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Studies IR/IO, but too attached to the Netherlands to aspire an international career. Loves football which is as a matter of fact his only hobby.

The Unnoticed War of 1864

Under the shades of the American civil war, another conflict took place a bit more south. Paraguay was facing Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. What the hell did Paraguay do to anger the entire region? We have to go back to 1842. Carlos Antonio López came to power and started a massive industrialization. He imported European experts to build modern infrastructure ... Read More »

The Worldwide Symbol of Rebellion

Ever since the end of World War 2, the AK-47, or popularly named Kalashnikov after its designer, has been a recurring phenomenon in international conflicts. The rifle is for many more than just an instrument of death, it is a symbol for their struggle against the Western world.  Cheap, easy to use, will not break down. The characteristics speak for ... Read More »

Conservative Stronghold on a Red Continent

Colombia can without a doubt be labeled as the black sheep of the South-American family. The internal struggle against the communistic rebel group FARC and negative tensions with left-wing neighboring countries,  shows a rather conservative tendency. Ever since political parties have emerged, the conservative and liberal parties have monopolized the Colombian political field. This can be traced back to the ... Read More »