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The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | 18/03/2015

Terror strengthens secular forces

With attacks like the one in Tunis Islamists lose support among the local populations and therefore ultimately strengthen secular forces, the conserve Daily Telegraph argues: "Killing nineteen innocent people might serve Isil's purpose of trying to frighten away Tunisia's tourist trade. But such murders seem to disgust all sections of Tunisian society. They may well reinforce the strong, secular forces which came back to power in last year's elections. The new Prime Minister had been Interior Minister under the old order ousted in 2011. Then the regime lacked public support for its crackdowns on Islamic groups. Now, it looks as though Isil will provoke a popular backlash against radical Islamists."

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | 09/04/2014

Ukraine menaced by extremists on both sides

Pro-Russian activists and Ukrainian nationalists are both striving to destabilise Eastern Ukraine, the historian Mark Almond writes in the conservative paper The Daily Telegraph: "Russian separatists have an interest in sabotaging the central government's authority, especially the presidential elections on May 25, so [Ukrainian] nationalists will press Kiev to be assertive and not repeat the humiliation in the Crimea. … The seven weeks until the presidential election offer extremists on both sides plenty of opportunity to make the running. Pro-Russians have no interest in a successful election; Ukrainian nationalists will stoke up tension as their best chance to rally voters. Such polarisation makes the chances of the Kremlin or Kiev achieving its aims peacefully virtually nil."

The Guardian - United Kingdom | 20/09/2006

The political crisis in Hungary

History professor Mark Almond places Hungarian events in an historical context. "Remember the rhetoric of anti-communism in 1989. 'No more lies.' Well, today it is back with a vengeance. ... Locked into a macro-economic framework dictated by Washington and Brussels - meeting IMF requirements and convergence criteria for the euro - New European politicians offer their electorates no real choices. ... [Hungarian revolt]1956 was symptomatic of the general malaise stretching across the 'socialist sixth of the world'. Events in Budapest today ought to mark the crisis of the dogmatic 'free market model'. For all of the rhetoric about democracy and free enterprise going hand in hand, in reality voters find all options foreclosed".

The Guardian - United Kingdom | 21/03/2006

Belarus following the elections

"By protecting Belarus from the ravages of free-market fundamentalists and delivering economic growth and prosperity for the mass of Belarussians, Lukashenko has sown the seeds of a pluralistic society far better than by handing the state's assets over to half a dozen cronies of western advisers," Mark Almond, a lecturer in modern history at Oxford University, writes from the Belarussian capital, Minsk. "Belarus is far from perfect, but it is a country where masses of ordinary people are getting on with life and getting a bit better off. That is why Lukashenko inspires fear and loathing in the thinktanks and foreign ministries of the west. By saving Belarus from mass unemployment he set a terrible example. What if the neighbours tried to copy it?"

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