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The WHO and the why? NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
After 12 years of trying, Taiwan has been invited to observe the World Health Organisation's annual assembly after the People's Republic of China finally dropped its objections to the break-away island's participation. This is probably a purely polit...
Hey ho, Keiko NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
In the immediate aftermath of the sentencing of her father, former President Alberto Fujimori, for human rights abuses commited under his government, it looked pretty unlikely that Peruvian Senator Keiko Fujimori would win presidential elections in 2...
Doves should fly the nest of hawks NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 3 Months, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 56 Minutes ago
It became a little clearer today just what Israeli Labour leader Ehud Barak thinks hes doing forcing his party into coalition with Likud and the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party - aside from securing for himself a continued role in government as defe...
Easing out Ichiro NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 2 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Once again, having governed Japan all but continuously for half a century, the ruling Liberal Democrat Party might just have rescued themselves from what seemed only a month ago to be certain defeat in elections due this year. As mentioned yesterday,...
Japanese generosity NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 19 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Pakistan, a terrifyingly unstable nuclear state, is desparately short of cash. But at a donor's conference in Tokyo yesterday, over $5 bn was pledged to it over the next 2 years - a fifth of that from the Japanese hosts. Japan is facing an abysmal ec...
The Blue Menace? NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
The People's Republic of China has more men actively under arms than any state at peace in history, and yet it doesn't possess an aircraft carrier. The commander-in-chief of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), Admiral Wu Shengli, promised in st...
Light in Peru NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 24 Minutes ago
The former President of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, has been convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison for his authorisation of civilian massacres and kidnappings during the country's stuggle against the Shining Path rebels in the 1990s. With an exem...
Regional Powers NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
The G20, at least in theory, gathers together the most powerful countries on the planet. But, quite obviously, not all G20 countries are of equal power. If we think about the world as divided into three tiers - global powers, regional powers and mino...
Vaclav Klaus: Unifier NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Poor old Vaclav Klaus, the largely ceremonial President of the Czech Republic and a notorious Eurosceptic. When the centre-right government of Mirek Topolanek collapsed last month halfway through the Czech Republic's sixth-month Presidency of the EU,...
America, integrate thyself NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Turkish membership of the EU would be good for Turkey, good for the EU and good for stability in a swathe of fragile countries to Turkey's south-east. US President Barack Obama's call to grant the country admission to the political bloc ahead of his...
Briefing: The world in concert NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
Each Sunday this blog briefs the basic background information on a major international event recently in the news. This week: The G20 gathers in London.The most highly anticipated global summit since the end of the Cold War took place in London on Ap...
The Fogh settles NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 14 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
After the big powers backed him a few weeks ago, the NATO summit in Strasbourg has confirmed Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen as the alliance's next Secretary General. The appointment had seemed in doubt until the summit itself, with Turki...
Arabian NATO NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
With the G20 gathering having come to an end, its transatlantic participants now move to Strasbourg to join their NATO partners at the alliance's 60th anniversary summit. The largely symbolic moments will be France's reintegration into the central co...
G'bye NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
The G20 summit in London has come to an end, without any real acrimony and with the ability to claim concrete progress in terms of a much enlarged IMF. The world isn't out of its economic funk yet, but that this summit was no repeat of the infamous L...
Dynamic duos NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 20 Minutes ago
As world leaders gather today before the official opening of the G20 summit this evening, their bilateral meetings reveal a lot about their priorities going into the gathering. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, having spent the morning with Americ...
Jostlin' for the G NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
With little concrete agreement going into the historic meeting, and the host, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, playing down his former talk of a 'global New Deal', expectations are pretty low for the G20 summit tomorrow. The gathered leaders will...
The money men meet NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 4 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors met in London today, to thrash out the outlines of the eventual full summit on April 2. The official communique which sums this up thus gives us the best sense of what will - and won't - be achieve...
Wish List NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 4 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
The developed democracies of the world have paired-off into two camps. Hopefully, all can agree on the evils of protectionism and crowd-pleasing clamp-downs on tax havens. But at the moment, the Europeans are focusing on regulation and resisting call...
Taro'ed with the same brush NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 4 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Surely this time the LDP, which has governed Japan continuously since 1955 apart from a few short months in 1993, will be firmly thrown out of power? The Japanese economy is in the midst of its worst slump since the devastation of the Second World Wa...
Une certaine idée de l'indépendance NEW
Constitutional Lore 5 Years, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 15 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
France is back in NATO's integrated military command. President Nicolas Sarkozy, who made it a personal mission to lead it there, argues it will boost French influence in the world. His critics across the domestic political spectrum argue it will dim...