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Donald Trump arrives to his Comedy Central Roast in New York, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

The trouble with Trump

I know how I am supposed to write this article. I am supposed to begin by acknowledging that Donald Trump has been brilliantly successful in a variety of businesses over several decades and that he has raised the profile of issues, such as immigration, which are of concern to millions. From here I should proceed […]

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Six impossible things before breakfast

In “Alice through the Looking Glass”, the White Queen commends the ability to believe the impossible, and claims once to have believed six impossible things before breakfast [link]. I fear that the Daily Telegraph may be developing the same skill. Yesterday I was struck by the “Business Comment” column by Ben Wright [link]. He covered two topics.  […]

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The legacy of Athens

Athens, Greece. Your columnist finds himself surrounded by artifacts of numerous civilizations: Athenian, Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine and Turkish being the most prominent. Athenians feel most positive about the Romans, because Roman leaders became besotted with Athens. It was trendy for leading Romans to have Greek slaves to act as tutors to their children. And those […]

Donald Trump arrives to his Comedy Central Roast in New York, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

The trouble with Trump

I know how I am supposed to write this article. I am supposed to begin by acknowledging that Donald Trump has been brilliantly successful in a variety of businesses over several decades and that he has raised the profile of issues, such as immigration, which are of concern to millions. From here I should proceed […]

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Should we welcome synthetic meat?

The cultivation of crops and the domestication of animals were two of the breakthrough technologies for our species. They marked the move from hunter-gatherers to settled and nomadic communities. Other breakthroughs – the bucket and the plow, for example, which enabled farmers to produce surplus, and thus for some people to be something other than […]

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Solar power or batteries? Which will be the breakthrough?

Will electric cars revolutionize the world? We have seen, just last week, news of a battery powered plane. Will this change our transport structures? It is certainly possible, but we probably need better ways of generating electricity if we are to see major environmental benefits from any such change. In large parts of the US, […]

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Facing facts on Iran

The deal that the international negotiating team – known as P5+1 (USA, Russia, China, UK, France and Germany) – reached with Iran could certainly go wrong. For example, freed from sanctions and flush with cash, Iran could step up its nuclear program and not get caught. The inspections regime is far from perfect. Alternatively it […]

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Solar power or batteries? Which will be the breakthrough?

Will electric cars revolutionize the world? We have seen, just last week, news of a battery powered plane. Will this change our transport structures? It is certainly possible, but we probably need better ways of generating electricity if we are to see major environmental benefits from any such change. In large parts of the US, […]

Hillary Rodham Clinton Signs Copies Of Her Book 'Hard Choices' In New York

The ride gets bumpier for Clinton

Not that long ago, The Fix, a Washington Post blog dedicated to discussing elections, speculated that Hillary Clinton might win the Democratic nomination next year by a bigger margin than Barack Obama did as an uncontested incumbent in 2012. That remains a possibility, but a shrinking one. Uncommitted slates and delegates committed to fringe candidates […]

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