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Indicators – Asian Tiger facts and figures

North-Eastern Asia currently has of the most dynamic economies in the world. The socio-political indicators show here sum up the situation in China, Japan...

When countries fail to agree on the past

They say history is written by the victors, but suppose no one wins? The latest public figure to reopen the debate was...

Philanthropy Inc. in the cross-hairs

Driven by photos of hungry children and fuzzy animals, charity has become a huge industry. Even a cursory glance at the list of...

Moral propaganda

With fables, we tell lies to children to teach them to tell the truth. Does it work? Storytelling, whether it is a time-honoured...

The great propaganda stations

Radio Moscow, Radio London andVatican Radio fought their war with microphones. The totalitarian regimes of the 1930s were the first to effectively exploit...

When the State speaks

Archive War, and the national sacrifice it entails, spurs governments to use the strongest tools available to communicate with their citizens. These...

Is the Caliphate back?

A sad political ghost returns after 700 years as a cover for savagery. When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) proclaimed...

Fidel Castro on the make

Young Fidel attempts to put the bite on Franklin Roosevelt for ten bucks. There is in the end not too much to...

Rambo is tired

Sylvester Stallone is 67, the United States is 238.   The first of the four Rambo films – First Blood – was...

The editor’s note – The headhunters are back

Editorialists invoke the Middle Ages, but a better historical analogy is Europe’s “Thirty Years War.” The extraordinary brutality of new Caliphate’s decapitation...

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