It’s not the economy, stupid. At least it isn’t where hearts are warmed by the fiercer flame of nationalism, rather than rising living standards.READ MORE
Everything about weapons of mass destruction their possession, storage, security and use demands centralised, authoritarian control
The British parliament’s refusal to countenance military intervention in Syria, and President Barack Obama’s decision to delay a strike until Congress approves it, point to a larger, even more dangerous contradiction of the mass destruction age.
That is, parliamentary democracy and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) sit ill together. Each confounds the other’s natural working.READ MORE
There is no good outcome to the Egyptian ‘second revolution’ as the opposition wishes to be called
I’ve spent the past few days walking beside, and watching the largely youthful demonstrators in Egypt, and I've been struck with admiration that's quickly drowned in despair.
I admire them for the way they've rejected the creeping authoritarianism of an incompetent Muslim Brotherhood government whose only accomplishment is inserting its members or sympathisers into every part of Egyptian life that it could.READ MORE
The country is even more deeply riven than it was when Mubarak ruled
This week marks the one-year anniversary since an Egyptian government run by the Muslim Brotherhood, and led by Mohamed Mursi, was formed.
In that year, the economy has slumped, in part because tourism has all but disappeared. Tourism is a staple of a state that has little to export, except an experience of its storied past and fabulous monuments. Disconsolate restaurateurs lean on their doorposts, beckoning a foreigner in to empty tables.READ MORE