The Dark Side of Vietnam: a Rightless Land

Vietnam has become a country that does not respect freedom of speech, press or political freedom in the least. They keep their population docile by routine intimidation and beatings.

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Netanyahu’s Year: Navigating a Political Minefield

During the hectic period between Christmas and New Year’s, not able to tell which day of the week it is, we somehow do find ourselves able to look back on

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A Look at New Zealand’s Māori Reconciliation Process: Beyond Biculturalism

Of the 5,000 indigenous groups worldwide, few possess traditions retaining such recognition as the Māori, whose ceremonial dance, the Haka, is recognisable far beyond the community of Rugby fans. Perhaps,

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The Plight of Rang-tan: The Silencing of Palm Oil Devastation

  “There’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent threat of a changing climate.” – Former U.S.

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Constructing National Unity: rooting side by side?

At Evergrande Football School’s campus, only the big football on the main square would prevent a stroller from thinking he or she would be in a university campus of Oxford

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Dhivehin Dilemma – The Story of Revived Maldivian Democracy and Indian Ocean Power Politics

The word ‘Maldives’ evokes pictures of paradise in the collective imaginary. Yet, there beyond the turquoise lagoons, coral reefs and palm tree hammocks, hidden from the tourists’ eyes, unfolds a

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Rights and the Rohingya

As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights promisingly formulates, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” The assumption that ‘human rights’ would apply to every

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The Curious Tale of the Houbara: Birds and Middle Eastern power politics

The Houbara is a species of endangered ground bird the size of a turkey that lives in the deserts of Central Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. At first glance, it’s

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1984 Is Now – How China Keeps Track of Its 1.4 Billion Citizens

If you had to award your public behavior a (Dutch) grade: which one would it be? Do you always pay your rent and tuition fees on time, are you involved

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Malaysia’s 92-Year-Old Comeback Kid, Mahathir Mohamad

With the surprise victory of the opposition on May 9th, it is the first time since its independence in 1957 that Malaysia has seen a peaceful transfer of power like

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