Carrying trade into cold waters

“No, there are no penguins in the Arctic.” The confusion about the polar regions is still not settled in the popular mind, while on the other hand serious business interests

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Simple Business Strategy Gone Wrong

Selling some low-priced t-shirts with seemingly patriotic slogans on them around the national holiday: If you are an international retail company, this sounds like a pretty safe bet on some

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Where the judge harms you more than the gang

Dubai. The name stands for wealth, opportunities and shiny facades. But how does the oil-rich gulf country actually run and think? Eight young men just got jailed for up to

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A Spiritual Guidance of the Nation

In a country far, far away there once was a dictator that controlled an entire nation. He was in charge of all three branches of government, plus the economy and

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The Muslims of China

2 November 2013 – last Monday, a car crashed through the heavily guarded barricades of Tiananmen Square  and burst into flames in front of the steps of the Forbidden City.

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No White Christmas for Kim Jong-un?

When we hear ‘human rights violations’ and ‘North Korea’ in the same sentence, it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. But one might be baffled to hear that in

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The Anti-Rape Blockbuster

“Killing the rapists”… is the title of an upcoming Bollywood movie which wants to address the burning issue of rape in India. It aims to represent women differently from some

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The Iranian Pariah

While the newly elected president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is evoking hope for a new détente between his country and the U.S., there is one group of Iranians that desperately

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Review: The Act of Killing

How do you make a documentary of a massacre, a genocide, when there are no living survivors willing to speak about it? When the massacre itself is still celebrated and

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Rape and Sexual Violence in Syria’s Civil War

The sheer brutality of the ongoing Syrian civil war is often demonstrated by two figures: 70,000 killed people and over one million refugees since the conflict´s outburst in March 2011,

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