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How the US election looks to an absent American

America is doomed. Well, maybe not, but it would be nearly impossible to pick two more depressing presidential candidates. If a maniac held a gun to my head and demanded I list ten good qualities of Hillary Clinton and Donald

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Thanks, UK

Brexit has been called the end to the grand European project. It should instead be viewed as our last warning and great opportunity. The European Union has been lurching from crisis to crisis for almost ten years. I first realised

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What I want from Nokia’s new phones

There has been lots of interest in the news Nokia was returning to the mobile phone market. Part of the excitement has something to do with nostalgia and part of it is frustration at the current stagnation in the industry.

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The public is losing interest in Nokia

Nokia is a well-known brand name among consumers, but it is in a long and steady decline. The return to mobile devices seems to be aimed squarely at large, emerging markets such as China where the name still has some

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Nokia’s new mobile devices explained

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Announcing The Decline and Fall of Nokia, second edition

The Nokia story still fascinates. Two years after the publication of The Decline and Fall of Nokia I am still being invited to write articles, asked to speak to university classes and interviewed by curious journalists. The book has popped

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Barbarians at the Borders

One of my favourite books is Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. It has such grand themes: the collapse of the greatest civilisation of the western world and its replacement by the younger, more virile barbarians.

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Fat book shaming and literary thigh gaps

There are millions of people around the world who are making New Year’s resolutions to lose weight. Almost all of them will fail. I had a long relationship with someone who was overweight. I got to see the process first

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Finland’s national New Year’s Resolutions 2016

People around the world are making their resolutions for the coming year, yet I believe this annual goal-setting could be taken further and be applied to entire countries. For a number of years I have published my suggested resolutions for

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Opponents of refugees to Finland should remember history

About 30,000-35,000 people will file for asylum in Finland during 2015. Many Finns aren’t happy about it. Common complaints are that the refugees are slow to integrate, cause crime to increase and are expensive to maintain. This is generally true,

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