The Pakistan Cricket Board is a long-standing joke, its chairmen replaced with every change of government.
Those who really value Ukrainian sovereignty should opt for real independence and a positive neutrality: neither a plaything of the West nor Moscow.
The Greek city-states politicised citizen and subject, creating institutions that were way ahead of anything in China or India. The politicians of antiquity exercised a political and military, if not economic, hegemony on the culture as a whole. The idea of democracy was first born and practised here.
The origins of Indian classical music, not unlike their western counterparts, lie in the Vedas, the ancient Hindu scriptures of 2,000 years ago.
I am not insulted by billions of Christians, Muslims and Jews believing there is a God and praying to this nonexistent deity on a regular basis.
Political pundits in Delhi and Islamabad have berated the West for its relativism and double-standards. After all why should Britain have a nuclear arsenal but not India? It is a reasonable question.
History rarely repeats itself, but its echoes never go away.
As a political current, Maoism was always weak in Britain, confined largely to students from Asia, Africa and Latin America.
For India, the links with the United States/Israel are the centrepiece of its foreign policy.
An independent Scotland could be far more internationalist and would benefit a great deal from links to both Scandinavia and states in other continents.