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Woolwich: Bigotry is the Main Cause of Political Correctness, and Vice Versa

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 7:28 AM

The bigots who oppose political correctness loudest are often its principle cause. Yet those who promote politically-correct identity politics can cause of the very hatred they earnestly seek to avoid.

Once again, there is much editorial hand-wringing about how to approach the religious motivations of the Woolwich attackers. Perhaps such...

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Kudos to the London Greek Girls Asking What They Can Do for Greece

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 8:06 AM

The global economic crisis first hit in 2007. It grinds on grimly still, especially in the beleagured Eurozone bailout nations of Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain. Most ordinary citizens have felt powerless in the face of its enormity: Global banks went bust, followed by whole nations. Most ordinary folk just...

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Boycott Guinness on Arthur's Day -- or Should That Be "Diageo Day"?

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 5:45 PM

If a thriving multi-billion euro corporation asked you to provide free marketing services for it, would you do it?

If you plan on taking part in "Arthur's Day" on Thursday, Sept. 27, that's exactly what you will be doing. You may like to think that you are honoring a well-loved...

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How EU Ideologues Destroyed the Hopes of a Generation

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 5:17 AM

There is a stark generation gap in Europe. There is an older generation, reared in the aftermath of the Second World War, who regard the EU as a bulwark against some future European conflict. The EU, they believe, is the guarantor of peace and prosperity in Europe. Then, there are...

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Merkel's Chilling Vision of a Post-democratic Europe

(23) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 10:23 AM

The light of democracy is being extinguished across the continent in which it was born. An unaccountable European elite is ignoring the basic principles of democracy and betraying the founding vision of the EU.

This week, Angela Merkel set out her chilling vision of the EU...

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Australia: The Only Western Nation With an Intact Mojo

(13) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 11:13 AM

Today, the 26th of January, is Australia Day. It's currently summer down there, which gives you some idea just how weird the place is. The also have mammals that lay eggs, and various other animals that look like they were dreamed up during a bad acid trip. Most importantly though,...

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Euro Collapse Plus Iran Strike Equals Armageddon

(16) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 10:00 AM

It's starting to look like all those crazy 2012 prophecies might not be so wide of the mark after all. Even as the world is transfixed by the slow-motion implosion of the eurozone, reports are emerging that Israel might strike Iran's nuclear facilities early in the New Year. The unpredictable...

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Never-Been-Elected EU Foreign Minister Lectures Egypt About Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 11:09 AM

Baroness Ashton, the EU's Foreign Minister recently said: "You know the European Union has, at its heart, democracy, the rule of law, human rights -- these are our values and we believe these must be respected by the Egyptian authorities."

However, for all her fine words about democracy, Ms Ashton...

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China's U.S. Visit: The Chinese Are Haunted by a Ghost Ship

(27) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 3:00 PM

China has spent much of its history behind walls of its own design. Historically, it was always an advanced nation: equal, and often superior, to the European nations in many respects.

Yet by the mid-nineteenth century it had fallen far behind the West economically and technologically. One incident, a mere...

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Could Demographic Trends Cripple Europe by 2050?

(40) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 3:35 PM

Demography is destiny. This axiom is underlined by HSBC's "World in 2050″ survey.

The bank's detailed analysis is based on the theoretical work of Harvard professor Robert Barro. It analyzes everything from fertility rates to education levels and the rule of law, and predicts that the world's economic output...

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Former Irish Premier Bertie Ahern Retires Amid Economic Devastation

(8) Comments | Posted December 31, 2010 | 5:20 PM

Like a B-29 pilot gazing down at the smoking ruins of Hiroshima, Bertie Ahern, with grim satisfaction, says "my work here is done," and heads for home.

Bertie has had a major impact on this small island, but his war is over. On his flight back to the safety of...

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Ireland to Recover Properties From Real Estate Developers' Wives With Team of Crack Italian Gigolos

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2010 | 3:15 PM

Ireland's state-owned "bad bank" NAMA has announced an unconventional plan to recover assets from real estate developer's wives using a team of crack gigolos.

At a hastily arranged press conference this evening NAMA chairman Mr Frank Daly said, "We have hired over one hundred mostly Italian guys to seduce these...

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What the European Court's Ruling on Ireland's Abortion Laws Actually Means

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 12:34 PM

The European Court of Human Rights' ruling on Ireland's abortion laws prompted a flurry of misleading headlines and inaccurate reporting this morning. The Irish Times' headline said: "Irish abortion laws breach human rights, court rules," RTE led with "Human rights violated by abortion ban" and even CNN chimed in with...

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Ireland Must Take a Flamethrower to the Bondholders

(92) Comments | Posted November 26, 2010 | 8:21 AM

"Burn the bondholders!" has been the blood-curdling cry from the Irish man in the street ever since the devastating scale of Ireland's bank bailout became clear. Now it's time to get out the matches.

In October, Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said that junior bondholders in Anglo Irish Bank would be...

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Ireland's Brutal Four-Year Economic Plan is Announced

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2010 | 10:28 AM

The EU Commission has called the Irish government's Four Year Plan a "cornerstone" of the bailout package currently under discussion between Ireland, Europe and the IMF.

Market insiders have called the plan "staggeringly austere" and the proof of their scepticism lies in the fact that bond yields widened further still...

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Irish Crisis Gets Funny: Politician "Mad as Hell" on National TV (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 7:49 AM

Last night Irish left-wing politician Pat Rabbitte went ballistic with a government minister live on air. On the day the IMF arrived in Dublin, Rabbitte seemed to psychically channel the Irish nation's anger and directed it very effectively at Irish government minister Pat Carey. Online reactions suggests a lot of...

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Irish Economic Crisis: Will Ireland Leave Europe and Join the United States?

(23) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 1:18 PM

The mood here in Dublin is one of disbelief. Only 24 months ago Ireland was ranked as one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Now we are bust.

Amid the panic, radical ideas are being seriously mooted by serious thinkers: Former bank chief Mike Soden and writer Frederick Forsyth...

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Ireland Decides to Invade the Cayman Islands "To Get Some Cash"

(6) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 7:02 AM

Ireland's Prime Minister this morning announced, to a hushed parliament, that he was declaring war on the Cayman Islands.

Mr. Cowen said, "We have spent the past three years struggling with austerity measures and initiatives to re-invigorate our economy. Nothing has worked."

"Meanwhile we have an under-utilised military which could...

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Breakfast With the Obamas: The Oil Spill

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 10:46 AM

Breakfast time, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC.

[Full transcript]

Michelle: Hey B, do you want bacon or eggs for breakfast?

Barack: I reject the false choice between bacon and eggs. I dream of a world where every American, no matter what their religion or ethnicity can have both...

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Paul the Psychic Octopus Speaks Out After Attack by Iranian President

(7) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 11:12 AM

In a startling and unprovoked attack on Paul the Psychic Octopus, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the octopus a symbol of Western decadence and accused him of spreading "western propaganda and superstition."

Paul was mentioned by Mr. Ahmadinejad on a number of occasions during a speech...

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