Monthly Archives: June 2014

Shattered Reputations

“Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving” as Shakespeare reminds us. Whether the Polish foreign minister, Radek Sikorski, is a devotee of the words of the bard I know not, but … Continue reading

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Caught on Tape

Great excitement in Poland this week following the publication in Wprost magazine of excerpts from tapes of a conversation between Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz, the interior minister and Marek Belka, the president of the national bank of Poland. The tape which was … Continue reading

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War and Peace

If history has taught us anything, it is that there is still plenty of mileage left in the adage adapted from Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus’s tract De Re Militari: “Si vis pacem, para bellum”. An effective answer to the events … Continue reading

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Freedom

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Thus the second sentence of … Continue reading

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