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Labour's Shamifesto

Posted April 13, 2010 | 20:38:45 (EST)

Labour's election manifesto contains 66 references to the word 'future.' Just two mentions of "achievements" and 4 references to the government's 'record.' This from a party in power for three consecutive terms? Just two achievements and only four items on the record to be proud of? Clearly, this is a...

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Sri Lanka's Defining Moment?

Posted April 9, 2010 | 10:33:55 (EST)

Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections concluded yesterday could define its future. If President Rajapaksa's party wins two-thirds majority as expected, he can make far-reaching constitutional amendments. Sri Lanka's future depends upon his ability to use these powers to repair relations with the Tamils.

The island is at a crossroads. Having...

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A Hybrid Conservatorship Model for Greece?

Posted March 25, 2010 | 21:33:26 (EST)

Brussels is host to a confused gaggle of European Union leaders as they summit for yet another crack at the Greek puzzle today. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou's 1 week ultimatum has not yielded any neat solutions for EU leaders. Here's a look at the various options and their feasibility.

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Google's Faustian Bargain Unravels

Posted March 24, 2010 | 08:39:32 (EST)

Google's cessation of censorship in China is an attempt to return to its "Do No Evil" days. Redirecting users to its Hong Kong service and announcing the termination of its Faustian bargain with the Chinese regime has very little to do with the search business. This is more an attempt...

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Sorry Pope, It Hasn't Worked

Posted March 22, 2010 | 20:42:20 (EST)

I apologize, but His Holiness's "I am truly sorry" has not persuaded his Irish flock. Regrettably, victims have already denounced it as inadequate, and the pastoral letter promises to be a PR disaster.

Irish dissatisfaction has as much to do with the message's presentation as with its substance. The Pope's...

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Another Opportunity in Afghanistan

Posted February 19, 2010 | 09:59:53 (EST)

Contrary to popular opinion, Mullah Baradar's capture by the CIA acting in concert with the Pakistanis is not a game-changer. At best, it presents the Taliban with a minor inconvenience. Baradar was the deputy defence minister during Taliban rule in Afghanistan and was quoted as claiming just a few months...

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