from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M
from FP Passport by Marya Hannun
from open Democracy News Analysis – by Tom Mills
Thatcher did not seek to win over ‘hearts and minds’. Rather she attacked the social bases of collective thought and action, making building any alternative unimaginable. Throughout the long span of her life, she was a blue class warrior, through and through.
A video interview with Anthony Barnett for Al Jazeera. The cult of the leader, North Sea Oil, the sale of weapons to Saddam Hussein and more.
from Sysomos Blog by Sheldon Levine
Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the woman that changed British politics, sadly died yesterday. Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and was well known for her tough attitude, which earned her the nickname ?The Iron Lady.? While Thatcher was well known around the world during her time in office, she came back in to the spotlight a few years ago when Meryl Streep portrayed her in the critically acclaimed movie Iron Lady.
Thatcher did not save Britain from economic decline. In many respects her economic performance was poor, even with the irresponsible fire-sale of British assets. It is time her legacy reflected this.
from Global Voices Online by Aim Sinpeng
How should we reflect on the legacies of Margaret Thatcher? A snapshot of some of the reactions across Southeast Asia provide a rather solemn albeit positive reflection on the late British prime minister.
from Global Voices Online by Oiwan Lam
from FT.com – Most read
?Divisive? ? the charge that dogs her like no other ? is the most feeble, mealy-mouthed word in politics, writes Janan Ganesh
from open Democracy News Analysis – by Anthony Barnett
Anthony Barnett reflects on Margaret Thatcher’s achievements, character and the one thing pivotal to her success but frequently ignored – oil.
from Bloggingportal.eu – Today’s posts
British Prime Minister David Cameron was due to tour Spain, France and Germany in an attempt to win support for his policy of reworking the European Union to hand powers back to national governments…
from Project Syndicate by Harold James
Margaret Thatcher’s career showed that making the case for fiscal discipline and market economics is not a guarantee of political success. In the European context, it is not only difficult domestically, but also inevitably leads to hard choices about the future of the integration process.
by Open Europe blog team
Margaret Thatcher is often labelled a ‘eurosceptic’ – a modern day British Boadicea ready to do battle against all things European. But she was also today called a ?a committed European? by none less than the arch-europhile President of the European Parliament, Martin Schultz. Another EU President (Jose Manuel Barroso) added with some circumspect that she was an ?engaged player in the European Union?, ?remembered for both her contributions to and her reserves about our common project.? Confused? Here she is in her own words:
from FT.com – Most read
The former PM?s death is a reminder that leadership can still shape events and can often interrupt the tide of history, writes Philip Stephens
from Ideas on Europe by PoliticsatSurrey
In one of those odd coincidences, I have been thinking about Margaret Thatcher recently. I got an email a couple of weeks ago, about a chapter on her that I had written for an edited collection three years ago: The editors have just got around to final proofs for publication later this year, so I was asked to review my piece. With the news ofThatcher?s death yesterday, I find myself posting some opening comments from that chapter here, since it seems an apposite time.
from open Democracy News Analysis – by John Osmond
Which politician did most to secure devolution for Wales? Margaret Thatcher. The miners? strike was the beginning of an era that proved time and again Welsh difference from Britain and alienation from the English.
Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher died after a stroke on Monday at the age of 87. Some commentators pay tribute to the conservative politician for her unshakeable convictions and her contribution to the fall of the Iron Curtain. Others say her neo-liberal ideals have failed but warn that eurosceptics like Thatcher could prevail in the end.
from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Audio slideshow of Baroness Thatcher’s No 10 years
from open Democracy News Analysis – by Niki Seth-Smith
Before advocating a return to a pre-Thatcher era of socialism and solidarity, remember the suffocating Labour years preceding her ascension. This House, playing at The National, takes us back to the last hurrah of a failing post-war consensus.
from FP Passport by Marya Hannun
from FP Passport by Elias Groll
from washingtonpost.com – Op-Ed Columns by Eugene Robinson
When I met Margaret Thatcher, she was out of office, watching with more than a touch of amusement as her successor, John Major, meandered from crisis to disappointment to sticky wicket. Major seemed in thrall to events, not in command of them. Thatcher, who had been ousted by her own Conservative Party, was feeling vindicated.
from washingtonpost.com – Op-Ed Columns by Anne Applebaum
from washingtonpost.com – Op-Ed Columns by David Ignatius
from washingtonpost.com – Op-Ed Columns by George F. Will
She had the eyes of Caligula and the lips of Marilyn Monroe. So said Francois Mitterrand, the last serious socialist to lead a major European nation, speaking of Margaret Thatcher, who helped bury socialism as a doctrine of governance.
Mrs Thatcher discarded social responsibility for profit, Tom Johnson built something worth while; which contributed more to the public good?
from open Democracy News Analysis – by Gerry Hassan
We live in Thatcher?s Britain – that statement is obvious, yet contentious and deeply divisive. And this is all the more true north of the border.