Jul 4, 2014

The return of the caliphate

Propagandists for the Sunni "Islamic State" (aka ISIL) have produced a map in which this group of jihadis lay claim to Spain and Portugal — because they were once ruled by Muslim conquerors — Iran, most of India, the Balkans and half of Africa. ...

Jun 9, 2014

The irony of Putin's appearance at Normandy

The embarrassing presence of President Vladimir Putin on the Normandy beaches for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings was a useful reminder of the fact that Russia is not some Asiatic tyranny on Europe's eastern borders. It is a European country that has ...

May 9, 2014

Waiting for a coup that'll install 'good people'

All the street demonstrations and legal obstructionism by Thailand's opposition are ultimately intended to create political paralysis that will provide the pretext for a coup. One problem with that is that a whole generation of Thais has now grown up expecting to have a ...

Feb 27, 2014

The Ukrainian revolution and Russian reaction

From Ukrainians' point of view, the priority is not to throw away the revolution as they did 10 years ago. From everybody else's point of view, the priority is to avoid an irreparable breach with Russia. One Cold War was enough.