Echoes & Tweets in Paris

What do the murders at a French satire sheet tell us about modern France & new media? Undeterred by jihadist bullets Charlie Hebdo was back in the kiosks and newsagents of France today, with another front page cartoon as sure to energise, amuse and alienate as ever. The front page depicting a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad […]

Putin fights the battle for greener energy

Has the Kremlin’s recent activity woken up the West to the need for green energy in the way climate change campaigns never have?  Even by its own standards few Russian leaders have cut such a bellicose figure in the Western imagination as Vladimir Putin does. Recent Russian actions in the Crimea seemed to have cemented […]

With Friends like these: The Commonwealth, the EU and Britain’s place in the world

Whatever the bloody details of Sri Lanka’s long civil war, there is little doubt that the Commonwealth should have chosen a better venue for last month’s Head’s of Government Meeting.  Instead, by granting Sri Lanka’s centre stage of the grand gathering, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been given the chance to gloss over alleged war crimes and the anti-democratic record […]