August 21, 2017

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Russia in Libya: War or Peace?

Unexploded ordnance, tanks and weapons that were used during fighting between feuding militias in Misrata, the third largest city of Libya. (Photo by Joepyrek, CC license)

Europe must use its diplomatic leverage to ensure that increased Russian involvement does not come at the cost of further destabilization on Europe’s southern border. Read More »

Europe: Lessons for the Left

A graffiti of British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. (Photo by duncan c, CC license)

The parties of the European Left have still to establish clear positions on the nativist vs internationalist debate that defines contemporary politics. Read More »

Pakistan: Copycats and Fragging

Students lit up candles arranged as 146 in remembrance of the close to 150 students who lost their lives in a terrorist attack by Taliban on a Peshawar school on Dec. 16, 2014. (Photo by Neon Tommy, Creative Commons License)

Pakistan has the largest number of banned terrorist organizations in the world. How do they still manage to remain active under new names? This could not be possible without political patronage! While terrorist violence has abated, the stated anti-terror policy must be implemented in full and in all sincerity to ensure Pakistan’s future. Read More »

Why Europe Will Let Member States Opt out of GM Crops

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Why are half of European Union members opting out of GMO crops? Hint: it's not about food and environmental safety. Read More »

Why Do American Cops Kill So Many Compared to European Cops?

File photo of  a 2014  national march against police violence in Washington DC.  (Photo by Ted Eytan, Creative Commons License)

American police kill 100 times more civilians than Finnish police. Racism and gun control are just part of the problem. Read More »

Facing up to the Long-term Fiscal Challenges

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The great recession left nearly all advanced economies with substantially higher debt-to-GDP ratios and in many cases with lingering economic weakness that further complicates short-term efforts at fiscal consolidation. But the longer-term challenges the Western economies face are in many cases related to the future fiscal challenge of growing primary deficits. Read More »

Syrian Refugee Crisis: Lessons from Turkey

Stranded Syrian refugees in Vienna. (Photo by Josh Zakary, Creative Commons License)

The refugee crisis that just arrived in Europe has been affecting Turkey for more than four years. Read More »

Crisis in Context: The Global Refugee Problem

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The current refugee crisis is international and cannot be viewed as merely a European or Middle Eastern problem. And there are many convenient excuses for inaction or doing too little, but this is no time to shirk the responsibility of our common humanity. Read More »

How Extreme Energy Leads to Extreme Politics

Relmu (with right arm raised) at a demonstration. (Photo:

Authorities in Argentina and beyond are cracking down on indigenous communities that protest resource extraction — while re-writing laws to promote fossil fuels. Read More »

Immigrant Crisis Causes Outcry in Europe

North African immigrants, Lampedus. (Photo by Extremismalert)

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has responded to the public outcry over the immigration crisis by urging European leaders to show solidarity and resist the message of populist parties. Read More »