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Stereotypes with a sting

Many of the world’s foreign affairs initiatives are powered and propelled by stereotypes. “Freedom”, “evil axes” and the like. We tend to think such things are a product of folk wisdom handed down over generations. After all, didn’t the Sicilians have a saying back in the 17th century that “the French are wiser than they… » read more

Posted by Richard Hill


Few of the really big purported cases of cultural incompatibility have much to do with race or language. The real catalyst, as in the current crisis in Belgium, is something else. In the case of Bosnia-Herzogovina, it was not just a matter of different languages and religions. The indifference that soured into violence had more… » read more

Posted by Richard Hill