Jacques Chirac trial: more symbolic than meaningful?
Jacques Chirac is being tried on charges of corruption, but, with his mental health in decline one wonders whether he will really be punished for his wrongdoing. Is this just another in a series of show trials for errant heads of state? Will justice be done, or just seen to be done?
Nixon on Vietnam: the ‘silent majority’
President Nixon campaigned on a promise to bring an “honourable end” to the Vietnam War. Nine months into office the antiwar movement was gaining momentum and troops had yet to come home. Nixon addressed the nation to outline his plans and appeal to the ‘silent majority’ of Americans to support him.
Hurricane Irene and Impressionism
Americans have admired the works of French Impressionist artists for over a hundred years, but what explains this century-long love affair?
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel – book review
Yann Martel’s Life of Pi is a touching story about a young Indian boy and tiger stranded on a boat. Through Pi’s adventures, we discover life in India, growing up in the original environment of a zoo, and how to survive with a tiger whilst being lost at sea.
Howe Resignation Speech: ‘playing with broken bats’
Nine days after Geoffrey Howe gave his resignation speech to a packed House of Commons, the Prime Minister he had served so dutifully for over a decade resigned in one of the most dramatic moments in modern British political history.