Latest from Beijing

In my blog yesterday I wrote that the Chinese authorities had rescinded press freedoms granted during the Olympic Games. It now appears that early reports from Beijing were too pessimistic and that I may have been wrong.

Fourth Way Anyone?

This historian's perspective on the future of capitalism offers a tremendous insight into the value of our old friends context and perspective. You don't need to agree with David Marquand to appreciate the weight of his argument.  

Hitler's Pope(s)

I've been having fun on the Guardian's Comment is Free site today ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/oct/10/religion-catholicism ) criticising Pope Benedict XVI for his frantic efforts to make a saint of his wartime predecessor Pius XII. I think the Vatican's conduct in the era of Fascism and Nazism was unpardonable. I resent profoundly its refusal to open its archives to professional historians.   

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