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greekdefaultwatch@gmail.com Natural gas consultant by day, blogger on the Greek economy by night. Trained as an economist and political scientist. I believe in common sense and in data, and my aim is to offer insight written in language that is clear and convincing.

19 September 2006

The ritual

From Gideon Rachman in the Financial Times: “The rituals of the ‘clash of civilisations’ are by now well established. Somebody somewhere in the west ‘insults Islam’ – Salman Rushdie writes a book; a Danish paper publishes a cartoon; the Pope makes a speech – and the demonstrators take to the streets. What better way to prove that Islam is a religion of peace than to burn the Pope in effigy?”

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