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The Swedish government’s reaction to the story recently published by the popular Swedish daily tabloid Aftonbladet, suggesting that Israeli had harvested the organs of Palestinian victims for their own purposes, is difficult to understand. The article was entitled “Our Sons’ Organs Were Plundered” and was based on interviews with Palestinian families – although no evidence… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Size is relative

It’s interesting to compare the populations of EU Member States with those of Chinese provinces: • 14 Chinese provinces figure in the biggest 20 • 4 are bigger than Germany • 8 are bigger than France and the UK • 9 are bigger than Italy • 14 are bigger than Spain • 15 are bigger… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Although there are differences between the situation in Tibet and Xinjiang, there are also similarities. This note it is not judgmental and is intended as a constructive contribution to the need to solve a serious tension in Chinese society concerning ethnic minorities, Satisfying the preservation of the unity of a country and the aspirations of… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

This note is based on Jason Tower’s article in China Review, summer 2009. Civil society is developing well in China. There are tens of thousands of ‘NGO’s. Chinese official activity in all realms of international society is ubiquitous. However, Chinese civil society organisations are notably absent on the international scene. This creates difficulties for China,… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

In the sixties, when EU-relations were probably at their best, EU Founding Father Jean Monnet proposed the creation of a high level US-EU Committee of Mutual Understanding. Monnet’s argument that this was both side’s most important relationship, that relationships need nurturing, and that you start the nurturing when things are going well, was rejected. Today,… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Hamas 2.0

I commend to you the article in Foreign Affairs of 5 August by Michael Bröning, in which he argues that the January war in Gaza overshadowed the fact that Hamas is in the midst of an unprecedented ideological transformation, and it’s time for the West to pay attention. I have always been in favour of… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick