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Paul Knott

Sabotaging since 2 Feb 2011

Paul is Hull born and bred but currently living up a hill in Switzerland. He spent nineteen years travelling the world as an unlikely diplomat with the Foreign Office. He now works as a freelance writer and international relations advisor. He has previously contributed to 'When Saturday Comes'.

My Articles

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Life

Why Our Grandparents Are F*cking Ace

In recent years pensioners have become an easy target for lazy comedians, here’s why we should give the generation who defeated Hitler the respect they deserve.

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Politics

Russia: Are The Sharks Circling Around Paranoid Putin?

Recent events suggest all is not well at the Kremlin. Could Putin’s move into Ukraine prove to be his undoing?

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Football

Why Swiss Football Is Developing A Serious Inferiority Complex

The wheels are coming off but is there anything they can do about it?

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Politics

Ukraine Peace Plan: We Must Not Fall For Putin’s Bullying Tricks

NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, gave a notably cautious welcome to Russian President Putin’s “peace proposal” and agreement to a ceasefire in Ukraine. Rasmussen is right to be sceptical.

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Music

Smoove & Turrell: If Marvin Gaye came from Newcastle

Like most great bands Smoove & Turrell are adept at mining their influences, for these Geordie boys it’s Stax and Philly soul

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Politics

UKIP Are A Wake-Up Call Major Parties Can’t Continue To Ignore

UKIP’s success is a sign of the electorates unhappiness with major parties, not an endorsement of their policies…

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Ukraine: The West Should Act Now To Avoid More Trouble From Putin

Russia is more vulnerable than they’d have the rest of the world believe, and Putin risks losing everything if he makes mistakes in Ukraine.

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Sport

Rugby League World Cup: Tomkins Ready To Take Tournament By Storm

As the Rugby League World Cup is about to start, here’s the ultimate guide to the teams and players ready to set the rugby world alight.

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Politics

Russia Today: The TV Channel You Definitely Shouldn’t Trust

Viewers who are disillusioned with Western politics and news media should beware of being duped by Russia Today – a propaganda front for the brutal and corrupt regime of Vladimir Putin that is posing as a 24 hour “news” channel.

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Politics

Syria: UK Has To Heed The Boy Who Cried Wolf & Support Military Action

The use of chemical weapons sets a dangerous precedent if action is not taken against the Assad regime. And while lessons have to be learnt from Iraq, the UK need to read the famous fable and realise there is only one option…

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Music

Steve Cobby: From Fila Brazilia To The Cutler

Never one to play the industry game, we sat down with the nomadic musician to reflect on his innovative career and what he’s up to now…

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Music

John Turrell: A Northern Soul

An exclusive glimpse into the life of the up-and-coming soul star. Life, love and the lost delights of booking holidays on Teletext when you are drunk.

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Politics

Why Egypt’s Coup Was A Grave Mistake

No one would want to live under Egypt’s brotherhood government, but the alternative isn’t better.

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Politics

Lebanon: Close To Breaking Point

Placed dangerously between Syria and Israel, exposure to conflict and overspill from refugees is causing big problems in Lebanon.

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Life

Rumours Of America’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

There has been a lot of speculation recently about the supposed decline of the USA and its imminent eclipse as the world’s most powerful country. Such talk is overblown and partly the product of anti-American wishful thinking. Here are some reasons why.

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Politics

North Korea: Nuclear Trouble in the Hermit Kingdom

With threats against the US, underground nuclear missile tests and a nation so oppressed that people are eating their kids to survive, we dive into the story behind DPRK’s chaotic attitude…

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Politics

Don’t Believe The Hype: Kenya Wants Democracy Not Violence

Despite the few flare-ups that the mainstream media seem to magnify, there are good grounds for believing the underlying political and economic progress Kenya is strong enough to avoid being derailed by any short-term strife.

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People

Hugo Chavez: More Saint Than Sinner

He had his detractors across the world, but Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez should he hailed for his achievements rather than his mistakes.

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Politics

Chaos in Mali: The History Behind the Conflict

With the conflict in Mali intensifying and the murmur of British involvement, we take a look at why the Africa region has spun into chaos…

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Music

The Drive-By Truckers: Southern Fried Genius

Looking for a slice of balls-out and boozy country to brighten up your music collection? Then look no further than the Drive By Truckers…

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Life

Why The European Union Deserved The Nobel
Peace Prize

Few of the people or organisations awarded the Nobel Peace Prize have transformed an entire continent from war-torn destitution to peace and prosperity in the way that the EU has done…

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Life

Are The Muslim Brotherhood Unravelling The Egyptian Revolution?

In trying to lead his country into a new post-dictatorial age, is Mohamed Morsi damaging the chances for democracy in Egypt?

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Life

Bradley Manning Didn’t Blow The Whistle, He Destroyed Diplomatic Sources

Wikileaks “whistleblower” Bradley Manning has began to admit guilt after years in solitary confinement. His treatment is inhumane, but his actions were treacherous and damaging to world peace

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Life

Gaza War Is Exactly What Leaders Want

Don’t expect the leaders of Israel or Palestine to give an inch over the latest crisis – they know that war strengthens their hold on power rather than weakens it. Only popular protest can bring about a change.

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Life

The Failings Of Communism: Why China Won’t Achieve Global Domination

Xi Jinping has taken over the reins of the Chinese Communist Party but with the economy’s growth rates slipping and its continued progress depending on switching to more innovative economic activities; China is far from becoming the world’s leading superpower.

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Life

Obama: 24 Months To Enforce His Solutions

In a time of global crisis, anything but an Obama re-election was unthinkable. But now he faces the challenge of uniting a divided nation…

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Football

Granit Xhaka: The Elegant Swiss Perfect For Arsenal

He only moved to the Bundesliga in the summer but with Wenger keen to rebuild, he’s again been linked to Arsenal, with good reason…

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Football

Seydou Doumbia: Everything Newcastle Need To Know About The Explosive Striker

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has signed an eight year contract and is said to be looking to bring Doumbia in, either as a replacement for the unhappy Djemba Ba or as the third prong in his Ivory Coast born attack…

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Life

The Iranian Nuclear Programme: To Bomb or Not to Bomb?

With Iran’s clandestine nuclear hideaways and Israeli’s dubious intention to go to war, a nuclear skirmish between Iran and the rest of the world hangs in the balance…

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People

Greek Elections: Tsipras Saves the Planet

Alexis Tsipras is the left-wing challenger to the dictatorship of global financiers. Here’s why we should all be hoping for a Tsipras victory in the Greek elections:

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People

French Presidential Election: Sarkozy Undone By Bling Image

Francois Hollande is the new French President, and his victory is a triumph for normality over an image of Sarkozy not in keeping with the austere times the country currently faces…

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Life

The World One Year After The Death of Osama Bin Laden

The killing by US Navy Seals of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on 2nd May 2011 was a pivotal moment in what used to be called the “war on terror”. As the first anniversary of Bin Laden’s death approaches, what impact has his demise had on the world?

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Life

Is This The End of The War On Drugs?

Started by Nixon in the Seventies this incredibly violent game of whack-a-mole in Central and South America could finally be replaced by decriminalisation thanks to a new report put together by the former leaders of the war on drugs.

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Life

Anders Breivik: Lessons Learned From The Norway Massacre

The horrendous crimes committed by Anders Behring Breivik have alerted us to the fact that right-wing extremists pose just as much threat to our society as Islamic fundamentalists.

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Life

So Bored With The USA: The French Presidential Election Actually Matters

The UK’s ‘special’ relationship with the US, and David Cameron’s ride in Obama’s big plane has taken our eye off the ball, particularly when there’s a damn good punch up going on just over the channel.

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Life

Kony 2012: Clicking Like On Facebook Won’t Bring Him To Justice

For all the talk on the pros and cons of Kony 2012, emotive pressure will not work. What is requires is viable proposals to achieve the objective of getting him to The Hague…

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People

How Long Can Vladimir Putin Avoid The Political Noose?

With the elections upon us Putin has said he could rule until 2024, but with a strong opposition waiting to strike and people turning against him he’ll have to show all of his powers of intimidation and manipulation…

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Life

Russia, China And Their Part In Syria’s Bloody Downfall

Last Saturday Russia and China vetoed the initiative to support the Syrian people, a cynical move designed to protect their own interests and will, if things continue, result in an all-out civil war…

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Football

Nick Barmby Is The Best Thing To Happen To Hull City In Years

Nick Barmby has been appointed as Hull manager on a permanent basis, and the football on show has been light-years from the dour predictability of the Nigel Pearson era…

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Music

God Save The Queen? Change The Record

I love the Queen and this country but God help me, I can’t stand our national anthem.

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People

Colonel Gaddafi: From Upstart To Cartoon Dictator

After a long and bloody battle, Gaddafi has been toppled. Here’s how he went from young upstart to caricature dictator.

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Football

Super League Grand Final: St Helens’ Greatest Ever Xlll v Leeds Greatest Ever Xlll

As St Helens and Leeds prepare to lock horns this evening, we look at the men of steel who make up the greatest Xllls in the history of both clubs…

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People

Alessio Rastani Is Wrong About Goldman Sachs, Governments Still Rule The World

The now infamous claim from Alessio Rastani that “Goldman Sachs rule the world” may have been embellished to earn the ‘independent trader’ his 15 minutes of fame, but did the obnoxious interviewee raise any credible issues in his controversial economic assessment?

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Life

What Does Palestine’s UN Membership Bid Mean For Israel?

Palestine will today make a historic bid for independence to the UN Council – so what does this mean for the peace process?

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Football

Is This The Most Barmy Chairman In Football?

He goes through a new manager every month, sends gun-toting bodyguards to berate the players and is a headline writers’ dream. Meet Bulat Chageav, the ‘character’ at the helm of Swiss side Neuchâtel Xamax.

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Life

Julius Malema And The End Of South Africa’s Rainbow Honeymoon

With many former foot-soldiers in the ANC movement living below the poverty line and white South Africans owning 96% of farms, Julius Malema is echoing Mugabe and receiving support amongst black South Africans…

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Life

Into The Black Heart Of Ukrainian Politics

To the outside world Ukrainian politics might apear amusing, but now that the former Prime Minister has been jailed, the spotlight should fall on the guns, gangsters, oil and oligarchs that stain the politics in the former Soviet state…

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Football

A Tribute To Sean Long, Incompetent Drunk And Rugby Maverick

The great Sean Long, who retired from rugby league this week wants to be remembered as a genuine, honest player who enjoyed a good time. If he is the next rounds on him.

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Life

Somalia Famine: Whatever Happened To Making Poverty History?

Six years ago you couldn’t move for politicians and celebrities vowing to ‘Make Poverty History’. As Somalia faces the worst drought in 60 years was it all an excuse to sell wristbands?

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Life

Economic Growth, Footballing Superiority and Beer: A Grudging Respect For The Germans

In 1902 Cecil Rhodes said ‘to be born an Englishman is to win first prize in God’s lottery’. 111 years later this Englishman thinks the Germans have won the jackpot.

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Life

Anarchy In Athens: The Shocking Story Of Greece’s Financial Implosion

Riots, wage cuts, increasing poverty and dramatically rising unemployment have seen Greece become the number one victim of the global financial meltdown…

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Music

A Tribute To Gil Scott Heron: Pieces Of A Great Man

Gil Scott heron was a musician, poet, novelist and activist, but he definitely wasn’t the Godfather of Rap…

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People

The Death Of Osama Bin Laden: What Happens Next?

Now that the American operation to eliminate Osama bin Laden has been comprehensively raked over by every media on the planet, is it time to take a lead from A Question of Sport and ask “What Happens Next?”

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Life

Forget Egypt And Libya, Syria Is The Really Scary One

One Tunisian man’s protest of self-immolation, sparked the most breathtaking domino effect of uprising across the Middle-East. But it’s the regime behind Syria’s government which will put up the most brutal fight.

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Football

Even A Fan Couldn’t Love Him…. Hull City’s Dave Bamber

Hull City has seen more than its fair share of tryers, underachievers and lowlights over the years but none can hold a torch to the deadly Dave Bamber.

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Football

Au Revoir, Boulevard: An Ode to the Lost Landmark of Hull FC

What it lacked in glamour it made up for in raw charisma, one rugby fan reminisces on Hull’s now demolished Boulevard stadium and its historic Thre’penny stand.

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