2008 Cafes

Andrew Jennings, 8 December 2008
Sport - Globalisation’s Hidden Persuader

Sport – Globalisation’s Hidden Persuader

General Electric’s engines power the jets that bomb civilians in Iraq. The company also funds the International Olympic Committee and ...
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Professor Sevket Pamuk, 24 November 2008
Turkey at the crossroads

Turkey at the crossroads

Turkey straddles the continents of Europe and Asia, and controls the entrance to the Black Sea, a position that gives ...
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Professor R. Kandiyoti, 27 October 2008
The Geopolitics of piping Natural Gas to Europe: Nabucco, South Stream or the trans-Caspian?

The Geopolitics of piping Natural Gas to Europe: Nabucco, South Stream or the trans-Caspian?

Already a net energy importer, Europe needs more natural gas in the coming decades. The increasingly tense relationship with Russia ...
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Ann Pettifor, 13 October 2008
The Credit Crunch and the Financial Markets

The Credit Crunch and the Financial Markets

We are all affected by the so-called ‘credit crunch’ triggered last year by the bursting of the US housing bubble, ...
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Malcolm Shepherd, 29 September 2008
Food versus/and fuel

Food versus/and fuel

The production of biofuels from agriculture to replace fossil fuels was originally widely applauded, but concerns over the displacement of ...
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Geshe (Dr) Tashi Tsering, 15 September 2008
Tibet: The country, its refugees and Government in exile

Tibet: The country, its refugees and Government in exile

There has been widespread dismay over the recent brutal suppression of protesting Buddhist Monks in both Tibet and Burma, with ...
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Charlie Beckett, 19 May 2008
Saving Journalism So It Can Save The World

Saving Journalism So It Can Save The World

The world needs a 'good' news media to explain the conflicts, threats and opportunities that globalisation offers. And yet quality ...
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Bruce Kent, 12 May 2008
Nuclear Weapons, Abolition Now

Nuclear Weapons, Abolition Now

Bruce Kent will talk about his belief that the threat caused by nuclear arms did not disappear with the end ...
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Mark Mackinnon, 21 April 2008
How we got back to the Cold War

How we got back to the Cold War

Mark Mackinnon led the foreign press corps in reporting on the Western efforts to undermine Vladimir Putin and the new ...
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Sir Hilary Synnott, 7 April 2008
Bad days in Basra: A Turbulent time as Britain's Man in Southern Iraq

Bad days in Basra: A Turbulent time as Britain’s Man in Southern Iraq

Sir Hilary Synnott was Britain's most senior representative in Southern Iraq, trying to keep the region together as the rest ...
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Charles Abugre, 31 March, 2008
Is Asia the new African plunderer?

Is Asia the new African plunderer?

Direct investment in Africa by Asian economies has been increasing sharply in recent years, and unconditional loans and technical cooperation ...
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Richard Belfield, 17 March 2008
Assassination: The not so secret weapon

Assassination: The not so secret weapon

Political assassinations have a profound effect, changing the course of history – though often not in ways the plotters imagine ...
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Dr Julia Buxton, 3 March 2008
Venezuela under Chavez: dictatorship or model for radical democracy?

Venezuela under Chavez: dictatorship or model for radical democracy?

The Chavez administration has evolved from an initially moderate position advocating Blair’s model of ‘Third Way Socialism’, to the more ...
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Zaki Chehab, 21 January, 2008
Understanding Hamas

Understanding Hamas

What is the real nature of Hamas? How 'Islamic' are they? What personalities lie beneath the black and green uniforms? ...
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