New world disorder ends our millennium optimism

Today is the first day of the second half of the first decade of the 21st century.

31st December, 2005

Today is the first day of the second half of the first decade of the 21st century. Inelegant as that equation may seem, it is a shock to discover that we are already closer to the end of the first decade of the century than to the millennium.

Such has been the tide of events in the five years since then, that already the new century is beginning to drift into our consciousness as a...

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