and remember that you get what you pay for

    by Tim Hedges - 18 November 2015
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    Airport security? Don't make me laugh

    The simple truth is that airport security has never played a role in frustrating terrorist attack plans; all have been the result of good intelligence. The ridiculous checks on liquids et al are there because the real way to do security -- profiling -- isn't PC

    by Robin Mitchinson - 17 November 2015
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    Getting real about Islamism means getting like Israel

    Jihadis do not mysteriously emerge from a culture free zone, only 'accidentally' parroting their religious credentials. They promote a violent, fascistic ideology which draws its energy from a reading of the verses and concepts of Islamic texts

    by Jeremy Havardi - 16 November 2015
  • Islamic_state

    The West at War: Know your enemy, know your aims

    As Islamic State is declaring and prosecuting a war on the West, Barack Obama's top priority is, wait for it, climate change. After the terrible tragedy in Paris we need leaders who know their enemy and know their priorities

    by Michael Curtis - 15 November 2015
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    INSTANT VIEW: Paris attacks, West's ambiguity on Jihad

    The tragic terror attacks in Paris were all too predictable. The West has an ambiguous approach to the jihad, as we see over Israel, and a broad denial about what it is we are at war with

    by the commentator - 13 November 2015
  • Sewage

    What a Load of EU Sewage

    Eurosceptics are fond of saying that the EU is flushing our money down the toilet. But in this case from Greece, it is literally true, except they forget to put the connecting pipes in so, in truth, it's not even going down the toilet. Get Britain out of this mess, asap

    by Rob Comley - 13 November 2015
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    The SNP's neo-authoritarian machinations

    The SNP is making a right old mess of governance in Scotland, harming health, education and law and order. But it is good at some things: centralising power and pressing the grievance button against the English

    by Robin Mitchinson - 12 November 2015
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    Cameron EU speech. Convincingly unconvincing?

    David Cameron made a spirited defence of Britain's place in a reformed EU. The problem is that that basic case is not very strong, and slick presentation won't compensate for a fundamental lack of credibility

    by the commentator - 10 November 2015
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    Bank of England misleads on the EU

    The Bank of England claims EU membership has helped the dynamism of the UK economy. But it is hard to see how this could be the case when Brussels weighs us down in complex bureaucracy, dear energy, and a failure to negotiate global trade deals

    by John Redwood MP -  8 November 2015
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    Mafia Capitale and the governance of Rome

    The Mafia Capitale trial in Rome has begun over the city's home grown mafia. One of the accused is a comic book baddie with one eye lost in a shoot out, another was recorded by police saying that the contract for looking after immigrants was more profitable than running cocaine

    by Tim Hedges -  8 November 2015
  • Israel

    British academics and bigotry against Israel

    Hundreds of British academics, mired in ignorance and bigotry, signed an advertisement in the Guardian pledging boycotts of Israeli academia. These people know no shame

    by Michael Curtis -  7 November 2015