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How do we get country boundaries?

November 17, 2011

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It’s a difficult question. For Britons, the point is almost irrelevant – we are an island, and the only thing we have to worry about is where England ends and Scotland and Wales begin. Luckily, although people from Glasgow and Edinburgh and Arbroath might beg to differ, we get along well with our neighbours and […]

Tom Macmaster sets back the Arab Spring decades

June 13, 2011

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I’m busy contemplating adding a major new chapter to The Revolution Will Be Tweeted? (which is out now) thanks to this, as well as updating other events  and releasing an expanded second edition soon. That won’t be for a while, though, so if you’re interested in seeing how the now-named Arab Spring came about (and […]

The beneficial side effects of a Napoleon complex

April 6, 2011

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It used to be that the French were shirkers of duty. If you ask those US navy personnel at the fifth fleet base in Bahrain eating their breakfast, they’ll tell you that. They only eat Freedom toast, not French toast. Anything else would be insulting. But strangely the French now are leading incursions on two […]

Was the revolution really tweeted?

March 3, 2011

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Wael Ghonim, Google’s Head of Marketing in the Middle East and North Africa, became something of a figurehead for the Egyptian revolution when he informed his multi-billion dollar employer that he had a family emergency and needed to take six days off work. What actually happened was Ghonim was rushing for a plane from Dubai, […]

African Lions vs. Eastern Tigers in the battle for oil

February 8, 2011

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Tonight on BBC Two Justin Rowlatt is travelling to Africa as part of a series on the domination China is wreaking over the world. The Chinese Are Coming seems to take a personalised, microcosmic view of what’s happening: something television does best, by taking the individual stories and telling them. However it’s worth also looking […]

How 1884 Berlin affected 2010 Africa

January 21, 2011

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The following is the first of several excerpts from my new book, African Lions, published in February: The Berlin Conference held in 1884 was a grand meeting of old imperial hands. Chargés d’affaires from Europe’s leading colonial powers gathered in long drawing rooms to sit around impossibly large tables, a phalanx of wallflower advisors backing […]

A sneak peek at what I’ve been doing

January 14, 2011

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Well, this is a tiny sneak peek at what exactly I’ve been doing for the past month or two. I’m going to be excerpting a little bit of the book (not all of it, but just enough to hopefully interest people into buying it) as I put the finishing touches to the whole thing. Don’t […]