Bibi’s Big Day in Washington

The level of attention directed toward today’s speech before the U.S. Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is nothing short of remarkable. He’s on the front page of pretty much every news service, on every channel (even the disinterested European broadcasters), clogging the Twitter timeline of everyone remotely interested in politics. Bibi’s goal is […]

Austria’s Original Error in Templ Case

We’ve published a number of updates here regarding my client, Stephan Templ, who is facing persecution by the Austrian authorities over a restitution claim. Now these updates will be featured on a dedicated website, StephanTempl.com, specifically relating to the case. Here’s an extract from the latest post, The Original Error of the Case against Stephan […]

Yes, Blame Putin for Nemtsov’s Murder

In the days following the brazen murder of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov directly in front of the Kremlin, Russia watchers have been agog with rumours, theories, and warnings of the darkness to come. But in as frequently as we have come to use terms such as “new low” and “turning point” with regard to political […]

Thailand’s Theatre of the Absurd

The sentencing this week of a 23-year-old student actor and a 26-year-old theatre producer to serve two and a half years in prison marks yet another low point in the slow motion car crash that is Thai politics under the military junta. Patiwat (“Bank”) Saraiyaem and Porntip (“Golf”) Mankong could hardly be considered any sort […]

Waiting for Obama to Wake Up on Thailand

Finally people are talking about the Obama administration’s lackluster response to the brutal military coup in Thailand which toppled an elected government. This is an issue that deserves far more attention. From the Diplomat: In the days following the coup, the State Department said the right things. However, as little serious attention was being paid […]

An Open Letter to Zambian Watchdog

17 February 2015 Dear Mr. Editor, I write to you as International counsel to His Excellency, former President Rupiah Banda and to Henry Banda (Mr. Banda), regarding serious and urgent concerns over articles published on your website over the past week. I refer to your articles of 9 February 2015, “Henry Banda joins Katumbi, Lungu […]

Austrian Justice Minister to Address Stephan Templ Case

Almost 70 years since end of World War II, Austria has largely shed its image as an engine for the Holocaust, and is instead better known these days as a civil, rule-of-law, wealthy country. Nevertheless, a series of recent events shows that the retrogressive anti-Semitic attitudes of the past continue to lurk deep inside the […]

Thailand: the Unconstitutional Monarchy

The United Kingdom (UK) is considered to be one of the planet’s pre-eminent constitutional monarchies. It’s not without its problems but its longevity & stability are based on the absolute split between the elected persons who make the laws and the head of state, the monarch, who acts as the functionary to sign them onto […]

How Europe Still Doesn’t Understand Russia’s Identity

Like many readers of this blog, I’ve been following closely the embarrassing fallout which took place following the publishing of Federica Mogherini’s issues paper on EU relations with Russia, which, to put it lightly, was a frighteningly naive conception of the situation from what should be a very important governing body. I strongly agree ECFR’s […]

Russia’s Gradual Return to Statism

Interesting note by Leonid Bershidsky in BloombergView: Herman Gref, head of Russia’s biggest bank, Sberbank, yesterday warned that $45 oil could be deadly for the Russian financial system. According to Sberbank calculations, such a low oil price — and the ruble’s commensurate low value — will require forming additional reserves of 3 trillion rubles ($45.8 billion) in […]