Korean Quandary

The Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un is probably psychotic, as he appears from his public statements to be completely unhinged and devoid of any sense of reality. So what other nation’s fairly supreme leader does he remind you of? At least he doesn’t try to run his country and convey personal insults and …

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Moral Principles and Flexible Sanctions

There is generally a degree of hypocrisy about the imposition of sanctions on a country by another country or group of countries. Those who inflict sanctions assert that their target has done something terribly wrong which will be corrected following its recognition that superior beings are setting an international example of flawless moral rectitude, but …

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Get Out of Afghanistan and Go Home

In Afghanistan on 24 July, a Taliban suicide bomber killed forty people in the centre of Kabul, just four days after a US airstrike killed 16 Afghan policemen in Helmand Province. Both incidents of slaughter were terrible and highlighted the US State Department official warning that «Travel to all areas of Afghanistan remains unsafe due to the ongoing risk of kidnapping, …

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Escalation of the Propaganda War — A Rerun of the Zinoviev Letter

On 27 June the London Daily Telegraph newspaper, a sad remnant of its former admirable self, carried a piece captioned «Britain's new £3bn warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, set to squeeze out of dockyard for the first time — and Russian spies are watching». The fact that this vastly expensive floating white elephant will not be deployable until 2021 — …

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Crimea, Afghanistan and Libya

On June 20 the United States Treasury Department stated that economic sanctions against Russia «would not be lifted until Russia leaves Crimea». In that case, sanctions will remain forever, because ten days after the democratically elected Crimean parliament voted to accede to Russia on 6 March 2014, a referendum was held which confirmed its decision — and the citizens of Crimea …

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NATO’s Military Frontier – and Fake Stories

In an examination in the New Yorker of the career and prospects of the US Secretary of Defence, General James Mattis, Dexter Filkins, a highly respected Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, noted President Trump’s attitude to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its military posture, and wrote that «along NATO’s eastern frontier the Russian military maintain[s] tens of thousands of troops, …

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