Monthly Archives: January 2011

Making sense of Lebanon’s “day of rage”

What a day. Consultations began yesterday at Lebanon’s presidential palace with MPs meeting President Michel Sleiman to nominate their preferred candidate for Prime Minister. (The national unity government created by the Doha Agreement had collapsed because Hezbollah and its allies … Continue reading

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Review: Don Carlos, by Verdi, at the Gothenburg Opera

Don Carlos, opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi. Performed at the Gothenburg Opera, 22 January 2011. (Cast list below.) Last December the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Don Carlos made quite a splash in Sweden when it was broadcast to … Continue reading

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Våra regeringar är delaktiga i Arabvärldens förtryck

Johan Norberg har skrivit en läsvärd kolumn i Metro. Han noterar att västvärldens regeringar har varit kluvna om demokrati i Arabvärlden: Det har inte direkt gjorts vågen i palats och regeringsbyggnader i västvärlden efter den folkliga revolten i Tunisien. USA … Continue reading

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Ever wondered what the Arabic papers are saying?

The Economist has a very interesting summary of what the Arabic papers are saying about the Tunisian revolution. They got the translations from Meedan, a not-for-profit company that aims to promote dialogue between English and Arabic-speakers through translating web content … Continue reading

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My article for the Economist on the Robin Hood Tax

In April 2010 I applied for the Marjorie Deane internship at the finance and economics section of the Economist in London. As part of the application I was asked to write a 500-word article of the kind that could be … Continue reading

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Socialist International expels Tunisian dictator’s party

Better late than never. But Carl Bildt’s awkward question remains: how could the RCD be allowed to become and stay a full member in the first place? It has imposed its police state on Tunisia for over 50 years. Between … Continue reading

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Touché to Carl Bildt

The Tunisia dictatorship party RCD is full member of Socialist International. How could that have been tolerated? Some explaining to do. — Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) January 17, 2011 Sweden’s Foreign Minister (and avid Tweeter and blogger) tweets an embarrassing fact. … Continue reading

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Letter to the FT: The MPC knows what it’s doing

Sir, There are some mistakes in Sir Michael Darrington’s letter urging for interest rates to be raised. Sir Michael writes that the MPC “has only one objective”: to keep inflation under 2 per cent. In fact, the Bank of England … Continue reading

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The United States as you’ve never seen them before

…in the Economist’s daily chart. The interactive chart lets you find the nearest equivalent country in the world to each US state in GDP and population. Some interesting and surprising comparisons.

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Svea Hovrätts snabbguide för att känna igen prostituerade

När vanliga människor tillfrågas vad det är som kännetecknar prostitution skulle de nog svara att man är prostituerad om man tar betalt för sex. Men domarna på Svea Hovrätt har nyligen hittat på ett bättre sätt att kategorisera kvinnor som … Continue reading

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