If the events in Ukraine are to appear as more than a series of disconnected events, you really must take the long view. So if you want to understand why it looked last night as though war was about to break out in the Crimea, perhaps take a look at this piece of analysis by Stratfor. It's a company that focuses on geography and history to explain what is happening in the world. Stratfor makes its money by signing up paying subscribers, but makes some of its work freely available. The book from which this is taken, The next hundred years, is also worth reading.
Turn to page 18 of Britain's first and only concise, quality newspaper and rejoice. Our own Sara Malm, editor of the Medwire, has written the column reserved for winners of the iWriters competition. Sara's column is called 'It's a wonderful feeling to scorn the beautiful.' It is an acute, compelling and stylish account of one student's reaction to the release from jail in Perugia of Amanda "Foxy Knoxy" Knox. It is additionally gratifying to see below Sara's byline the description: 'The writer is studying Journalism and the News Industry at the University of Kent.' To read more you will have to get a copy of the i. At twenty pence it is a tiny price to pay to join in celebrating such a tremendous achievement. Huge congratulations, Sara. I'm sure it is the first of many columns for national newspapers.