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The Bolshevik putsch, 100 years on

Charles Richardson November 8, 2017 13 Comments

Lenin and the Bolsheviks took power a century ago. Much blood has flowed under the bridge since then.

Election preview: Japan

Charles Richardson October 22, 2017

Prime minister Shinzo Abe is seeking a fresh mandate, and seems unlikely to have much trouble getting it.

Self-determination, here and there

Charles Richardson September 28, 2017 1 Comment

Catalonia has no chance of getting a credible vote for independence this week. Kurdistan has already got one, but it's not doing it much good.

Kurdistan’s turn

Charles Richardson August 22, 2017

Iraq's Kurds say they're pushing forward with a referendum on independence, but the nature of their strategy remains a little unclear.


Charles Richardson August 18, 2017 1 Comment

Some further thoughts on the moral catastrophe that is Trumpism.

Oh dear, it’s North Korea again

Charles Richardson August 14, 2017 3 Comments

North Korea is staging its regular return to the headlines. Don't panic.

The war against Arab democracy

Charles Richardson July 3, 2017 3 Comments

The conflict with Qatar is fundamentally about the possibility of democracy in the Arab world. That's why Saudi and Trumpian autocrats are on the same side.

South Korea turns left

Charles Richardson May 10, 2017

South Korea turns its back on ten years of conservative leadership, and a peacemaker takes over just when he's needed.

The Trump plan for Mid-East peace

Charles Richardson February 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?

Mr Putin cashes in

Charles Richardson February 6, 2017

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