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Spotlight on the Libyan conflict: explaining the unexplainable

After 13 years of fighting, the Western hemisphere’s longest-running active conflict remains its most bizarre standoff. And yet, almost everything makes perfect sense. French and American interests supported the rise of a former CIA-asset-turned-warlord, Khalifa Haftar, who battled on the Libyan streets alongside Wagner militias and Emirati Mirage jets against a UN-recognised government backed by […]

Spotlight: What the great neo-medievalisation will look like

In the conduct of states, as in the conduct of individuals, appearances constantly shift while the fundamentals always remain unchanged. One of our recurring Blind Spot themes has been the neo-medievalisation of the world. Originally associated with Hedley Bull since the late 70s, the trend described the globalised world as analogous to high-medieval Europe. In […]

Africa’s Horn’s in a (t)horny spot.

In the latest example of complex politics of the Horn of Africa spilling over into Western lands, a shocking series of violent riots erupted in The Hague, Netherlands, as opposing Eritrean factions fought running battles on the Dutch streets, injuring six police officers and leading to the arrest of 13 suspects. They’re not the first. […]

In the Blind Spot (48 hours at the Paris Air Show edition)

Dear Subscribers, We come into Saturday evening with an apparent would-be coup being unwound in Russia, but also in the grips of two other high intensity viral stories: news of a cage fight between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg and the sad news that the passengers on the Titan submarine could not be saved. The […]

The biggest aerial safety blind spot facing our skies may be UAP

The Blind Spot’s Dario Garcia-Giner probes just how big a deal UAPs are for the safety of our skies and what authorities across the world are doing to track the phenomena. An exhaustive months-long investigation reveals the risk is on the way to being treated more seriously by civil and military aviation institutions — a robust about-turn after decades of pretending it didn’t exist.

Spot Markets Live Transcript: 12/12/22

Izabella Kaminska 11:00 … Hello and welcome to Spot Markets Live and the chaos that is a UK SNOW DAY. Today I’m joined by Anjuli Davies. Anjuli Davies 11:01 Howdy and happy snowballs. And good luck if you were on the M25 https://twitter.com/i/status/1602089639317278721 Izabella Kaminska 11:02 Whoa The UK always grinds to a halt because […]

What the MrBeast Burgers Phenomenon Tells us About Our Low-Trust Economy

It’s easy to be condescending about a market dominated by shaking rears that can attract more media coverage than statements by political or religious elites. The rise of influencers has left many non-social-media natives confused about the seemingly trivial nature of their success. Trivial they may be. But you’d be wrong to dismiss their power. […]

Is the West Quietly Initiating Russian Sanctions Theatre?

Well looky here. The United Kingdom imported around £200mn worth of Russian oil since March, according to the Sunday Times. Much of that sanctions-circumventing oil was transferred into British ports as a result of Russian ships carrying out ship-to-ship transfers at sea to conceal their port of origin. The cargoes were then declared as originating […]

The Israel-Lebanon Gas Deal Isn’t Over – But It’s In Danger

Another year, another Israeli election. This time, everyone’s favourite Israeli hard-right security freak Benjamin Netanyahu, a.k.a Bibi, is back. His Likud party and allied coalition members gained a solid majority of 64 in the most recent elections. Understandably, with Bibi’s election, much is at stake. But some say it’s the survival of the Israel-Lebanon gas […]