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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 […]

Five leaders sitting less comfortably post-Egypt

February 11, 2011

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UPDATE 26 April 2011: I’ve since finished work on my latest book covering the revolutions sweeping the region, called ‘The Revolution Will Be Tweeted?’. If you’d like to find out more about the downfall of successive dictators in the Middle East and North Africa, or more details on how to buy the book, simply visit […]

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 […]

African Lions: Terrorism in the Niger Delta

January 26, 2011

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The following is an extended excerpt from chapter two of African Lions, ‘Nigeria, Cameroon and the Niger Delta’. African Lions will be published in mid-February 2011 and available at Amazon and other online booksellers – subscribe to the blog using the link on the right to be kept up-to-date when the book arrives. Alternatively you […]

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 […]