China Ousts the BBC Based on UK’s Own Media Standards
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China Ousts the BBC Based on UK’s Own Media Standards

In a move that was entirely predictable after the UK’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) banned China’s CGTN from operating in the UK, China has reciprocated by banning BBC World News from broadcasting in China. The BBC in its own article titled, “China bans BBC World News from broadcasting,” would claim: China has banned BBC World News from…

The Longest Three Weeks in History – From ‘Flattening the Curve’ to a Permanent ‘New Abnormal’
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The Longest Three Weeks in History – From ‘Flattening the Curve’ to a Permanent ‘New Abnormal’

We’re coming up to the first anniversary of the UK’s first ever national lockdown, which was only supposed to be a short-term emergency measure. But eleven months on, we’re still in lockdown, with no sign of restrictions ever ending. Consider the parable of the boiling frog. If you want to boil a frog, how would…

Boris Johnson Condemns Myanmar Coup, But Is Silent on Genocide
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Boris Johnson Condemns Myanmar Coup, But Is Silent on Genocide

Within hours of last week’s Myanmar coup d’etat, the denunciations came pouring in. Britain began considering new sanctions. US president Joe Biden pledged action against the military leaders who had directed the coup, which dislodged Myanmar’s Nobel-prize-winning leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. In London, the British Foreign Office hauled in Myanmar Ambassador U Kyaw Zwar Minn, citing the…

The UK-EU Clash Over Northern Ireland will have Grave Consequences
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The UK-EU Clash Over Northern Ireland will have Grave Consequences

Get your retaliation in first,” is a cynical old saying in Northern Irish politics that means you hit your opponent whenever you can without waiting for a provocation. It neatly captures the violent traditions of the province and explains why the political temperature there is always close to boiling over. Imagine then the pleasure of…

Why ‘Texit’ Is Naive at Best
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Why ‘Texit’ Is Naive at Best

Well wishing and power fantasies cannot topple geopolitical realities and the fact that Washington will simply never let a Texit take place. There is an interesting tendency in American political history that whenever there is some sort of crisis, one answer to it, especially from the Right, is some form of secession. The waves of…