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THE CHANDOS INQUIRY (into the UK's 2016 EU Referendum)

Posted by A Russell on July 12, 2016 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

(Cost: £0 / Time taken to deliver verdict: 1 hour.)


SUMMARY


The recent EU Referendum was an almost complete fiasco. Its greatest purpose was probably in highlighting the worrying lack of accountability, transparency and independence in British politics today amounting to a catastrophic breakdown in democracy.


During the campaign, the British Prime Minister David Cameron gave a well-mann...

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The Only Fighting in Burma should be for Hearts & Minds

Posted by A Russell on December 12, 2014 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (5)

Below is a response to an article by Roland Watson which can be found here:

http://www.dictatorwatch.org/articles/whatisthegoal.html

 

" The right kind of change takes time, it must do because what matters is changing ‘hearts & minds’. 
Fail in that & it is no wonder the British hav...
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Hong Kong's Civil-isation

Posted by A Russell on October 3, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

 

"Create an understanding amongst enough individuals

& you become a force with which the authorities must negotiate."



It is good for Hong Kong to flex its democratic muscles and participate in the political process but there are big risks in the present strategy.


I agree with China that the cu...

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Burma's Civil-isation - Parallels and the Vision

Posted by A Russell on September 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)



The sanctions have gone; international money now pours into Burma and with it the hope of economic and democratic development. But anyone in the West bothering to give consideration knows that the spirit of democracy is not synonymous with capitalism. Contrast for instance Russia’s democracy without that spirit and Hong Kong’s spirit without any democracy.


During a two-month lecture tour of the Far East, I was interested to hear universal...

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How does society cope with Jihad?

Posted by Roger Wisdom on August 24, 2014 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (5)

The rise of the Islamic State (sic) in the Middle East, makes me think again about the problems created of Religious faith.

If you believe in "god" as some external force ("supreme being" or whatever) that exists outside the minds of those with faith, then…

On what rational basis can you assert that your god (the god of "love thy neighbour", if you are Christian) is "right" and the Jihadist's god (who tells them to slaughter or convert all heretics so as to purify the world ...

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Real Heroism is a Daily Business, Especially for Burma

Posted by A Russell on June 19, 2014 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Below is a dialogue with the Burma blogger Roland Watson, in which Anthony Russell responds (in red) to the conclusion of Watson's article (in blue);  



WHEN DID THE KNU JOIN THE SPCD?

 

Conclusion

 

Just to be sure that e...

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It takes two to Tango. And it takes two to have a war.

Posted by Roger Wisdom on May 1, 2014 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (3)

Wars are never one-sided. By definition, a war involves two groups and wars happen when one group resists the demands of the other. Usually the groups involved are nations, but conflicts between tribes, religions, etc are also called wars. It’s a civil war when it happens within a country.

History often concludes that one party to a war was the “aggressor” who made unreasonable or illegitimate demands, but we should be wary of these judgements as “history ...

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Uniting for Peace Conference Address on Total Love

Posted by A Russell on March 31, 2014 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (2)

Below is the transcript of the address given at the Uniting for Peace Conference on Syria on 29th March 2014 by Anthony Russell.  It sets out the context for the launch of the campaign totallove.org.



Vijay Mehta is an inspiration to me. I am grateful not just for his remarkable commitment to peace and his understanding of nonviolence but for the generosity that has given me this opportunity to address you today.


Actually you are t...

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The Truth about International Aid

Posted by A Russell on January 23, 2014 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Are you surprised to learn from our politicians that however hard times might become, the foreign aid budget never gets cut?



We may be struggling with a hopeless mountain of debt and need to cut back every form of expenditure, including health and education and yet, it is apparently good for our morals and good for the developing world if we keep the aid flowing. It is a flow that is actually increasing and currently stands at 11.3 billion, roughly £...

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Nonviolence & Humanitarian Intervention

Posted by A Russell on December 12, 2013 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)


Anthony Russell is involved in a dialogue with the foreign editor of a national paper but has been asked to keep that editor's communication secret. Respecting that wish, I publish only my latest response.



I am enjoying our communication - you are making me think.

 

Your talk of de-institutionalisation has caused me to think of the opportunities I have had to step outside the ’system&#...

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