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The end of Jay Nixon

Jay Nixon is a substantial politician. He was elected governor of Missouri in 2008 and 2012. Barack Obama lost the state on both occasions. Nixon carried the state by comfortable margins. A Democrat who can convincingly win a Republican leaning state in the Midwest is worth noting. A couple of weeks ago Nixon was someone […]

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The Tories and Big Bertha

Before the First World War, the Germans developed an exceptionally large artillery piece which was generally known as “Big Bertha” — the name widely regarded as an unkind reference to Bertha Krupp, heiress and owner of the Krupp industrial empire, which built the weapon (link).  The gun was not hugely successful, and only a handful […]

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The EU. Time for reflection?

About seven years ago I wrote an article for a Czech broadsheet ‘The Prague Post’ about the impending Schengen policy that was due to come into effect for all invited EU members. This legislation ostensibly allowed the citizens of its members to freely move across national borders with an ID card effective as valid documentation […]

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The end of Jay Nixon

Jay Nixon is a substantial politician. He was elected governor of Missouri in 2008 and 2012. Barack Obama lost the state on both occasions. Nixon carried the state by comfortable margins. A Democrat who can convincingly win a Republican leaning state in the Midwest is worth noting. A couple of weeks ago Nixon was someone […]

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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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Lucy’s Diamonds: The Ethics of Modern Consumption

My girlfriend cannot look away from jewellery shop windows. Their lustrous displays hold a startlingly magnetic power over her. One particular item proves more intoxicating than any other – the diamond ring. When quizzed on why she found herself so drawn to this particular carbon compound over all others she was lost for words: “I […]

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Iraq’s modern woes an echo of its ancient past.

In early June this year Sunni jihadists from the Islamic State launched a blitzkrieg style attack from eastern Syria into north western Iraq. Several divisions of the poorly trained and badly led Iraqi Army collapsed after a paltry effort at halting the IS assault. Mosul, the largest city in northern Iraq, was captured as were […]

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The Tories and Big Bertha

Before the First World War, the Germans developed an exceptionally large artillery piece which was generally known as “Big Bertha” — the name widely regarded as an unkind reference to Bertha Krupp, heiress and owner of the Krupp industrial empire, which built the weapon (link).  The gun was not hugely successful, and only a handful […]

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A politician’s life is not a happy one

It is a tough life, being a politician. John Walsh probably thinks so. The New York Times recently revealed that he plagiarized two thirds of a 14-page paper he wrote as part of his master’s degree at the US Army War College in 2007. Since he is no longer in the armed forces he might, […]

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