Sir Tony Brenton to Speak at University of Liverpool

16 03 2015

University of Liverpool Management School, International Business Speaker Series

Sir Tony Brenton

Tony Brenton

“Russia and the West: Doomed to Divergence?”

19 March 2015, 4pm Central Teaching Hub-LTD, University of Liverpool

Sir Tony Brenton is the former UK ambassador to Russia (2004-2008). He is also a director of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, a Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge and an advisor to Lloyd’s Insurance.

He worked for 30 years for the Foreign Office. His diplomatic career took him to the Middle East, the 1992 Earth Summit, and several periods in Russia. In addition to being involved in the establishment of the International Criminal Court, he was posted in 2001 to Washington dealing with the consequences of 9/11, the Afghanistan war and the Iraq war. In 2004, he was posted to Moscow as Ambassador. He was awarded a KCMG in 2007.

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A Bad News Day

8 08 2014

I gotta stop reading news items during my lunch. In addition to the depressing news that at least five different religious groups are being slaughtered by their fellow theists in the Middle East (see video), there is the knowledge that the military-industrial complex of a liberal democracy is about to transfer a new warship over to Russia. The Russian crew are parading through the streets of the French port city where the ships has been built. They will sail the vessel back to Russia later this month.  Note how the Russian crews are not allowed to communicate with the local population when they go ashore to stretch their legs.


The shipyard that is building this weapon for Putin is owned by a company in which a third of the shares belong to the French government. This fact illustrates the dangers is state ownership. The French government agreed to the imposition of sanctions on Russia that cost privately-owned firms some sales, but when it has a bit more skin in the game, it’s business as usual. Nice one.

Ok. Here is some info about one of the religious groups in the Middle East that is currently slated for extermination by Islamists.  The sin of this group, which follows a religion that is a variant of Zoroastrianism, is that they worship some sort of peacock angle rather than Allah. At the same time, of course, we have seen the following examples of the positive role of religion in the life of the Middle East: Sunnis killing Shias; Shias killing Sunnis; Muslims killed Jews; Jews killing Muslims; Muslims killing Christians. I can see why the reflex of undergraduates is to say “religion is the root of all evil.”