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Iran: what can be done now?

In May 2003, the Iranian Foreign Ministry, with the approval of the leadership, sent to the United States through the Swiss embassy in Tehran, a proposal for the settlement of all outstanding problems. The Ministry asked in return for “full access to peaceful nuclear technology”, accepting tight IAEA conditions. The proposal also held out the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The op-ed by Henry Kissinger and George Shultz (International Herald Tribune, 30 September) is worth a careful read. I do not share Kissinger’s balance of power view of the world but this is not the theme. They favour a rapid evolution toward EU membership for Ukraine, questioning the urgency with which NATO membership of Georgia… » read more

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I have for some time wanted to write advocating that Europe re-examine its relationship with the United States. Hitherto I’ve felt unable to do this, because it is not possible to forget that, without US support, Europe would not have been free after WWII. Without US foresight, generosity and encouragement, it is doubtful that the… » read more

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The United States is apparently continuing to fight the Taliban on Pakistani soil without government approval. Wasn’t that once an act of war? Last month, Russia attacked Georgia, rightly giving rise to widespread Western condemnation. Arguments can be proffered as to the difference between the two but both involve illegal territorial interference with national sovereignty,… » read more

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Investing or gambling?

It may be time to revisit our vocabulary in the light of the financial meltdown. “Safe as a bank” and “safe as houses”– forget them “Insure” – to guarantee or protect against a risk or loss – provided that the insurer remains solvent. And we need to re-examine the difference between “investing” and “gambling”. To… » read more

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President Bush “made explicit the goal of maintaining U.S. military superiority over any other nation or group of potential adversaries.” The pursuit of permanent military supremacy has been an ongoing objective of the current White House. Coupled with the country’s economic strength, the generally accepted view was that American hegemony was assured for the foreseeable… » read more

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Georgia still on my mind

Kishore Mahbubani rightly points out (see post of 22 August) that, while the West sees Georgia as the underdog against Russia, others see Russia resisting the bullying West. The gap “between the western narrative and the rest of the world could not be greater.”The US would not tolerate Russia intruding into its geopolitical sphere in… » read more

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Does anyone believe in the effectiveness and usefulness of the United States missile defence system? Is it a scam, as Gwynne Dyer argues, an ‘emperor’s new clothes’ syndrome, or both? Since Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars project was launched in 1983, over $100bn has been spent. The ballistic missile defence system currently being considered is designed… » read more

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At this time of US confrontation with Russia and failure in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan, it is well worth reading the 34th President’s Farewell Address of January 1961. It is sad but obvious that the 43th President has not read it. The messages delivered are particularly pertinent coming from a Republican and a former general,… » read more

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Return of history (2)

By remarkable coincidence, Kishore Mahbubani, with whom I have in the past exchanged views both in Singapore and by email, wrote in yesterday’s Financial Times, making the identical point that my post made: we are seeing played out in Georgia, “the return of history” – not its end and not the “triumph of western civilisation”.… » read more

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