As the US pulls out of Iraq and we in Ireland are faced, in 2012, with choosing between a tighter relationship with core Europe or something looser with Britain as our key ally, the article from ten years ago this week on the nature of empires and diplomacy is still valid. Remember this was written three months after 9/11 well before the invasion of Iraq when America was regarded as a “hyper-power”.

The article from five years ago this week discusses the rise in obesity in Ireland back then. The trend continues unfortunately

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