If the events in Ukraine are to appear as more than a series of disconnected events, you really must take the long view. So if you want to understand why it looked last night as though war was about to break out in the Crimea, perhaps take a look at this piece of analysis by Stratfor. It's a company that focuses on geography and history to explain what is happening in the world. Stratfor makes its money by signing up paying subscribers, but makes some of its work freely available. The book from which this is taken, The next hundred years, is also worth reading.
In America, The National Enquirer is getting a lot of flak after its admittedly rather tasteless front page on Wednesday, featuring a photo of Whitney Houston in-casket, which was subsequently republished by Fox News and gossip site Jezebel. The Washington Post didn't publish it, but gave directions to where it was published under the banner 'If you’d like to see the photo to gain context'.
On this side of the pond, though, even the Daily Mail and the Mirror declined to publish the picture in full, instead using pixelated versions - perhaps surprising when you cast your mind back to the front pages of October 21st last year, which simply weren't mirrored in America.
Indeed, to get an intact copy of the Whitney image for this post I HAD to look through American sources - there is simply no full reproduction of it in a UK media outlet that I have found.
Is our press guilty of double-standards then, content to publish gory photos of a deceased dictator but not to reprint less gory ones of a celebrity?
When it comes to showing dead people in newspapers, should the barometer be gore or fame, offence or decency?
Would this picture be OK if Whitney had been a tyrant? Would Gadaffi's be unacceptable if he'd done a bit of charity work?