Marc Champion

02/02/2016 - 7:00pm

    Oxford University's Oriel College has decided not to tear down its statue of the British colonialist Cecil Rhodes, because of the "overwhelming message" it received that the statue should stay. The true motive appears to have been money.

    The...

11/17/2015 - 4:20pm

    Big terror attacks have a way of forcing governments into action, and so it is already proving with Friday night's slaughter in Paris. The question -- and not just for France -- is what action.

    It is so...

01/15/2015 - 4:44am

    An old friend, Tony Barber at the Financial Times, has triggered outrage for a blog post he wrote yesterday. He questioned the "foolish" editorial judgment of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine struck by a terrorist attack in which 12...

04/07/2014 - 2:07am

    The change in European perceptions of Russia caused by its annexation of Crimea feels familiar: It reminds me of what happened to views of the United States after its decision to invade Iraq.

    As with Iraq, it isn't just disagreement with the particular military aggression that is changing ideas...

03/27/2014 - 3:32am

    There is a grim logic to the shotgun referendum in Crimea that leads toward an expansion of Russia's land grab into eastern and southern Ukraine.

    On its own, however, Russia's seizure of Crimea would risk unifying the rest of Ukraine against Russian aggression...

03/13/2014 - 2:07am

    Crimea is probably lost to Ukraine. Within the space of a few days, it has become the latest in a string of "frozen conflict" zones that Russia has used to strong-arm ex-Soviet neighbors ever since the Union collapsed.

    The history of these unrecognized...

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