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Space to Think, a new book celebrating ten years of the Dublin Review of Books More Information 

    Making Good

    David Ralph
    Between 1850 and 1930 the population of the United States rose from nine to 123 million, most of the newcomers being poor immigrants fleeing northern, southern and eastern Europe. Some, like the O’Shaughnessys from Galway, were to do very well in their new home.
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    From Bean To Bar

    David Ralph
    The recent events in Abidjan raise questions of course about the French connection. Opponents of the UN-backed actions argue that Outtara – married to a French woman and long-time friend of Nicolas Sarkozy – is a puppet installed to protect French interests. The French presence remains considerable in Côte d’Ivoire, especially through commodity houses engaged in the cocoa business. The upheavals threatened French business interests, critics claim, and it was really only Gbagbo’s threat to dissolve all foreign companies and nationalise the cocoa industry that led Paris to press the UN on military intervention.
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