Category Archives: politics

Yes Minister on British Diplomacy

It’s been a couple weeks since UK Prime Minister David Cameron rejected the call for a new EU “fiscal compact.” Cameron’s essential beef was that he didn’t want to subject British institutions to the kind of fiscal oversight from Brussels … Continue reading

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Roma in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

If you’re Roma, you probably want to leave the Czech Republic. According to a new study of Romani children of Czech and Slovak nationality who migrated with their families to the UK, overall conditions in the host country far exceed, … Continue reading

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David Harvey and the Crisis of Capitalism

Here’s what social theorist/geographer/anthropologist David Harvey has to say about the current crisis:

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Regulating the Internet and Why Online Piracy Isn’t Stealing

Two bills currently being debated in Congress should worry advocates of user-generated content and free-speech protections: the Protect IP Act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House. Among other things, these bills seek to … Continue reading

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Perfidous Albion: Cameron might not have made an incorrect move

Last week at the much-anticipated EU summit in Brussels, UK Prime Minister David Cameron both rejected the call for EU treaty revision and opted to stay out of the proposed new treaty, or “fiscal compact,” that most other EU members … Continue reading

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Elections in Russia: how many ballots can you fill out?

There’s a saying in Russia: “You don’t get to choose your political leaders anymore than you get to choose your parents.” Or something like that. So it’s not surprising that Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party took home a plurality of … Continue reading

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The Gap between Obama’s Language and his Politics

George Orwell argues, in his essay “Politics and the English Language,” that bad politics and unclear thoughts lead to bad language. And he continues with the converse so that the cycle becomes interminable: But an effect can become a cause, … Continue reading

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