Reading for Battle

Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.

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International Relations & Development

Left-wing moralising and EU bullying are making the case for immigration impossible
By simply proclaiming that 'migrants lives matter' rather than making any substantive case in favour of freer borders, many of the commentators around the crisis implicitly demonised those who harboured legitimate concerns about welcoming the migrants.
Luke Gittos,, 14 October 2015

Exodus of youth leaves Syria bereft
The mass displacement of young men poses great challenges to countries such as Syria, home to more than half of those fleeing: the exodus deprives them of a demographic vital to reconstruction and economic growth.
Ben Hubbard, Business Day, 12 October 2015

Data 'crucial' to eradicating poverty
The UN’s sustainable development goals can’t be achieved unless more funding goes to data and statistics, says new report.
Sarah Shearman, Guardian, 28 September 2015

1,000 Days of Shinzo Abe: 5 Highlights
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week passed the 1,000th day of his second tenure as prime minister, which began in December 2012. On Thursday, he officially began a new three-year term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
Wall Street Journal, 24 September 2015

A conversation on terrorism, border security, ISIS, and youth radicalisation in the Maghreb
Imad Mesdoua, a political analyst specialising in the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, discusses the regional security situation.
Christine Petré, Your Middle East, 22 September 2015

Tina comes to Greece
The real victor in the Greek elections was the Troika’s bureaucratic fatalism.
Tim Black, spiked, September 2015

Japan should be back on the map for visitors and investors
The stabilisation of Japan’s stock market since 2012 is built on more secure foundations than these worries might suggest.
Tom Stevenson, Telegraph, 12 September 2015

The moral cowardice of the drone debate
Who cares if killing those jihadis was legal? The question is: was it right?
Luke Gittos, spiked, September 2015

How the West fuelled the rise of the ‘Army of Terror’
Tara McCormack, spiked, August 2015

Gap-year do-gooding won't save the world
An edited extract from Volunteer Tourism: The Lifestyle Politics of International Development
Jim Butcher and Pete Smith, spiked, 19 June 2015

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Each to his iPod or Great Music For All

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"It alerts me to new areas of debate, and gives thought-provoking new angles on topics I thought I already knew well. Altogether it's a wonderful intellectual tonic, which cheers up the dog days of November."
Ivan Hewett, music critic, Daily Telegraph