From one coup to the next – the arrest of the Malian president

A country with a very tumultuous past is Mali. This West African country has a history of colonisation, wars and terrorism. This week, after a relatively calm period, the commotion

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Dancing to Lukashenko’s Fiddle – The arrest of Roman Protasevic

Last Sunday, a Ryanair passenger jet was forced to the ground in Belarus as a result of a suspected explosive, some argue following the command of President Lukashenko himself. The

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Protests in Colombia – The kindling and the spark

Starting April 28th, nationwide protests against the government took place in Colombia, lasting several days. Adding to rising economic and social pressures, a new tax reform was the final straw

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From genocide to military dictatorship: what is happening in Myanmar?

Myanmar, or Burma as many people might remember it, is a country that has been growing through many changes since the 20th century. Not only the name has changed, but

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Bananas and their Political Influence: The Dark History of Chiquita

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits worldwide: they are tasty and have many health benefits. While you can find bananas from different brands in most supermarkets, the one

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Wind of change or bureaucratic desolation? The future of wind energy in Europe

When asked to name a piece of good news from 2020, most of us would probably struggle to find the positive amidst the death, danger and desperation. One thing that

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Uganda’s opposition leader arrested during protests

Uganda seems on edge after Bobi Wine was again arrested and intimidated along with his party partners. After losing his election for Presidency against the current incumbent President Yoweri Museneni, Bobi Wine has faced particular challenges including house arrest, harassment, and persecution from the established regime. Find out more on our Checks & Balances site.

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Cultural Genocide on Uighurs in China

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey Garvey’s quote illustrates the importance of culture preservation of

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Winter is Coming – The Refugee Crisis in Europe

Although the start of spring is still a little over a month away, the first warm days have just reached Groningen. It is a stark contrast with the icy weather

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Nord Stream 2: Controversy, Bluff and Serious Considerations

A vision, a major construction work, and sanctions – Nord Stream 2 in three words. Estimated to be operational by early 2020, the pipeline remains incomplete due to increasing tensions

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