Category Archives: International relations

Mad dogs and Northkoreanmen

It’s January and that means everyone is into purges. Dry months, caffeine enemas, herbal teas. You name it, the DLR is avoiding that nonsense. In North Korea, though, a recent purge has followed a slightly different script. First, it began … Continue reading

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Mao’s power hour

Chairman Mao has a bad rep. And let’s be fair, some less-than-good things happened on his watch. Things like, you know, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution that killed tens of millions of people and desecrated invaluable cultural … Continue reading

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Warts ‘n’ all

One of the DLR’s raisons d’être is that we maintain there is often an overlap between the worlds of art fairs and warfare. Wartfare, perhaps. So, it has come to pass again that an art fair was at the heart … Continue reading

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Defending the realm

It’s Oscars season! That time of year when the DLR sits down with a bowl of popcorn and makes acerbic comments about the dresses on parade. Or gets all giddy over best supporting actresses. Or somesuch. So, we hereby present … Continue reading

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Crisis in Scandalavia

World-changing events are truly upon us: Homs burns; Tehran rattles sabres; Kim Jong-il dies; Scandinavian society teeters on the brink of anarchy over unrelated food-based crises. For, when our friendly Nordic neighbours do crises, they do crises in comically small, … Continue reading

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The terrible view from the roof of the world

All is not well in paradise. China has recently stiffened its resolve, not to mention its presence, in the Tibet Autonomous Region and Tibetan areas of Sichuan province bordering the TAR. Now, full disclosure before we start: the DLR loves … Continue reading

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Strait talking

The commentariat has been running amok this week talking about Iran. A series of events have got everyone all a-fluster with fears/arousals (delete as appropriate to your position on the liberal-armchair general spectrum) of war. This was brought on by … Continue reading

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