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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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Is there any good news in the world? Maybe in Ethiopia …

October 17th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

All that most people in the world know about the African state of Ethoipia is that it had a famine in 1984. But profound political changes are currently taking place in the country. As the “Guardian” newspaper reports today: “Ethiopia’s prime minister has appointed women to half the posts in his cabinet and created a […]

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Anti-corruption referendum in Colombia

August 27th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This is major year for voting in the South American state of Colombia.  In March, there were elections to the Congress (both House of Representatives and Senate) and in May and June there was voting in the two stages of the presidential election. Now today – coincidentally the day I arrived in Colombia for a […]

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A review of a travel guide to Colombia

August 19th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

As I explained in an earlier posting, I’m about to have a holiday in Colombia. Therefore I’ve just read a travel guide titled “Culture Smart! Colombia” by Kate Cathey (2011). This book proved to be a short but comprehensive guide to the country’s history, politics, economy, customs and traditions. However, the book was published before a […]

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Worldwide which are the best and the worst cities in which to live?

August 15th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Each year, the Economist Intelligence Unit produces a Global Liveability Index and it has just published this year’s results. The ten most liveable cities in 2018 are: 1. Vienna, Austria 2. Melbourne, Australia 3. Osaka, Japan 4. Calgary, Canada 5. Sydney, Australia 6. Vancouver, Canada 7. Tokyo, Japan 8. Toronto, Canada 9. Copenhagen, Denmark 10. […]

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