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Button up

The France Soir correspondent in Rome, Ariel Dumont, has just been sacked for being anti-Berlusconian. This isn’t what the paper says, of course. The editor talks about the need to rationalise its overseas representation for reasons of budget and denies … Continue reading

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Sardinia shafted

If you’d like to enjoy what’s left of the natural beauty of Sardinia (see right) before the entire island is converted into a ‘fitness centre’ you’d better get a move on. That’s right. Berlusconi’s glove puppet just became governor. New … Continue reading

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I’ll have mine without the polonium 210, please

I’ve been looking to see where visitors to this blog actually come from and how they get here, in that obsessive way most bloggers seem to share, and I notice that a disturbing number find me through a Google image … Continue reading

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And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard…

It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall. And not only on Bush… (Hi Dobby!!) Once again, with thanks, from Bits and Pieces.

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Democracy derailed

George Bush says that democratic reform in Rusia has been derailed. You can understand why he’s worried. Rigged elections and the illegal disenfrachisement of voters. Prisoners held for years in subhuman conditions without trial. The economy held hostage by a … Continue reading

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Yeltsin’s inheritance

Once more, from today’s Independent: The state over which Yeltsin presided had installed a democratic political system, albeit one in which powerful sectional interests wielded excessive influence. But, by any economic measure, society as a whole had benefited only marginally, … Continue reading

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