Urban Peasants

BY ROGER WATSON In China it appears you can take the peasant out of rural areas, but you cannot stop them being a peasant. Early in the last decade China ini­­­tiated a project to move 250 million people from rural areas to the cities; from shanties and small houses to the high rise apartments that characterise so much of their urban environment. In fact, since … Continue reading Urban Peasants

Shalom

BY GARY MCGHEE At 2 am on the 8th September 1959 a baby boy was born in Stoke Newington Jewish maternity hospital. The mother was a working-class gentile from London of Irish extraction. Having a child out of wedlock at a time when illegitimacy was much frowned upon and abortion was outlawed in her milieu, a Catch 22 if ever there was one, meant that … Continue reading Shalom

Australia on the Verge of Massive Mistake

BY ROGER WATSON I am not Australian and what happens there is probably none of my business. But that won’t stop me having an opinion and expressing it. I have had a long love affair with Australia having worked there, and with many relatives residing there I have made countless visits. There has been an Aussie branch to my family for as long as I … Continue reading Australia on the Verge of Massive Mistake

The End of Empire

BY STEWART SLATER Wars, the old military saw has it, start when both sides have an unrealistic understanding of their own power and end when both sides have a realistic one. War is a learning process, stripping through delusion and self-deception to reveal the truth. We may assume that the Russian military, if not necessarily its leadership, has a slightly greater awareness of its capabilities … Continue reading The End of Empire

We Too Must Embrace the Benefits of Migration

BY EFFIE DEANS As France descends into anarchy with rioting, looting and arson because of a policeman shooting a 17-year-old in Nanterre on the outskirts of Paris, it is easy to look on French difficulties and reflect fortunately such things don’t happen here. But of course, such things have happened here. There were riots in London in 2011 when the police shot someone and further … Continue reading We Too Must Embrace the Benefits of Migration

Hungary: Our Friends Beyond the Forest

BY WILLIAM RITCHIE A Short History of British-Hungarian Encounters ‘The impression I had was that we were leaving the West and entering the East; the most splendid bridges over the Danube, which is here of noble width and depth, took us among the traditions of Turkish rule’Bram Stoker ‘Dracula’ ‘No country may boast more of its city, and any that has seen the King of … Continue reading Hungary: Our Friends Beyond the Forest

On the Durham Report

BY DANIEL JUPP The Hillary Clinton campaign invented a conspiracy that didn’t exist to try and get a rival presidential candidate defeated. They then falsified ‘evidence’ by paying a former foreign spy to create a dossier. The heads of the FBI and CIA knew it was all an invention and not real. They met with departing President Obama and presented a report detailing that this … Continue reading On the Durham Report

Mother Russia Calls in Vain

BY EFFIE DEANS Everybody including me got everything wrong about the war in Ukraine. The Germans and the French thought it wasn’t going to happen right up until the moment that it did. The British and the Americans thought that the Ukrainians would be defeated within a week or so. The fear was that the Russians would then threaten Lithuania and Poland and that NATO … Continue reading Mother Russia Calls in Vain

Maskirovka

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN The 1944 Soviet Military Encyclopaedia refers to: “means of securing combat operations and the daily activities of forces; a complexity of measures, directed to mislead the enemy regarding the presence and disposition of forces.” Russian military deception, known as maskirovka (Russian for ‘disguise’), contributed to major Soviet victories including the Battle of Stalingrad and the Battle of Kursk. In both these cases, … Continue reading Maskirovka

Valieva & Vladimir

BY IAN MITCHELL Kamila Valieva and Vladimir Putin – the link between ice-dancing and killing. Here are three apparently unrelated questions which are connected and explained by a simple story: First, why Kamila Valieva (the teenage Russian ice-skater who has been in the news at the Beijing Winter Olympics) was given performance-enhancing drugs, probably without her knowledge? Secondly, why her coach treated her with such … Continue reading Valieva & Vladimir

Global Britain Centre Launches

On the eve of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, India’s foremost authority on geopolitics urged the United Kingdom to play a more assertive role in the Indo-Pacific to counter China’s dangerous “authoritarian capitalism”. The Global Britain Centre held its launch reception at the Carlton Club in London on Tuesday 1 February. Amandeep Singh Bhogal and Lewis Feilder have created the new venture to further … Continue reading Global Britain Centre Launches

Liberal Prejudice or Conservation? Alberto Garzón and Spanish Pigs

BY ED ANDERSON Controversy has erupted here in Spain with left wing Podemos Minister Alberto Garzón, in his role of Consumer Affairs minister, stating in the Guardian that Spain is exporting “poor quality meat from ill-treated animals.” Predictably, many of Spain´s nominally conservative and right wing parties are in an uproar, calling for the minister to resign and Partido Popular (PP) Leader Pablo Casado stating … Continue reading Liberal Prejudice or Conservation? Alberto Garzón and Spanish Pigs

Locked Down in India

BY RAMA KASHYAP The news of the deadly virus spreading its tentacles all over the globe started trickling in to Chandigarh from January last year, creating fear amongst the people in the country. The reality hit us really hard when the nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 24 bringing life to a standstill. It was an exceptionally tough period marked by panic and anxiety, not just in … Continue reading Locked Down in India