Month: March 2017

  • Palatables and non-palatables

    Several European countries are facing national elections, these days. Lately, I have taken to watching the evening news on television, rather than just reading RSS feeds or listening to podcasts, because so many of my lunchtime companions talk about Trump’s and Gert Wilders’ hairdos that I feel a need to be visually informed. But alas,…

  • Terrorism and poverty

    Never mind the definition of terrorism (let alone the definition of poverty). As the Guardian wrote in 2001: While most people agree that terrorism exists, few can agree on what it is. A recent book discussing attempts by the UN and other international bodies to define terrorism runs to three volumes and 1,866 pages without…

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