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Richard Wilson argues that if we are not careful electoral reform could be a distraction from the new politics we need. I never marched against the Iraq war. I can’t remember why; I was probably ‘busy’. I did, though, construct quite an elaborate intellectual defense. An argument which hinged largely on a critique of our… » read more

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The FT published a new Harris Poll today that suggests Americans are more tolerant of Muslim tradition than Europeans. As the headline reads: “Majority Support Outlawing the Burka”. That majority lies in the 5 Big EU States and ranges from 50% (German) to 70% (France). In the USA, by contrast, only 33% support a ban… » read more

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I have followed Michel Barnier’s career for many years, as a Master of Public Affairs, from the University of Texas at Dallas, graduated 2003. I believe him to be very up and coming, and so talented. He is aware of the world’s economic outlook. You know he has a lot of pressures building on him.… » read more

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In 2009 over thirty countries contributed warships to protect vital tankers and cargo ships sailing around the Horn of Africa. While these navies have indeed reduced the number of successful hijackings per 100 attacks, the pirates doubled the number of attacks, vastly increased the area where they can mount assaults, and succeeded in hijacking forty-seven… » read more

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The following has been submitted to Blogactiv by Mr Florian Mueller. The simplest way to dismiss any claim that MySQL should not play a role in the assessment of the Oracle/Sun merger due to its limited revenues is to point out that MySQL is apparently important enough to Oracle that it puts the entire Sun… » read more

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Here on Blogactiv we very rarely feel the need to publish press releases and communiques related to an annual conference. However, we feel that the contribution from the Club de Madrid warrants close attention. DECLARATION Club of Madrid, Annual Conference ‘The Political Dimensions of the World Economic Crisis’ November 13, 2009 We, Members of Club… » read more

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Chris Patten has signalled his interest in the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy position, something I’m going to give my support to. If you want to look at important conflicts that Britain has been involved with since the EU’s foundation – Falklands, Kosovo, Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. the EU has… » read more

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