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Charles Crawford is a Contributing Editor to The Commentator. A former British Ambassador in Sarajevo, Belgrade and Warsaw, he is now a private consultant and writer: He tweets at @charlescrawford

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    Obama v Putin -- a New Realism?

    As always, President Obama tiptoes around violent contradictions in today’s Islam. Indeed, his speech on Syria showed a confused mind on many things, while President Putin was sharper and more focused. Yet, strangely, it might all coalesce into a deal

    by Charles Crawford - 30 September 2015
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    Open Borders? Meet national Identity

    Migration crisis? Not good. Rapidly getting worse. Maybe World War Three starts not because one country grabs another’s land, but because in too many places simultaneously international borders just start to melt?

    by Charles Crawford - 16 September 2015
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    Totalitarian training in (wimmin's) unenlightened anxiety

    The idea of women's only carriages is a product of the anti-Enlightenment, totalitarian mind. As usual, it is also a product of garbage-level social analysis. Which probably explains why so many Guardianistas are in thrall to it

    by Charles Crawford - 28 August 2015
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    H Clinton and J Corbyn: The fine old art of dissembling

    Hillary Clinton and far-Left Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn may not seem to have much in common. But one thing they share is the capacity to engage in outright dissembling to worm their way out of revelations about their behaviour

    by Charles Crawford - 22 August 2015
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    Jeremy Corbyn’s Magical Mystery Tour

    If the Labour Party chooses Corbyn as leader, it will be a power-play by the worst collectivists in our society to poison the well of intelligent public thought in favour of something little better than witchcraft. It all mirrors the "developed stagnation" of the late Soviet era

    by Charles Crawford - 17 August 2015
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    Greece, money and morality

    If the Greek government were sane it would leave the Eurozone, suspend its membership of the EU, and invite in experts from Hong Kong to produce a monster package of reforms to make it the most open and least corrupt economy in the West. if that's fantasy, the reality is far more improbable

    by Charles Crawford -  4 July 2015
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    Ed Miliband: Not Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood would have made everyone's day if Ed Miliband hadn't done it all for us. Miliband’s basic and eventually ruinous problem was that he knew nothing much about the real world beyond pampered Left-progressive policy wonkery and London middle class socialism

    by Charles Crawford - 11 May 2015
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    Putin’s Great Patriotic War Commemoration Speech - Leaked?

    Former British Ambassador Charles Crawford offers his version of a (leaked?) forthcoming landmark speech by Vladimir Putin in which Russia's leader comes clean about Stalin's real role in the Second World War, and in so doing salutes truth and memory in a radical break from the past

    by Charles Crawford - 28 April 2015
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    Who’s greedy, and why?

    By one interesting measure, it turns out that the alleged greed of workers gets more attention than that of bankers. But have you really thought about what greed means? Try answering these teasers from former UK ambassador Charles Crawford

    by Charles Crawford -  7 April 2015
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    When actors talk about national health systems

    Why can't we have reason, not noise when people talk about Britain's NHS? Why can't we talk honestly about the fact that other civilised countries don't follow the bureaucratic NHS model, yet may even have better standards of healthcare?

    by Charles Crawford -  9 March 2015
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    John Kerry's blundering "diplomacy"

    The Obama administration showed its true colours in forgetting to turn up for the mass demonstration in Paris. And then they sent John Kerry to kiss and make up. In fact, Kerry was long on the kissing and then fluffed the making up. Marvellous

    by Charles Crawford - 17 January 2015
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    Speechwriting for leaders

    Former UK ambassador Charles Crawford has written a ground breaking new book on the art of speechwriting. Fascinating. Oh, and whatever you do, don't forget that a speech at Auschwitz is not about you!

    by Charles Crawford -  7 January 2015
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    Supporting freedom in Cuba

    The U.S. and its allies should start preparing for a democratic revoution in Cuba now. Not because it definitely will happen after the recent initiative from Washington, but because if it does history shows that good preparation can make all the difference

    by Charles Crawford and Pratik Chougule - 29 December 2014
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    Ed Miliband's hopeless speech leaves us all speechless

    Ed Miliband is said to be smart, if nothing else. How do we explain his persistent refusal to engage in any serious way at all with the great issues of our time? What does it say about him as a person, let alone as a potential leader?

    by Charles Crawford - 14 November 2014
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    World’s most pathetic Bosnia Islamist forgery ever

    This Islamist forgery has been impressive in gaining credence (including by many otherwise normal people and newspapers who should have known better). It even made it into official witness testimony at the Hague Tribunal.

    by Charles Crawford - 11 May 2014


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