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.
It's the night before Guyfawkes and it was fairly obvious that some accident or other involving fireworks would surface in the papers. The pictures here areÂ the storytellers,Â and this article just goes to show yet another example of the 'troubles'Â still active in Northern Ireland. Luckily for him, Hagan was unhurt, but it begs the question what can be done to alleviate the problem that has not already been suggested?