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Among commentators on Korean politics, there is a renowned saying that “the conservatives are ruined by corruption, yet the progressives are ruined by dissolution.” While this usually applies to politics, endless clashes between egos …

2011 was supposed to be the starting point of a new hope in the Arab world, starting in Tunisia on 14 January when President Ben Ali decided to give up his power in the …

The release of the so-called ‘Paradise Papers’ last year did not come as a major surprise to anyone. The leaks, which came from Appleby – a Bermuda based offshore law firm – implicated …

In March 2014, a young woman suffering from abdominal pains went to hospital in San Miguel, capital of Tucumán province in the northwest of Argentina. The 25-year-old, who became known as ‘Belen’ to …

Asia

“I cannot stay silent and I cannot live while the remnants of the Polish Jewry are dying.” – Szmul Zygielbojm, 1943 According to the Genocide Convention, genocide means “acts committed …

For most of the past two millennia, China was the world’s dominant economic power. The ancient Silk Road carried oriental goods from the thriving Chinese empire into the Indian subcontinent, …

When it came to negotiating with the Iranian regime about its nuclear adventures, China had the most leverage. That is, economically China was the only country still willing to develop …

The China Series

Europe

The man finishes off his speech with a rebellious call: “For today, long live the Republic! For tomorrow, long live the left!” What he did not mean: long live the …

The Catalan elections on Thursday produced an expected result in an atypical election. The liberal anti-independence party Ciudadanos won the most representatives but the combined vote share of the pro-independence …

During reading week, my friends and I went on a road trip around the Balkans, armed with a tiny rental car and the world’s most powerful passport. At the recommendation …

Middle East

“If you choose the status quo, millions of Yemeni children will die. This may seem dramatic, but watching a child starve to death is dramatic.” Iona Craig speaking in Parliament …

Last summer, I spent about two weeks in Iran. For me, this experience is worth sharing because it was eye-opening in many ways. It essentially taught me to question over-simplistic perceptions …

On 2 December, a powerful airstrike hit a Syrian military base in the city of Al-Kiswa, 13 kilometres south of Damascus. The strike went unclaimed but almost immediately after, the Israeli …

Revisiting the Iraq War

Americas

On 27 November, the President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto led an event at Los Pinos, the presidential residence and office. There, he publicly accepted the resignation of the Minister …

Once again, Senate Republicans are proving that it is they, and not President Trump, who should wear the crown of most incompetent in American politics. In the biggest change to …

In 2013, Chile garnered unwanted international attention when the government refused an abortion to an 11-year old girl who fell pregnant after being repeatedly sexually abused by her stepfather. The …

Africa

Almost all commentators of conflicts in the Middle East start their investigations by looking back to the 1920s when most of the current borders were drawn after the crumbling of Ottoman …

Yesterday, March 29th, the Arab League gathered for the Amman Summit. This was the 28th such summit since the Arab League was established seven decades ago. The purpose of the …

Muammar Gaddafi’s fall, perhaps the Arab Spring’s biggest political casualty six years ago, heralded a moment of both hope and uncertainty for the country he had dominated for more than …
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