Tag Archives: Democracy

A cautionary tale from Tunisia


With the return to autocratic rule in Egypt and the ongoing trauma that is Syria it is all too easy to take a despairing view as to the state of Arab politics in the Middle East and North Africa.  Our own impatience … Continue reading

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Europe and its crisis of legitimacy


The reaction across European capitals to the Greek elections appears to be one of sober relief. With Greek so deeply divided and with Europe still short of a road map to solve the Eurozone’s structural problems this is not a … Continue reading

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Forget about the politics of the Arab Spring – Its the economy stupid!


Once again our attention is being drawn back to the unfolding drama in the Middle East. Enthralled though I am by the daily 24 hour news coverage – yes, I’m a news junkie – I find myself none the wiser … Continue reading

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Violence and Solidarity in Cairo


Which ever way you look at it the disproportionate use of force over the weekend against peaceful demonstrators in Cairo is alarming and disconcerting, but we should be wary of seeing the recent disturbances as the start of some Iraqi … Continue reading

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Power, Violence and Democracy Post 9/11


With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 fast approaching I’ve been reviewing some of the reports I wrote or assisted in producing for the Church as it grappled with the repercussions of that fateful day.  This is not an exercise in nostalgia … Continue reading

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