Yearly Archives: 2010

Past the 3000 Hits in a Month!

OK this is getting self referentially boring: but anyway we did achieve over 3000 hits in December 2010: thanks for all your support.

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Casablanca and Bogart: A Bas La Tyrannie

A New Year’s clip for my French friends, my barber Jim, and anyone who likes Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite over Tyrannie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM-E2H1ChJM

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Anselm Kiefer: Margarete

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/great-works/margarete-1981-by-anselm-kiefer-saatchi-collection-970630.html “A complex critical engagement with history runs through Anselm Kiefer’s work. His paintings as well as the sculptures of Georg Baselitz created an uproar at the 1980 Venice Biennale: the viewers had to decide whether the apparent Nazi motifs … Continue reading

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The End of US Naval Dominance?

This blog does not normally focus on military weapons systems, but the Financial Times today reported that a very significant new Chinese weapons system has now become operational and this changes the strategic balance in the Western Pacific. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3e69c85a-1264-11e0-b4c8-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=rss&ftcamp=crm/email/20101228/nbe/USMorningHeadlines/product#axzz19PckoaFx The … Continue reading

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American Politics is Almost Broken

The founding fathers of the US were anxious to limit the power of government – hence the famous checks and balances in the constitution. In fact, the US is so checked and balanced it is a small miracle that government … Continue reading

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7000 Hits!

Well I guess Christmas Eve tipped us over the 7000 mark and on track to over 3000 hits in December alone. Thanks to all our readers, and to those who made comments, especially Victor for his incisive insights and fund … Continue reading

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Remembering Others Less Fortunate This Christmas

The New York Times has a hopeful piece on the growing use of alternative fuels like solar power in the poorest regions of Africa at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/25/science/earth/25fossil.html?_r=1&hp It also has this map of the percentage of people in each country without … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve 1914 Truce

Seasons Greetings and a You Tube clip about the informal cease fire that actually broke out on sections of the Western Front in World War One at Christmas 1914: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaJcSNBh-ok See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce A cross, left near Ypres in Belgium in 1999, to … Continue reading

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The Emerging Importance of the Indian Ocean

Interesting Podcast from The Economist from the traveller, historian and author of “Monsoon” about the emerging centrality of the Indian Ocean and on his new cartography, China’s vertical strategy and India’s horizontal response at: http://www.economist.com/blogs/multimedia/2010/12/tea_robert_kaplan_0

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Is History Always Written by the Victors?

My recent posting on the US Civil War, provoked some discussion and the comment from our correspondent Victor that ‘history is written by the victors’. I thought it worth posting my response with some editing in its own right: Victor’s … Continue reading

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