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Review: “Revolutionary Iran. A history of the Islamist Republic” by Michael Axworthy.

Axworthy has written a scholarly history of Twentieth Century Iran. He does justice to a country with one of the most complex histories in the world by unearthing painstaking detail on how various internal regimes have functioned down the years. There is … Continue reading

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Review: “Judging Dev” by Diarmaid Ferriter

From the early 1990’s, De Valera’s reputation began to take such a relentless battering, it seemed that a complete downgrading of his status in Irish history had taken place. Did it begin with Tim Pat Coogan’s 1993 biography? Possibly.  His … Continue reading

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Review: “Nineteen Eighty-Four” by George Orwell.

When I first read Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, I remembered visualising the “rotting nineteenth-century houses, their sides shored up with baulks of timber, their windows patched with cardboard and their roofs with corrugated iron, their crazy garden walls sagging in all … Continue reading

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The burden on beasts

  The burden on beasts:   As 2017 begins, it is obvious that the world that George Orwell so accurately described in his 1945 classic “Animal Farm” still exists. Living in a free and democratic Western country, it is easy to … Continue reading

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Review: Garry Kasparov “Winter is coming: why Vladimir Putin and the enemies of the free world must be stopped”

It is refreshing to listen to somebody communicate a clear vision of how the world could be. Kasparov achieves this in his 2015 book “Winter is coming: why Vladimir Putin and the enemies of the free world must be stopped”. The … Continue reading

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