A Muslim in Japan

Since the beginning of the 21st century, the Islam and Muslim integration have gained a significant place in the public debate in the West. The presence of these terms in

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The Inbetweeners

Ukraine is deeply divided over where it should head – East or West. While the EU offers an Association Agreement including a Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, it isn’t the only

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The Kennedy Curse

In the United States, Joseph Patrick ‘’Joe’’ Kennedy started what would become one of the modern world’s most powerful dynasties. Even today the surname seems to go hand in hand

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South Africa: Riot or Revolution?

Many problems are awaiting Zuma’s second term of presidency this year. The killing of protesting mineworkers in the Rustenburg area in August 2012 has brought to the surface what has

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World’s Poorest President

The lifestyles of political leaders are often far removed from those of their electorate. There is a clear exception to this rule. This is Jose Mujica, the president of Uruguay,

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Pauline Marois’ Parti Québécois: The Separatist Dream

“We want a country and we will have it.” According to Pauline Marois, the newly elected prime minister of Québéc, Canada, there is no doubt that she will lead the

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Teddies for Democracy

In 20 years or so Kolja Lukashenko might succeed his father in leading one of the greatest countries in the world. At least, that is his father’s plan. Little Kolja

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‘Democratically’ elected Somali President

On 10 September Somalia elected its new president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. It was said to be the first democratic elections since civil war broke out in 1991. The UN representative

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Maffia Government

Two weeks ago, a video of former Ukrainian prime-minister Yulia Tymoshenko was aired by her lawyer  and went viral. In the video Tymoshenko called upon the Ukrainian people not to

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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

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