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Ukrainians: Expect-the-Unexpected Nation

Ukrainians: Expect-the-Unexpected Nation

Rory Finnin

Twice within the span of a decade, Ukraine has riveted the world’s attention with dramatic mass demonstrations in support of political and economic transparency, freedom, and the rule of law. And at these critical junctures in the country’s history, scores of foreign journalists and analysts have appended a proviso to the scenes of throngs of Ukrainian citizens donning the yellow-and-blue and demanding more of the political leaders who routinely fail them...

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Posted: Friday 20 December 2013


The Circle: Totally Transparent

The Circle: Totally Transparent

Alfred Moore

As at least one perceptive chap has noted, fears of our networked world can be framed in terms of two great dystopian fictions. In Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four the force of the laws cannot be escaped, resisted, or appealed. His totalitarian dystopia is a surveillance state perfected by technology, in which the will of the individual is simply crushed between pervasive propaganda and physical force. Huxley's Brave New World, by contrast, turns on the appeal of pleasure...

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Posted: Tuesday 10 December 2013


Brekekekex, ko-ax, ko-ax: the frogs and the bean-counters

Brekekekex, ko-ax, ko-ax: the frogs and the bean-counters

Simon Goldhill

'So how did it come to this? Why was I strolling down King’s Parade boisterously whistling a peskily catchy tune that had just been sung by fourteen, wellie-wearing, tap-dancing frogs?' writes CRASSH Director Simon Goldhill...

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Posted: Thursday 28 November 2013


What was lost in Dallas

What was lost in Dallas

I saw Jack Kennedy once, in the flesh, at close range. It was during his visit to Ireland in 1963 and my father – who had been responsible for some of the arrangements – had wangled a good viewing position for me...

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Posted: Thursday 21 November 2013


Kind of blue: La Vie d’Adèle

Kind of blue: La Vie d’Adèle

Emma Wilson

In his review of Blue is the Warmest Color, Anthony Lane closes in on the original French title of the film, La Vie d'Adèle - Chapitres 1 et 2, finding it 'more affecting' than its English counterpart because 'it implies that, if life is a novel, there are more chapters in store'...

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Posted: Wednesday 20 November 2013

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