Europe

They have neither the troops, nor the money. 

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The battle unfolding in the streets of Kiev today is proving to be yet another geopolitical blank slate.

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 “This is not the anti-Zionism of people who think that the Palestinians get a raw deal from Israel: it is the anti-Zionism of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

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How many biscuits did it take to beat Napoleon? 83,428.

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This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. The Passage de la Main d’Or, half a mile or so from the Place de la Bastille, is a nondescript, narrow street in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, which these days is a fairly chic quarter in eastern Paris. Halfway down the street is the Théâtre de la Main d’Or, a tiny theatre-cum-cabaret.

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Protestors in Ukraine should take a close look at what has happened in Bulgaria.

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Some Bulgarians have even burned themselves alive in protest.

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The Baltic nation must grapple with a national tragedy in addition to the economic and political complications of its entry into the Euro zone in January.

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To state the obvious: Angela Merkel, who has just won a third term as German chancellor, isn’t very macho. Her preferred free-time pursuit is recreational nature walking. (Also, baking: she admitted during the campaign season that her husband was sometimes displeased by the paucity of crumbs atop her cakes.) She hardly ever indulges in public demonstrations of authority; she speaks softly, and mostly refrains from displays of emotion, except for occasional flashes of a nervous smile.

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Blaming Korean culture for the Asiana crash is as idiotic as blaming Europe for the Spanish train wreck. Which doesn't stop people from doing it!

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