Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea

Yesterday [26 May 2011] at the New York Korea Society, Ezra Vogel, emeritus professor, Harvard, and Charles Armstrong, professor, Columbia had a conversation on ‘The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea’ [Harvard University Press], which Vogel coedited … Continue reading

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Opening of the Egyptian border with Hamas at Rafeh

Hamas has paid a small prize by joining forces with the Palestinian Authority, in a deal brokered by Egypt’s transitional military council, which¬†until the fall of Hosni Mubarak. It would play down violence. As such, when the Rafeh border with … Continue reading

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Kim Jong il again in China for the third time in a year. The US is put on notice!

If the US bet on China’s abandoning its neighour and ally North Korea, it reveals that Mr. Obama is a sorry gambler. In less than a year, Kim Jong il has visited China. Pundits also have given odds that the … Continue reading

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Third intifada?

Israeli prime minister ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu’s refusal to negotiate an equitable two state solution has raised fears among the US chattering classes of another intifida. These talking heads fear the worst: they shudder at the idea of a repeat of the … Continue reading

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Making proletarians out of high paid lawyers

The US is two tiering everything. Now, it’s the turn of lawyers. Pocket full of dough, barrels of money, and rich clients who baulk at high lawyerly fees, law firms are now doing what universities have been doing for a … Continue reading

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Read your Freud! Netenyahu and the US chattering class

The US Congress is an audience easily pleased: it greeted Israel’s prime minister ‘Bibi’ Netenyahu’s address with great explosions of cheerful approval, as though the members of Congress were studying the Talmud at a Yeshina, twisting and turning over ancient … Continue reading

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Danny Ayalon gives the game away

Interviewed on NPR [National Public Radio] on 23 May 2011, Danny Ayalon, Israeli deputy foreign minister, member of Avigdor Lieberman’s right wing ‘Yisrael Beiteinu’ and former ambassador the US, spoke in measured, condescending tones. He did not break any new … Continue reading

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