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Cartographical fun in North Carolina

Charles RichardsonMay 25, 20172 Comments

The US Supreme Court strikes a blow against gerrymandering but also exposes the depth of its own partisan divisions.

Macron and the debate on neoliberalism

Charles RichardsonMay 18, 20171 Comment

Debate continues on what it means to be a "neoliberal", but more people seem willing to accept that it's not always a bad thing.

The Trump plan for Mid-East peace

Charles RichardsonFeb 16, 2017

Courtesy of both President Trump and the "facts on the ground", Israel and Palestine seem to be headed for a one-state solution. Is it time to accept that outcome and focus on making it work?

Switzerland says yes to immigrants

Charles RichardsonFeb 14, 20171 Comment

Switzerland's strict citizenship laws are relaxed slightly following a very convincing referendum victory. It's one sign that the power of xenophobia might be waning.

Mr Putin cashes in

Charles RichardsonFeb 6, 2017

Eastern Ukraine could be the first big test of just where appeasement of Russia will lead.

Australia's missing conscience

Charles RichardsonFeb 2, 20171 Comment

The Australian government baulks at condemning Donald Trump's barbarism, for fear that its own barbarism should be undermined.

Trump is the rearguard, not the vanguard

Charles RichardsonJan 23, 2017

A study of opinion shifts during Obama's time in office argues against the idea that Trump and the Republican Party have history on their side.

Update on fake news

Charles RichardsonJan 13, 20171 Comment

Three points to make as a supplement to Monday's post on fake news and free speech.

Fake news and free speech

Charles RichardsonJan 9, 20174 Comments

Peter Singer suggests a partial remedy for the "fake news" epidemic, but it raises some deep problems.

What does Israel want?

Charles RichardsonJan 5, 20171 Comment

The season of peace and goodwill has produced little of either in the Middle East. But as a negotiated peace between Israelis and Palestinians looks ever more remote, no-one seems willing to spell out the alternatives.

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