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Coronavirus is not an enemy; it is a pandemic. This is not a war; it is a crisis.

April 12th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

It’s interesting how some politicians like Donald Trump and Boris Johnson talk of the coronavirus as if it is a person – a cunning arch enemy with evil intent that can be defeated like the Nazis. On his discharge from hospital today, the Prime Minister declared “We will win”. What does winning mean when already […]

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Some people on social media are claiming that coronavirus is just like flu and that governments and the media are over-reacting

March 27th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

CV is not just flu – it is a new virus and we still have much to learn about it CV is not just like flu – it is much more contagious and will probably prove to be much more deadly. It is far too soon to be sure which measures were most effective and […]

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In other news … there is still a ferocious conflict in the Middle East

March 22nd, 2020 by Roger Darlington

I’ve just finished reading a new book called “Black Wave” by Kim Ghattas. Ghattas is a Lebanese writer and Emmy Award-winning journalist who covered the Middle East for 20 years for the BBC and the “Financial Times”. The ‘black wave’ of the title is the tsunami of Islamic fundamentalism that has flooded the Middle East and […]

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Where does your country come in the World Happiness Report?

March 20th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Since the first World Happiness Report in 2012, four different countries have held the top position: Denmark in 2012, 2013 and 2016, Switzerland in 2015, Norway in 2017, and now Finland in 2018, 2019 and 2020. With its continuing upward trend in average scores, Finland consolidated its hold on first place, and is now significantly […]

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If you would be interested in tracking in real time accurate data on the spread of coronavirus worldwide, there is a web site that is doing that

March 18th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Amazingly the site has been set up by an American boy of just 17, Avi Schiffmann, a high school junior from Mercer Island outside Seattle. But the site is using reputable sources such as the Word Health Organisation. You can access the site here. As I write this posting, the global number of confirmed cases […]

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Coronavirus (or Covid-19): where and who was patient zero?

March 13th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Whenever there is a global pandemic, it is natural to wonder how it all started. We still don’t know for sure where the Black Death of the mid 14th century originated although, in October 2010, medical geneticists suggested that all three of the great waves of the plague originated in China. Similarly there are different […]

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Coronavirus: nine reasons to be reassured

March 11th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

The “Guardian” newspapers has pulled together material to show that, while coronavirus is a serious challenge, there are reasons to be reassured: We know what it is. We can test for it. We know that it can be contained (albeit at considerable cost). Catching it is not that that easy (if we are careful) and […]

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Word of the day: occultation

February 24th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

I’m reading a new book on the recent history of the Middle East with particular reference to the rivalry between Sunni Islam Saudi Arabia and Shia Islam Iran. The work is called “Black Wave” and it is written by the Lebanese Emmy award-winning journalist Kim Ghattas In one of the early chapters, there is an […]

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How has democracy fared in the last 30 years? Some rough times, but some causes for hope.

January 18th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

If you have a bit of time for a read this weekend, this article from the “Journal of Democracy” is well worth your attention. The piece concludes: “It would be wrong to end this overview on a purely pessimistic note. Over the past century, democracy has gone through many ups and downs. The current crisis […]

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What kind of country is Iran?

January 3rd, 2020 by Roger Darlington

For reasons which I don’t have to explain, the country of Iran is now in news headlines around the world. But what do you actually know about this powerful yet opaque nation? There are two ways of looking at Iran. First, we can look at the history and politics of this complex country. I have […]

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