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14 09, 2021

How America’s elite political caste responded to 9/11

Defence & Security|

By Alex Story – 4 minute read IN THE TWENTY YEARS since 9/11, instinctive unity has been replaced by officially-imposed uniformity in the United States and across the West.  As planes crashed into the World Trade Centre in 2001, Americans looked around and saw other Americans. They were like them, stunned, maimed and, many, killed.  [...]

1 09, 2021

World domination by China need not be inevitable

As We See It, Culture, Defence & Security, Trade & Economy|

By Ewen Stewart – 5 minute read MUCH has been written about the symbolism of the fall of Kabul. The perception seems to be growing that a mediaeval army has overcome American power (and by association that of the West generally) and shown it has no clothes. China and others will thus conclude the age of [...]

24 08, 2021

Placing Afghanistan in perspective

Defence & Security|

By Alan Sked – 8 minute read SUPPOSING that the Taliban had never invited Osama bin Laden into Afghanistan or that he had never plotted the destruction of the Twin Towers, these brutal, medieval Muslims could have kept on happily oppressing their fellow countrymen without Western liberal interventionists like Blair or even American neo-Cons devoting them [...]

19 08, 2021

Inside China’s Silk Road glove is an iron fist

As We See It, Defence & Security, Education, Health, Trade & Economy|

By Ewen Stewart – 5 minute read WAS PRESIDENT CLINTON right? He thought by enabling China to join the World Trade Organisation in 1999 they would cease their authoritarian ways and become more like us. By us he seemed to imply his version of ‘liberal democracy.’ 20-odd years later that confident prediction looks rather mistaken. At one level Clinton might [...]

19 08, 2021

Abandoning Afghanistan could and should have been avoided

As We See It, Defence & Security|

By Brian Monteith – 7 minute read THE WEST’S abrupt and calamitous withdrawal from Afghanistan is, for British consumption at least, being compared to its rude awakening to its impotence that its Suez adventure provided in 1956. Actually, it is far worse than that. As anyone below seventy is unlikely to remember Suez, a comparison [...]

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