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Maverick Leaders: Silvio Berlusconi June 5, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
Maverick Leaders: Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi may not have been the most brilliant post-war European politician: even his closest supporters, when pushed, would probably admit that. But it is difficult to think of another modern politician anywhere  – with the possible exception of Idi Amin and Colonel Ghadaffi (the second a friend of SB) – who had such a […]

The Soccer War of 1969 August 15, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Soccer War of 1969

Beachcombing, po-faced, has to note that most modern historians do not like to refer to the Soccer War of 1969 (La guerra del fútbol) as, well, ‘the Soccer War’. ‘The Hundred Hours War’ or better still ‘the Salvador–Honduras War’ is preferred with a lot of attendant Marxist bilge about poor Salvadoran peasants engaged in class conflict in Honduras. […]