Category Archives: Nations

Reflections on Nations and International Affairs

A Short History of Recent British Voting

Explanation Following the 1707 Act of Union, Scotland and England & Wales united to become the Kingdom of Great Britain. The 1800 Act of Union united the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland to form the Kingdom … Continue reading

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TURKEY, VENEZUELA AND THE SEPARATION OF POWERS

A few days ago I was at the gym. I looked up at a large screen TV to see a news report on the Mother of All Protests taking place in downtown Caracas, Venezuela. The political opposition had mobilized thousands … Continue reading

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Malatya Remembered

One day in April of 2007 I was sitting in my office in Richmond when I received a call from a friend. “Some guys have been held hostage and we believe they may have been murdered. We don’t know who … Continue reading

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The Inauguration

A few days ago a new president was sworn into office. He is a wealthy property developer with no previous political experience. He has been married several times and has five children. He was elected on a slate of goals … Continue reading

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WE NEED A NEW CONTRACT WITH AMERICA – CAN WE HAVE IT IN NO TRUMPS PLEASE?

Anyone familiar with the game of Bridge knows that players can play for a contract in which clubs, diamonds, hearts or spades are trumps, ranking higher than any other cards. Or they can settle for a contract in No Trumps … Continue reading

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THE BANQUET

Europe is currently facing the largest migration of peoples since the Second World War. Many of those who are coming to Europe are displaced from Syria by the civil war there and the depredations of the Islamic State. However there … Continue reading

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BEYOND HUMAN CONTROL

At least 769 people died in a crushing stampede at the annual Hajj at Mecca last month. Various voices elsewhere in the Muslim world, most strongly spoken by the Iranian government, have accused the Saudi authorities of negligence. Meanwhile, the … Continue reading

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