The Two Rs

What was it that the late Douglas Adams said about writing?

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

I think it’s fair to say that Adams was being a tad facetious when he committed those words to paper, or at the very least, mischievous. If, as the ancient proverb suggests, only Nixon can go to China, then it also stands to reason that…

Is Israel an Apartheid State?

From 22nd February to 28th February, a diverse range of UK-based activist groups presided over the twelfth annual Israeli Apartheid Week. On university campuses and in town squares across the country, students, trade unionists, and fellow travellers gathered to demonstrate, discuss, and proselytise with the aim of “[building support] for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.” The following week saw…

The ‘Humanitarian Intervention’ Misnomer

By Bleddyn E. Bowen

Humanitarian intervention has been a hotly debated topic in Western policy circles (epitomised by the Responsibility to Protect, or R2P), especially in the aftermath of the numerous interventions (such as the Balkans) carried out by Western armed forces around the globe during the 1990s. However, whilst there is extensive literature on ‘humanitarian’ intervention…

The Seer

By James A. Chisem

I first came across Wendell Berry a couple of years ago when I started reading The American Conservative and Front Porch Republic on a regular basis. After spending a night or two digging around in the ‘bowels’ of each website, I soon realised that the octogenarian Berry is a figure of great importance to Burkeans and counter-cultural conservatives in North America…

Kennan’s Crystal Ball

By James A. Chisem

George F. Kennan was a lot of things to a lot of people. To some, he was a consummate diplomat, flying the flag for the Balance of Power in the age of the Balance of Terror. To others, he was a great scholar, his unique insights into the peculiar character of foreign cultures matched only by his outsider’s appreciation of the United States’ own idiosyncrasies. Still more viewed him as the author of the West’s Cold War strategy and the architect of the Warsaw Pact’s demise. And then there are those who thought he was a reactionary, a peddler of snake oil, an…