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Winners and losers  

Quentin Peel in the Financial Times discusses winners and losers in the aftermath of the events of 11 September, as I did on Friday. He agrees that Russia and China are big winners, so far. He also includes a tally of losers. On his account, Israel and Saudi Arabia look the likeliest losers so far. Iran, India and Pakistan are in the balance. A valuable analysis.

Death of liberalism?  

Three separate columnists in The Observer speculated on whether the current situation spelled the death of liberalism or not. Cristina Odone reckons the L-word has had it. Will Hutton calls for something he terms “hard liberalism”. And Andrew Rawnsley has an interesting historical analysis that shows that war is generally good for progressive values.

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