Getting Russia Dead Right.

Western journalists claim Putin wants to ‘rebuild the Soviet Union’. What’s wrong with this picture? If we want to understand Putin’s Russia we have to look at the way the Russian Federation emerged from the tumultuous collapse of the USSR. Not simply a mindless KGB thug Putin was a supporter of Gorbachev and opposed the […]

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Rumours of Peace.

  Few satirists could have conceived of such a scene. It was too perfect in its surreal edge. With Ariel Sharon lying entombed, Tony Blair took his position at the nearby podium and gave one of his usual performances. Sporting a yarmulke, most unnaturally, Tony oozed counterfeit solemnity “The same iron determination he took to […]

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Proxy Motivations.

The backbone of calls for intervention has long been Turkey. How may we make sense of this? The government of Erdogan has its own fantasies of neo-Ottoman glory and may want to reassert its authority and influence over the region it ran for so long. That goes hand-in-hand with the old aim of carving a […]

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UK will crack down on its tax havens

This is an article I originally wrote for International Tax Review magazine. It’s big news for anyone concerned about rich individuals and big corporations hiding their money in tax havens at the expense of public services for Britain’s poor. EXCLUSIVE: UK to impose son of FATCA on Crown Dependencies, despite government’s denials A leaked government […]

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Bilderberg People – power in the transnational elite

This guest post was written for the Third Estate by Professors Ian Richardson, Andrew Kakabadse and Nada Kakabadse, whose book Bilderberg People has just been published. Last weekend the transnational elite network known as Bilderberg met in Switzerland to discuss global policy issues and markets. The group meets each year in different locations and is […]

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