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Where now for the Palestine-Israeli problem?

March 19th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

The conflict between Palestinians and Israel seems to have fallen out of consideration by much of the world’s media. Perhaps the problem is just too intractable. But the violence in Gaza continues and there is an election coming up in Israel. My friend Eric Lee has given his sobering thoughts in this piece for “The […]

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Ever heard of the Thucydides gap?

March 5th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

In foreign policy discussions, this is a deadly trap first identified by the ancient Greek historian Thucydides. As he explained, “It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this instilled in Sparta that made war inevitable.” The past 500 years have seen 16 cases in which a rising power threatened to displace a […]

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Not only does slavery still exist, but more people are enslaved than any other time in history

February 25th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

“The word “slavery” conjures up images of shackles and transatlantic ships – depictions that seem relegated firmly to the past. But more people are enslaved today than at any other time in history. Experts have calculated that roughly 13 million people were captured and sold as slaves between the 15th and 19th centuries; today, an estimated 40.3 […]

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Dutch historian Rutger Bregman berates billionaires at World Economic Forum

February 2nd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

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Seven charts that show the world is actually becoming a better place

January 11th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

So many people think that the world is becoming a worse and worse place when actually the opposite is the case. How can there be such a divergence between perception and reality? In short, it’s because we concentrate on the headlines – which are overwhelmingly negative – instead of looking at the trendlines – which […]

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Is the decline of social democracy reversible?

January 7th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

In a short but wide-ranging article that starts with the current weakness of the Labour Party in Israel and then goes goes on to look at the standing of social democratic parties and movements in Europe and the USA, Eric Lee – an American friend of mine living in London – sees a common trend: […]

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Some international events and anniversaries in 2019

January 3rd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Countries with more than a third of the world’s population will hold nation-wide elections. They include India, the planet’s largest democracy, plus the populous Indonesia, Nigeria and South Africa. The European Union – presumably down from 28 to 27 Member States because of Brexit – will have an election to the European Parliament, China will […]

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Defending the UK contribution of 0.7% of GDP on international aid

December 20th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This is a speech which my son Richard made very recently at a conference in Oslo on international aid. You will understand why I am super proud of him and the work he is doing.

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Have you heard of the Holocaust?

December 5th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Of course, you have. I believe (and I hope) that people who read this blog are at least averagely well-informed. But a new survey has revealed an astonishing (and very worrying) lack of knowledge of the Holocaust and widespread prejudice against Jews. A recent survey by CNN found that about one European in 20 in […]

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Without a fair tax on tech, it could be the end of the state as we know it

November 12th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This is the title of an interesting article by John Harris in today’s “Guardian” newspaper. He highlights two connected questions: “The first is obvious: what do we do about the corporations that are driving huge social and economic change, but have so far proved reluctant to pay anything approaching their fair share of tax? From […]

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