Turbulence for UK government after St Helena Airport overspend

Following his defeat in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte was imprisoned on the Island of St. Helena. His island home, Longwood House, was reputedly so damp and windswept that the British government were accused of trying to hasten his death.   Once again, St Helena’s windy climate has led to complaints about...

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EU criticises Turkey for stripping 138 members “immunity from prosecution”

EU criticises Turkey for stripping 138 members “immunity from prosecution”

Europe’s MEPs have criticised the Turkish parliament’s decision to remove the immunity from prosecution of 138 of its members, saying that the decision “undermines the rule of law.”   In a debate with Johannes Hahn, EU Enlargement Commissioner, EU MEPs described the decision as “an attempt by Turkey’s President Erdoğan...

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450 years in the Vatican’s bad books

450 years in the Vatican’s bad books

14th June marks the 50th anniversary of the abolition of the Vatican’s Index Librorum Prohibitorum, a list banning heretical, unholy, and lascivious books.   In 1966 the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith decided no longer to publish the Index, however, they did maintain that the list should...

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The most magnificent medal collection of Andrey Khazin

The most magnificent medal collection of Andrey Khazin

When I arrive in the Promenade bar of the Dorchester Hotel, Russian Professor Andrey Khazin is waiting eagerly for our interview. He sits on the edge of his chair from beginning to end talking with what can only be described as the “zeal of a collector.” This is exactly what...

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First overseas UN Secretary General debate held in London

First overseas UN Secretary General debate held in London

Earlier this month, the Barbican hosted the first ever overseas United Nations debate as part of the 1 for 7 billion election campaign searching for a new UN Secretary General.   While only 3 of the 12 candidates could attend the debate, it was an historic occasion for both the...

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Proposed Antonin Scalia law school hits a bum note

Senior staff at a US university have been left scrambling after a rename of their law school in honour of the late Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia led to unintended consequences. George Mason University in Virginia received a donation of $30million (£21million) late last month from an anonymous benefactor (widely...

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US Presidential Primaries

There is as ever increasing excitement at the US primaries which are now in full swing. This is partly because both camps the GOP (Grand Old Party aka as the Republicans) and the Democrats both have to choose their candidates for the Presidential elections in November 2017. Last week Nevada...

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Charlie Hebdo’s pen will always be mightier than the sword of extremism

In some ways living in the shadow of terror has become second nature. In the decade since 9/11, the raw panic which defined the early years of the 21st century has died down to a gentle hum of anxiety. In the western world, it’s easy not to give much thought...

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