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How Does SYRIZA Election Win Affect Greece and Europe?

How Does SYRIZA Election Win Affect Greece and Europe?

Greek Elections

The party’s pleasant leader, Alexis Tsipras, vows for a renegotiation of Greece’s international bailout and a reversal of the austerity measures. The party aims to (among others): raise the minimum wage from 580 to 751 euros a month; restore the “13th salary to those working or retired whose pension...

27 Jan 2015

Sure, Je Suis Charlie. But what about I Am Baga?

Sure, Je Suis Charlie. But what about I Am Baga?

Baga massacre

Let me be clear: the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices and the kosher supermarket are nothing short of unacceptable and tragic. The fact that the magazine increased their print run to 7 million to keep up with international demand and long queues is a testament that values...

25 Jan 2015

Expectations from Obama’s India Visit

Expectations from Obama’s India Visit

U.S. - India Visit 2015

Obama is coming to take part in India’s Republic Day Parade on 26 January 2015, the first for a U.S. President. And as some believe it to be, it was a coup Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi crafted, engineered, and implemented on his own visit to the United States...

24 Jan 2015

Political Transformation and Radicalization in the Middle East and North Africa

Political Transformation and Radicalization in the Middle East and North Africa

Political Transformation

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is undergoing a painful and probably lengthy period of change, which is rooted in local and global drivers, particularly demography as well as the shift in power between individuals and states. These phenomena, like the Arab spring itself, are not intrinsically...

22 Jan 2015

Why Ethnic Conflicts Recur in Northeast India?

Why Ethnic Conflicts Recur in Northeast India?

Ethnic Conflicts

The Northeast of India is strategically an important piece of geography for India. Straddled as it is between Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Myanmar, the area is a vital land link for India’s ‘Act East Policy’. In a visit to the region last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dreamt big...

19 Jan 2015

Terrorism as Disruptive Targeting

Terrorism as Disruptive Targeting

Terrorism Futures Series

This short terrorism futures essay will focus upon differing forms of targeting and their effects, that is, destructive versus disruptive, and the interrelationship between these and the scale of effect of weaponry in engagements, highlighting the differences between legitimate state use of coercion and the illegitimate use of disruptive...

11 Jan 2015

A Land Too Far: Refugees in Germany

A Land Too Far: Refugees in Germany

Immigration

For the refugees crammed into the hold of ships or floating on rickety boats on the Mediterranean, Europe is the Promised Land. For Germany, it is a nightmare, for unlike other nations it bears the burden of history. In the first half of the 20th century is was Germans who fled Nazi...

31 Dec 2014

Virtual Martyrs: Jihadists, Oculus Rift, and IED Drones

Virtual Martyrs: Jihadists, Oculus Rift, and IED Drones

Terrorism Futures Series

For some decades now, jihadists (radical Islamists) have relied upon suicide bombings—primarily via individually carried and vehicular borne (VBIED) explosives—as a distinct form of terrorist attack. Individual martyrdom, as a blood sacrifice to god, is an integral component to many suicide bombings and utilized collectively for terrorist group cohesion...

14 Dec 2014

Does the US – Led War on Terror Pose a Challenge for Civil Liberties?

Does the US – Led War on Terror Pose a Challenge for Civil Liberties?

Terrorism

Although liberties like freedom of speech, religion, assembly and press, the right to due process, and the right to privacy have been solidified in most Americans, they seem to be antithetical to the necessity of security and all that it entails during a time of national crisis, such as...

30 Nov 2014

Please Sir, Can I Have Some More? How Britain’s Vulnerable Live on the Outskirts of Poverty

Please Sir, Can I Have Some More? How Britain’s Vulnerable Live on the Outskirts of Poverty

Poverty

One in five people in the UK live below the country’s official poverty line according to the charity Oxfam. If you compare the UK to my home country of South Africa, which has roughly the same population (59 million to Britain’s 64 million) but a GDP ranking in the...

19 Nov 2014

The U.S. – China Climate Deal and Global Warming

The U.S. – China Climate Deal and Global Warming

Environment

      The pledge by the two largest polluters to reduce and limit their greenhouse gas emission, particularly carbon dioxide by 2030 was hailed by many environmental agencies and policy makers as a step forward against the threats of climate change. Climate change is a long-term shift in...

17 Nov 2014