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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - Ebola

    Ebola's dire threat to a sick world

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 11:44am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... numbers compared with fabled epidemics such as influenza after the first world war, which infected 500 million people and killed 50 to 100 million, or the Black Death of 1346-50, which wiped out ...

  2. Spectre of the destroyer of worlds

    Posted Aug 08th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... rolls on between historians as to whether the bombs were justified. Marine and author William Manchester summed up the relief that the atomic bombs shortened the war: 'We were going ... on the Soviet Union, about to declare war and make a grab for northern Japan. Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC, who flew as a British observer watching the second atomic bomb drop on Nagasaki, 64 years ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Led by Abe, Japan turns its back on a ground-breaking path of renunciation

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 12:44pm by Kevin Rafferty

    ... a peace-loving nation. "We shall never repeat the horror of war … It will never happen that Japan again becomes a country which goes to war." As others have pointed out, collective self-defence ... the beef? Japan has long in practice ignored the second part of the famous Article 9 of the constitution that "land, sea and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The club of insular leaders goes global

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 12:21pm by Kevin Rafferty

    ... unabated in Syria and Iraq; killings go on daily in Afghanistan and Pakistan; there are too many terrible tragedies in too many places in Africa, small wars and kidnappings, that hit the headlines ... that have come from post-war peace, leaders are picking at old sores and animosities. Still more viciously in the Middle East, the great civilising achievements of Islam are forgotten in the rush ...

  5. China can help in Afghan solution

    Posted Oct 10th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... of dead soldiers being brought home have diminished the Western passion for war. After eight years, 1,446 Isaf soldiers have died. The Afghan death toll is less well documented, but the UN recorded 1,013 civilian fatalities in the first six months of 2009. While every combat death is a tragedy, these figures are dwarfed by the 60-70 million deaths in the shorter second world war ...

  6. Bush's disastrous Afghan legacy

    Posted Jul 19th 2008, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty The situation in Afghanistan is getting grisly and becoming reminiscent of British misadventures in the 19th century or Soviet ones in the 20th, where a foreign army conquers, installs a ruler and then gets so badly mauled in trying to tame ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Bangladesh must lay the ghosts of its past to rest

    Posted Nov 15th 2013, 08:54pm by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Kevin Rafferty says bitter divisions over war crimes probe show need for an independent tribunal Bangladesh must lay the ghosts of its bloody past to rest to claim its ... and demonstrations and widespread anger over death penalties imposed on some Muslim leaders for their part in the 1971 war that led to Bangladesh being created from the former East Pakistan. ...

  8. Business - Economy

    Broken world

    Posted Oct 16th 2013, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... an unprecedented period of peace and prosperity to the world. Japan rose like a phoenix literally from the ashes of war and defeat, under the tutelage of the American peace and with generous aid ... by billions of dollars in subsidies are one example. JP Morgan has a US$23 billion war chest against litigation claims, so what wickedness has the bank been up to? Essentially, their ideas tinker ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    American soft power is undermined by allegations of widespread spying

    Posted Nov 02nd 2013, 12:34am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... there are strong or weak … do their cities have walls round them or not?" Successful spies have often meant the difference between victory and defeat in war. The coming of the internet and the speed ...

  10. Business - Economy

    Crunch time for the US

    Posted Oct 09th 2013, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... and should be a prelude to a more thorough reform to make the IMF fit for the 21st century. Both the IMF and the World Bank were founded in the dying days of the second world war to cope ...




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