Category Archives: Politics

Russia gets in The Game

There’s a scene in an episode of Season 1 of HBO’s The Wire where Wendell “Orlando” Blocker, a “clean” front man for the Barksdale gangsters’ club, is sitting in jail on drugs charges.  Orlando was on the books of the club precisely … Continue reading

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Monica’s Ghost

Some jokes never get old: ExxonMobil boss Rex Tillerson led the charge of oilmen on Forbes magazine’s latest list of the most powerful people in the world. … Former US president Bill Clinton almost outdid wife Hillary, but at number … Continue reading

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What £3.7bn per year gets you

In a rather confused article entitled The Arrogance of Power, the BBC gives us this gem: Some European countries have no [Presidential] term limits, including Italy, Switzerland and Russia. According to the Russian constitution, Article 81 Clause 3: One and the … Continue reading

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More on American Gun Control

In the summer of 2000 I found myself sat at the counter of a small bar somewhere on the coast of Virginia, USA.  The barman, a man in his 40s with long hair and a beard, was friendly enough and … Continue reading

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The Gay Marriage Decision: Right Outcome, Wrong Reasons

I’ll start this post by saying I am satisfied at the outcome of the US Supreme Court’s decision that gay marriages shall be recognised across the whole nation.  I’m a believer in equality and liberty and see no reason why … Continue reading

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Obama: wrong as usual

The BBC reports on Barack Obama’s reaction to the appalling church shooting in Charleston with the following title: Charleston church shooting: Obama’s ‘hopeless’ push for gun control Why might it be hopeless?  Well, let’s look at what Obama said: “At … Continue reading

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The Bali Nine Seven

This post is an expansion of a comment I left over at TNA’s gaff, and is on the subject of the recent execution of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the Bali Nine group who were arrested … Continue reading

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Visiting Russia just got Harder

I missed this, but late last year Russia introduced compulsory fingerprinting for all foreign visitors: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has ordered fingerprinting of foreigners as part of the processing of visas to enter the country. … The decree, signed by … Continue reading

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There Was Once a Road Through the Woods

Perry de Havilland at Samizdata has linked to a piece in the Christian Post written by somebody apologising for being an ardent defender of Islam in recent times, somebody who now feels the critics of Islam were right all along.  … Continue reading

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Job vacancy opens on Sakhalin

Like NKVD chiefs under Stalin and Hamas leaders, it appears being governor of Sakhalin oblast’ is a risky business: Alexander Khoroshavin, the governor of the Sakhalin Region in Russia’s Far East, has been arrested along with three of his associates … Continue reading

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