Browsing All posts tagged under »russia«

Moscow: A City of Contrasts

October 18, 2011


Apologies for the complete and utter lack of posts recently. I’ve been fairly busy doing client work of one form or another for the past month solid (and it’s still unremitting, so this will be a shortish post). However, whilst I’ve been doing all this work, I’ve also found the time to read a few […]

How 1884 Berlin affected 2010 Africa

January 21, 2011


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 […]

“The terrorists were liquidated”

October 19, 2010


There’s been another dose of extreme violence and terrorism in Russia today as separatists fighting for independence within Chechnya unleashed an attack on the Chechen parliament. The suspected four or five militants who launched the attack on the parliament building “were liquidated”, according to Zelim Yakhikhanov, a parliamentary spokesman. Chechnya seems to be immolating itself, […]

Not everyone Googles…

October 8, 2010


It may be shocking to learn this, but not everyone Googles. Despite the fact that it’s become a verb in the Oxford English Dictionary, and that most of use it many times daily (I have known friends that will type a URL into their browser’s Google toolbar, get the results of the search then click […]