German elections see “nationalist” breakthrough – and Europe is “shocked” once again

The German federal elections on 24 September 2017 confirm ESC’s long-standing analysis of Western politics that: western politicians are out of touch, arrogant and uninterested in the views of the electorate the West’s commentariat is equally out of touch, arrogant and uninterested in the views of the electorate millions of…

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Why no bollards in Barcelona?

All the more when Salafism, the “back to the roots” idea of resurrecting the Golden Age of Islam and the ideal Muslim society under the first four caliphs, is exceptionally strong in the city.

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Mitigating Paris

As we argued in 2007 and again following the G20 summit in Hamburg, global warming will affect poor countries far less able to cope with the consequences than the advanced industrial nations. We also warned that if the science is correct, emissions of greenhouse gases need to be reduced due…

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Whatever happened to the dialectic?

Rhetoric Is the Art of Persuasion – Aristotle Source: http://sodralatinsgymnasium.stockholm.se/humanistiska-programmet-inriktning-sprak Soon after our article on Anthony Scaramucci’s BBC interview, the new White House Communications Director hit the headlines after a telephone rant full of expletives with Ryan Lizza, a journalist at The New Yorker. As usual, the commentariat put the…

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QED – yet again

Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House Communications Director, has given an interview to the BBC. The big scandal on social media in the United Kingdom was that Scaramucci kept invading the personal space of the female interviewer Emily Maitlis. Much more interesting is how such self-appointed “critics” failed to notice Scaramucci’s confirmation…

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Transgender Ban vs Russia and China in the Baltic

On Wednesday 25 July 2017, President Trump’s announcement on Twitter that transgender people would be banned from serving in the US military predictably made the headlines. But just days before, Chinese warships entered the Baltic Sea for the first time – a profound development which was barely registered by the…

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Macron in trouble as forecast

When the new French president Emmanuel Macron took office on 14 May 2017, his approval rating stood at 62% and in June rose to 64%. But this week, his rating has slumped to just 54%, the biggest drop since Jacques Chirac’s approval fell by 15 points between May and July 1995.…

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No wonder people get global warming and poverty wrong

In 2009, the second edition of Mark Maslin’s book Global Warming. A Very Short Introduction appeared in the well-known series published by Oxford University Press. According to Maslin’s website, the book has sold over 40,000 copies – and yet it betrays a fundamental flaw in thinking, knowledge and understanding before…

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