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Can I Be Arrested For Reading Wikileaks?

Can I Be Arrested For Reading Wikileaks?


The last couple of weeks have seen the norms of international diplomatic relations turned on its head. Highly confidential conversations between diplomats, ambassadors, the Secretary of State and others entrusted to the secrets formerly only privy to the US Government and its related organs are now out in the public domain for all to see. … Continue reading

The New Arms Race Is Hotting Up

The New Arms Race Is Hotting Up


I just grabbed this graph from the Economist, which shows the size and range of China’s new missile arsenal. As the article points out, missiles can be a cheaper and more effective deterrent than a 2 million strong standing army. Infantry have been a mainstay of armed forces ever since a pikeman thrust his pike deep … Continue reading

Are all Charities Evil?

Are all Charities Evil?


The common perception of charities is that their workers are modern day monks. They eschew the easy life for a life dedicated to worthy causes; helping to make the world a better place in the face of so much evil; but is this always the case? There are vicious rumours circulating that many charities are … Continue reading

Tea House


“This is quite a good teahouse.” Wang said, his willowy girlfriend holding his hand and smiling. “Tea?” I said, surprised. Tea is what you drink before and after socializing, not during. I shrugged, and we headed in, leaving the dark streets rumbling with traffic. The room we entered was light, with dark wooden furnishings, and … Continue reading

Why China Leaves Hong Kong As It Is

Why China Leaves Hong Kong As It Is


On July 1st 1997, hundreds of millions of Chinese people huddled around TV sets up and down the land to watch the long anticipated return of Hong Kong to the fold. It was also a historic occasion for the UK, marking the formal end of the British Empire, the final glittering jewel prised from the … Continue reading