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September 2004

The language of international politics…

amBush n. pre-emptive strike. v. to strike pre-emptively.

Bush-fire n. fire that, once started, rages out of control.

diplomacy n. management of international relations; skill in negotiation. (Amer. Eng.) shooting someone until they agree with you.

abase n. Guantanamo Bay (colloq.)

oxymoron n. United Nations.

Mitchell and Richardson

Front cover of New Internationalist magazine, issue 371 This column was published in the September 2004 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

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