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The East India Company: The original corporate raiders

Posted by seumasach on August 22, 2015

William Dalrymple


4th March, 2015

One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this word was rarely heard outside the plains of north Indiauntil the late 18th century, when it suddenly became a common term across Britain. To understand how and why it took root and flourished in so distant a landscape, one need only visit Powis Castle.

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Erdoğan’s ‘election war’

Posted by seumasach on August 11, 2015

“A U.S. condemnation of the crackdown on HDP — and Kurds more generally — could carry considerable weight. The U.S. holds significant leverage in terms of Turkey’s forays across international borders. The U.S. doesn’t have to back Turkey strikes in Qandil. It can insist that if Turkey won’t participate in the anti-ISIS coalition under U.S. direction, that it better not strike Syrian Kurdistan, even inadvertently.”


11th August, 2015

ISTANBUL — Turkey sustained an unprecedented slew of militant attacks Monday, the product of a controversial “war on terror” instigated by an interim government under the guidance of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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German ‘wisemen’ say euro zone states should be able to go bankrupt

Posted by seumasach on July 28, 2015


28th July, 2015

The German government’s panel of independent economic advisers favors the creation of a sovereign insolvency mechanism for euro zone states to prevent future crises and says countries should be able to leave the currency bloc as a last resort.

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Germany open to discuss euro zone budget with own tax

Posted by seumasach on July 28, 2015


26th July, 2015

Germany is willing to discuss the creation of a euro zone finance minister who would have his own budget and raise extra taxes, the German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday.

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Russia seeks united anti-ISIS front

Posted by seumasach on May 26, 2015


26th May, 2015

Moscow has condemned the massacre of civilians in the ancient city of Palmyra, urging the international community to denounce double standards in its approach to fighting terrorists, and unite against IS (Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL) aggression.

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Russian missile sale to Iran involves unseen deals with Israel

Posted by seumasach on May 5, 2015


4th May, 2015

Last month, when President Vladimir Putin of Russia announced plans to sell a powerful anti-missile system to Iran before the lifting of international sanctions, Israel was quick to join the U.S. in expressing shock and anger.

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China overtakes US as Australia’s top foreign investors

Posted by seumasach on May 2, 2015


1st May, 2015

China has surpassed the United States to become Australia’s largest foreign investor, official data show.

Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) said in its annual report on Thursday that China spent over AUD 27.7 billion (USD 21.8 billion) in Australia’s market in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2014, far outstripping the United States and Canada with AUD 17.5 billion and AUD 15.4 billion, respectively.

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Britain must give the West a lead on defence

Posted by seumasach on April 6, 2015

John Bolton epitomizes the views of those whose attachment to the fading hopes of Anglo-American hegemony in the world leads them to grasp the prospect of a “New Cold War” without end with all the desperation of a drowning man. Behind them of course is the Military Industrial Complex, the ultimate lobby. But the perversity of the view that the West can only prosper within the context of a permanent military standoff against enemies who endlessly renew themselves renders Bolton’s efforts merely a kind of devils’ advocacy. What better argument for ending Trident and demilitarizing the bankrupt empire than this grim argumentation so out of tune with prevailing aspirations for peace and international cooperation. Bolton also confirms what I have been arguing in these columns for over two years now, namely, that Obama is leading the retreat from empire. In despair, Bolton looks to Britain.


6th April, 2015

Strengthening Britain’s defence capabilities is critical in a turbulent world, to protect not only the United Kingdom, but the West and its global allies more broadly. Rather than seeking ever-deeper military budget cuts, the UK – and the US – should be planning on sharp increases in manpower, weapons systems, and information technology.

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Russia high speed railway to connect Europe and America

Posted by seumasach on March 26, 2015

Russia unveils plans for high speed railway and superhighway to connect Europe and America



Plans for a new high-speed transport corridor that could potentially link London and New York by rail and superhighway have been unveiled.

The idea, dubbed the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development (TERP), would see a high speed railway and motorway built from Eastern Europe, across Siberia and over the Bering Strait to Alaska.

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Matteo Boato, our cultural ambassador in Putin’s Russia

Posted by seumasach on March 21, 2015


12th December, 2014

I paint the things that appeal to me, that capture my imagination as I fly above the world in my vessel, I paint the things I love, as though I were writing my autobiography. Painting allows me to pursue dreams, to give life to the people and places I would like to touch, interact with. It is a simple and primary need for expression; a need to tell, to tell about myself. The series on historic centres and rural landscapes presents another trait: the presence-absence of people in the various canvasses. This is partly due to the fact that human stories are told exclusively through the use of colour, and partly due to the hope that in future man will truly deserve a place on this earth and will create a world which is happier, more industrious, honest, clean, respectful and colourful.

Matteo Boato, Land and Water

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China’s factories are building a robot nation

Posted by seumasach on March 11, 2015


10th March, 2015

Every day, two quality-control supervisors monitor four robots tirelessly assembling remote-control devices for home appliances at a Midea Group  factory in Foshan, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

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