John Dobson

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Europe is a Petri dish of populism

There is always temptation to vote ‘against’ rather than ‘for’ in order to punish the incumbent government, a phenomenon heavily...

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Is democracy in India working for you?

In January this year the Economist Intelligence Unit published Democracy Index wherein India’s democracy was classified as a ‘flawed democracy’....

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Why so many Russians want to leave their Motherland

There is a sense of economic gloom as tepid growth, five years of falling real incomes, high inflation, rising taxes...

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Liberal democracy in decline, should you be worried?

As the world looks on in awe and with huge admiration at the greatest democracy on the planet going to...

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Donald Trump’s bad hair day

The Mueller team has now issued a statement that Barr ‘didn’t completely capture the spirit of the report’.    ...

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Mueller report: You ain’t seen nothing yet

It contains a scandal that has dogged Trump’s presidency.   London:Last week, a triumphant President Donald Trump tweeted: “No Collusion....

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The Russia that might have been

What if Boris Yeltsin had chosen Boris Nemtsov as his successor, as he had said he would, instead of Vladimir...

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If you want democracy, forget referendums

Referendum results can often depend less on the true balance of public opinion and more on the side of the...

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Live in Pak or China? Big Brother is watching you

As a schoolboy, more years ago than I’m prepared to admit, I poured over the pages of George Orwell’s book,...

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2019 will be a turbulent year: Here are some predictions

“Predicting is the art of saying what will happen and then explaining why it didn’t”, goes the old saying. Nevertheless,...

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Fake news a threat to our democracy

The risk of disinformation contagion is growing as we are increasingly connected by social media.   LONDON: How many times...

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Why US sanctions on Iran will fail

A few years ago I called into Khasab, a port city on northern Oman’s Musandam Peninsula. My boat was berthed...

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China’s economic tentacles are grabbing Southern Europe

Next month Chinese President Xi Jinping is undertaking a state visit to Spain and Portugal, cementing China’s quiet diplomatic and...

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Hard times for President Putin

Not only does he have difficulties in wresting back control of the internet, but there is public uproar against his...

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Can US’ problems in Afghanistan be contained by Prince of Darkness?

Erik is Chairman of Frontier Services Group, which has marketed itself as a provider of security and logistic services to...

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India’s purchase of S-400 could be a mistake

LONDON: If you had picked up a British newspaper on 5 September you would have found two faces staring at...

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Social media is addictive and young people are dying for it

Psychologists have found that some platforms have an alarming effect on the mental health of young people, including high levels...

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How India should react to US sanctions on Iran

LONDON: When President Donald Trump signed the order on 6 August re-imposing sanctions on Iran, a reporter in the room...

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Trump and Putin make for a stunning conspiracy theory

I  find it difficult to believe that Trump is controlled by Moscow. But then, every day since Donald Trump was...

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Will Turkey implode?

Turkish lira has plunged in value by 20% this year, creating unwanted price rises for households and businesses alike.  ...

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Why I miss the stability of the Cold War

Now we have uncertainty, with the risk of nuclear escalation in Asia and the Middle East. NATO is at its...

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Got some dirty money? Why not use the Laundromat?

There has been the suspicion that the vast percentage of wealth came from dirty money, which was cleaned en route...

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China is developing a maritime noose around India

I wonder how many Indian politicians in Lutyens Zone go to bed each night worrying about China. If they don’t,...

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The post-truth world of Trump

LONDON: Let’s get one thing clear: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will never give up his nuclear weapons unilaterally. Perhaps...