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2020

The Nocebos of Politics

Everyone has heard of the placebo effect. You take a pill that you think is real and because subjective reality is caused by your brain…



Shifting Arabian Sands

The recent establishment of diplomatic relations and business ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates raises a host of questions, hopes, problems, issues and…


Not So Free or Fair Elections

Elections are great. They are the cornerstone of liberal democracies. They ensure that the government has the support of the people so that the country…


I am an Immigrant

I am an immigrant. I emigrated from the United States to the United Kingdom on the 12th of December 1971. I had studied for a…


If Biden Wins

It is looking good for Joe Biden. He is racing ahead in the polls as foot-in-mouth Trump slumps under the weight of the pandemic, economic…


How the West Got it Wrong

As he left the White House, Barack Obama had one question on his mind:  “What if we were wrong?” According to his aide Ben Rhodes,…


Cold War Line-up

We are heading for Cold War Two. Some say we are in it. Either way, it will touch every corner of the globe—as did its…


Taiwan

Forget about Hong Kong. The ex-British colony is a consolation prize for Beijing compared to the 23.6 million souls on Taiwan, or, to give it…


The Thucydides Trap

Huawei, Hong Kong, Uighurs, the South China Sea, Chinese economic and military growth, “Kung Flu”, economic crisis, cyber-attacks, intellectual property theft, trade wars, sanctions, Donald…