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Donald Trump… and the rest

by Adrian Duncan on August 21, 2015 in Articles with No comments

Could the Republicans possibly be better placed ahead of the November 2016 presidential elections? The Democrats have been severely damaged in the 2014 mid-term elections, when they lost control of the Senate and when the Republicans won another 25 seats in Congress to have an unassailable majority. After two terms of a Democratic presidency, USA

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August 21, 2015
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Freedom of Speech

by Adrian Duncan on August 10, 2015 in Articles with No comments

They say the pen is mightier than the sword. The powers that be have feared satirists for centuries, and there have been many attempts to bully them into silence. In the 18th century, Voltaire, who for a period had to live in exile in London, was one of the most famous, renowned for ridiculing the

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August 10, 2015
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No Border Can Stand

by Adrian Duncan on August 10, 2015 in Articles with No comments

Planets and Sign Borders Throughout history, countries have vigorously protected their borders, and travellers had to have their papers in order if they wanted to leave one country and enter another. It is always a nervous process, as anyone who has entered the USA from abroad will know. You’ve travelled far, and it would be

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August 10, 2015
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Ed Miliband for PM?

by Adrian Duncan on March 12, 2015 in Articles with No comments

It would be a strange thing if you could predict the result of elections. All that rushing around canvassing voters, all that money spent on adverts, all the passionate debates – these would be unnecessary. Fortunately polls and pundits (and astrologers) get their predictions wrong all the time, so elections continue to make life interesting.

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March 12, 2015
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Putin the Great

by Adrian Duncan on February 23, 2015 in Articles with No comments

You shouldn’t get the wrong idea about Vladimir Putin. Russians love him, and that’s good. Isn’t it? The most reliable poll in Russia from the Levada Center measured his popularity at 83% after the annexation of Crimea, whilst back in 2013 it was at a record low of 30%. (Note 1) It seems fair to

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February 23, 2015
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ISIL and beyond

by Adrian Duncan on October 16, 2014 in Articles with No comments

There is nothing like the feeling that things are out of control to bring on a few nervous tics, and right now it seems not much is going right for the world, seen from a Western cultural perspective. As we approach the last two clashes between those otherworldly planets, Uranus and Pluto, it seems their

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October 16, 2014
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As Above, So Below

by Adrian Duncan on October 14, 2014 in Articles with No comments

In July 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft will pass by Pluto. Launched in 2006, it is the fastest spacecraft ever and has been designed to investigate this distant planet, and all the other bodies in the space beyond Pluto. Although Pluto was demoted to “dwarf planet” status a few years ago, it is actually quite

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October 14, 2014
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The Future of Scotland

by Adrian Duncan on September 17, 2014 in Articles with No comments

At the time of writing – one day before the Scottish referendum on independence – England is shaking in its boots. When an overconfident David Cameron agreed with the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Alex Salmond, the terms of the referendum a couple of years back, just one question was agreed on: “Should

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September 17, 2014
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Back in the USSR

by Adrian Duncan on March 26, 2014 in Articles with No comments

The most popular man in Russia right now is Vladimir Putin. Fresh from the international success of the Sochi Winter Olympics, he has managed to engineer a referendum in Crimea that has brought this peninsular, which in the past has been ravaged by war, back into the Russian family. 96% of the residents of Crimea

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March 26, 2014
Adrian Duncan

Astrology and the System

by Adrian Duncan on February 19, 2014 in Articles with No comments

At a time when there is an economic crisis in the world, it does not seem to be a very good idea to have aspirations to be an astrologer. Mother and father are not going to jump for joy, and your government is not going to support you. Your school will not welcome your questions

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February 19, 2014
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