History trumps democracy

March 29, 2014 at 3:14 PMMichele Mottini

Excellent Economist’s article about Northern Ireland, and its lessons for the wider world:

The main reason for the West’s failures to reshape societies in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere was all along apparent in this corner of the United Kingdom: history and culture, orphans of neoconservative policymaking, almost invariably trump its darlings, democracy and prosperity.

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Phrase of the week

March 29, 2014 at 11:04 AMMichele Mottini

. . . Dr Abdullah Abdullah . . . who got his second name only because newspaper sub-editors in the West could not contend with his lack of a surname.

The Economist in ‘Runners and riders’

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